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Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) publishs a list of complaints and information regarding missing and disappeared persons

Image: from the remembrance wall at OMP office August 30. 2019. (c) Sunanda Deshapriya. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is publishing a List of...
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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s address to the nation and missing words

On 18th November Sri Lanka president, Gotabaya addressed the nation. His speech was telecasted by all TV channels of the country and broadcast over...

Report: Socio-economic and psychological impact on families of PTA detainees following the Easter Sunday Attacks – Marisa de Silva

Guilt by Association In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday Attacks of 21stApril, 2019, hundreds of Muslims were rounded up and arrested under the PTA...

Budget 2021: What is the rationale of reduing funds for health and increaing for defence? – Dr. Ameer Ali

Budgeting in the face of a combined attack on public health and national economy by a global pandemic is indeed a daunting task for...

Facilitating night work for women in Sri Lanka

File photo from shethepeople.tv. Increasing female labour force participation has been a challenge for the country. These challenges are even greater for night-work and shift-work (hence...

The symbolism of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, doing covid-19 temperature checks in Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

File photo. Sri Lanka’s covid-19 ‘dark riders’ and the urgent need to correct ourselves. The fearsome sight of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, complete with...

Sri Lanka: Under Rajapaksas’ Watch, Rule of Law Suffers the Onslaught of Politics

Image: Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his brothers, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chamal Rajapaksa (R) in Sri Lanka on October 7, 2019. Photo: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files (The Wire) The...

What kind of government reduces expenditure on health in the midst of a global pandemic? – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: Daily FT/Shehan Gunasekara. In 2019, with no global pandemic, the Sirisena-Rajapaksa administration set aside Rs. 188 billion for health. In 2020, amidst a global...

Pandemic & the rise of Magic Pot Culture in Sri Lanka – Liucian Rakakarunanayake

What a great nation we are! We have a Cabinet Minister – the one in charge of health – offering to sacrifice herself to the...

Garment workers on front line of Sri Lanka coronavirus outbreak

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When women at a Sri Lankan garment factory started to develop coughs and fevers, few took it seriously...

A Constitution for a Third Republic? Time to Imagine a Better Republic for Sri Lanka – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda

The government has taken steps to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka, which is likely to replace the existing constitution in toto, including its...

Sri Lanka is a country with a history of non-implementation of Justice to crimes against journalists- Free Media Movement

Media Release to commemorate the 'International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists' observed on November 02 While it is the responsibility of any...

The 20th Amendment’s increase of judges and consequent concerns – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: File photo of high Court judges in Sri Lanka. Eyebrows are being raised over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution’s inclusion of provisions at...

Sri Lanka: Vulnerable groups pay the price for militarisation of COVID-19 response

Image: (c)Shehan Gunasekara/Daily FT On 15 October, the Sri Lankan authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Katunayake Free Trade Zone (KFTZ) after hundreds of...

Amnesty International writes to Pompeo: Raise Human Rights issues with Rajapaksas

Dear Secretary Pompeo: I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International and our 10 million members, supporters and activists worldwide. Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is...

Constitution-making – here we go again! – Sakuntala Kadiragamer

The Ministry of Justice issued an invitation to the public to submit proposals for consideration by an expert committee established to draft a new...

Sri Lanka president tightens grip with constitutional changes

Amendments give Gotabaya Rajapaksa powers to sack ministers and limit oversight. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivers a policy speech in the Colombo parliament on 20 August...

Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...

20 A: A braver, self-confident Supreme Court could have done more to safeguard the people’s sovereignty – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

According to reports the Supreme Court has cleared the 20th Amendment with minor conditions some of which are analysed below. Now the battle must...

Shattering Sri Lanka’s myth of ‘the great race’ in the Covid mirror – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Even as frightened and hapless garment workers slaving in the multitude of factories in the Gampaha District, the epicentre of Sri Lanka’s calamitous covid-19...

Sri Lanka: Prominent human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah arbitrarily detained for six months must be released – AI

The Sri Lankan authorities must release prominent human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah, who has been held in detention for more than six months under...

Black October of Northern Muslims – 30 years since, where are we? – Shreen Saroor

Image: A section of Northern Muslims who were evicted by the LTTE in 1990 In October 1990, some 75,000 Muslims in the Northern Province (about...

The Second Wave and who decides the health policy? – Ranga Jayasuriya

Image: Army commander and police spokesperson brief media regularly on Covid 19 situation. The largest cluster of corona patients in the country might not have...

Lankan Supreme Court allows basic structure of 20A to remain without a referendum

Image: Activists campaign against the 20th A. By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express. Colombo, October 11 (newsin.asia): In the determination on the 20th Constitution Amendment Bill leaked to the Sunday...

Sri Lanka Report: Repression of Dissent in August 2020

(INFORM) This report provides some general trends and details of some significant incidents related to the repression of dissent in Sri Lanka in the...

COVID-19 runs riot in Sri Lanka as big business hunt profits- Editorial, Daily Mirror

When on September 28 the news broke that a new case of coronavirus was discovered in the Gampaha district, the country’s health authorities were...

Thirty sections of the 20th amendment are against democracy and freedom of expression – Ermiza Tegal, Attorney-at-law

Rights activist Ms. Ermiza Tegal, Attorney-at-law, pointed out that 30 sections of the 20th amendment to the constitution are contrary to democracy while three...

SC determination : A gingerly cautious approach to the 20th Amendment Bill – Kishali Pinto jayawardene

With the Supreme Court’s Determination on the 20th Amendment Bill being made available in the public domain, some aspects of the ruling warrant immediate attention....

Technology and the Future of Democracy: Challenges, growing threats & potential policy options

Yuval Noah Harari with Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, and Kristen Davis, CEO and Founder of CinqC on a panel discussing technology and the...

All Sri Lankans must oppose 20th constitution amendmend – Ruki Fernando

Image: Security personnel on duty at a checkpoint in Minuwangoda of Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Oct. 4, 2020. (Photo...

20th Amendment to the Constitution: A Draconian Law In The Making? – Lal Wijenayake

What were the main weaknesses of the 19A? The 19A was brought to democratize the state. This was an underlying necessity because from 2005-2015, especially...
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Sri Lankan police arrest 19 and mark further 55 for posting Prabhakaran birthday messages

Cropped photo from the original by Sindu S Sri Lankan police across Batticaloa have arrested 19 people for allegedly posting birthday wishes online for Liberation...
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Take immediate steps to secure Shani Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment – HRCSL to Commissioner of Prison

In a letter addressed to Commissioner General of Prison,  HRCSL has said that "the health and security of all prisoners including remandees, remain the...

Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...