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‘History will judge us harshly’: Myanmar special envoy to the UN calls for tougher sanctions

Sanctions on Myanmar’s military need to be tougher as the regime escalates violence on the ground, said Dr. Sasa, a special envoy to...

Sri Lanka: A Lunatic Police Attack

A brutal attack by Police Officers caught on a video tape has gone viral on social media. It has caused expressions of public dismay...

In 3 Northern districts Gotabaya’s 100,000 job programme is filled with handpicked loyalists

Member of parliament of Northern province Mannar district, Rishad Bathiudeen has complained to president Gotabaya Rajapaksa that his 100,000 job programme is being politicised....

The Adani Group denies engaging with Myanmar’s military leadership over port deal but video suggests otherwise

Image: The Adani tour of Mandra port in 2019 included Adani Ports boss Karan Adani and Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing. (Supplied: Myanmar’s Office...

Political Buddhism and political liberalism in Sri Lanka – Dr. Ameer Ali

The recent verbal encounter between a Government minister, who asked those who want to live under sharia laws to go to Saudi Arabia,  and...

Muslim Council of Sri Lanka expresses deep concern over the arrest of Azath Salley

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, the Muslim Congress of Sri Lanka says that ZIt shocks the Muslim community that Azath...

Sri Lanka: 323 ‘environmental officers’ to monitor environment destruction posts on social media

Both false and accurate information posted on social media on incidents of environment destruction will be kept under watch by a new unit to...

Sri Lanka government must answer for the creeping ‘Myanmar-isation’ of the state – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

If the Government of Sri Lanka wants to congratulate itself which it seems to be desperately seeking to do on the (inevitable) passing of...

Sri Lanka adds 6 Tamil diaspora orgs and 100s of diaspora Tamils to the proscribed list

File photo: A protest by diaspora Tamils. The government of Sri Lanka has amended the list of designated persons published in the Gazette Extraordinary No.1992/25...

Sri Lanka: Media bodies propose single monitoring authority

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI), its constituents and affiliated organisations met Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday to submit a proposal for a...

CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

Image courtesy of  CPJ. Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it...

The sacred vs. the profane: Censoring texts in the name of Buddhism – Sumudu Chamara

Image courtesy of www.indialegallive.com. Sri Lankans take religious freedom extremely seriously, and any act they deem to be an insult to their religion or religious...

Bank of England unveils new banknote celebrating WW2 code-breaker Turing, who was punished for homo-sexuality in 1954

New 50 pound note, featuring late mathematician Alan Turing in this 2020 illustration Bank  of England/Handout via REUTERS/Illustration. LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England...

Sri Lanka: Journalist charged with ‘false claim’ of abduction – IFJ

Sri Lankan journalist Sujeewa Gamage, who was arrested by police for allegedly making 'false claims’ about his own abduction, was granted bail on March...

Human Rights Council strengthens rights office probe into Sri Lanka’s long civil war – United Nations

Image: N Photo / Violaine Martin 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. The United Nations Human Rights Council has been given a mandate to collect...

U.N. to Gather Evidence of Atrocities in Sri Lanka Civil War

Image: Filed up memorial stones for the war dead in Mullaitivu, North of Sri Lanka as the Military banned a proper memorial.  (file photo...

After the smoke clears, what will be left of media in Myanmar?

Image: Courtesy of Civil Disobedience Movement. Journalists in Myanmar face worsening conditions as military crackdowns and violence is compelling many to flee, writes Phil Thornton. Freelance...

The adoption of UNHRC resolution with minimal opposition is an encouraging sign to promote human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka – GTF

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption of resolution 46/1 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Government of Sri...

President Rajapaksa’s statement is a serious warning to media! – Media Organizations collective

The statement made by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa regarding the media, while participating in a “Discussion with the village” programme held on March 20 in...

Sri Lanka resolution in full as adopted by the HRC 46 with 22 votes

The UNHRC resolution "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" was adopted today with 22 votes. 11 Member states opposed the resolution...

SAFMA Sri Lanka, including leading Muslim journalists takes on India for Geneva resolution

Image: Lakshman Gunasekara In a strange tune of events, Sri Lanka chapter of  Pakistan based the South Asian Free Media Association which includes well-known Sri...

One Country, One Law’: Leave it to the judicial process – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC

One country, one law’ was one of the central planks of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election platform. The slogan was initially crafted and marketed by the...

Need for a constitutional and statutory framework on the environment and climate change in Sri Lanka

Image: This Ecocide mural was taken down by force. By Navraj Singh-Ghaleigh and Asanga Welikala. The Sri Lankan media is filled with worrying stories each day...

Tamil Nadu Political Parties Urge PM Modi to Take Stand Against Sri Lanka in UNHRC Session

Image: DMK chief M K Stalin. Chennai: India must take a stand against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council session vis-a-vis the accountability...

Sri Lanka: JVP responds to President’s speech, lodges CID complain against fake FB pages

The JVP has lodged a complaint to the CID to launch an investigation to ascertain who is behind the Facebook page named “JVP Parisaravediyo”...

Sri Lanka: Where journalists self-abduct and ecocide is green – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: journalists  Sujeewa Gamage who was abducted and tortured speaking at  a Press Conference. “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two is...

We’ve high hopes on India at HRC this time, says TNA spokesman

TNA expects New Delhi to vote for resolution, says spokesman Sumanthiran. Meera Srinivasan   The Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) “hopes are high” that India will vote for...

Report: Increased Marginalization, Discrimination and Targeting of Sri Lanka’s Muslim Community

The Sri Lankan government has taken several decisions recently that indicates and exacerbates a worrying trend of increased marginalization and targeting of Sri Lanka’s...

Sri Lanka: President’s office instructs to take down the Ecocide mural, painted by children and put up with permission

Sri Lanka President's office has ordered to take down a mural which is 70x20 feet, was put together by children who are part of...

GTF welcomes the HRC resolution 46/1 wants to keep Sri Lanka firmly remain on the international agenda

UNHRC needs to ensure that human rights and accountability developments in Sri Lanka firmly remain on the international agenda The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes...
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Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Political Victimizations & its adverse effects on the rule of law, the judiciary, judicial process...

Report: Sri Lanka Briefing Note. April 2021 President Gotabhaya Rajapakse appointed a Commission of Inquiry chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Upali Abeyratne and comprising...
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Myanmar junta now publishing lists of wanted journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to react to the Myanmar military’s latest attempts to impose complete control over news and...

President criticised on Facebook; Inquiry launched against two Govt. officers

The National Transport Medical Institute (NTMC) has launched an investigation into the alleged conduct of two female officers stationed at the Gampaha and Ratnapura...

Sri Lanka: Port City Bill in short

Suren Fernando/@SurenFernando. The GOSL Tabled the PortCityBill in Parliament on 8th April 2021. 1. The Bill provides for the establishment of a Commission consisting 5-7 persons appointed...