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Government responsible for the issue – JVP

The situation where organizations and foreign countries are trying to intervene in the affairs of the country is a creation of the government as...

Marie Colvin and Sri Lanka war crimes

Ms Colvin lost her eye in Sri Lanka when shot at by the military while entering Govt territory after filing a report from restricted...

LLRC recommendations must be adopted without external pressure – Amb. Wickramasuriya

Sri Lanka has progressively already adopted a broad range of measures to facilitate reconciliation after the May 2009 end of its conflict against terrorism,...

Showdown in Geneva: Hate-campaign in Lanka

Last Wednesday evening, Rajapaksa was to go into action again. Besides Ministers and MPs, he summoned electoral organisers and party district representatives for a...

What does the government have to fear from independent monitors?

Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  The argument is put forward by some that if the current administration had taken steps to put its democratic record to...

Ranil wants consensus on implementing LLRC report

Opposition UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called upon the Government to work with the opposition to begin implementing the LLRC recommendations that have already...

Debt trap: More loans to repay existing loans

Acting minister says it is within limits but officials say financial situation dismal Cash flow problems have forced the government to raise a further...

Will India vote for Sri Lanka in Geneva?

S Venkat NarayanPolicy-makers here are facing a serious dilemma: Should India vote for or against Sri Lanka if a resolution does come up against...

Galloping Militarisation unleashed by Ruling Siblings exacting a heavy toll politically

Tisaranee GunasekaraThe prolongation of military commands made Rome a servile state” – Machiavelli (The Discourses)Stratospheric defence costs constitute Lankan economy’s deadliest ticking time-bomb.Militarization is...

JVP alleges govt. thugs disrupted leaflet distribution

The JVP alleges that thugs of the government disrupted a leaflet distribution by the party in Moneragala this morning (Feb. 26). The party is...

Sri Lanka seeks to block UN resolution demanding probe into alleged war crimes

Sri Lanka is reportedly working to block a UN resolution demanding the country to fully investigate who was responsible for the deaths of thousands...

Sri Lanka War Crimes at UN: Tamil Government Plans Rallies, Booklet Release & other activities

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is organizing a huge rally outside the UN in Geneva on February 27th to highlight the mass killing...

GoSL refers to US HR record, demands impartiality

External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday said that the hands of those wanting to haul Sri Lanka up before the United National...

Constitutional changes in the offing while AG studies LLRC Report

With the United Nations Human Rights Commission scheduled to open it annual four week session in Geneva on Monday, the government said that Sri...

US issues warning on Sri Lanka’s mass demonstration against UNHRC resolution

Feb 25, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka has issued a warning to the US citizens over the mass solidarity demonstration planned...

Statement issued by the Tamil National Alliance on UNHRC and Sri Lanka situation

''The Sri Lankan State has a notorious reputation for failure to fulfill commitments it makes, and for not making public reports of...

Nambiar speaks up about ‘White Flag’ incident

UN Official Vijay Nambiar stated to Indian media that he had spoken to high ranking officials of the Sri Lankan government in order to...

Attacks on dissent in Sri Lanka, Part 1 –Incidents in 2012

Watchdog2012 has seen a sustained campaign Sri Lankan against human rights defenders with a special focus on any engagement with UN processes, including the...

Attacks on dissent in Sri Lanka Part 2 – incidents in 2011

Watchdog Human Rights Defenders in Sri Lanka continue to suffer attacks and intimidation through 2011 and 2012.  This submission focuses on incidents in 2011.  ...

Attacks against Dissent Sri Lanka Part 3 – Northern situation

Watchdog, Since 2009, many HRDs, including journalists and political activists have been threatened, attacked, intimidated, detained on false charges, disappeared or killed.  In each...

Put off UNHRC resolution till October: Govt. .

Amid attempts by the United States to bring a resolution against Sri Lanka at the 19th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, the...

Govt. delegation meets Navaneetham Pillay in Geneva .

Two days ahead of the 19th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here in Geneva, Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay raised...

Bringing justice to Sri Lanka’s victims

During the past year, the U.N. has launched independent investigations into possible war crimes in Ivory Coast, Libya and Syria.  But in Sri Lanka,...

8,000 killed in final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war: report

Nearly 8,000 people were killed in the final phase of Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tigers in 2009, according to government figure released today....

Batticaloa: men of a village missing for three years

Twelve women, Catholic and Hindu from Thumpalachcholai have not see their husbands, sons and brothers since the end of ethnic conflict.  No response or...

Habeas corpus filed seeking ‘Mervyn’

The wife of a drug offence suspect, who was abducted in front of the Hulftsdorp court complex, yesterday (Feb. 24) filed a habeas corpus...

Burgeoning Defense Expenditure and Escalating Social Antagonism

Chanakyan The defense personnel in Sri Lanka are paid on average, half a million rupees per head per annum.   Stranger than fiction, but none the...

How bad is the crisis for Mahinda Rajapaksa?

Kusal Perera“Although certain foreign powers have attempted to conspire against and oust me from the presidency, I will not leave this position before completing...

History after the War: Challenges for Post War Reconciliation

 Dr.Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri The end of the war is certainly not the end of the conflict that led to the military confrontation between the...

Some Constitutional Aspects of Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation debate: The LLRC Report and the TNA response

Asanga WelikalaThe Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed by the Sri Lankan government to recommend measures for post-war reconciliation, published its much-anticipated report...
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Eastern Musling were “beaten and humiliated” by Sri Lanka Military

Image: Out of the blue: Muslim residents kneeling on the streets as a ‘punishment’ for flouting lockdown rules. Sri Lanka to probe ‘army attack and...

Aung San Suu Kyi turns 76: How did ‘Burma’s Gandhi’ fall from grace in the eyes of the world?

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Kandaketiya judgement and continuing custodial deaths in Sri Lanka

Image: Protest against killing of Sandun Malinga. On the May 7, 2014 Sandun Malinga, a 17 year old boy and four others with him were...