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Monthly Archives: January, 2021

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Rights Commissioner’s “role is not to be a school mistress with a ruler in her hand and go around whipping children” – Sri Lanka...

"Human Rights High Commissioner’s role is not to be a schoolmistress with a ruler in her hand and go around whipping children. It was...

Cabinet decisions, 2015.01.21: Wijayadasa Rajapaksa also took part in forming “Anti Corruption Committee”, he has complained against!

According to the Cabinet decisions taken on 2015-01-21 Wijayadasa Rajapaksa was appointed as the chair of a committee to make recommendations for the introduction...

Special Presidential CoI appointed to decide the fate of dozens of Sri Lankan opposition leaders: stripping civil rights and expelling from Parliament

Today president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa appointed a special presidential commission to decide the fate of dozens of opposition leaders including Ranil Wickremasinghe, Mangala Samaraweera, Patali...

India: Awaiting trial for six years, students’ rights activist Kanchan Nanaware (38) dies while in custody

Kanchan Nanaware, who was arrested for her alleged Maoist links, suffered from a congenital heart disease. She had been moved to a hospital on...

Human rights and Geneva sessions: What’s at stake for Sri Lanka? – Dr. Ameer Ali

President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa (NGR) and his Government’s nonchalance regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council report on Sri Lanka, which was a confidential...

Sri Lanka Govt to recruit 200 ex-military personal to monitor prison offcials.

Image courtesy of www.gettyimages.ie. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had instructed the formation of a special unit of retired military personnel to check all prison officers who...

Sri Lanka: Establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) is absurd and of no use – Defence Secretary General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne 

Image: Manouri Muttetuwegama, Chair of the Disappearance commission appointed by President Kumaratunga and Chair of the Reconciliation Task Force appointed by the previous government...

Black January and free expression violations in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

For many years, Sri Lankan media freedom organisations have commemorated “Black January”, recalling the numerous violations of free expression and crimes against free expression...

SriLankan poet Ahnaf Jazeem in custody 256 days without trial and bail. Case postponed to Feb 24th.

The case in Fort Magistrate Court, in which the CID has reported facts against Poet Ahnaf Jazeem who was arrested by TID and is...

Living in Hell: The Plight of Prisoners Held Under the PTA – Ambika Sathkunanathan

Image courtesy of BBC/Getty Images. The findings of the National Study of Prisons undertaken by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka have been discussed...

Fort Magistrate makes historic order in Hejaaz Hizbullah case: PTA detention order does not suspend Criminal Procedure Code

Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday made a historic order holding that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) does not suspend the application of the...

Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 40/1 which requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

Image: The High Commissioner is particularly troubled the appointments of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as...

Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

ON the 11th year of Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction and disappearance Sandaya Ekneligoda launched a new initiative launching Ekneligoda Forum and https://ekneligodaforum.org/. Ekneligoda Forum is a...

SriLanka: Victims, culprits of ‘Dammika Paniya’ and false national pride – Ranga Jayasuriya

Less than two months ago, a self-professed holy man ( Kapuwa) from Kegalle became the embodiment of the Sri Lankan ingenuity. The man who...

Denial of social security benefits of migrant workers in times of the pandemic – Andrew Samuel

Image: Activists protest in Sri Lanka  against the discriminatory treatment of migrant workers. ( FB photo, January 2021) The year 2020 was a horrible year...

UN experts urge SriLanka to end its policy of forced cremation of COVID19 deceased

GENEVA (25 January 2021) UN human rights experts* today urged the Sri Lankan Government to end its policy of forced cremation of the COVID-19...

India strikes hard bargain in Sri Lanka for stake in Colombo port- Marwaan Macan-Markar

Image: Port of Colombo in 2019: Sri Lanka and India recently agreed on terms for developing the port's Eastern Container Terminal with Indian company...

Sri Lanka: newly established Commission of Inquiry is a travesty of justice – ICJ

Image courtesy of www.inlander.com. (January 23, 2021) The ICJ stated today that a newly appointed Commission of Inquiry tasked to review reports on past human...

Thaththa, stay chill where ever you are; we won’t give up on you! – Harith Ekneligoda

File photo: Harith Eknaligoda is on the right (2012) Writing on Facebook,  Harth Eknaligoda, youngest son of abducted and disappeared Sri Lankan journalist and cartoonist...

Leaked UN report on Sri Lanka calls for “a meaningful path towards accountability for international crimes and serious human rights violations”

According to a leaked UN report on Sri Lanka, it calls  for the UN  Human Rights Council to take further action on Sri Lanka...

Presidential Commission recommends punishing opposition politicians including Ranil, Samapathan, AKD, Mangala, Patali and Jayamapathi.

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimisation has suggested the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to make recommendations to Parliament...

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Commissioner recommends asset freezes & travel ban for alleged war criminals

File photo: These arrested alleged  LTTE militants by Sri Lanka military. Their whereabouts are still unknown. In her report on Sri Lanka to the upcoming...

Another new ‘commission’ promises no relief to victims – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: the tasks encompassed within its mandate have already been performed by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC, 2011) The recent appointment by President...

Sri Lanka Seeks Diversion, Not Justice, Over Wartime Abuses – Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, sings the national anthem during an event to mark the anniversary of country's independence from British colonial...

Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Image:© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. In a paper presented the member states of the UNHTC, Geneva Amnesty International has urged the United Nations (UN) Human...

THE HILL WE CLIMB- Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

Image~ Sri Lanka flag at the UNHRC, Geneva © sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member commission to identify the findings...

Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...

What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...
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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...