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Budget 2021: What is the rationale of reduing funds for health and increaing for defence? – Dr. Ameer Ali

Budgeting in the face of a combined attack on public health and national economy by a global pandemic is indeed a daunting task for...

Facilitating night work for women in Sri Lanka

File photo from shethepeople.tv. Increasing female labour force participation has been a challenge for the country. These challenges are even greater for night-work and shift-work (hence...

CPRP president urges President to direct all prisoners and Prisons staffers for PCR test

In a letter to President Rajapaksa, the chairperson of the Committee for Protectin  Prisoners Rights, (CPRP) Attorney at Law Sanaka Perera has requested to...

The symbolism of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, doing covid-19 temperature checks in Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

File photo. Sri Lanka’s covid-19 ‘dark riders’ and the urgent need to correct ourselves. The fearsome sight of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, complete with...

Sri Lanka: Under Rajapaksas’ Watch, Rule of Law Suffers the Onslaught of Politics

Image: Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his brothers, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chamal Rajapaksa (R) in Sri Lanka on October 7, 2019. Photo: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files (The Wire) The...

SriLanka’s Army starts drone regiment and monitors people’s movements

New 15th Drone Regiment of the Sri Lanka Artillery Inaugurated to Meet with Future Challenges. (sri Lanka Army/12th November 2020) Being geared to preparing the...

What kind of government reduces expenditure on health in the midst of a global pandemic? – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: Daily FT/Shehan Gunasekara. In 2019, with no global pandemic, the Sirisena-Rajapaksa administration set aside Rs. 188 billion for health. In 2020, amidst a global...

What we have now is far worse: it is rule by executive dictats – M.A. Sumanthiran

"Rule of law, it has been said is the bedrock of democracy. Even rule by law is undesirable. But what we have now is...

UN hopes Sri Lanka govt will allow the safe and dignified burial of COVID-19 victims

File photo from AsiaNews. In a letter address to PM Rajapaksa United Nations resident coordinator Hana Singer says that  "Considering the evidenced-based guidance of the...

Sri Lanka: The war on Covid19 has turned into war on the public; Drons to moniter people’s movements

Image courtesy of US Today. By Vyshnavy Velrajh. (Colombo Gazette) Drones will be deployed to monitor movements in areas under lockdown in the country due to...

Protests against land grabing in the guise of archaeology in N&E of Sri Lanka

Image courtesy of HRW. In recent times more protests have been reported in the Tamil dominated areas of Sri Lanka against land grabbing attempts by...

Trump’s Cult of Personality Will be Badly Damaged by Defeat, But His Toxic Politics Marches On

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair BY PATRICK COCKBURN. President Trump may be losing the election, but he is not the aberration in the history of America...

Sri Lanka: Respect burial rights & stop mandatory cremations of COVID-19 victims – Petition by women

We, the undersigned women write to you in solidarity and on behalf of our Muslim sisters and brothers in this time of uncertainty and...

Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside Pfizer Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo...

‘Ensure our safety!’ – Mannar government officials demand justice for murdered colleague (Update)

55-year-old S.Vijendran a village officer to the Iluppaikadavai area in Mannar, was killed in a mysterious attack by a group of unidentified persons on...

UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

(Dubai: Image courtesy of KARIM SAHIB / AFP / Getty Images) By ISABEL DEBRE. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on...

Pandemic & the rise of Magic Pot Culture in Sri Lanka – Liucian Rakakarunanayake

What a great nation we are! We have a Cabinet Minister – the one in charge of health – offering to sacrifice herself to the...

OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Image: File photo of Covid burials in Indonesia. (www.usnews.com) OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims who died due...

Sri Lanka: Release Hejaaz Hizbullah from detention -The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) is concerned at reports of the continued detention of prominent human rights lawyer, Hejaaz...

Sri Lanka: Forth custodial death within month reported (Update)

An inmate was killed at the Moneragala Prison on 3rd November after assaulted by jail guards, news media reports. According to Ceylon Today report Tensions...

Garment workers on front line of Sri Lanka coronavirus outbreak

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When women at a Sri Lankan garment factory started to develop coughs and fevers, few took it seriously...

Sri Lanka: List the places designated as Covid19 quarantine centres and the designating authority- HRCSL issues recommendations

In a letter to Pavithra Wanniarachch, Minister of Health and Lieutenant General Shavendra de Silva,Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID...

October: A Bleak Month for Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernnado

October was a bleak month for freedom of expression with four cases of assault against five provincial journalists. All five journalists had to be...

Sri Lanka: All cases filed on abducted and murdered journalists are based on false allegations says Minister Jayantha Samaraweera

As the world commemorates 2nd November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’  a Sri Lankan government minister has told...

Second custodial death at Sri Lankan police within a month

A suspect found dead in Nawagamuwa police on 31st October 2020. According to the police version he has handed himself in a police cell....

A Constitution for a Third Republic? Time to Imagine a Better Republic for Sri Lanka – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda

The government has taken steps to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka, which is likely to replace the existing constitution in toto, including its...

Sri Lanka is a country with a history of non-implementation of Justice to crimes against journalists- Free Media Movement

Media Release to commemorate the 'International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists' observed on November 02 While it is the responsibility of any...
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Sri Lanka: Rule by Gazettes leads to impoverishment and insecurity – Basil Fernando

It is not for fun that the Government established processes for taking decisions and implementing them. It is the age old wisdom gained through...
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Misleading news report claims UNESCO dismissed allegations of Sri Lanka deforestation – AFP

A media organisation in Sri Lanka has shared a claim that UNESCO denied any damage to the country's Sinharaja forest, following reports of deforestation. But...

Former LTTE cadre among 5 Tamils arrested by Sri Lanka terrorism division

Five Tamils, including one former LTTE cadre, were arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on Saturday morning. Four people in Jaffna were arrested...

Bar Association of Sri Lanka to resist any attempt to use Parliamentary Motion to withdraw any criminal action pending before a Court of Law.

Image: Political Victimization was handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 08th December afternoon. Issuing a statement BASl says that it will firmly resist any...