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Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

Image: The High Commissioner is particularly troubled the appointments of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as...

Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

ON the 11th year of Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction and disappearance Sandaya Ekneligoda launched a new initiative launching Ekneligoda Forum and https://ekneligodaforum.org/. Ekneligoda Forum is a...

SriLanka: Victims, culprits of ‘Dammika Paniya’ and false national pride – Ranga Jayasuriya

Less than two months ago, a self-professed holy man ( Kapuwa) from Kegalle became the embodiment of the Sri Lankan ingenuity. The man who...
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Sri Lanka: newly established Commission of Inquiry is a travesty of justice – ICJ

Image courtesy of www.inlander.com. (January 23, 2021) The ICJ stated today that a newly appointed Commission of Inquiry tasked to review reports on past human...

Thaththa, stay chill where ever you are; we won’t give up on you! – Harith Ekneligoda

File photo: Harith Eknaligoda is on the right (2012) Writing on Facebook,  Harth Eknaligoda, youngest son of abducted and disappeared Sri Lankan journalist and cartoonist...

Presidential Commission recommends punishing opposition politicians including Ranil, Samapathan, AKD, Mangala, Patali and Jayamapathi.

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimisation has suggested the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to make recommendations to Parliament...

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Commissioner recommends asset freezes & travel ban for alleged war criminals

File photo: These arrested alleged  LTTE militants by Sri Lanka military. Their whereabouts are still unknown. In her report on Sri Lanka to the upcoming...

Sri Lanka Seeks Diversion, Not Justice, Over Wartime Abuses – Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, sings the national anthem during an event to mark the anniversary of country's independence from British colonial...

Amnesty International urges UNHRC to establish an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka

Image:© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. In a paper presented the member states of the UNHTC, Geneva Amnesty International has urged the United Nations (UN) Human...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

Image~ Sri Lanka flag at the UNHRC, Geneva © sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member commission to identify the findings...

Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...

Sri Lanka: A Muslim businessman detained  under PTA over FB posts.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that it had obtained a detention order from the Defence Ministry to interrogate...

Ranjan Ramanayake is a clean, honest politician and 4 years’ rigorous imprisonment is unprecedented and exceptionally severe – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

I want to flag one or two issues concerning the responsibility of the parliament in this regard. But before I do that I am...

Sri Lanka to appoint one more commission before the upcoming UNHRC session & has turned down an offer to co-sponsor a new resolution.

Image: The issue of enforced disappearances has never been properly investigated in Sri Lanka. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is to appoint a new Commission of Inquiry...

Sri Lanka: heartbreaking story of the forced cremation of two month old infant without parents presence & consent

Image: Screenshot of a video of Baby Mohammed being prepared for the forced cremation. This is the story of the of two-month old Baby Mohammed...

Sri Lanka Prisons dept to recruit 200 ex-servismen for ‘Intelligence and Security Division’

The Prisons Department has called for applications to recruit 200 male Prison Guards from those who have retired from the defence services after completing...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...

Sri Lanka: A Return to Threats & Fear; Crackdown on Critics, Disregard for Accountability

Inmates protest on the roof a prison building calling for speedier judicial processes and increased protection amid rising cases of Covid-19, Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka: Despite police intimidation prayer weak for the release of Tamil political prisoners held successfully

Families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations and civilians of North East Sri-Lanka launched a weeklong prayer campaign from 7th to 14th January...

Sri Lanka: acquittal emblematic of the State’s failure to ensure accountability   

The ICJ today deplored the comprehensive failure of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure accountability for conflict-era crimes, marked by the dropping of charges...

Sri Lanka: Tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge

Murugupillai Kokulathasan, who will complete his 50th day in prison on 16 January, is being held in connection with a Facebook post under the...

Monk insisting on using loudhailer in front of PM’s residence arrested (Video)

A Buddhist monk who attempted to use a loudhailer during a protest staged in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence located at Wijerama...

Hejaz Hizbullah’s detention extended by another three months by a detention order

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the Ministry of Defence had approved the detention and interrogation of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz...

Sri Lanka AG department drops TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham murder case & killers go scot free

The Attorney General’s Department (AG) has decided to drop the case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in connection to the murder of former Parliamentarian...

Sri Lanka President’s speech is a death threat aimed at me, says law maker Harin Fernando

Image: Harin Fernando. Opposition law Harin Fernando  In a letter to IGP C.D. Wickremeratne has requested immediate protection after president Rajapaksa made a remark that...

Daughter of slain Sri Lankan journalist, Lasantha W. seeks relief from the UN

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP—acting on behalf of Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of acclaimed Sri Lankan journalist...

India insists meaningful devolution must include the 13th Amendment – GTF

File photo: Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is with President Rajapaksa. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the statement by Indian External Affairs...

Sri Lanka: Amalgamation of military and civil services only happen under dictatorships! – Karu Jayasuriya

Image: Printing of Sri Lanka  Driving Licences too has been taken over by the Sri Lanka Army. When we look at many things that are...

It is in Sri Lanka”s ”own interest” to meet expectations of Tamils, says Jaishankar

Colombo, Jan 6 (PTI) India on Wednesday called on Sri Lanka to meet the expectations of its minority Tamil community for equality, justice, peace...

Sri Lanka to amend the controversial Press Council Law to include electronic and new media

Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers has decided to amend the controversial Press Council law to include electronic and new media. The law was enacted in...

“Release Tamil political prisoners”: Families and civil groups launch a campaign in North-East Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations, civilians, clergy, and Tamil politicians today (5th  January 2021) jointly launched a campaign...

Sri Lanka: Obstacles to the right to freedom of expression on social media must be defeated!- Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses their grave concern over the tendency to indiscriminately block and impede the right to freedom of expression on...

Liberation Movement, an activists group, calls on Government of Sri Lanka to bring migrant workers home!

Image: This migrant worker's plea to Gotabaya Rajapaksa requesting bring them home has gone viral. She says some of the SL female workers are...
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Fort Magistrate makes historic order in Hejaaz Hizbullah case: PTA detention order does not suspend Criminal Procedure Code

Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday made a historic order holding that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) does not suspend the application of the...
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Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 40/1 which requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

Image: The High Commissioner is particularly troubled the appointments of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, as Army Chief and Major General (retired) Kamal Gunaratne, as...

Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

ON the 11th year of Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction and disappearance Sandaya Ekneligoda launched a new initiative launching Ekneligoda Forum and https://ekneligodaforum.org/. Ekneligoda Forum is a...