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Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

Image: The High Commissioner is particularly troubled the appointments of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as...

Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

ON the 11th year of Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction and disappearance Sandaya Ekneligoda launched a new initiative launching Ekneligoda Forum and https://ekneligodaforum.org/. Ekneligoda Forum is a...

SriLanka: Victims, culprits of ‘Dammika Paniya’ and false national pride – Ranga Jayasuriya

Less than two months ago, a self-professed holy man ( Kapuwa) from Kegalle became the embodiment of the Sri Lankan ingenuity. The man who...
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THE HILL WE CLIMB- Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly...

What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...

Securitisation and militarisation in Sri Lanka: A continuum – Ambika Sathkunanthan

Caroon by Avantha Artigala. Militarisation of civilian space began during the first Rajapaksa regime. Yet, it didn’t cause public concern, except amongst certain civil society...

The Kidney Mafia in Sri Lanka –  Dr. N.S. Wijewickrama.  

Image courtesy of Dawn. A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person...

Sri Lanka: Four years prison term for contempt of court violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

On 12 January 2021, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka found S. V. R. P. P. A. R. L. S....

Comtempt of Court in Sri Lanka and Ranjan Ramanayake case – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

A ‘slip of the tongue’ and a celluloid crusader’s unfortunate downfall Confusion has been worse confounded in the public mind following the conviction this week...

Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government: Memorials can be destroyed, not memories

Image courtesy heartresearch.com.au. Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government for the continued destruction of the people's fundamental rights and reconciliation process! Memorials can be destroyed,...

Sri Lanka: Young poet Ahnaf Jazeem awaits justice

Kamanthi Wickramasinghe. As Ahnaf Jazeem languishes in detention for writing poems that were said to have advocated peace and harmony, many academics and human rights...

Sri Lanka: Resist State instigated racism and terror, appeals Liberation Movement

Image: Police baricades Jaffna University after demolising the memorial for war dead. ( Photo- Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter) In yet another act of systematic racism and...

Evoking the Undead Tiger, the Eternal Bogeyman: The Consequences of Forgetting the Past -Ambika Sathkunanathn

Image: The day after Sri Lanka police demolished the Jaffna University memorial. (Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter photo) “If only they would respect Tamils as humans.” An alleged...

Sri Lanka’s dilemmas of the dead and our punching bags of politicians- Kishali Pinto Jayawadene

If ever 2021 had a ghastly leitmotif, it would be the dead. From Muslims not being allowed to cremate their dead disregarding the recommendations...

Sri Lanka should be a United Republic comprising the Centre and of the Regions; Presidency should be ceremonial – TNA Consitutional proposals

Image: TNA discussed its Constitutional reform proposals with the visiting Indian minister for External affairs Dr. Subramaniam Jaishankar this morning at India House, informed...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

Sri Lanka: Vistas of Bankruptcy and Misery – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: The current controversy over Muslim burial issue has become handy to deflect the growing anti-regime anger. Saner minds from all communities are appealing...

UNHRC, Sri Lanka Resolutions and the Tamil Parties’ desperation – M.S.M. Ayub

Tamil nationalistic politics which have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related politics seems #to be gaining momentum with the next session of...

Sri Lanka: FEATURESFlashbacks of reinforcing 13A – Austin Fernand

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has recently said that the Provincial Council (PC) elections will be held when the ground situation is conducive. Minister Sarath...

2020: A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka...

HRCSL can no longer be considered legally independent – Ambika Satkunanathan

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) conducted the first national study on the treatment and conditions of prisoners from February 2018 to January...

Sri Lankan government detains young Muslim poet on bogus charges – S. Jayanth

Ahnaf Jazeem, a 25-year-old Sri Lankan poet, remains in jail without charge after being falsely accused, by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on May...

The Psychological Impact of Political Violence in Sri Lanka – Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D.

Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence.- John Foster Dulles Commonly violence is defined as the...

Outrage in Sri Lanka over cremation of Muslim COVID victims

Image:Municipal workers carry the coffin of an unclaimed body of a COVID-19 victim to a crematorium in Colombo in this December 10 photo Anger...

Can Conservation and Development Be Balanced in Sri Lanka?

Local environmental experts stress that conservation is crucial to sustain the ecological services provided by forests in Sri Lanka. Courtesy: CC by 2.0/charlieontravel.com By Devana Senanayake and Janik...

Gota’s wars against economy and minorities – Dr. Ameer Ali

GR’s strategy of containing the political damage caused by his failure to win the economic war by winning the parallel war fought against minorities...

Mahara prisoners shot as they asked for water -Ruki Fernando

Image: A grieving mother of a prisoner begging a police officer to find out info on her son in front of the Mahara prison. Eleven...

The cremation of a baby and Lanka’s season of cruel misery – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Image: As a protest to the forcible cremation of baby Shaykh, the 20-day old infant white cloths were hanged at the Colombo cemetery by...

The issue of justice in this country is a subject that paints a bleak picture – M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Image: Minister of Justice Ali Sabry -" He may feel like the Minister of ports and shipping of Afghanistan today" ( Photo: Ceylon Today) "The...
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Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

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Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

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