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Covid-19 control in all 25 disticts of Sri Lanka comes under Military Generals

Sri Lanka has imposed an island-wide militarised regime " for COVID-19 control work" according to a statement posted on the Sri Lanka Army website. Although...

Muslim Council of Britain challenges forced Covid cremations in Sri Lanka

Image caption: Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was elected last year on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock/TG. The country insists all people who...

‘We did it, sisters’: Argentina Senate votes to legalize abortion

By Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -Argentina’s Senate voted on Wednesday to legalize abortion, a first for a big country in Latin America and a...

Sri Lanka: Vistas of Bankruptcy and Misery – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: The current controversy over Muslim burial issue has become handy to deflect the growing anti-regime anger. Saner minds from all communities are appealing...

Future US funding to Sri Lanka depends on the protection and promotion of Human Rights and containing Chinese influence

Image: Chinese influence in Sri Lanka could be seen even on signboards! US President signed coronavirus relief Bill which also provides some foreign aid ...

Sri Lanka: Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas Inter-Religious Committee writes to President on mandatory cremation

The Inter-Religious Committee of the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convene an urgent meeting of medical and virology...

Factbox-European Union launches its COVID-19 vaccination campaign

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The European Union officially launched its mass COVID-19 vaccination programme on Sunday with the goal of making shots available to all...

Hunting for ‘Disease X’ in the Congo rainforest

In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Showing early...

Sri Lanka’s mandatory cremation policy is playing politics with the dead, says GTF

While appreciating Sri Lanka’s relative success with the management of COVID-19, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to express its strong condemnation of...

UNHRC, Sri Lanka Resolutions and the Tamil Parties’ desperation – M.S.M. Ayub

Tamil nationalistic politics which have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related politics seems #to be gaining momentum with the next session of...

Sri Lanka: FEATURESFlashbacks of reinforcing 13A – Austin Fernand

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has recently said that the Provincial Council (PC) elections will be held when the ground situation is conducive. Minister Sarath...

Sri Lanka: Police file PTA case against Uthayan newspaper over LTTE leader photos

Image: The front page of Uthayan on 26 November 2020. Sri Lankan police have filed a case under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against...

“Is Sri Lanka’s medical establishment too is steeped in racism or is willing to ignore science & ethics due to fear” – FR petition...

The parents of the 20-day-old infant who was cremated against their wishes filed a Fundamental Rights application before the Supreme Court through their Attorney...

2020: A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka...

HRCSL can no longer be considered legally independent – Ambika Satkunanathan

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) conducted the first national study on the treatment and conditions of prisoners from February 2018 to January...

Sri Lankan government detains young Muslim poet on bogus charges – S. Jayanth

Ahnaf Jazeem, a 25-year-old Sri Lankan poet, remains in jail without charge after being falsely accused, by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on May...

The right every Sri Lankan has to a safe and dignified burial in his homeland after death must be respected! – Kary Jayasuriya

Denying the right of a Sri Lankan to a safe and dignified burial, regardless of their ethnic background, and to be subjected to enforced...

#stopforcedcremations campaign is gathering momentum in Sri Lanka.

Yesterday a small group of about 40-50 people belonging to all ethnic and religious backgrounds, gathered (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing masks of...

Afghanistan: Prominent freelance journalist assassinated

Rahmatullah Nikzad, a reporter, photographer and chief of the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was assassinated in the first district of Ghazni province by unknown assailants...

Letter to Michelle Bachelet: Appointment of Justice Abeyrathna to lead the OMP is a direct insult and an act of violence – Sandya Ekneligoda

Image: Justice Upali Abeyrathna handing over the final report of the Commission on Political Victimisation to President Rajapaksa. In a letter addressed to United Nations...

The Psychological Impact of Political Violence in Sri Lanka – Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.

Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence.- John Foster Dulles Commonly violence is defined as the...

Outrage in Sri Lanka over cremation of Muslim COVID victims

Image:Municipal workers carry the coffin of an unclaimed body of a COVID-19 victim to a crematorium in Colombo in this December 10 photo Anger...

Sri Lanka: Veddah Chief to file a lawsuit against the destruction in the forest reserve

Image: Veddah Chief Wanaspathi Wannilaeththo. Joining the ranks of environmentalists protesting the rapid rate of environmental devastation in Sri Lanka, Veddah Chief Wanaspathi Wannilaeththo said...

A pro Rajapaksa politician appointed to lead Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed an active pro-government politician to lead the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. He has replaced the current Commission with...

UN recommendations: Sri Lanka’s 20 A and independence of the judiciary and independence of institutions

Image:  Fabian Salviol (left) & Diego García-Sayán (right) Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs, namely, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and Fabian...

Sri Lanka:18 Young men and women from Eastern Province arrested and detained under PTA

18  young people from  Kattankudy, Eastern province, Sri Lanka have been arrested and detained under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act according to reports...

Can Conservation and Development Be Balanced in Sri Lanka?

Local environmental experts stress that conservation is crucial to sustain the ecological services provided by forests in Sri Lanka. Courtesy: CC by 2.0/charlieontravel.com By Devana Senanayake and Janik...

Gota’s wars against economy and minorities – Dr. Ameer Ali

GR’s strategy of containing the political damage caused by his failure to win the economic war by winning the parallel war fought against minorities...

The security challenges of Sri Lanka involve multinational corporations, & non-governmental organisations – Army Commader

Speaking on 'Evaluation of the Role of Armed Forces and Ensuring National Security, Abreast with Contemporary Security Challenges', Sri Lanka army commander Lieutenant General...

Rishad’s lawyer challenges Ex Kurunegala SSP Mahinda Dissanayake’s testimony

In a letter addresses to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday Attacks. Attorney at Law Rushdhie Habib has stated that "the...
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Sri Lanka: Fundermatal Rights case filed on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem today (16.April 2021) filed the fundamental rights case in the registry of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against...
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Sri Lanka: President Rajapaksa threatens me with filthy language, says ruling party MP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Government MP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa says that he will complain to Sri Lanka’s IGP against threats made to him by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (16),...

New Year Day atrocities: SriLanka navy attacked Mannar fishers in the sea

Fishers of the Mannar district were brutally attacked and humiliated by Sri-Lankan navy personnel in the mid-sea for three hours. This cruel incident occurred...

Sri Lanka Bar Association to challenge the China-backed Colombo Port City bill

Issuing a statement the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said that it is challenging the law to set up a commission to run Colombo...