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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...

Rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission

Sri Lanka: Constitutional amendment a blow to human rights; rights groups call for a special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (Bangkok/Geneva, 11...

Independence of Sri Lanka’s RTI Commission hangs in the balance

“Across the world, democracy and rule of law is on the retreat,” opined Kishali Pinto Jayawardena, Commissioner at the RTI Commission, Sri Lanka. “In...
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‘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...

The language of the head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church re President Sirisena is entirely inappropriate – Kishaly Pinto Jayawardena

Image: True friends of the Cardinal Ranjith. When the head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church asks in entirely inappropriate language as to whether Maithripala Sirisena,...

Sri Lankan Muslims Fear Speaking Out

A crackdown on dissenting voices — those denouncing Islamophobia and criticizing the government — has Sri Lanka’s Muslims afraid to speak out. By Tasnim Nazeer. Since Sri...

Sri Lanka has plunged into the abyss because of the distortion created by the 20th Amendment- Karu Jayasuriya

At present, our country is facing a number of serious issues. No person who loves the country can ignore it. That is why the...

JVP and the Cost of Lost Revolution – Indrawansa de Silva

Fifty years ago, thousands of us took to arms in what we thought was the Marxist-Leninist revolution to capture power of the state overnight....

Sri Lanka Election Commission’s move to remove ethnicity from political party names is illegal – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne

The Election Commission (EC) has decided not to register political parties whose names have a reference to ethnicity or religion as, accoding to it,...

Bishop Rayappu Joseph : The True Disciple of Jesus Christ – Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe

A Tribute from an Ecumenical Colleague This tribute is written on Good Friday of 2021, a day that is significant for all Christians and especially...

Cost of not complying can be high in Sri Lanka – Jehan Perera

So far it appears that the implications of the resolution on Sri Lanka passed at the UN Human Rights Council last week against the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: ‘Religious Disharmony’ Order Threatens Minorities – HRW

Image: A Sri Lankan Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks outside her apartment in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 16, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena/HRW. Withdraw...

Sri Lanka: Accountability in transition to nowhere – Ambika Satkunanathan

Image: at OMP office 30 Aug 2019. Disappeared in the South (1988-89); (c) S.Deshapriya The old/new F word: accountability  Accountability is a word that is being...
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Sri Lanka: Rights group questions continuing deaths in police custody

Attorney-at-law Senaka Perera says that the death of persons taken into custody by the police cannot be justified under any circumstances. Activist Perera questioned the...
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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...

Rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission

Sri Lanka: Constitutional amendment a blow to human rights; rights groups call for a special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (Bangkok/Geneva, 11...