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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...

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...

In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...

Approach of the UNHRC resolution zero draft on Sri Lanka is not dissimilar to that of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith – Jehan Perera

"The zero draft document also has a section in which it calls on the UN system to ensure that evidence of violations of human...

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

US Secretary of State encourages Human Rights Council to support resolution on Sri Lanka

Addressing the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called on the member states...

Report: Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimisation and attempts to deny Sri Lankan opposition politicians of their civic rights

Image: Screen shot of JVP video A little over a month after the Presidential election, in January 2020 a Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into...

Sri Lanka Easter attacks commission recommends criminal proceedings against President Sirisena

ECONOMYNEXT – The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on the 2019 Easter bombings has recommended that criminal proceedings be instituted against former President Maithripala...

HRC 46: 22 organisations call for a strong resolution with concrete action on Sri Lanka

A coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka To the...

Open message to Pakistan PM Imran Khan from Ammaar Rishad, 13 year old young Sri Lankan Muslim

I, Ammaar Rishad, write to you with an earnest plea on behalf of the communities of Sri Lanka that have suffered due to the...

2019 Easter Sunday attack: Why another committee?- Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: At least those Muslim parliamentarians who voted for the 20th Amendment to empower NGR as an autocrat must come out now and join...

In the wake of Imran Khan’s visit, ACJU calls on the govt to protect the rights, identity and dignity of Sri Lankan Muslims

In the wake of the Pakistan Prime Minister's visit to Sri Lanka the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), has called upon the government to...

Political Victimisation Commission: “If you call a thief a thief you may lose their civic rights in future Sri Lanka” – Chula Adikari

I am going to explain about the Commission on Political Victimisation established by President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Commission was set up to investigate acts...

Sri Lanka: Present RTI Commission enters last six months & hopes that hard won gains of RTI during the past several years will be...

Issuing a public statement Sri Lanka RTI commission says that  "it is our expectation and hope that hard won gains of RTI during the...

Imaad Shah Zuberi, who was paid $6.5 million by Rajapaksa Govt convicted and given 12 years by the US court

Imaad Shah Zuberi, who was paid a handsome $6.5 million in 2014 by Rajapaksa government to rehabilitate the country’s image in the United States...

HRC 46: Zero draft of the Sri Lanka Core Group resolution ignores High Commissioner’s recommendations

Zero draft of the resolution provided to Geneva based diplomatic missions by Sri Lanka core group titled Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in...

Sri Lanka: Recommendation by a commission to dismiss the on going court cases must be the first in the world history- Radhika Coomaraswamy

The political victimisation commission directs the dismissal of on going cases at the court of law. It must be the first instance of...

Sri Lanka: Government suffocating dissent and obstructing justice for historic crimes says Amnesty report

The Sri Lankan Government has launched a renewed crackdown on dissent that is severely curtailing civil society freedom and obstructing efforts to deliver justice...

Malaysiakini found guilty of contempt of court, fined, over readers’ comments

Image: Malaysiakini's Editor-in-Chief Steven Gan leaves the Federal Court after the online newspaper was found guilty of contempt over readers' comments Malaysia’s highest court...

SAHR expresses concern over the strategic timing of the Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, expresses concern over the timing and purpose of the Pakistan Prime...

Four Human Rights High Commissioners join former UN experts calling for international action on Sri Lanka

"Given the continued reluctance of the Sri Lankan Government to meaningfully uphold the human rights of all, only decisive, international action to ensure justice...

Sub judice is a legal safeguard & it should not be used to stifle the citizen’s right to freedom of expression – Sri Lanka...

In a land mark judgment given today, in the case of U. N. S. P. Kurukulasuriya and another  Vs Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and...

A Catalogue of Suffering Behind the Calls for Action on Sri Lanka’s War Crimes

As member States consider a resolution on Sri Lanka at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council session, it is an important moment for the...

Myanmar’s media under the coup – Phil Thornton

Journalists are being targeted, news outlets threatened, bullets fired, curfews imposed and internet blocked by a military junta intent on silencing dissent against stolen...

The Impact of Militarism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka – Basil Fernando

Image: President Mahinda Rajapaksa was  welcomed by Senior General Than Shwe, ruler of the Myanmar in June 2009. The Burma (now Myanmar) was a British...

Victims to testify in Swiss war crimes trial of Liberian rebel commander

Image: A photograph from August 2003 shows a bullet-strewn street following a brutal civil war in Monrovia, Liberia. Keystone / Nic Bothma/Swissinfo The trial in Switzerland of...

It’s Time for the Human Rights Council to Act on Sri Lanka – Navi Pillay

by Laurel E. Fletcher  Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the Sri Lankan government has made clear it has no serious intention of pursuing...

Sri Lanka web journalists oppose Govt plan to establish state controlled media regulation

The Sri Lanka Web Journalists Association is disappointed by the government's attempt to restructure the Sri Lanka Press Council to include electronic, print and...
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Sri Lanka: Rights group questions continuing deaths in police custody

Attorney-at-law Senaka Perera says that the death of persons taken into custody by the police cannot be justified under any circumstances. Activist Perera questioned the...
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Sri Labka: Won the “War” but Lost the Law – Basil Fernando

Calling a civil conflict or a civil war, a war itself, is very misleading. Wars are fought with external enemies. However, civil conflict or...

Report: Accountability and justice are yet a far-away dream for victims of post-easter mob attacks – People’s Rights Group

People’s Rights Group (PRG), a rights based advocacy and lobbying group based in the UK particularly dealing with human rights violations in Sri Lanka...

Rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission

Sri Lanka: Constitutional amendment a blow to human rights; rights groups call for a special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (Bangkok/Geneva, 11...