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ICJ deeply concerned by President Sirisena’s resolve to resume executions in Sri Lanka

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has called on Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in...

Open appeal to the Northern Province Governor by Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole: The Police in Jaffna – Do we need them?

Image: The assaulted young man. 88 Chemmany Road, Nallur, Jaffna. 11 February 2019 His Excellency Suren Raghavan Governor, Northern Province. Your Excellency: The Police in Jaffna – Do we need...

Sri Lanka: 19-Amendment, Sirisena govt.’s achievement, must be defended

By Harim Peiris. In January 2015, 6.2 million Sri Lankans voted for a new Sri Lanka, giving a mandate for far reaching reforms, even as...

The UK announced that it will be leading on resolutions for Sri Lanka, South Sudan and Syria, at HRC 40

Image: UK Ambassador to UN, Julian Braithwaite at the Human Rights Council organisational meeting yesterday. ( photo credit @JulianUNWTO) UK Statement:Human Rights Council organisational meeting held on...

Lawyers for Democracy calls upon the President to uphold the Constitution in appointing Judges

Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) is gravely concerned with the current constitutional impasse created due to the delay in appointing the President of the Court...

When the president unjustly and unsupportably lambasts

It is no matter for jest when the President of a country publicly singles out national oversight institutions for ferocious censure. And without a...

Post-war development: New direction needed for north, says new study

Image: Post-war development centered on building infrastructure etc has failed. A study commissioned by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka urges a fresh approach to address post-war...

Sri Lanka RTI commission completes two fruitful years & but transformation to an ‘information-open’ culture is challenging & slow

As Sri Lanka marks two years of operationalization of the Right to Information Act, No. 12 of 2016 on 3rd February 2019, the Right...

Peace keeping soldiers death is due to a terrorist attack, not because of any delay by the commission, HRCSL, tells Sirisena

Image: Remains of two UN peacekeepers killed in Mali arrive in Sri Lanka. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Presidential Residence Paget...

Speaker Jayasuriya exposes President Sirisena’s false statement attacking the Constitutional Council

Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya today informed Parliament that President Maithripala Sirisena’s statement in Parliament last evening, claiming that the Constitutional Council disregarded seniority...

Why has Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

Photo: An aerial shot of Colombo, Sri Lanka | Credit: Flickr, Creative Commons . After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a...

Sri Lanka president Sirisena attacks independence of HRCSL and Constitutional Council; Ask HR organisations to stay away.

Speaking at the parliament on 06th Feb. President Sirisena criticised the independent Human Rights Council of Sri Lanka and Constitutional Council. Further he indirectly...

Sri Lanka’s progress towards Transitional Justice is inconsistent and delayed – UN Rights Commissioner

From the  Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Informal conversation with the President of the Human Rights Council and Members  (4 Feb 2019). Sri...

National Media Campaign on Safe Labour Migration to ensure most secure approach for Sri Lankan migrants

Implemented in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka, the campaign aims...

Sri Lanka: Hope flickers as justice still proves elusive

Time is running out for the Sri Lankan authorities to deliver on its 2015 commitments to truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, Amnesty...

Even in a more beneficial form, the counter terror bill raises warning signals – Kishally Pinto Jayawardena.

Amidst the political turmoil that took place in late October 2018, it was wholly predictable that Sri Lanka’s Counter-Terrorism Bill approved by the Cabinet...

The Crisis in Sri Lanka – Kanishka Goonewardena

Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks to the media on November 11, 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Paula Bronstein / Getty. “In the name of God, go!” Rarely...

‘I hear the cries of Northern Tamils in their own language’ – Suren Ragavan

BY MANJULA FERNANDO. In an interview with the Sunday Observer Dr.Suren Raghawan, the first ever Northern Province Tamil Governor, spells out his aims and objectives...

Sri Lanka: More bombs drop on the ‘MiG Deal’

The controversial ‘MiG Deal’ remains in the public spotlight as evidence continues to surface of the Rajapaksa Government’s complicity in engineering the dubious 2006...
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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...