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Sri Lanka: Democratizing the North

Justice C.V. Wigneswaran A dialogue on governance, development and vulnerabilityJustice C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister, Northern Provincial Council delivered the opening address at a...

Sri Lanka: Prayer centre in Homagama torched

A prayer centre in a home in Pitipana, Homagama has been set on fire by an unidentified group early last morning (Jan. 12).Members of...

In Sri Lanka, Muslims replacing Tamils as perceived enemy

Eranga Jayawardena / the ASSOCIATED PRESS Attacks on mosques in Sri Lanka have stirred anew religious tensions in this country, where about 9 per...

Torture: a common part of Sri Lankan police interrogations

Chaminda Priyantha Kumara, 32, was tortured over a period of two days at Kalutara South Police Station Critics decry brutal, corrupt criminal justice...

Sri Lanka: Monks lead protest on churches

A protest was staged in Hikkaduwa by monks and area residents today against Christian churches operating in the area. The protesters blocked a section...

Sri Lanka: The ‘hard parts’ of the LLRC report remains disregarded

‘After the heavy rains, some wetness remains’ The wholly reprehensible quotation which this column borrows for the title this week comes verbatim...

Warning: Vicious debt trap ahead!

Increasing foreign debt burden despite improved external financesIn spite of the Central Bank announcing that “Gross Official Reserves increased to US$...

US tells Lanka to seek the truth

Add captionThe government of the United States today encouraged the government of Sri Lanka to seek the truth over alleged human rights abuses through...

Sri Lanka: Lawyers’ Collective marks impeachment, blasts government

Stanley SamarasingheThe Lawyers’ Collective held a media conference, at the Nippon Hotel in Colombo yesterday, to mark the first anniversary of the impeachment of...

Sri Lanka: 5 years after the War no Water nor Electricity in Northern and Eastern villages

Gotamini Hathurusinghe It can be safely said that 5 years after the war many villages, well over 60% have no basic utilities supplied to them...

Low income earners in Sri Lanka living on one and a half dollars a day

Senior Minister Amunugama tells SAARC PCSCsDon Asoka WijewardenaMost low income groups in Sri Lanka are eking out an existence on just one and a...

Risk Assessment: THE RISK OF MASS ATROCITIES IN SRI LANKA

The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention/January 2014  1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe risk of mass atrocities in Sri Lanka reached a critical threshold from January through...

Sri Lanka: US repeats call for ‘credible probe’

Ranga Jayasuriya The US Embassy yesterday reiterated the calls for ‘an independent and credible investigation’ into allegations of war crimes during the final phase of...

US asked SL to use cluster bombs against Tigers

Shamindra FerdinandoEven though the US recommended that the Sri Lankan government swiftly acquire cluster bombs to target the LTTE, the country never felt the...

‘Have you ever addressed accountability issues in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan?’ Gotabhaya asks Ambassador Rapp:

RappShamindra FerdinandoDefence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the US was undermining the post-war reconciliation process by strengthening the hands of those...

U.S. embassy photo, tweet about civil war anger Sri Lanka military

Members of the Federation of National Organization (FNO) gather in front of the U.S. Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal | Reuters  ...

Sri Lanka: Parliamentarian offsprings to contest en masse

Anuradha SamuelThe progeny of a large number of parliamentarians – both in the government and the Opposition – will be contesting at the upcoming...

Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka: 2006-2013

WATCHDOG This is a summary of a longer report. Please read it download it as a PDF from here or...

A list of Commissions and Committees appointed by GoSL (2006- 2013)

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has produced a table that contains basic information pertaining to Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) and committees...

The pallbearers’ legacy

Lasantha Wickrematunge may have been killed, but his spirit lives on in those he left behind. Lasantha’s tribe, some of them exiled in far...

TISL wants Heads of Parliament to appoint Select Committee to probe national socioeconomic data

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the national chapter of the global anti-corruption movement,has requested Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and all the party leaders to take...

Lasantha killing: Five years on

Dilrukshi HandunnettiFive years is a long time, when one waits for justice. But all of us have waited – family, friends, colleagues, citizens, readers,...

Lanka ready to face resolution at the UNHRC

KeheliyaThe Government says it is ready to face any resolution the US presents on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in March...

Sri Lanka: 32 human skeletons exhumed in Mannaar mass grave

Six more human skeletons were exhumed at the genocidal mass grave at Thirukkeatheesvaram in Mannaar on Tuesday, in addition to the already exhumed 26...

New US resolution on Lanka will push for CoI at UNCHR

The United States (US) will be submitting a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in March,...

Implementing LLRC recommendations : SL not covering a syllabus – Deputy FM

Sri Lanka is not covering a syllabus which a school Principal has handed over to his teachers, in terms of its activities pertaining to...

Sri Lanka LLRC recommendations: What is ‘Ongoing, Ongoing’?

Ambassador-at-Large of the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the United States, Lawyer Stephen J. Rapp, appeared puzzled yesterday when he saw the website...

Sri Lanka: Bishop calls for international investigation into war crimes

The Bishop of Mannar, Mgr Rayappu Joseph has called for an international investigation to ascertain the truth about alleged war crimes. He said: "Given...

Beyond Imagination in Service to Humankind: Medical Administration and Relief within the Vanni Pocket, January to mid-May 2009

Michael Roberts Amidst the obfuscations and cumulus clouds of propaganda that have subsumed reviews of the last stages of Eelam War IV, it...
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Comtempt of Court in Sri Lanka and Ranjan Ramanayake case – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

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Sri Lanka Prisons dept to recruit 200 ex-servismen for ‘Intelligence and Security Division’

The Prisons Department has called for applications to recruit 200 male Prison Guards from those who have retired from the defence services after completing...

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

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Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...