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Monthly Archives: November, 2020

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Bleak economy, market mafia and militarised rule – Dr. Ameer Ali

There is no gainsaying that the economy is in dire straits. Although the Budget submitted to the Parliament glossed over the gravity of confronting...

Sri Lanka police want to keep persons suspected of terrorism in their custody for a year, without bail & judicial overview!

The power to issue detention orders for suspects arrested on terrorism-related activities should be given to a Deputy Inspector of Police instead of a...

Jaffna Uni student arrested and further crackdown on Karthikai festival

Image: Sri Lankan soldiers and police went around neighbourhoods smashing lamps and destroying banana trees and festival decorations and threatening residents. Sri Lankan police arrested...

Sri Lanka: Rs. 60,000 charged for “coffin and ash” of cremated of Muslim victims of Covid 19

Image: A FaceBook post by Sri Lanka's Minister of Justice which says mandatory cremation of Muslim Covid victims is absurd.  In a series of tweets,...

“Write a letter to India and leave Indo-Lanka agreement, if you dare” – Sumanthiran challenges Sri Lanka FM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs is an experienced parliamentarian and able person and I’m glad to discuss a few matters with regard to Sri...

Sri Lankan police arrest 19 and mark further 55 for posting Prabhakaran birthday messages

Cropped photo from the original by Sindu S Sri Lankan police across Batticaloa have arrested 19 people for allegedly posting birthday wishes online for Liberation...

Take immediate steps to secure Shani Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment – HRCSL to Commissioner of Prison

In a letter addressed to Commissioner General of Prison,  HRCSL has said that "the health and security of all prisoners including remandees, remain the...

Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) publishs a list of complaints and information regarding missing and disappeared persons

Image: from the remembrance wall at OMP office August 30. 2019. (c) Sunanda Deshapriya. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is publishing a List of...

HRCSL recommendations : Permit burials as well as cremations of bodies of the Covid-19 victims while adhering to health guidelines

Image courtesy of Voice of America. Issuing observations and recommendations on the disposal of dead bodies in the context of COVID-19 Human Rights Commission of Sri...

Sri Lanka delivers a dedaly blow to media; suspends all government advertising

Image from the safejournalists.ne. Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundara has sent a letter ordering all state institutions including state banks and insurance companies...

Scotland becomes first country to make tampons and pads available for free

Image: MSP Monica Lennon (second left) with campaigners against period poverty outside Scotland's Parliament in February. By Rob Picheta and Ivana Kottasová, CNN. London (CNN). Scotland has become...

Sri Lanka: Police interrogate Tamil journalist for reporting of Sinhala settlements on Tamil cattle farmers’ land

Sri Lankan police officers interrogated Tamil Guardian’s Batticaloa correspondent and Batticaloa Press Club (BPC) Secretary, Selvakumar Nilanthan at his home, for highlighting the military-assisted...

Many PTA detainees have complained of pressure in relation to self-incriminating statements – HRCSL to Acting IGP

Ramani Muttettuwegama, the commissioner in charge of Investigations & Inquiries at the HRCSL has requested  C. D.C. Wickremaratne, Acting Inspector General of Police to...

The Bitter Truth About the President’s Address to the Nation – Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: Presdnets tweet announcing his speech will be on air via all TV & Radio channels as well as an official social media pages. You...

Justice for Hejaaz: The bell tolls, but the Bar is silent – Gehan Gunatilleke

Seven months have passed since the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah. When he was taken into custody on 14 April, his...

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...

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...

Covid19: 100,000 families within the Colombo city in need of assistance – Colombo Mayor

1. I wish to clarify that in my last press briefing I was requesting for a lockdown of the Colombo city (1 to 15)...

Gotabaya’s assurance to the Sinhala Buddhists – Dr. Kumaravadivel Guruparan

The President delivered his one year in office statement yesterday. He urged the Sinhalese that their existential fears should not be a matter of concern...

EU expresses its concerns on Sri Lanka’s trade restrictions and withdrawal from HRC resolutions & says trade is not a one-way street

19 November 2020, COLOMBO - As COVID-19 continues to bring a number of challenges, we, the Colombo-based Heads of Missions representing the European Union and...

FUTA warns Govt: Entire state university system will intervene to defeat attempts to acquire university properties.

The Federation of University Teacher’s Associations (FUTA) strongly condemns the unjust and arbitrary attempts by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to take over the...

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s address to the nation and missing words

On 18th November Sri Lanka president, Gotabaya addressed the nation. His speech was telecasted by all TV channels of the country and broadcast over...

UNResident Coordinator to Sri Lanka meddling in internal affairs – Buddhist Monk

Image: Hanaa Singer. Ven. Jamburawela Chandraratne Thera, representing the People's Responsibility Centre (PRC), has criticised the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Sri Lanka, Hanaa...

Another Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

A Jaffna-based journalist, was attacked and had his phone stolen by a group of unidentified persons, last Wednesday. The group broke into S. Mukunthan’s home in...

Report: Socio-economic and psychological impact on families of PTA detainees following the Easter Sunday Attacks – Marisa de Silva

Guilt by Association In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday Attacks of 21stApril, 2019, hundreds of Muslims were rounded up and arrested under the PTA...

Infographic: Gender equality – Where are we today?

Image courtesy of www.unops.org. This infographic highlights progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and...
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CPPR submits an urgent appeal on the situation of prisons in Sri Lanka to UN Special Rapporteurs.

Image: A  leaked photo of killings at the  Maraha prison. In a submission to Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment...
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Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

Sri Lanka: Mahara prison killings must be properly investigated and urgent measures taken to protect detainees from COVID-19 – ICJ

The ICJ today ( 2 Dec 2020) called upon the Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the events...

Sri Lanka: Tamil journalist arrested for social media posts

A Tamil journalist locally known as Gokulan, affiliated with Battinews.com was arrested by the Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on November 29 for posting pictures on his...