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New Year Day atrocities: SriLanka navy attacked Mannar fishers in the sea

Fishers of the Mannar district were brutally attacked and humiliated by Sri-Lankan navy personnel in the mid-sea for three hours. This cruel incident occurred...

Sri Lanka Bar Association to challenge the China-backed Colombo Port City bill

Issuing a statement the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said that it is challenging the law to set up a commission to run Colombo...

Saudi Arabia: Dozens of Sri Lankan women wrongfully detained for months due to abusive kafala system

At least 41 Sri Lankan women, the majority of whom are migrant domestic workers, have spent months on end arbitrarily detained at a deportation...
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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...

Commissions of Inquiry under Sri Lankan Law: What Cost to Sri Lanka? – Dr. Justice Chandradasa Nanayakkara

Image: President receives the final report of the PCoI into the Easter Sunday attack. Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic proliferation of commissions of inquiry,...

Catholic Church has lost patience after 2 years & what about Tamils who have waited for 11 long years? – M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Image: A priest conducts a mass burial for Easter Sunday bomb blast victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka on April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe/timesofisrael) As...

Endless War: The Destroyed Land, Life, and Identity of the Tamils in Sri Lanka

Oakland, CA—As the 46th session of the UNHRC assesses the new resolution on Sri Lanka, a new report from the Oakland Institute, Endless War: The...

Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence starts controlling Islamic thought – Dr. Ameer Ali

“Please be informed”, says a notice from the Deputy Director of Customs, “that from today (05.03.2021) onwards, any Islamic religious books brought into the...

US Foreign Affairs Committee tweets Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s article: “I hold Rajapaksa responsible for his role in my father’s murder”

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives at the Gangarama Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 26. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images/ Washington Post) "Freedom...

For Sri Lankan reporters, the ghosts of violence and intimidation loom again

Image: Sri Lankan journalists at the Black January vigil honour colleagues who were killed and abducted in that month over the years. Photograph: Indunil Usgoda...

‘She Is a Hero’: In Myanmar’s Protests, Women Are on the Front Lines

Image: Ma Kyal Sin’s funeral in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Thursday. The 18-year-old woman was one of dozens of protesters who were shot dead the previous...

HRC 46: A terrifying wave of ethno-nationalistic hatred is gripping Sri Lanka – M. Ameer Faaiz

File photo: Ameer Faaiz speaking at a side event at UNHRC 2017 March. (c) s.deshapriya This is an extremely challenging and fearful time for religious...

Universal Jurisdiction — the Most Difficult Path to Achieve Justice for Sri Lanka – Andreas Schüller

It is more than clear by now that Sri Lanka has failed to – and doesn’t intend to — take the necessary, decisive, and sustainable...

The Easter Sunday commission and the indictment of a president – Kishali Pinto Jayadardena

Can a President or a Prime Minister be indicted for gross criminal negligence in respect of his or her duties to the nation? A...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...

2019 Easter Sunday attack: Why another committee?- Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: At least those Muslim parliamentarians who voted for the 20th Amendment to empower NGR as an autocrat must come out now and join...

Political Victimisation Commission: “If you call a thief a thief you may lose their civic rights in future Sri Lanka” – Chula Adikari

I am going to explain about the Commission on Political Victimisation established by President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Commission was set up to investigate acts...

SAHR expresses concern over the strategic timing of the Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, expresses concern over the timing and purpose of the Pakistan Prime...

The Impact of Militarism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka – Basil Fernando

Image: President Mahinda Rajapaksa was  welcomed by Senior General Than Shwe, ruler of the Myanmar in June 2009. The Burma (now Myanmar) was a British...

It’s Time for the Human Rights Council to Act on Sri Lanka – Navi Pillay

by Laurel E. Fletcher  Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the Sri Lankan government has made clear it has no serious intention of pursuing...
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Sri Lanka: Fundermatal Rights case filed on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem today (16.April 2021) filed the fundamental rights case in the registry of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against...
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Sri Lanka: President Rajapaksa threatens me with filthy language, says ruling party MP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa

Government MP Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa says that he will complain to Sri Lanka’s IGP against threats made to him by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (16),...

New Year Day atrocities: SriLanka navy attacked Mannar fishers in the sea

Fishers of the Mannar district were brutally attacked and humiliated by Sri-Lankan navy personnel in the mid-sea for three hours. This cruel incident occurred...

Sri Lanka Bar Association to challenge the China-backed Colombo Port City bill

Issuing a statement the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said that it is challenging the law to set up a commission to run Colombo...