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Sri Lanka: Reveal Fate of ‘Disappeared’ Cartoonist – HRW

The placard reads "500 days since Prageeth's disappearance." © 2011 Reuters ...

Matale mass grave: CID ignores Court order

Despite the Court order to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to advertise in the media, calling on people to come forward to give evidence...

13 A should not be diluted – UNP

The agreement to devolve power was for the entire country and not only the North UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake says that while...

Manmohan Singh Angered By Mahinda Rajapaksa’s “Sly” Attempts to Undermine Devolution Provided by 13th Constitutional Amendment

D.B.S.JEYARAJIndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is “extremely annoyed”by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent subtle efforts to undermine the quantum of devolution provided to...

Ahead of Pillay visit, President submits memo to incorporate 53 more LLRC recommendations to National Action Plan

High Commissioner Navanethem PillayThe UPFA this week took a decision that reflects a marked shift in foreign policy. Ministers at their weekly Cabinet meeting...

Freedom of Expression: What are ‘anti-national’ criticisms exactly?

In what precise manner can a fantastically unethical Government prescribe a Code of Ethics for the media? This is a highly relevant question given...

US travel advisory to SL warns females against sexual attacks

The US State Department’s latest travel advisory warns that foreign women should exercise vigilance in Sri Lanka, due to an upswing in sexual attacks...

UPFA’s LG politicos on a lawless spree and counting

Mawanella PS Chairman (UPFA) K.G. Piyatissa leaves Kegalle High Court on Tuesday after he was sentenced to death for killing a man in February...

13 A: President should stand by his assurances – V. Anandasangaree

Veteran politician and Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Veerasingham Anandasangaree is a moderate who has not only consistently shunned extremism in...

13 A amendment: EPDP, SLMC strike discordant note with Vasu, Rajitha,Tissa, DEW agreeing

UPFA constituents, the EPDP and the SLMC have strongly opposed far reaching proposal to do away with the right of two provinces or more...

Northern Province Tamils’ issue needs respectable resolution, says BJP

Sri Lanka’s post-war context requires empowerment along with development, and holding a free and fair election in the north, along with devolution, is central...

SLMC to veto scrapping 13A

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command at a meeting held on Thursday night has unanimously decided to oppose the proposed amendments to...

Cabinet note to change 13 A

Dilrukshi HandunnettiA Cabinet note by External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris, has strongly recommended the repeal of Article 154 (A) (3) of the Constitution...

Sri Lanka tries new ways to crush independent media

By Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program CoordinatorIn Sri Lanka, where there has seldom been good news for the media in recent years, things have taken a...

JVP insists on scrapping Provincial Councils

The JVP yesterday urged the government to scrap the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and do away with provincial councils without wasting time in...

NGULANA CHURCH DESECRATED SACRED; HEART STATUE AT MANIYANTHOTTAM DESTROYED

St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church - Angulana belonging to the Rawatawatta Parish had been attacked and desecrated the church by a group of unknown...

Disembowelling the 13th Amendment Will Transform Veluppillai Pirapaharan from Failed Leader into Misunderstood Prophet.

Tisaranee Gunasekara“Nemesis, the goddess of measure and not of revenge, keeps watch. All those who overstep the limits are pitilessly punished by her”.- Albert...

“Ravi Karunanayake raises an issue if privilege in Parliament on state controlled ITN news”

Hon. Speaker,I wish to raise an issue of breach of privilege, where my reputation as an honorable member of this august assembly is at...

13 A: An urgent amendment spells recipe for disaster

Dilrukshi HadunnethiIn what can be considered the final nail on the only constitutional attempt made in post-independent Sri Lanka to devolve power, an urgent...

Minister urged to publish reports on prison riots soon – Friday Forum

Chandrasiri G 410pxPrison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajhadeera has been urged by the Friday Forum- the Group of Concerned Citizens to publish soon the reports...

Minister Vass Gunawardane wants Criminal Defamation Law revived

Government parliamentarians yesterday highlighted the need for the reintroduction of the draconian Criminal Defamation Law, which was repealed by the United National Party (UNP)...

President agreed to remove Police and Land powers form 13 Amendment – Minister Weerawansa

Govt. not worried if TNA wins NPC elections: Wimal  .If the Tamils in the North vote the TNA to victory in the scheduled September...

This unilateral act by the government to negate the existing devolutionary framework would be an historical mistake – CPA

Statement on Proposed Constitutional Amendment The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply perturbed by recent media reports that the government is planning...

Disappeared (2010) journalist Pageeth is living in France – Govt; FMM wants detailed information

Sandya Eknaligoda and his son at a  campaign ..FMM wants Sri Lankan Government to reveal information on PrageethSri Lankan Government MP Arundika Fernando told...

Proposed Code of Ethics by GoSL Heralds the Death Knell of Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

The proposed set of media ethics by the Government of Sri Lanka bans reporting on many a important issues, and leaves room for wide...

Before enforcing Govt ethics on Media it should do justice journalists killed and assaulted

Do justice first: Journalist campaign for FOE rights in Sri LankaMedia, laptops and ethics, Editorial, The IslandAll of a sudden, the government has evinced...

China biggest lender to govt, India biggest benefactor

Foreign loans, grants committed in 2012:June 4, 2013, 8:34 pm China emerged as the biggest lender to the government of Sri Lanka...

Sri Lankan defence secretary backs chauvinist campaign against provincial election

Wasantha Rupasinghe and K. RatnayakeSri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, has publicly opposed the election planned for the northern provincial council, highlighting the dilemma...

Govt decided to amend the 13 Amendment

The government party leaders who met last evening at a special meeting chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss changes to the 13th Amendment...
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LTTE atrocities and the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

Many reports of the United Nations and International Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations by LTTE for...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...

In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...