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Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...

FTZ Workers Rights and Militarised Approach to Covid-19 Prevention in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Brief update

1. On 4 October Sri Lanka’s newest Covid-19 cluster spreading within the Brandix-owned factory in Minuwangoda, Gampaha came to be known by an accident....
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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The outdated definition of refugee status unfits to the current refugee world!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...

Vice President Robredo warns of China debt trap, cites Sri Lanka

Image:Vice President Leni Robredo. The  administration’s new source of financing for its ambitious infrastructure projects, China, could lead the Philippines into a “debt trap” as...

US knew about 1960s mass killings of communists in Indonesia, declassified documents reveal

Image: Members of the Youth Wing of the Indonesian Communist Party (Pemuda Rakjat) are watched by soldiers as they are taken to prison in Jakarta...

‘Do not shoot!’: The last moments of communist revolutionary Che Guevara

Image: The body of Argentine-born guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is displayed in the village of Vallegrande, Bolivia, on Oct. 10, 1967. Guevara was executed a...

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Meets Reality

By KEVIN RUDD. ( NYT) The news coverage of Myanmar over the past several months has led many people to conclude that Daw Aung San...

Maldivian Ambassador to Colombo ready to break International and Sri Lankan Law

Image: Safety in peril: Amal Clooney and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in London in January 2016.   | Photo Credit: AP. In a recent interview to...

INDIA: The murder of the ‘other’

‘In India, Another Government Critic Is Silenced by Bullets’, is how the New York Times reported the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a gutsy journalist known for...
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Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, that is still evolving. Despite early efforts that...
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Killing of M. Madush in police custody: Police version is a pure fabrication, the lawyer writes to BASL

Calling of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to condemn the police action in the strongest possible terms, the attorney representing...

Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...