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Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

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...

Covid19: 100,000 families within the Colombo city in need of assistance – Colombo Mayor

1. I wish to clarify that in my last press briefing I was requesting for a lockdown of the Colombo city (1 to 15)...
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‘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...

The World Trade Organization is set to have its first female leader

Image: South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee and Nigeria's former foreign and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are the finalists to lead the WTO.  The World...

HRC45 Adopts a New UN resolution on the safety of journalists

ARTICLE 19 expresses support for a new resolution on the safety of journalists adopted by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council on 6 October...

39 Countries at UN Express ‘Grave Concerns’ About China’s Abuses

(HRW) A cross-regional group of 39 United Nations member countries issued a stinging public rebuke today of the Chinese government’s widespread human rights violations...

Sri Lanka: Rejected Votes: An Unintended Disenfranchisement- Indrawansa de Silva, Ph.D.

Universal suffrage is a democratic right that we must all respect and uphold. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all...

Civil society orgs welcome former Amnesty chair Irene Khan as new UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of Expression

The undersigned civil society organisations congratulate and welcome Irene Khan to her new role as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the...

UN experts call for decisive measures to protect fundamental freedoms in China 

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – UN independent experts have repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China their alarm regarding the...

US: Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran; Laws of War Prohibit Deliberate Attacks on Cultural Property

Image: U.S. President Donald Trump announces his strategy for the war in Afghanistan during an address from Fort Myer, Virginia, U.S., August 21, 2017. ©...

Sri Lanka will carry forward the process of reconciliation, including implementation of 13 A – Marendra Modi

Speaking at the press conference today held in New Delhi on the visit of Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime minster of...

The outdated definition of refugee status unfits to the current refugee world! – Nirmala Benard Joseph

Image: In March 2017 Ai Weiwei launched  a massive sculpture featuring 70 metre long boat with 258 refugees (www.creativeboom.com) An overview of the definition of refugee...

Is the majority vote alone is enough to become the president of Sri Lanka?

Image: A group of Muslim women from Hambantota: "We have lived here for generations". The much anticipated, debated, and controversial presidential election is now just...

HRC41 renews crucial mandate for protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

This is another historic victory, not only for communities of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, but for humanity as a whole: In a...

Right to Information: What can we learn from Sri Lanka’s experience?

Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz. Sri Lanka was the last country in South Asia to adopt the Right to Information Act (RTI) in 2017. For...

Sudan: With al-Bashir Ouster, End Authoritarianism; Respect Rights, Ensure Justice

Image: Sudanese celebrate after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power in...

Nor can any society be fair without journalists who investigate wrongdoing and speak truth to power. – António Guterres

Image : (c) S.Deshapriya. REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE OCCASION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GENEVA ASSOCIATION OF UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS. (25 February 2019/...

Teenager behind student climate change strike has more Twitter followers than Green Party leaders

(The Independent) Teenager Greta Thunberg’s grassroots environmentalist activism is sweeping across the world, igniting a movement led by young people urging their governments to combat...

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The world’s freedom of expression is in your hands

13 Nov 2018/ BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What do the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Danish member of parliament, and a news anchor from the Philippines have...

UNHRC adopts a resolution on Myanmar: Calls for fair and independent criminal proceedings at all levels

Recently concluded 39th session of the UNHRC adopted the resolution A_HRC_39_L.22 on Myanmar which calls decides to  prepare files in order to facilitate and expedite fair...

How can UN resolutions make it safer to be a journalist?

Since 2012, several landmark resolutions have been approved by various UN bodies on the issue of the safety of journalists. IFEX's 5-minute guide explains...

Sri Lanka: Killing of children for ransom and Sri Lanka’s nightmares – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

Image: Navy base, Trincomalee. The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom,...

Triple jeopardy: American withdrawals, Supreme Court recusals, and “Be a Hitler”! – Rajan Philips

Cartoon by @awanthaartigala. (24 June 2018 The Island) It is the time for withdrawals in Trump’s America. It is the time of recusals in Sri Lanka. It...

UNHRC decides to dispatch a commission of inquiry to investigate violations in the occupied Palestinian

UNHRC in session by UNWATHC. Human Rights Council decides to dispatch a commission of inquiry to investigate violations in the occupied Palestinian territory in the...

#MeToo sex scandals spur interest in standards for the aid sector

The slew of #MeToo sexual abuse scandals that has jolted the humanitarian sector has prompted calls for proper oversight and vetting of aid agencies...

A tale of two countries: The dengue vaccine saga

Image: Children stricken with dengue fever jam-pack a ward in Quirino Memorial Medical Hospital in Manila, Philippines, during an outbreak in 2010. Credit: JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty...

Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

By Ryan Grenoble. Across China, a network of 176 million surveillance cameras, expected to grow to 626 million by 2020, keeps watch on the country’s over 1.3...

17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air, majority live in South Asia – UNICEF

Image:  © UNICEF/UNI172848/Singh; Village Kuniya, Mainpat Block, Dist, Surguja, Chhattisgarh, India. 2013. UNICEF urges immediate action to reduce air pollution amid emerging evidence on how toxic...

CIA Considered Bombing Miami and Killing Refugees to Blame Castro

Photo by Christian Frei Switzerland via Flickr CC. TIM ELFRINK | OCTOBER 27, 2017. Donald Trump's bold promises earlier this week to finally blow the lid off the...

UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy

Image:The UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas. GENEVA (25 October 2017) - The UN Independent Expert...
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In Sri Lanka Human Rights environment has worsened – UK govt report

The human rights environment in Sri Lanka worsened, with the continuation of surveillance and intimidation of activists and human rights defenders, the detention without...
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Sri Lanka: MP Bakeer Markar alleges police are to arrest 200 critical journalists

Image: Courtesy of IFEX. Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Member of Parliament Imthiaz Bakeer Markar is accusing the government of targeting media-persons critical of the government...

Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

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...