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Monthly Archives: June, 2016

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Int. HR NGOs to Zeid: UN Backed Sri Lanka Process In Danger of Loosing Confidence

To: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Dear High Commissioner, Subject: Open letter on the oral update on Sri Lanka at the 32nd session of...

Torture in American Style, Reveled

(Documents detail how to enforce sleep deprivation, limit the caloric intake of food and the correct positions required for waterboarding) The CIA has declassified documents about...

SL Army Concedes that Documents Wanted for Lasantha and Prageeth Investigations are Missing

(File photo: Vigil in Colombo in the memory of  journalists killed) Issuing a statement Sri Lanka army has accepted that some of the documents/information  related...

Magistrate Gamage Saga: Mockery of Judicial Independence in Sri Lanka

by Nirmala Kannangara. The court journal that shows how  Kanishka Wijeratne has written that he allows the accused to pay the bail charges the following...

Cluster Bombs Used in Sri Lanka’s Civil War, Leaked Photos Suggest

(Remnants of what appears to be an RBK-500 AO-2.5RT cluster bomb uncovered near Chalai, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Source ) Exclusive: images appear to confirm use...

Singapore Citizen Mahendran’s Appointment as CB Governor Challenged in Courts

( Keerthi Tennakoon speaking to press after filing the petition) A petition to obtain a Writ of Quo Warranto preventing Arjuna Mahendran from holding the...

Somawansa Amarasinghe – Some Recollections from Our Political Journeys B- Lionel Bopage

Comrade Somawansa Amarasinghe since joining the JVP in 1969, had been committed at that time to the political line of the JVP. I understand...

Police STF Chief Threatens Journalists Over Cocaine Detection

(DIG Ranjith Perera) DIG Ranjith Perera, the head of the Police Department’s commando arm, the Special Task Force (STF), on Friday publicly threatened to punish...

Code of Conduct for Media at Future Polls

( Election commissioner warning state media on bias reporting: Cartoon by Lankaenews) Parliament is set to approve on Wednesday, strict guidelines to be followed and...

Can We Repay Our Large Foreign Debt? – Nimal Sanderathna

( Foreign debt- A Rajapaksa legacy? ) I have been asked the intriguing question as to how we could ever repay our foreign debt that...

30 Mn For Fish Tank Glass!; Fritting Away UDA Funds Rajapaksa Style

(The glass top of the fish tank at the Independence Arcade has cost Rs. 30 million) by Nirmala Kannangara. It has now been revealed how the...

Sri Lanka: Defence Ministry Refuses to Provide List of Surrendered Persons

( Dozens of former LTTE leaders missing after surrendered themselves to the Military in May 2009) The Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons...

Civil Activists Raised Impediments to Corruption Investigations With Prez & PM

( Protest by civil activists against Rajapaksa regime) President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have agreed to resolve the existing “practical difficulties” that...

European Council Approves Lifting of Ban on Fisheries Products From Sri Lanka

(  H.E. David Daly, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union, Mrs. W.M.M.R. Adikari, Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources...

Why We “Say NO to CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran” – ACF

(Face book poster: Remove Arjun Mahendran) Anti-corruption Front (ACF) commenced "its Say No to Arjuna Mahendran" considering the chaos he was creating in the Central...

Sri Lanka: The Deep State Has Changed, Promises Yet To Be Realised – Sumanthiran

(TNA MP  M A Sumanthiran met the UN High Commissioner for Human Right Zeid too in New York ) Speech by M.A. Sumanthiran – Congressional...

HRC SL Presented Proposals for Constitutional Reform Including a Draft Bill of Rights

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka: PROPOSALS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM. Preface. The HRCSL is of the view that deepening constitutional protection of human rights requires much...

Why War Crime trials and a Political Solution Cannot go Together ? – Ranga Jayasuriya

President Maithripala Sirisena has once again ruled out foreign judges to probe the allegations of war crimes in the final phase of the war....

Sri Lanka Needs a Comprehensive Strategy to Implement Resolution 30/1 – Zeid Al Hussein

"In Sri Lanka, the government’s efforts to implement its commitments in Resolution 30/1 will require a comprehensive strategy on transitional justice that enables it...

Report:What is Happening with the PTA Detainees in Sri Lanka Now?

Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) Sri Lanka has unveiled its comprehensive report on the Prevention of Terrorism act (PTA) 'What is happening...

Issues of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Respond Quickly, Sampanthan Tells Govt

( Image: A Tamil woman worshiping- AP Photo -Eranga Jayawardena) “Seven years have elapsed since the end of the armed conflict in the country. Several hundred...

War Crimes Probe: Technical Assistance Only , But No Foreign Judges – President

( Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera at HRC 30, where promises were made to involve foreign and Cw judges) President Maithripala Sirisena made clear in an...

Paranagama Commission To Be Disbanded Next Month

Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP) will be disbanded on July 15, 2016. The move comes as cabinet had last week...

Government Allocates USD 95.8 Million for Rehabilitation of War Affected

(Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena -File|AP) By P.K.Balachandran. COLOMBO: The Maithripala Sirisena government has allocated LKR 14,000 million (USD 95.8 million) in 2016 for the rehabilitation...

IPI Concerned by Attack on Sri Lanka Editor

(Placards placed by journalists bearing the names and faces of several killed or disappeared colleagues during a protest titled ‘Black January’ in Colombo, Sri...

Sri Lanka: the Right to Truth; the Right to Justice, Reparation and Non-Recurrence – AI to HRC32

Written statement to the 32nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (13 June-1 July 2016)  When Sri Lanka co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council...

US Congress Committee Disappointed Lanka Has Rejected Foreign Judges

(Nimmi Gowrinathan, Visiting Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Civic and Global Leadership in New York, making her statement) Mark Feierstein, Roberta Jacobson, Matt SalmonA US Congress committee...

Sri Lanka admits 65,000 missing from war, insurrection

( Image:A Tamil woman cries as she holds up an image of her family member who disappeared during the civil war with the Liberation...

British Citizen Tortured and Under Arbitrary Detention in Sri Lanka

(Renugarubans passport and torture marks on his body) Reports of the arbitrary detention and torture of a British Tamil citizen that arrived in Sri Lanka...

Portuguese Burghers in Sri Lanka

1. "We have only a few hundred families in our population. I think across both Batticaloa and Trincomalee, we'd number about 13000 people -...
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In Sri Lanka Human Rights environment has worsened – UK govt report

The human rights environment in Sri Lanka worsened, with the continuation of surveillance and intimidation of activists and human rights defenders, the detention without...
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Sri Lanka: MP Bakeer Markar alleges police are to arrest 200 critical journalists

Image: Courtesy of IFEX. Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Member of Parliament Imthiaz Bakeer Markar is accusing the government of targeting media-persons critical of the government...

Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...