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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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The Adani Group denies engaging with Myanmar’s military leadership over port deal but video suggests otherwise

Image: The Adani tour of Mandra port in 2019 included Adani Ports boss Karan Adani and Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing. (Supplied: Myanmar’s Office...

Bank of England unveils new banknote celebrating WW2 code-breaker Turing, who was punished for homo-sexuality in 1954

New 50 pound note, featuring late mathematician Alan Turing in this 2020 illustration Bank  of England/Handout via REUTERS/Illustration. LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England...

After the smoke clears, what will be left of media in Myanmar?

Image: Courtesy of Civil Disobedience Movement. Journalists in Myanmar face worsening conditions as military crackdowns and violence is compelling many to flee, writes Phil Thornton. Freelance...

Women’s lives have been shattered by COVID-19 – but there’s still plenty to celebrate

Image @Amnesty Internatinal. 8 March 2021. International Women’s Day 2021 International Women’s Day should be a time of celebration. It might feel like there’s not much to...

Myanmar: Media organisations shut down by military, offices raided; IFJ calls for UN investigation

Image: A Myanmar policeman chases a journalist holding a camera. Credit: Facebook (IFJ)Media organisations across Myanmar were ordered to close by the Myanmar Military Council...

Myanmar’s Bloody Sunday: Myanmar’s military using surveillance tools to ‘live’ track protestors’ locations..

(Photo of Myanmar press/IFJ) Press logos are becoming a target as Myanmar’s military takes aim with weapons and international-supplied surveillance, writes Phil Thornton. The Myanmar army,...

India: Instead of soft-touch monitoring [digital platforms], the government has opted for predatory new rules

The new rules introduced by the Centre last week to regulate all types of digital platforms, with the idea of redressing user grievances and ensuring compliance...

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

Malaysiakini found guilty of contempt of court, fined, over readers’ comments

Image: Malaysiakini's Editor-in-Chief Steven Gan leaves the Federal Court after the online newspaper was found guilty of contempt over readers' comments Malaysia’s highest court...

Myanmar’s media under the coup – Phil Thornton

Journalists are being targeted, news outlets threatened, bullets fired, curfews imposed and internet blocked by a military junta intent on silencing dissent against stolen...

Victims to testify in Swiss war crimes trial of Liberian rebel commander

Image: A photograph from August 2003 shows a bullet-strewn street following a brutal civil war in Monrovia, Liberia. Keystone / Nic Bothma/Swissinfo The trial in Switzerland of...

Human Rights Council calls for release of all arbitrarily detained persons in Myanmar, and lifting of state of emergency

Image: Protesters face riot police in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Tension in the confrontations between the authorities and demonstrators against last...

Saudi Arabia releases prominent women’s rights activist from prison as Biden presses kingdom on human rights

Image: An undated picture on the Facebook page of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul (AFP/Getty Images) Sarah Dadouch and Kareem Fahim BEIRUT — One of Saudi Arabia's most...

Myanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expand

In this image made from video, a woman flashes the three-fingered salute from a vehicle as a crowd of protesters march past Saturday, Feb....

India: Awaiting trial for six years, students’ rights activist Kanchan Nanaware (38) dies while in custody

Kanchan Nanaware, who was arrested for her alleged Maoist links, suffered from a congenital heart disease. She had been moved to a hospital on...

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

Twitter and Facebook lock Donald Trump’s accounts after video address

Image:Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed Donald Trump’s video post to the supporters who stormed the US Capitol. Photograph: Us President Donald J Trump Twitter/EPA Twitter...

Afghanistan: Journalist murdered on the first day of 2021

Image:Journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq. Credit: The Bharat Express. Bismillah Adil Aimaq, an Afghan journalist and human rights activist was killed by unidentified gunmen in Dara-e-Taimoor...

Hunting for ‘Disease X’ in the Congo rainforest

In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Showing early...

Afghanistan: Prominent freelance journalist assassinated

Rahmatullah Nikzad, a reporter, photographer and chief of the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was assassinated in the first district of Ghazni province by unknown assailants...

Bhutan parliament decriminalizes homosexuality, to delight of activists

Gopal Sharma. KATHMANDU, Dec 10 (Reuters) - A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan's parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalize gay sex,...

Scotland becomes first country to make tampons and pads available for free

Image: MSP Monica Lennon (second left) with campaigners against period poverty outside Scotland's Parliament in February. By Rob Picheta and Ivana Kottasová, CNN. London (CNN). Scotland has become...

Infographic: Gender equality – Where are we today?

Image courtesy of www.unops.org. This infographic highlights progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and...

Trump’s Cult of Personality Will be Badly Damaged by Defeat, But His Toxic Politics Marches On

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair BY PATRICK COCKBURN. President Trump may be losing the election, but he is not the aberration in the history of America...

Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside Pfizer Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo...

UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

(Dubai: Image courtesy of KARIM SAHIB / AFP / Getty Images) By ISABEL DEBRE. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates announced on...

Chile’s New Constitution, Wiping Away the Last Stains of Pinochet – Ariel Dorfman

It is not often that a country gets to decide its destiny in one momentous election. I am thinking, of course, of the United...

‘Rebirth’: Chileans vote by millions to tear up Pinochet’s constitution

(Image courtesy Reuter) SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans poured into the country’s main squares on Sunday night after voters gave a ringing endorsement to a plan...

The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

Image: Pham Doan Trang, a Vietnamese dissident, was arrested on charges of making and disseminating propaganda against the Vietnamese state.(Credit-Thinh Nguyen) By Richard C. Paddock. BANGKOK...

Facebook loses court case for refusing to remove defamatory post by SA woman

By Sameer Naik. Johannesburg - Going toe-to-toe with one of the largest and most successful corporations in the world can be a daunting task. But...
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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...