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Monthly Archives: January, 2021

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The Garrison state of future SriLanka: Will it work? – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The project of President Gotabaya seems to be the conversion of Sri Lanka from an uninterrupted, long-standing democracy and open society, into a second...

Sri Lanka to amend the controversial Press Council Law to include electronic and new media

Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers has decided to amend the controversial Press Council law to include electronic and new media. The law was enacted in...

“Release Tamil political prisoners”: Families and civil groups launch a campaign in North-East Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations, civilians, clergy, and Tamil politicians today (5th  January 2021) jointly launched a campaign...

Afghanistan: Journalist murdered on the first day of 2021

Image:Journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq. Credit: The Bharat Express. Bismillah Adil Aimaq, an Afghan journalist and human rights activist was killed by unidentified gunmen in Dara-e-Taimoor...

The uncomfortable truth about Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in the Middle East – Amalini De Sayrah

On April 28th 2020, shaky footage taken on a smartphone showed hundreds of migrant workers in a country in the Middle East, crowded into...

Heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals & enable burial of COVID-19 dead – Civil society statement

The government must heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals and enable burial of COVID-19 dead – civil society statement. (4 January 2021)...

Sri Lanka: Obstacles to the right to freedom of expression on social media must be defeated!- Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses their grave concern over the tendency to indiscriminately block and impede the right to freedom of expression on...

Liberation Movement, an activists group, calls on Government of Sri Lanka to bring migrant workers home!

Image: This migrant worker's plea to Gotabaya Rajapaksa requesting bring them home has gone viral. She says some of the SL female workers are...

President Rajapaksa and his 13A dilemmas – Rajan Philips

It was said of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike that “it was a grim irony that he should be called upon, at the moment of...

Experts committee delivers a death blow to “Covid cremation only” lobby in Sri Lanka

Image: Covid dead are being buried in NewYork' (Photo courtesy of AP tweeter) The expert committee appointed by the Health Ministry to study the issue...

Under 20 A Govt is taking arbitrary actions contrary to democratic principles – Karu Jayasuriya, NMJS

The National Movement for a Just Society, over the past few months, held regular press briefings to present various issues. By having regular briefings,...

Dead-body politics and racism: a prayer for 2021- Shreen Abdul Saroor

“The dignity of the dead, their cultural and religious traditions, and their families should be respected and protected throughout.” —World Health Organization, Infection prevention...
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Sri Lanka: Persistent denial of the right to internal self-determination entitle a People to external self-determination. -TNA

Writing to Experts Committee to Draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka the Tamil National Alliance says that  "the failure to offer a meaningful...
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HRC 46: International HR organisations call for international action & protection of HRDs in Sri Lanka

Image: Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights making concluding remarks at the ID on Sri Lanka report. Making interventions at the interactive dialogue at...

LTTE atrocities and the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

Many reports of the United Nations and International Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations by LTTE for...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...