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In short: Main points of the petition filed against Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The case filed before the Court of Appeal challenging the Sri Lankan citizenship of SLPP presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara and...

Sri Lanka: Confidence in the electoral system: The Election Commission, the Attorney General and the police

Image: Policeman watching from afar at the illegal cremation of  a Buddhist monk in  Chemmalai, Mullaitivu , violating a court order. Perhaps the most important election,...

Sri Lanka Briefing Note No 16 : Approaching Elections and Implications for the Transitional justice

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka is going into another presidential election in a few weeks with unresolved human rights issues and undelivered promises in hand. The...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is currently the frontrunner, the final outcome is far from being a done deal – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Those who seek power at any price detect a societal weakness, a fear that they can ride into office.” Carl Sagan (The Demon-haunted World: Science as...

“Strong leadership” without respect for democratic institutions will not ensure stability for economic development or the resolution of internal social and political conflicts –...

In a few months’ time this country will once again make decisions on the political leadership that will guide the destinies of the nation....

Impunity reigns supreme: what Gota’s candidacy and Shavendra’s promotion mean for us Sri Lankans

By Shreen Abdul Saroor. The International Day of the Disappeared is on the 30th August and I was in Mannar when a group of mothers...

Sri Lanka: Presidential Election 2019 is could be a three-cornered battle. – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Image: JVP led National People's Power launched its campaign with a huge rally at Galle Face Green. With the nomination of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its presidential...

A plea to Archbishop Justin Welby who will be visiting Sri Lanka

To The Most Rev Archbishop Justin Welby, I must begin by saying that I am not a Christian. But the feelings contained in this plea are...

Sri Lanka: Controversy mires NPC decision to defer transfers of Kurunegala top cops

(4 August, 2019) The National Police Commission (NPC) decision to prevent the transfer of two senior cops in Kurunegala over their involvement in framing a...

The Trinco students killings – is this justice? – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene.

Let us not dissemble about the fact that the killing of five students of Tamil ethnicity in January 2006 was a cold blooded murder...

Sri Lanka is at an exceedingly dangerous juncture – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

There is a tragic disconnect between what Sri Lanka’s leaders say to the public and the patent disbelief with which these words are received....

Sri Lankan authorities found the Muslim surgeon had not performed any sterilisations

A month after hundreds of people were killed in Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, a major local newspaper published a report claiming...

Report- Sri Lanka Post Easter Sunday Attacks: Emerging Human Rights Issues

Background: The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks have drastically changed Sri Lanka’s social and political fabric. Over the existing ethnic polarization, Sri Lanka now faces polarization...

Misuse of ICCPR act & saffronising of police in Sri Lanka: Is this Buddhist taleban rising? – Annaya Wipulasena

Freedom of expression under threat? : ‘Aathal’ comment lands Derana CEO in hot water. After two Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions were filed at the Supreme...

Sri Lanka SC issues 20 strict guidelines for law enforcement

Landmark ruling raps Police over Matara schoolgirl unlawful arrest case. Reacting to the growing abuse of power by law enforcement authorities, the Supreme Court, in...

On the importance of countering false political narratives – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

In the wake of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks, we have one (Muslim) Minister confessing to calling the Army Commander to ‘inquire into’ the...

The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings

When bombs planted in churches and hotels killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, few had realised that the nation...

Sri Lanka HRC provides evidence of police complicity in recent anti-Muslim attacks

Image: In Bandara Koswatte, the mob attacked the main mosque despite Police and Army presence, says HRCSL. In a letter to Acting Inspector General of Police,...

What they left behind: Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombing victims

(Reuters) In Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, a lane that used to be alive with the sound of children playing is silent. An entire family, including...

Sri Lanka urged not to violate fundamental rights in the name of combating terror

Image: Top row (from left): Sima Samar, Kanak Mani Dixit, Hamida Hossain. Bottom row (from left): Uma Chakravarti, Shahidul Alam, Pamela Philipose, Beena Sarwar. Activists,...

Story from Jaffna: How not to fight against a terrorists’ outfit

"We would like to ask the media to please be responsible in the way you report news. Please don't humiliate us unnecessarily or carry...

Explaining Sri Lanka’s new Emergency Regulations on ‘publication’

Sri Lanka’s President issued a new set of Emergency Regulations on 22 April. This note explains the contents of Emergency Regulation 15, which concerns...

Easter Sunday attacks:Those responsible for this – from the very top – must at the very least resign. – Sumanthiran

Image: Mourners attend a mass burial, two days after a series of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter...

Christians and Religious Freedom under fire in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

From February 3 to April 14 this year, across Sri Lanka, there has been some sort of disruption against a Christian worship service every...

In Geneva, rather than demonstrating diplomatic skill, finesse, grace and maturity, we made a spectacle of ourselves. – Mangala Samaraweera 

During the past few weeks, I have been watching the many headlines, debates, misinformation, misrepresentation of facts as well as self-congratulatory statements by some...

Sri Lanka: To defend Democracy, a broad conversation among all Democrats needed – Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Image: A protester during the Oct 2018 constitutional coup. In democracies, elections usually are significant political turning points. In democratic theory, an election marks two key...

UNHRC Resolution, Guided by India, to Give Breather to Sri Lankan Government

New Delhi: India’s desire to give some breathing space to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe found a sympathetic ear in the international community. His...

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Is this disciplined and lawful conduct? – Friday Forum

It is now three months since the interpretation of our constitution by the Supreme Court of the country was respected by the President and...

Sri Lanka: Women’s bodies as tools of State control – Megara Tegal

Last week men on social media celebrated Women Police Constables (WPCs) being the barrier between student protesters. This was apparently an achievement for gender...

HRC 40: Conclusions and Recommendations of the UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka

Conclusions and recommendations. 61. In 2015, by co-sponsoring Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, the Government of Sri Lanka recognized the need to address the past...
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Sri Lanka Govt takes over chairmanships of 3 parliamentary committees, previously held by the opposition

The Government moved yesterday to take control of the Chair of the crucial Parliamentary Committee on Public Finance, passing a motion in the House...
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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...

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

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