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Constitution-making – here we go again! – Sakuntala Kadiragamer

The Ministry of Justice issued an invitation to the public to submit proposals for consideration by an expert committee established to draft a new...

Sri Lanka president tightens grip with constitutional changes

Amendments give Gotabaya Rajapaksa powers to sack ministers and limit oversight. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivers a policy speech in the Colombo parliament on 20 August...

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, that is still evolving. Despite early efforts that...

Killing of M. Madush in police custody: Police version is a pure fabrication, the lawyer writes to BASL

Calling of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to condemn the police action in the strongest possible terms, the attorney representing...

Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...

FTZ Workers Rights and Militarised Approach to Covid-19 Prevention in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Brief update

1. On 4 October Sri Lanka’s newest Covid-19 cluster spreading within the Brandix-owned factory in Minuwangoda, Gampaha came to be known by an accident....

Sri Lanka: Inaction on regularizing quarantine regulations is illegal and arbitrary; Court case files for writ of mandamus ( Full text)

Image courtesy of Al jazeera/ Filing an application for mandates in the nature of Writ of Certiorari and/or Prohibition and/or Mandamus Under and in terms...

Ensure FTZ workers rights are not violated by the COVID 19 prevention programs – Civil Society Collective

In a letter addressed to Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, the recently formed Civil Society Collective for the Rights of FTZ Workers has requested...

20 A: A braver, self-confident Supreme Court could have done more to safeguard the people’s sovereignty – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

According to reports the Supreme Court has cleared the 20th Amendment with minor conditions some of which are analysed below. Now the battle must...

Garment Workers on the front line of the pandemic :Outbreak in Sri Lanka

Image: ILO/M. Crozet CC 3.0 16 October/WarOnWant) Sri Lanka’s worst Covid-19 outbreak has originated from a Brandix garment factory: 1,036 employees and 361 of...

Shattering Sri Lanka’s myth of ‘the great race’ in the Covid mirror – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Even as frightened and hapless garment workers slaving in the multitude of factories in the Gampaha District, the epicentre of Sri Lanka’s calamitous covid-19...

‘Dragged away like criminals’ – FTZ workers

Weeping garment workers abruptly shoved into quarantine Unions call for an immediate inquiry into factory COVID ops Twenty-eight-year-old Kasuni is among hundreds of garment...

Sri Lanka: A complaint logged against General Shavendra Silva for cruel, inhumane & degrading treatment in quarantining FTZ workers

A Complaint has been made against Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of...

Sri Lanka: Prominent human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah arbitrarily detained for six months must be released – AI

The Sri Lankan authorities must release prominent human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah, who has been held in detention for more than six months under...

Sri Lanka: Journalists exposing timber smuggling attacked

Journalists Shanmugam Thavaseelan and Kanapathipillai Kumanan, correspondents for the Tamil Guardian, were attacked by timber smugglers on October 12 when the journalists duo were...

Black October of Northern Muslims – 30 years since, where are we? – Shreen Saroor

Image: A section of Northern Muslims who were evicted by the LTTE in 1990 In October 1990, some 75,000 Muslims in the Northern Province (about...

Sri Lanka gazettes jail terms and fines for breaking Covid19 prevention guidelines

According to the gazette notification issued by the Minister of Health today any person violators of the gazetted health guidelines will be subject to...

The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

Image: Pham Doan Trang, a Vietnamese dissident, was arrested on charges of making and disseminating propaganda against the Vietnamese state.(Credit-Thinh Nguyen) By Richard C. Paddock. BANGKOK...

Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah without charge for 6 months

Rights groups and members of civil society have raised concerns over the continued incarceration of a Muslim lawyer in Sri Lanka, adding that his...

The deplorable situation of military coordinated quarantine centre for 400-500 FTZ workers in Sri Lanka : 2 toilets, 2 sinks!

(Image courtesy of https://www.hiclipart.com) The situation of Garment Factory Workers in Katunayaka – COVID-19 Update By Marisa de Silva. “The biggest mistake done by this Government and...

Brandix, Sri Lanka: “Workers who fainted had water sprinkled on their faces and had to work again”

Image: A Brandix apparel factory in Sri Lanka; Courtesy: Brandix. Health authorities believe the first reported Covid-19 infected worker from the Brandix factory in Minuwangoda...

The Second Wave and who decides the health policy? – Ranga Jayasuriya

Image: Army commander and police spokesperson brief media regularly on Covid 19 situation. The largest cluster of corona patients in the country might not have...

Sri Lanka: 53 Free Trade Zone workers were forcefully taken away at midnight for “military quarantine”

Image: Abducted female workers say that food given to them is not properly cooked and cannot be eaten. (screenshot from the below video) Fifty-three FTZ...

Need is a new constitution; drop the 20th Amendment in its entirety, requests Catholic Bishops Conference

Image@ lawyers campaign against he 20 A. Arguing that what the country need is a new constitution, the Catholic Bishops Conference has called on the...

Lankan Supreme Court allows basic structure of 20A to remain without a referendum

Image: Activists campaign against the 20th A. By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express. Colombo, October 11 (newsin.asia): In the determination on the 20th Constitution Amendment Bill leaked to the Sunday...

“20th Amendment will deal a death blow to democracy” – Amarapura and Ramanna Monks

ECONOMYNEXT – A section of Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist clergy is opposing a Constitutional Amendment proposed by the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa which...

Two Tamil journalists attacked in Mullaitivu

Tamil Guardian reports that two of their correspondents were assaulted this morning by four persons in Murippu, Mullaitivu, while reporting on illegal logging and...

Sri Lanka Report: Repression of Dissent in August 2020

(INFORM) This report provides some general trends and details of some significant incidents related to the repression of dissent in Sri Lanka in the...

COVID-19 runs riot in Sri Lanka as big business hunt profits- Editorial, Daily Mirror

When on September 28 the news broke that a new case of coronavirus was discovered in the Gampaha district, the country’s health authorities were...
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Killing of M. Madush in police custody: Police version is a pure fabrication, the lawyer writes to BASL

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