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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed deep concern regarding the government's decision to regulate fake news on social media. Issuing a statement...

Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

Image courtesy of Inter Press Service. Puyumi Fornseka. During the first five months of this year, more than 1,200 women dialed the 24-hour hotline: 1938 seeking...

Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...

Myanmar’s Coming Revolution- What Will Emerge From Collapse?

Image: Anti-coup demonstrators in Yangon, Myanmar, April 2021. By Thant Myint-U July/August 2021. Myanmar is at a point of no return. The army’s February coup, meant to...

European Parliament wants to initiate a procedure for the  withdrawal of Sri Lanka’s GSP+ status as a last resort

European Parliament today (10 June 2021) passed a resolution on the situation of Sri Lanka which calls on the European Commission and the EEAS...

Sri Lanka : Poorly worded legal provisions can be construed to cover “fake news”

Image courtesy of www.coe.int. Broadly and poorly worded provisions in Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Computer Crimes Act can be construed in...

Sri Lanka: CPRP writes to UN Special Rapporteurs on recent deaths and torture in police custody

Image: UN SPs Morris TIDBALL-BINZ & Nils MELZER. Committee for Protecting of Rights of Prisoners, (CPRP) the only organisation working for the rights of the...

Sri Lanka’s agricultural scientific community predicts substantial yield losses in agricultural production due to Govt’s new policy.

Image courtesy of Northern Provincial Council.  In a letter requesting an urgent meeting with president Rajapaksa, members of the community of senior agricultural scientists, academics...

Fake News: Sri Lanka police to arrest Social Media practitioners without a warrant

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police has requested the general public to refrain from promoting false information on social media individually or in an...

Sri Lanka: ITSSL chair detained for stating that Government web sites were hacked.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Chairman of the Information Technology Society of Sri Lanka (ITSSL) Rajeev Yasiru Kuruwitage Mathew for sharing false news...

European Human Rights Ambassadors issue a statement on detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Sri Lankan poet & teacher Ahnaf Jazeem has spent a year in arbitrary detention. Human Rights Ambassadors call for Sri Lanka's government to...

Sri Lanka’s Office on Missing Persons and the zero policy on justice – Basil Fernando

Image courtesy of The Tamil Guardian. One of the issues that demonstrated the approach of the Sri Lankan authorities to the problem of enforced disappearances...

Sri Lanka media organisations call on Health Ministry spokesperson to apologise for his statement: ” Killed journalists were of 3rd class”

"We do not intend to go into a discourse about your definition of 'third-class work' and 'class'. However, we as the Media Organizations Collective...

Swiss donate half a million antigen tests, 50 ventilators, 150 oxygen concentrators to Sri Lanka

Covid-19: Switzerland sends humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka. Switzerland expresses solidarity with Sri Lanka in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday morning, 8...

Sri Lanka Police CID to monitor social media for ” Fake News”

(Image:www.aei.org) The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been tasked with investigating those who are misleading the public by spreading false propaganda on social media, Police...

Suren Fernando questions 130 Bn “Itukama” Covid19 hand out distribution: 4 M families received it 6.5 times?

In a serous of tweets attorney-at-law Suren Fernando has questioned the Government claim of distribution of Rs. 5000 Covid 19 handout to 4 Million...

Sri Lanka: Death Threats to Journalist Chamuditha; Young Journalists Association writes to IGP

In a letter to Inspector General of Police Young Journalists Association of Sri Lanka has requested him to investigate the alleged death threats to...

(OFFICIAL) UAE, Bahrain make Pfizer/BioNTech shot available to those who got Sinopharm vaccine

Reuters. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have made the Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE.N), coronavirus vaccine available as a booster shot to those initially immunised with a...

The Real Kingmakers of Myanmar

Image: Soldiers from the Ta’aung National Liberation Association, one of the armed ethnic groups that may determine Myanmar’s future.Credit...Ye Aung Thu/Agence France-Presse — Getty...

Two Tamils arrested allegedly for promoting the LTTE

Image: Theatre Mohan ( Tamil Guardian) Tamil man arrested under PTA for 'promoting LTTE ideology' 05 May 2021 A Tamil man was arrested under the notorious Prevention...

Sri Lanka’s daily Covid death tall nearing 50; 1/3 deaths at homes while death among senior citizens at homes up by 60%

The number of COVID related deaths among senior citizens and elderly persons at home has increased  compared to the first and second waves, the...

Tamil youth died in police custody

A young Tamil man, who was arrested by the Sri Lankan Intelligence Division last night at a house in East Iruthayapuram, Batticaloa, has died in...

United States to share 80 million doses of vaccine with the world, Including South Asia – Joe Buden

Making a statement today, President Joe Biden announced that USA is "providing more detail on how we will allocate the first 25 million of...

Sri Lanka Briefing Note: The Environment- Sri Lanka’s Newest Human Rights Front

That the country has suffered much over the years owing to irresponsible management of the environment is a fact. Moreover, it is clear that...

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry accuses that there are “LTTE sympathisers in the US Congress”

Image: US congress in sittings (pewresearch.org) Issuing a statement regarding the resolution No. H.RES.413 introduced in the United States House of Representatives in relation to...

Sinking ship, X-Press Pearl off Sri Lanka had hazardous goods, Info obtained under RTI shows

The Centre for Environmental Justice has issued a list of hazardous chemicals that were transported by the MV X-Press Pearl vessel that caught fire...

Sri Lanka: Ten years since killing of Roshen Shanaka; FTZ Solidarity put forward five demands

"There are a multitude of issues faced within the Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka Today. The most severe during the current COVID-19 pandemic...

Sri Lanka: Detained Maulavis claim under pressure to frame detained human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah

Two Maulavis who have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), have informed court through their lawyer that they are under pressure...

New Appointments in Sri Lanka Torpedo what left of the Transitional Justice Mechanisms – Yasmin Sooka

Johannesburg: The appointment of the war-time police chief to the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) in Sri Lanka completes the militarisation of this transitional...
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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed deep concern regarding the government's decision to regulate fake news on social media. Issuing a statement...
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Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

Image courtesy of Inter Press Service. Puyumi Fornseka. During the first five months of this year, more than 1,200 women dialed the 24-hour hotline: 1938 seeking...

Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...