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Sri Lanka govt asks more time: to alter the demographic composition and the linguistic and cultural identity of the North a and East...

TNA leader R.Sampanthan'The I.T.A.K. states that the Government is engaged in implementing a programme, the objective of which is to further alter the...

JHU wants Northern Provincial Council dissolved

NPCThe Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today called on the Government to dissolve the Northern Provincial Council (NPC).The Government affiliated political party said that the...

TRC plus 13 A and democratic reforms is the best solution – Natioanal Peace Council

WORK TOWARDS MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE RESOLUTION TO AVOID FURTHER POLARISATIONThe Sri Lankan government and the Tamil polity in Sri Lanka, together with sections of the...

US official arrives in Sri Lanka to push reconciliation

AFP   A top US official arrived in Colombo on Friday to push for reconciliation in Sri Lanka which is under increasing international pressure over...

Sihala Ravaya temporarily banned from protesting

Ruwan Laknath JayakodyPresident of the Sihala Ravaya, Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera, including all the monks of the Sihala Ravaya, have been temporarily banned from...

Sri Lanka: Christians protest after attacks by Buddhist extremists

File photoWorld Watch MonitorMore than 2,000 Christians gathered in Colombo on Sunday to protest against a perceived lack of religious freedom in Sri Lanka,...

Britain says domestic process should be credible, independent and transparent to be accepted by the international community.

 Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Hugo Swire in reply to a question by MP Stephen Timms  in the  House of commons...

Sri Lanka Govt. is killing our hopes: Wigneswaran

hopes dashed  Northern Chief Minister claims councillors losing faith in Govt. will to assist with NPC work Says emotions are being vented through resolutions at...

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka: No home to call their own!

By Madhava Kulasooriya   The people of Vavuniya have lived through a brutal civil war, and had harboured hopes that they would be able...

Sri Lanka clergy blame police for rising hate attacks

Graphic by Groundviews (AFP)Colombo — Sri Lanka's Buddhist hierarchy and other religious leaders accused police Tuesday of failing to prosecute those behind a recent...

Thousands protest against government in Sri Lanka

Associated Press /BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Thousands of protesters from opposition parties, human rights groups, trade unions and media groups marched Tuesday in Sri Lanka's capital...

Sri Lanka’s commission on war missing receives over 13,000 complaints

(Xinhua) -- An independent presidential commission appointed to investigate people who disappeared during Sri Lanka's three-decade conflict have received over 13,000 complaints, it said...

Sri Lanka mass grave toll reaches 50

Press Trust of India   Skeletal remains of at least 50 people have been dug out from a mass grave discovered in northeastern Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka says international war crimes probe would bring ‘chaos’

Mass grave informer war zoneReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) - An international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring "chaos," and the government's national reconciliation...

The Lalith Weeratunga Presentation ( and its lacuna )

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Though I cannot say the same of his companions on the voyage, my friend Lalith Weeratunga embodies a rare combination of intelligence,...

The continuing divide between what is required to be done and what is done

Mullikulam in huts Jehan PereraIn preparation for the forthcoming meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva the government has sent its top...

US to press Sri Lanka again at UN rights council

AP News WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said Monday it will sponsor a resolution at the U.N. Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka...

Sri Lanka’s Northern Council seeks international war crimes probe

Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council passed a resolution on Monday calling for an international probe into the alleged war crimes...

In Sri Lanka an authoritarian Executive Presidency is acting as if the Constitution and the laws of the land are irrelevant in governance.

Authoritarianism or Democratic Governance? by Friday Forum  There has been, in recent times, public discussion in regard to whether our country is moving towards...

Sri Lanka: Now it’s 45 skeletal remains; JVP calls for speedy, fair probe on Mannar mass grave

Mannar mass grave The number of skeletal remains found in the Mannar mass grave increased to 45 yesterday as a special team from the Criminal...

25-year corporate tax holiday for US$ 1.3 billion offshore (China – ) Colombo Port City

Government has granted a generous 25-year corporate tax holiday to Colombo Port City, the Rs 172.4 billion (US$ 1.3 billion) project to reclaim more...

Sri Lanka: ‘Taming and vanquishing’ of the judiciary

Justice Sriskandarajah Kishali Pinto Jayawardene In the wake of the untimely demise of Justice S. Sriskandarajah, President of Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal...

Sri Lanka; Another body blow to the public’s Right to Information

Live telecast of Parliamentary proceedings taken off the air to save Govt. skinsA step in the right direction that Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa took last...

House of Commons debates FCO report on Sri Lanka

     We will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and call...

Four years on, the IFJ remembers Prageeth Ekneligoda and calls for overdue action

A one day fast was held calling for Justice Today marks the four-year anniversary of the disappearance of Sri Lankan journalist and...

Sri Lanka: SLFP disregards disciplinary report on Mervyn

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has not taken any special decision regarding Minister of Public Relations and Public Affairs, Mervyn Silva, even though...

European HR crusaders are similar to wolves in sheep clothing – President Rajapaksha

Europeans clamouring for Human Rights in Sri Lanka are akin to wolves sympathising with goats getting wet in the rain, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said....

Mannaar Killing Field number rises to 43, site extent still not known

43 human skeletons have been recovered till Wednesday at Thirukkeatheesvaram mass grave in Mannaar, news sources in Mannaar said. The boundaries of the mass...
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Sri Lanka: Withdraw the decision to bury the COVID-19 dead in Iranaitheevu Island – People of Iranaitheevu

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Right to Burial in Sri Lanka: Deception continues – Shreen Saroor

On 24th February, after the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC when the burial issue dominated discussion of Sri Lanka’s respect for...

Covid-19: Sri Lanka chooses remote island for burials

A remote island has been chosen by Sri Lanka's government for the burial of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities. The government...

A father’s plea for justice: “Before Ragihar died, he cried out to me for help” – Dr. Manoharan

FAO: Special Procedures / Lack of Redress for the Trinco 5 case in Sri Lanka. I am writing to thank you for your statement on...