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LTTE atrocities and the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

Many reports of the United Nations and International Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations by LTTE for...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...

In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...
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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...

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...
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Sri Lanka: Persistent denial of the right to internal self-determination entitle a People to external self-determination. -TNA

Writing to Experts Committee to Draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka the Tamil National Alliance says that  "the failure to offer a meaningful...
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HRC 46: International HR organisations call for international action & protection of HRDs in Sri Lanka

Image: Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights making concluding remarks at the ID on Sri Lanka report. Making interventions at the interactive dialogue at...

LTTE atrocities and the report of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

Many reports of the United Nations and International Human Rights organisations such as Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations by LTTE for...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...