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Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances

By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo ...

Another Rajapaksha white elephant: Ravi K. says Govt. can’t pay back Sooriyawewa stadium loans

By Ashwin Hemmathagama The Mahinda Rajap-aksa International Cricket Stadium at Sooriyawewa became the subject of heated debate in Parliament yesterday after the United...

Sri Lanka: EU calls for more progress on implementation of LLRC recommendations

The European Union (EU) Delegation in Sri Lanka today urged the Government to take further action to implement the recommendations in the Lessons Learnt...

Sri Lanka: DG of the Media Centre for National Security has abused power to safeguard his secrete private life life and corruption

Hulugalle: war for secrete life Businessman claims Hula’s affair with wifeAnother event of significant embarrassment to the UPFA Government was the sudden closure of...

Sri Lanka: Govt is unable to rein in its alliance partner EPDP which is using illegal weapons and resorting to intimidation and violence

EPDP leader and RajapakshaA pre-emptive strike by President Mahinda Rajapaksa appears to have saved his Government from one more accusation before the UN Human...

Killings gets more brutal in Sri Lanka

The killings in November make up a total of 450 killings, a drop by 15 per cent when compared with the previous year that...

The key now is to implement thelaws and standards to make enjoyment of human rights a reality on the ground – Navi Pillay

A 20-20 Human Rights VisionStatement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for Human Rights Day, 10 December...

A case of homes, schools and livelihoods sacrificed in the name of security

Meera SrinivasanIt has been a long while since the Jaffna school lost its building to the Sri Lankan army — which uses it for...

SRI Lanka: JHU, Buddhist Monks party calls for the arrest of PM

Prime Minister D. M Jayarathne should immediately resign or he should be arrested immediately if he fails to divulge the name of the official...

Sri Lanka: Ruling party MP Suriyapperuma goes on a tirade against Singh, Cameron and Obama; FM, G.L.Peiris not perturbed

85-year old parliamentarian, who is four years older than the Indian premier calls him ‘nakiya’ UPFA National List MP J.R.P.Suriyapperuma...

Truth and reconciliation without whitewash : the message of Nelson Madela to Sri Lanka

National Peace Council With the passing away of Nelson Mandela the world has lost one of the greatest and most extraordinary human beings of...

Sri Lanka: President to meet Kenyan leader

Uhuru KenyattaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa will head to Kenya for talks, at a time the Kenyan leadership is facing a trial at the International Criminal...

On violation of citizens’ right to information and social dialogue through blocking of news websites

Press Release This is to notify the public that their right to information and social dialogue that can only be safeguarded through uninterrupted, free...

CHOGM mooted TRC, ill-fit for Sri Lanka, say ANU fellow, legal scholar

Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) modeled on the South Africa (SA) experience, viewed by Sri Lanka backers as an urgent need to...

Sri Lanka: Chief Minister of the NPC called for international action on sinhalese colanisation in North

 The Chief Minister of the NPC called  for international action against the Sri Lankan government’s program of settling Sinhalese families on Tamil-owned land forcibly...

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission process will not succeed in Sri Lanka

by Niran Anketell Reconcilation & conflict resolution    As the dust settles on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, the press has...

Sri Lanka: TNA ready to offer active support to address the accountability issues

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today offered active support to the government to address the accountability issue if the government meets certain conditions.Among the...

Nelson Mandela life story: An unconquerable spirit

Ahmed Kathrada“Mdala” – “old man”, as Nelson Mandela and I used to call each other on informal occasions – was, like all human beings,...

DMK for probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka

The DMK has issued a notice seeking a discussion, under Rule 193 in the Lok Sabha, against the human rights violations and war crimes...

Banned by the Censor borad. President clears political satire Pusswedilla after a protest

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has cleared the latest edition of the popular political satire ‘Pusswedilla’ to be staged after the Colombo Gazette had reported that the...

Sri Lanka: BASL demands end to military involvement in police functions

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has requested the government not to extend the validity of gazette notification 1817/331, whereby the armed forces...

India to host Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran next month

India is planning to host Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C. V. Wigneswaran next month. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had...

Sri Lanka: Death of 3 suspects in Po;ice custody; another case of extra judicial killings – BASL

Dead body of a killed suspect The explanation given by the police regarding the death of three suspects who were under police custody arrested...

South Africa: Nelson Mandela’s Death a Tremendous Loss; Life Epitomized Brave Struggle for Freedom, Equality, Justice

(Johannesburg) – The death of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, is a tremendous loss, not only for South Africa, but for the world. ...

Sri Lanka: Police and a pro-government gang intimidate and threaten peaceful women protesters

FMM PRESS RELESEThe Free Media Movement expresses its concern that the police and the pro government violent gangs are continuing to violate the people's...

Sri Lanka: Victims coerced to produce false affidavits on controversial birth control in Vanni

Colombo has instructed Tamil health officials in Ki’linochchi district to obtain ‘affidavits’ from women who were subjected to a controversial coercive population control in...

Will MR pit India against South Africa?

Rajapaksha abd ZumaUpul Joseph Fernando  Mahinda seems to have hit upon the idea of a new strategy to counter the looming threat of the...

DMK to flag Lanka’s alleged war crimes, Katchatheevu island

Katchatheevu DMK would demand a resolution for an independent inquiry into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka and raise the issue of...

Sri Lanka heroin scam hits office of PM Jayaratne

Charles HavilandDM Jayaratne DM Jayaratne said that that police investigations into the heroin seizure are continuing Sri Lanka's prime minister has ordered staff not...

Wigneswaran complains to UN Special Rapporteur Dr. Beyani re militarisation

Dr. Beyani Ananth PalakidnarChief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, had urged the United Nations to assist in removing the obstacles created due...
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Sri Lanka: Persistent denial of the right to internal self-determination entitle a People to external self-determination. -TNA

Writing to Experts Committee to Draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka the Tamil National Alliance says that  "the failure to offer a meaningful...
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HRC 46: International HR organisations call for international action & protection of HRDs in Sri Lanka

Image: Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights making concluding remarks at the ID on Sri Lanka report. Making interventions at the interactive dialogue at...

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...