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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...

John Lennon: Music,Philosophy And Mission- Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. 

My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how...

Sri Lanka: Threatened biodiversity hotspot on the road to destruction – Kamanthi Wickramasingha

Image: Steep slopes cut on the sides of the road, increasing risk of landslides. The Neluwa-Lankagama-Deniyaya Road that is being built via the Sinharaja Forest...

Govt. officials and ministers amazing claims on what led to Mahara jail mayhem’s deaths

"Prisoners stoned on drugs stoned each other to death" The Government finds itself in a tight corner this morn after an incident at the Mahara...

Prison system in Sri Lanka subjects the prisoners to degrading and inhuman treatment says HRCSL report

Image: An edited version of the front page of the Prison Report. "The living conditions of prisoners not only fail to adhere to the basic...

A government Defence of the judiciary that does more damage than good – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Minister of Justice who went charging into Parliament this week to pontificate or plead for judges to be protected...

Sri Lanka: New category of traitor

Image: Recently the public was shocked to see a man being caught by villagers, swathed in polythene. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for...

Bleak economy, market mafia and militarised rule – Dr. Ameer Ali

There is no gainsaying that the economy is in dire straits. Although the Budget submitted to the Parliament glossed over the gravity of confronting...

“Write a letter to India and leave Indo-Lanka agreement, if you dare” – Sumanthiran challenges Sri Lanka FM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs is an experienced parliamentarian and able person and I’m glad to discuss a few matters with regard to Sri...

HRCSL recommendations : Permit burials as well as cremations of bodies of the Covid-19 victims while adhering to health guidelines

Image courtesy of Voice of America. Issuing observations and recommendations on the disposal of dead bodies in the context of COVID-19 Human Rights Commission of Sri...

The Bitter Truth About the President’s Address to the Nation – Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: Presdnets tweet announcing his speech will be on air via all TV & Radio channels as well as an official social media pages. You...

Justice for Hejaaz: The bell tolls, but the Bar is silent – Gehan Gunatilleke

Seven months have passed since the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah. When he was taken into custody on 14 April, his...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...

Gotabaya’s assurance to the Sinhala Buddhists – Dr. Kumaravadivel Guruparan

The President delivered his one year in office statement yesterday. He urged the Sinhalese that their existential fears should not be a matter of concern...

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...
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Sri Lanka: Fundermatal Rights case filed on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem

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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...