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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

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Sri Lanka’s Year of Democracy, Reconciliation and Rebalancing

By  David Brewster, ANU. It is no exaggeration to say that 2015 will be remembered as a major turning point for Sri Lanka as a...

Legislation to Curb Hate Speech will be Re-introduced with Amendments – Deputy Minister

The proposed anti-hate speech Bill currently on hold would be reintroduced with amendments, Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Karunarathna Paranawithana said. "The...

President Assures to Resettle IDPs in North Urgently

( President meeting IDPs in Jaffna) President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday (20) assured the displaced people in the North languishing in the welfare camps that they...

Minister Rishard Lodges Police Complaint Against National Sanga Council

Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen lodged a complaint at Cinnamon Garden Police on Saturday against the National Sanga Council for making false accusations...

Sri Lanka MP’s Pampered With Free Body Massage

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's law makers are entitled to duty free cars and heavily subsidised five-star meals in addition to a retinue of personal...

Thajudeen Killing: Two Navy Officers Identified

Three persons involved in the murder of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen have been identified after analyzing CCTV footage. Among these are two persons attached to...

PM Wickremasinghe on Constitutional Reform, Second Chamber, Media Freedom etc.,

(Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe delivered the Sujata Jayawardena memorial oration 2015 at the BMICH on December 11.) Here are excerpts: “Let me first thank the Alumni...

Sri Lanka: The Next Frontier in Constitutional Voyage

( J.R. Jayawardena, Colvin R.De Silva and Ranil Wickremesinghe) by Rajan Philips. Time will tell if Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Lecture, on December...

Points to Ponder Over Paying Compensation to Slain 44 Media Persons

By C. A. Chandraprema. Speaking during the committee stage debate on the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs, Prime Minister...

Sri Lanka Year in Economic Review 2015

In the wake of general elections earlier this year, Sri Lanka has emerged with a renewed emphasis on economic reforms and fiscal consolidation, which...

Body to Coordinate Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

T. Ramakrishnan. The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish a secretariat to coordinate activities of various players engaged in reconciliation. The proposed secretariat will develop...

HRC-SL Advices Govt to Withdraw Proposed Amendment to the Penal Code on Hate Speech

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has written to the Government of Sri Lanka advising to that the Government withdraw the proposed amendment to...

Sri Lanka Hate Speech law: Weliamuna Vs. Civil Society

In a rather disturbing development well-known human rights lawyer J.C. Weliamuna has come forward to defend the government’s proposed hate speech law in the...

India to Build Sea Bridge, Tunnel to Connect Sri Lanka

India is set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka while a pact has been inked with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal...

Sri Lanka: Draft RTI Act Will Be One Of the Best In the World

Issuing a Advocate Letter  ARTICLE 19 says that Right to Information Act put forward by the cabinet of Sri Lanka, which if passed as is,...

Pillayan Re-remanded in Pararajasingham Murder Case

( Joseph Pararajasingham funeral procession ) Former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathirai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was today re-remanded after being produced in Court in connection...

Bank Employees’ Protest Overwhelms Pettah

Colombo Pettah was virtually inundated with a sea of people when bank employees who staged a one day strike against the budget held a...

Colombo Seeking to Centralise Powers, Says Wigneswaran

by   T. Ramakrishnan. Even as the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government at the Centre is about to launch the process of drafting a fresh Constitution with devolution...

Lanka Will Be An Example To The World Says US

( Fishermen in Sri Lanka; Image Quest Tours) The United States says the success in rebuilding Sri Lanka and reconciling the people will be an...

Joint Civil Society Statement on Amendment to Penal Code Criminalizing Hate Speech

(Symbol  of anti-Muslim hate speech in Sri Lanka: BBS Gnanasara) We the under signed organizations and individuals are deeply concerned about two Bills tabled in...

Sri Lanka Computer Literacy: Colombo 47.1 %; Mullaitivu 8.9 %.

The  computer  literacy  related  statistics  of  persons  who  are  in  age  group  of  5 –69  years  and  characteristics of households have been released by...

Sri Lanka Media Minstry Calls for Views, Proposals, and Comments on Approved RTI Draft

The Right to Information Bill approved by the Sri Lanka cabinet of Ministers are now available on the Media Ministry website. The PDF version...

Withdraw Penal Code Amendment Regarding Hate Speech – TNA

( Muslim politician Asath Salley was arrested and detained under Section 2(1)(h) , now included in the bill) The Tamil National Alliance is deeply concerned...

PM Announces Budget Changes; Planned Island-wide Strike Called Off

 A planned island-wide strike by a collective of government, semi-government and private sector trade unions scheduled for tomorrow have been called off after talks...

Hate Speech Bill: Ruki Fernando Complaints to HRCSL

Ruki Fernando, A prominent human rights defender has written to Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka on imminent violation of his  rights guaranteed under...

Christof Heyns, the UN Expert on Extra Judicial Killings Wants to Visit Sri Lanka

(Christof Heyns) Encouraged by the government’s progress on human rights in Sri Lanka, a top UN rights official has said he wants to visit the...

Misconception About Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Dr L M K Tillekeratne, Retired Professor in Chemistry, USJP. Before 1970, coconut oil was freely used in USA and in Europe for baking and...

Proposed Hate Speech Law Comes Under Fire

Two Bills to introduce anti-hate speech laws and criminalizing the instigation of communal violence and disharmony that were presented in Parliament  on 11th December has...

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs to Arrive for Two-day Visit

( US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon) The Foreign Ministry says that the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs,...

What of Attacks on Journalists in the North? -TNA MP

The owner of the Uthayan newspaper, Tamil National Alliance member and parliamentarian E Saravanbavan queried as to why the Government was only investigating the...
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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

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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...