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Prageeth Eknaligoda Murder Probe Intensifies

by Nirmala Kannangara. The Habeas Corpus and ‘B’ report cases filed in Court of Appeal and Homagama Magistrate’s Court respectively in the disappearance of Lanka...

Missing Person Commission Receives 300 More New Complaints in Jaffna District

(Missing Person Commission recording complaints in Jaffna) The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka began its public sittings to hear cases...

Exploiting The Dead To Build Image by Rajapaksa

by Nirmala Kannangara. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s exposé during the second reading of the budget in parliament early this month as...

PM: Media Commission Crucial for Media Standards

Establishing an effective media commission and an Independent Broadcasting Commission is crucial to uphold media principles particularly in the private media sector, said Prime...

Rajapaksa’s Driver To Be Arrested For Thajudeen Murder

( Both are responsible ?) A driver of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to be arrested in connection with the murder of former Sri Lanka...

India Urges Wigneswaran to Work for Party Unity

India has urged the Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran to resolve the intra-party conflicts to facilitate the Government’s constitutional changes for the...

Compensation Soon for 44 Slain Media Persons: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday suggested a compensation scheme for families of journalists and other media persons killed while on duty. Mr. Wickremesinghe speaking during...

Sri Lanka: Rights Activists Oppose Compulsory Testing for AIDS

While activists are adamant that not only such compulsory testing but also picking out categories such as university students and schoolchildren is unacceptable, claiming...

Crisis in TNA as Wigneswaran Made Chief Minister by Sampanthan Tries to Go Separately

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj. “For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov’d him!This was the most unkindest cut of all;For...

Lawsuit Against UN Representative in Sri Lanka Dismissed

(Subinary Nandy ) A lawsuit filed by well-known novelist Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara seeking an order requiring UNO or UN Resident Coordinator Subinary Nandy to admit...

Women to Represent 25% of Elected Representatives – PM

Twenty five percent of all the elected representatives of the local government institutions would be comprised of women, under whatever system the polls is...

‘International Declaration and Best Practices’ to Promote Journalists’ Safety Launched

Geneva event unveils effort to reinforce existing international obligations, mechanisms. Participants at a press conference at Le Club Suisse de la Presse (CSP) in Geneva...

SRI LANKA : Critical Changes Necessary to Restore Eroding Public Faith

 By Basil Fernando. Leading human rights activist Basil Fernando faults the government for not pushing the good governance agenda enough: The former Executive Director of the...

Tamils Protest in Mannar on Human Rights Day

Tamil Guardian. Families of the disappeared demonstrated in Mannar on Thursday, marking Human Rights Day. Calling for their loved ones who are missing or forcibly disappeared...

Sri Lanka’s High Profile Editor Murder Probe Takes New Turn

Investigations into the assassination of high profile editor Lasantha Wickrematunga has taken a new turn with the authorities focusing on top police officers who...

“I Paid A Bribe” Anti-corruption Website Launched in Sri Lanka

(LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government and I Paid A Bribe Sri Lanka has launched a “first of its kind” anti-corruption website www.ipaidabribe.lk to crowd...

Sri Lanka to Sign International Convention on Enforced Disappearance – Mangala Samaraweera (FM)

Today is International Human Rights Day. And as in the past, Sri Lanka will join the countries of the world in commemorating this important...

Basil Rajapaksa Indicted on Multiple Criminal Charges

Basil Rajapaksa, the former Minister of Economic Development and powerful brother of ex President Mahinda Rajapaksa was indicted  on 9th multiple criminal charges ranging...

Court Orders Probe Into Thajudeen’s Autopsy Team; IUSF Points Finger at Prof. Samarasekara

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court today instructed the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to launch an inquiry regarding the medical team, including former Chief Judicial...

GSP Plus Requires Sri Lanka’s Sustained Progress on Human Rights

By David Daly. The EU is based on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights and it strives to respect the...

No to CEPA but Nod for Economic and Technology Collaboration with India: Ranil

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday reiterated his government’s position that it would not sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with...

The Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations

( Samantha Power speaking to press in Colombo) As Washington continues to embrace Sri Lanka’s new government, it’s important to remember that America’s next president...

Thajudeen Investigation Reaches Point Of No Return

When former Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s body was exhumed in August this year, just seven days before a crucial Parliamentary election, some sections of...

EU Announces Housing Project for War Victims in North-East

(Thousands of houses were destroyed in the war) The European Union will invest 14 million Euros to build houses and improve infrastructure in 9 divisions...

Strengthening UNP-SLFP Unity is of Paramount National Importance – Jehan Perera

The passage of the second reading of the budget by a 2/3 majority in Parliament is an indication that the National Unity Government led...

Staggering External Debt: Lanka’s Economy May Dip Similar to Greece – Economists

Tax experts and economic analysts cautioned that the country’s economy may take a dip similar to Greece which needed bail outs to avoid defaults...

Lanka Police Violated International Law: HRCSL

(PTI) COLOMBO: In a landmark decision, Sri Lankan police have been ordered to pay compensation for assaulting a group of students at a demonstration...

Rajapaksa Ally Former Diplomat Linked To Thajudeen Investigations

Sri Lankan diplomat Sepala Ratnayake's name has been mentioned in connection with the investigation into the death of former Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, top...

Dismissing ‘Magic Formulas’ in Restoring Judicial Integrity – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

In a major ironical twist unfolding before our eyes, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has seen fit to wax eloquent on the importance of judicial...

Sri Lanka Police Score Own-goal in Rights Case

(HELP: File photo of another police attack.) ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's police may have scored an own goal by trying to invoke the United Nation's...
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Comtempt of Court in Sri Lanka and Ranjan Ramanayake case – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

A ‘slip of the tongue’ and a celluloid crusader’s unfortunate downfall Confusion has been worse confounded in the public mind following the conviction this week...
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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

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

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...