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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...

US Secretary of State encourages Human Rights Council to support resolution on Sri Lanka

Addressing the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called on the member states...

Report: Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimisation and attempts to deny Sri Lankan opposition politicians of their civic rights

Image: Screen shot of JVP video A little over a month after the Presidential election, in January 2020 a Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into...
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HRC 46: 22 organisations call for a strong resolution with concrete action on Sri Lanka

A coalition of 22 Organizations Calls for New UN Human Rights Council Resolution to Protect Human Rights, Justice, and Accountability in Sri Lanka To the...

Open message to Pakistan PM Imran Khan from Ammaar Rishad, 13 year old young Sri Lankan Muslim

I, Ammaar Rishad, write to you with an earnest plea on behalf of the communities of Sri Lanka that have suffered due to the...

In the wake of Imran Khan’s visit, ACJU calls on the govt to protect the rights, identity and dignity of Sri Lankan Muslims

In the wake of the Pakistan Prime Minister's visit to Sri Lanka the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), has called upon the government to...

Sri Lanka: Present RTI Commission enters last six months & hopes that hard won gains of RTI during the past several years will be...

Issuing a public statement Sri Lanka RTI commission says that  "it is our expectation and hope that hard won gains of RTI during the...

Imaad Shah Zuberi, who was paid $6.5 million by Rajapaksa Govt convicted and given 12 years by the US court

Imaad Shah Zuberi, who was paid a handsome $6.5 million in 2014 by Rajapaksa government to rehabilitate the country’s image in the United States...

HRC 46: Zero draft of the Sri Lanka Core Group resolution ignores High Commissioner’s recommendations

Zero draft of the resolution provided to Geneva based diplomatic missions by Sri Lanka core group titled Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in...

Sri Lanka: Recommendation by a commission to dismiss the on going court cases must be the first in the world history- Radhika Coomaraswamy

The political victimisation commission directs the dismissal of on going cases at the court of law. It must be the first instance of...

Sri Lanka: Government suffocating dissent and obstructing justice for historic crimes says Amnesty report

The Sri Lankan Government has launched a renewed crackdown on dissent that is severely curtailing civil society freedom and obstructing efforts to deliver justice...

Four Human Rights High Commissioners join former UN experts calling for international action on Sri Lanka

"Given the continued reluctance of the Sri Lankan Government to meaningfully uphold the human rights of all, only decisive, international action to ensure justice...

Sub judice is a legal safeguard & it should not be used to stifle the citizen’s right to freedom of expression – Sri Lanka...

In a land mark judgment given today, in the case of U. N. S. P. Kurukulasuriya and another  Vs Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and...

A Catalogue of Suffering Behind the Calls for Action on Sri Lanka’s War Crimes

As member States consider a resolution on Sri Lanka at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council session, it is an important moment for the...

Sri Lanka web journalists oppose Govt plan to establish state controlled media regulation

The Sri Lanka Web Journalists Association is disappointed by the government's attempt to restructure the Sri Lanka Press Council to include electronic, print and...

Sri Lanka: SC holds corporal punishment in schools is unlawful after teacher’s slap across the ear

First time since 1995 that the subject of corporal punishment comes before the Supreme Court.   The Supreme Court this week reaffirmed that corporal punishment in...

UN failure on Sri Lanka could spur worldwide pandemic of impunity

A webinar “Sri Lanka: Quest for Justice, Rule of Law and Democratic Rights”, co-hosted by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), Centre for Human Rights...

No, PM Rajapkasa didn’t say so; Yes, there are Montessori kids in Parliament – Ruling party spokeswoman 

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa did not state that permission will be granted for the burial of the bodies of those who died of corona...

Compelled to call for intl. tribunal to probe Easter Sunday Mayhem – Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith today said he will be compelled to call for a probe by an international court over...

Sri Lanka’s bonds tumble as default worries mount

Image credit: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE Sri Lanka's government bonds tumbled on Tuesday as warnings that the country was at increasing risk of default continued to mount...

Sri Lanka: FMM kindly requests IGP to review of suspects detained under ICCPR act

Appreciating the acquittal and release of Shakthika Sathkumara, the creative writer arrested indiscriminately under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act  Free...

Relatives of the Muslims who have been cremated in Sri Lanka complain to UN Human Rights Committee & request an interim relief

Image: A protest in Colombo in December over the Sri Lankan government’s policy of forced cremations in Covid-19 deaths. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty (...

Accountability for the attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka: CPJ & CJA call for establishing international mechanism 

In a joint statement the Committee to Protect Journalists and Center for Justice and Accountability has called on the member states of the UNHRC ...

Sri Lanka plans to establish media tribunal under its authority

The government of Sri Lanka has decided to establish a Media tribunal for electronic, print and new media under the press council which is...

Former US Amb. to Geneva Donahoe on upcoming HRC session, Sri Lanka & war crimes

Image credit: US mission, Geneva. The Rajapaksa regime and family were directly implicated in the alleged war crimes at the end of the civil war. Ambassador Eileen...

Biden administration moves to rejoin U.N. Human Rights Council

Image: Overview of the United Nations Human Rights Council is seen in Geneva, Switzerland June 6, 2017.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe...

Full statement: Sri Lanka Govt rejects UN Rights Commission’s report to HRC 46

Image: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet  (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP -timesofisrael) The government of Sri Lanka has sent its "Observations of the GoSL...

Sri Lanka’s indigenous leader challenges state in landmark court case against devastation of environment

image: Uruwarige Wannilaeththo. Sri Lanka’s leader of Indigenous people (Wadda community) Uruwarige Wannilaeththo and the Center for Environmental Justice today (08) filed a writ petition...

Sri Lanka court bans “P2P” demonstration on the ground that it supports the accusations of HR violations at the Geneva session

In the court order banning the demonstration named “Pottuvil to Poligandy” or “P2P” in Kaluvanchikudy police area the magistrate says that he is  satisfied...

Sri Lanka RTI commission orders to release the names of MPs who have submitted their Declarations of Assets and Liabilities

After hearing an appeal by two journalists, Sri Lanka RTI commission has ordered the relevant authorities to release the list of names of MPs...

Sri Lanka: UN Experts dismayed by regressive steps, call for renewed UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability 

GENEVA (5 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* have urged the Sri Lankan authorities to stop rolling back hard fought progress made in...

Full statement: UN Experts call for UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka

Image: women.ncr-iran.org UN human rights experts have expressed their deep concern on 5 February 2021 about the reversal of important democratic gains achieved since 2015...

Fulfilling expectations of Tamil community is in Sri Lanka’s own interest, says Jaishankar

Image: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy /The Hindu The External Affairs Minister bats for Sri Lankan Constitution’s 13th amendment that talks...
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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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Approach of the UNHRC resolution zero draft on Sri Lanka is not dissimilar to that of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith – Jehan Perera

"The zero draft document also has a section in which it calls on the UN system to ensure that evidence of violations of human...

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...

US Secretary of State encourages Human Rights Council to support resolution on Sri Lanka

Addressing the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called on the member states...