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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...
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Saluting Sri Lanka’s courageous public officials amidst political antics – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

It is said that, whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. Well, Sri Lanka exemplifies the madness of a State, perpetuated...

Sri Lanka: Dragon dancing in vaccination jungle – Lucian Rajakarunanayake

Amidst the Vaccination Chaos that has emerged in the country we see one move by the Police, somewhat belated no doubt, to break some...

Colombo Port City Economic Commission -An authority without any real authority By Basil Fernando

The Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill has been passed. However, the Bill that was passed was not what the Government wanted. The decision...

What Sri Lanka needs is not banning chemical fertilisers but a second green revolution – W.A. Wijewardena

Image: Farmer Ranjith Kondadeniya, Monaragala. Banning chemical fertilisers and pesticidesW/a/vice of his economic advisors, has ordered that Sri Lanka should stop the importation of chemical...

Rajapaksa politics and recent extrajudicial killings in Sri Lanka-Nalaka Rupasinghe

Image: Mass murderers Brenton Harrison Tarrant and Anders Behring Breivik. ‘’Authoritarian leaders often exercise power arbitrarily and without regard to existing bodies of law.’’ Extrajudicial killings had been...

Namo, Namo, Cheena! – Lucine Rajakarunanayake

The Island cartoon yesterday by Jeffrey Kelaart stuck more than a nail in my heart. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce now offers its members the...

“You talk about Eelam but Port city is a “Cheelam” where you don’t have jurisdictions over that territory” – M.A. Sumanthiran (MP)

Before I commence my comments on the Bill  I must place on record our protest at having this debate at a time like...

Sri Lanka needs swift and strategic intervention to control the pandemic, says two renowned medical professionals

Image: Professor Kamini Mendis and Professor Malik Peiris. The current covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka is grave, and needs swift and strategic intervention, says Professor...

Tamil Remembrance Day: GTF calls for a united strategy for the betterment of the Tamil people

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) joins Tamils worldwide in commemorating the 12th anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. The...

Sri Lanka’s Independent Foreign Policy Paradox – Analysis

By Rajni Gamage* Facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, mounting public debt and international condemnation of human rights violations, Sri Lanka’s foreign policy straddles conflicting domestic...

Ahnaf Jazeem: The Silenced Poet – Ruki Fernando

Image courtesy of Library Hub.  “We will grit our teeth and with submission to god, wait, even if the adversary aims at us the stone in...

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...

Open appeal to Sri Lanka Government : Act Now to Save Our Lives!

Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented rise in the number of cases, with the highly infectious B.1.1.7 strain spreading rapidly across the country. The...

Sri Lanka: The Muslim community is under attack. But why now?- Ahilan Kadirgamar

Image courtesy of The Guardian. Sri Lanka is on the downward slide of chauvinist oppression. The Cabinet last week decided to ban the burqa and...

European Palm Oil Alliance disappointed over impending Lankan ban

Warns possible increase in food expenses  Says blanket ban could use up more land for alternative oil production Argues sustainably sourced palm oil...

‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

It’s hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to. Meanwhile,...

Sri Lanka: Parliament must reject proposed ‘Burqa Ban’ – ICJ

Image courtesy of www.nbcnews.com. The ICJ today condemned the Sri Lankan cabinet’s approval of the proposed ban on face coverings, which, if adopted by Parliament...

Sri Lanka: It is time for the judiciary to defend itself against the Victimisation Commission – Basil Fernando

The recommendations by a Commission appointed by the President, recommending that a large number of criminal cases that have been filed in the Courts...

Sri Lanka: The arrest of poet Ahnaf Jazeem and ordeal he faces – Nethmi Rajawasam

The lawyers appearing for Chilavathurai-Mannar based poet Muhammadhu Ahnaf Jazeem have been sounding the alarm on the Counter Terrorism and Investigation Division (TID) allegedly...

Burqa ban is symbol of majoritarianism in Sri Lanka – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC

Image courtesy of Le news. The proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa and the niqab has given rise to much discussion about the...

Sri Lanka: How not to counter ‘violent extremism’ ; Radicalisation through ‘deradicalisation’? – Ambika Satkunanathan

Image courtesy of www.orfonline.org. Context matters The impact of law on individuals and communities is shaped by factors such as their ethnicity, religion, privilege, socio-economic status,...

Sri Lanka: The Promise of Justice for Easter Sunday Massacre Is A Big Lie – Basil Fernando 

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith presided over the 21st of April commemoration with the participation of other religious leaders. Talking about the issue, he has said...

Dreaming for Presidency in Sri Lanka- Victor Ivan

Sri Lanka is now in a terrible and unfortunate situation. It lies in the bottom of the pit of failure. In other words, the...

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...

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...

Sri Lanka: Rule by Gazettes leads to impoverishment and insecurity – Basil Fernando

It is not for fun that the Government established processes for taking decisions and implementing them. It is the age old wisdom gained through...

Government trying to pass a bill to make the port city a ‘Chinese province’ – Anura Kumara Dissanayake, JVP

At the last election, the people of our country gave this government nearly 2 / 3rd majority in Parliament. At that time, the government...

Photo Essay: Struggle f the female victims of Micro Finance scams in Sri Lanka

Group of female victims of Micro Credit in Sri Lanka started a fast calling for the "Abolition of Micro Credit" as promised by successive...

Microcredit and impact on human rights in Sri Lanka – Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN Special Rapporteur

A. Microfinance in Sri Lanka 71. Microcredit has a long history in Sri Lanka that dates back decades, though its use began to expand particularly...
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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...