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Yearly Archives: 2017

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2018 should not bring us saviours, presidential or otherwise – Kishali Pinto Jaywaradena

As we enter upon a New Year pregnant with hope and foreboding in equal parts, the inglorious epitaph of the past twelve months qualifies...

Sri Lanka: Judges and state law officers to get substantial salary hikes and new allowances

An official Committee has recommended substantial increases in pay, allowances and pensions of judicial officers, law officers of the Attorney General’s Department and the...

President Sirisena appoints a committee to look into issues of regional correspondents

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to appoint a special committee to look into the professional issues of the regional news correspondents of media...

Sri Lanka: Military vacates its camp in Keppapilavu, Mullaitivu; Owners to get land back

Image: Keppapilavu land struggle has been ongoing for nearly a year (credit: @garikaalan) A 300-day protest staged by a group of persons demanding that the...

Sri Lanka the latest victim of China’s debt-trap diplomacy

Image: Beijing has been given a 99-year lease on Hambantota port as part of a debt-reduction deal, amid talk of creditor imperialism following China's...

FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

Image: FGM is practiced by a number of Muslim communities in Sri Lanka By Zainab Ibrahim   & Ermiza Tegal. For decades, female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced...

Sri Lanka should continue working with UN human rights instruments

Image:  Land mine treaty symbol in front of UNHRC, Geneva. Sri Lanka has recently acceded to the Optional Protocol on the Convention against Torture that...

Sex In Sri Lanka: Have a nice big carpet and sweep everything under it

Image: Mating Land Monitors; they are not Sri Lankans! (c)s.deshapriya. No sex please, we’re Sri Lankan. By Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda. There is no gainsaying my assertion that Sri...

President Sirisena’s $ 195 m Russian roulette!

Image: JSC Rosoboronexport. Muhammed Fazi. “The lobby is the army of the plutocracy” - William Graham Sumner. The last time when warnings of icebergs ahead went unheeded, the...

The once strong and vibrant FMM appeared to have lost steam and it’s dynamism

Image: 25th anniversary with a special event of the FMM.(Credit- FMM FB) Ruki Fernando. The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka (FMM) celebrated its 25thanniversary with a...

Ali-Bathiudeen alliance and Muslim politics in Sri Lanka- Keerthi Tennkoon

Image: a Muslim protest in Colombo. The Eastern Province based Muslim identitarian politics, brought to the fore by M. H. M. Ashraff, founder/leader of the...

President Sirisena in conflict with the Constitution Council; Has referred back the list of nominees to the OMP; CC to stand by its decision

(SLB/19th Dec 2017) According to informed sources president Sirisena has not approved the nominated  list of commissioners  by the Constitutional Council (CC) for the...

Fact Sheet: Sri Lanka and GSP +

What is GSP +? GSP+ stands for Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus. It is part of the EU’s wider GSP regulation, which also includes the...

Sri Lanka: Media battered with Ranil’s big stick

Neville de Silva. How times have changed! Three years ago in December the Common Candidate contesting the presidential election and political leaders of various hues...

Women’s quota in LG elections: Historic opportunity to elect qualified, capable women

BY Mirudhula Thambiah. Women's organizations and democracy activists are aghast at the attempts by corrupt politicians to suppress attempts by women to enter the Local...

An opportunity to introduce reforms to address situations of arbitrary deprivation of liberty in Sri Lanka

Image: Chairman of UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Jose Antonio Guevara Burmudez speaks during a media briefing in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Dec. 15,...

Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

By Ryan Grenoble. Across China, a network of 176 million surveillance cameras, expected to grow to 626 million by 2020, keeps watch on the country’s over 1.3...

Sri Lanka FGM/FGC Victims speak out

Save the Girl Child, a group of concerned citizens representing the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka and Mumbai-based...

Sri Lankan human rights activist Shreen Saroor gets Franco-German award

Colombo, December 12 (newsin.asia): Noted Sri Lankan human rights campaigner Shreen Abdul Saroor, received the Franco-German Human Rights Award at a ceremony here on...

“We have lost all hope. There is no political will to trace the forcibly disappeared in Sri Lanka” – letter to Zeid from...

Image courtesy of Tamil Guardian.  The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, Geneva Through: UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Colombo07 Your Excellency, We have lost all hope. There is...

Using the Essential Public Services Act in declaring the railway as essential, violates both the responsibility and duty of the government

Image: Railway Strike in Sri Lanka (live.firstnews.co.uk) In a hand delivered letter to PM Wikremesinghe today,  Anton Marcus,  Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and...

Understanding the nature of the state with the concepts of secularism and equality in Sri Lanka

By Dhanushka De Silva.  Federalism is a concept that creates an indefinite fear among the Sinhalese in South; similarly the concept of unitary state among...

Human Rights Day: Amidst some progress I observe the alarming silence of decent people – Chairperson, HRC – Sri Lanka

Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and our collective future. Deepika Udagama ( Chairperson, HRCSL) “All human beings are born free and equal in...

Sri Lanka: ITAK, TELO and PLOTE to contest local government elections together

Image courtesy of News  Radio. Issuing a joint statement Mavai Senathirajah  of ITAK  Hon. Selvam Adikkalanathan  of TELO and Hon. Dharmalingham Siddarththan  PLOTE, says that  they...

Lankadeepa correspondent lodges complaint that police obstructed her from carrying out her duty

A correspondent for the Lankadeepa newspaper has lodged a complaint at the Moratuwa Police that she was allegedly obstructed from carrying out her duties...

Joint appeal: Justice and Protection for the children of Darun Nusra Orphanage!

Image courtesy of rtepakistan.org. In light of the recent incidents of alleged sexual abuse of 18 children who were residing in the Darun Nusra Orphanage, situated...

17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air, majority live in South Asia – UNICEF

Image:  © UNICEF/UNI172848/Singh; Village Kuniya, Mainpat Block, Dist, Surguja, Chhattisgarh, India. 2013. UNICEF urges immediate action to reduce air pollution amid emerging evidence on how toxic...

The Association of Chiefs of Police (Rtd.) of Sri Lanka opposes devolving law and order to provinces

Image: Sri Lanka Police in action in Tamil dominated Jaffna. (Credit corporatewatch.org) The Association of Chiefs of Police (Rtd.) of Sri Lanka has passed a resolution...

Sri Lanka:Minster Law and Order, now walk the talk; Here is the detailed list of attacks on Uthayan newspaper

Image: Bullet marks of gunmen who entered and shot dead marketing Manger and another employee of Uthayan newspaper. ©S.Deshapriya, As Sri  Lanka minister or Law...

Attacks on Uthayan Newspaper: Open letter to Sri Lanka Minister Sagala Rathnayaka

Image: Minster Sagala Rathnaya taking to Uthayan editor Premananth at the UNESCO confernece. ( Credit: @NalakaG) Speaking to Uthayan editor T. Premananth during the...
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Sri Lanka: Rights group questions continuing deaths in police custody

Attorney-at-law Senaka Perera says that the death of persons taken into custody by the police cannot be justified under any circumstances. Activist Perera questioned the...
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Sri Labka: Won the “War” but Lost the Law – Basil Fernando

Calling a civil conflict or a civil war, a war itself, is very misleading. Wars are fought with external enemies. However, civil conflict or...

Report: Accountability and justice are yet a far-away dream for victims of post-easter mob attacks – People’s Rights Group

People’s Rights Group (PRG), a rights based advocacy and lobbying group based in the UK particularly dealing with human rights violations in Sri Lanka...

Rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission

Sri Lanka: Constitutional amendment a blow to human rights; rights groups call for a special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (Bangkok/Geneva, 11...