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Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...

Myanmar’s Coming Revolution- What Will Emerge From Collapse?

Image: Anti-coup demonstrators in Yangon, Myanmar, April 2021. By Thant Myint-U July/August 2021. Myanmar is at a point of no return. The army’s February coup, meant to...
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Fake News: Sri Lanka police to arrest Social Media practitioners without a warrant

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police has requested the general public to refrain from promoting false information on social media individually or in an...

Sri Lanka: ITSSL chair detained for stating that Government web sites were hacked.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested Chairman of the Information Technology Society of Sri Lanka (ITSSL) Rajeev Yasiru Kuruwitage Mathew for sharing false news...

European Human Rights Ambassadors issue a statement on detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Sri Lankan poet & teacher Ahnaf Jazeem has spent a year in arbitrary detention. Human Rights Ambassadors call for Sri Lanka's government to...

Sri Lanka media organisations call on Health Ministry spokesperson to apologise for his statement: ” Killed journalists were of 3rd class”

"We do not intend to go into a discourse about your definition of 'third-class work' and 'class'. However, we as the Media Organizations Collective...

Swiss donate half a million antigen tests, 50 ventilators, 150 oxygen concentrators to Sri Lanka

Covid-19: Switzerland sends humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka. Switzerland expresses solidarity with Sri Lanka in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. On Tuesday morning, 8...

Sri Lanka Police CID to monitor social media for ” Fake News”

(Image:www.aei.org) The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been tasked with investigating those who are misleading the public by spreading false propaganda on social media, Police...

Suren Fernando questions 130 Bn “Itukama” Covid19 hand out distribution: 4 M families received it 6.5 times?

In a serous of tweets attorney-at-law Suren Fernando has questioned the Government claim of distribution of Rs. 5000 Covid 19 handout to 4 Million...

Sri Lanka: Death Threats to Journalist Chamuditha; Young Journalists Association writes to IGP

In a letter to Inspector General of Police Young Journalists Association of Sri Lanka has requested him to investigate the alleged death threats to...

Two Tamils arrested allegedly for promoting the LTTE

Image: Theatre Mohan ( Tamil Guardian) Tamil man arrested under PTA for 'promoting LTTE ideology' 05 May 2021 A Tamil man was arrested under the notorious Prevention...

Sri Lanka’s daily Covid death tall nearing 50; 1/3 deaths at homes while death among senior citizens at homes up by 60%

The number of COVID related deaths among senior citizens and elderly persons at home has increased  compared to the first and second waves, the...

Tamil youth died in police custody

A young Tamil man, who was arrested by the Sri Lankan Intelligence Division last night at a house in East Iruthayapuram, Batticaloa, has died in...

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry accuses that there are “LTTE sympathisers in the US Congress”

Image: US congress in sittings (pewresearch.org) Issuing a statement regarding the resolution No. H.RES.413 introduced in the United States House of Representatives in relation to...

Sinking ship, X-Press Pearl off Sri Lanka had hazardous goods, Info obtained under RTI shows

The Centre for Environmental Justice has issued a list of hazardous chemicals that were transported by the MV X-Press Pearl vessel that caught fire...

Sri Lanka: Ten years since killing of Roshen Shanaka; FTZ Solidarity put forward five demands

"There are a multitude of issues faced within the Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka Today. The most severe during the current COVID-19 pandemic...

Sri Lanka: Detained Maulavis claim under pressure to frame detained human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah

Two Maulavis who have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), have informed court through their lawyer that they are under pressure...

New Appointments in Sri Lanka Torpedo what left of the Transitional Justice Mechanisms – Yasmin Sooka

Johannesburg: The appointment of the war-time police chief to the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) in Sri Lanka completes the militarisation of this transitional...

As Sri Lanka Govt is unresponsive, unions and civil groups make a desperate appeal to the International Community to protect FTZ workers

We, as civil society organisations (CSOs) and trade unions working with Free Trade Zone (FTZ) and Manpower agency factory workers, wish to appeal to...

Sri Lanka: Ex-Police Chief’s appointment to the Office of Missing Persons sparks concern

The appointment of former IGP Jayantha Wickremaratne as a member of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) has drawn criticism from victims of grave...

Sri Lanka govt’s “organic fertilizer only policy” will lead to a huge drop in agricultural production – SAEA

Image: Production of rice will suffer a huge blow and its profitability will be reduced by 33 percent. The Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)...

“Express Pearl” catastrophe :Negombo Citizens’ Collective to legal and community initiatives

The government, relevant agencies and authorities must take immediate action to stop the devastation still being caused by the Express Pearl fire and to...

Sri Lanka: End the violations of scientific prioritization of vaccination roll out before it is too late – AMS warns authorities

Image: Ruling party politician, chairman of the Moratuwa UC threatens lady doctor saying only his list of people should be given the vaccine. Covid-19 vaccine...

The risks pertaining to attracting and facilitating black money: Serious concerns linger about new Colombo Port City Law – TISL

The hasty process adopted failed to uphold the right to information of the people. Parliamentarians were not given adequate time to review the...

The arrest of Chamila Jayasinghe of SLAS is a suppression of freedom of expression – Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement sees the arrest of Chamila Indika Jayasinghe of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, (SLAS) who has been summoned before the...

Arrest of SLAS officer Chamila Jayasinghe is a new form of suppression of freedom of expression.

The Free Media Movement sees the arrest of Chamila Indika Jayasinghe of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, who has been summoned before the CID...

Sri Lankan military harass and block Tamil journalists travelling to Mullaitivu despite having permits

Tamil journalists travelling to Mullaitivu have repeatedly been harassed, intimidated and blocked at checkpoints by Sri Lankan military officers, despite presenting travel permits. Incidents of...

Two crime suspects seek court protection following deaths of fellow crime suspects in police custody

Justice Minister endorses BASL’s concerns over ‘extra-judicial killings’ The Court of Appeal will take up the high profile case of convicted prisoner Gampola Vicarage Samantha...

An attempt to cover up epidemic information in Sri Lanka: Warning letter issued by the Health Secretary – FMM

Warning letter issued by the Secretary of Health to all health departments and officials The Secretary to the Ministry of Health has issued a warning...

Sri Lankan children are at high risk of Covid 19 – Guidelines for children above age two on wearing face masks

Children are now at grave risk from the coronavirus in Sri Lanka, health officials warned today. Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Association Secretary M. Baalasooriya has...

Sri Lanka police to prosecute two main opposition parties over anti-portcity protests!

Opposition claims Covid health guidelines followed during protests DGHS’ health guidelines, Quarantine Ordinance, Penal Code violated: DIG Ajith Rohana Port City Law will...

Sri Lanka: Health Secretary Major General S. H. Munasinghe imposes a Covid news censorship

Image: Posting this image the president of the Association of Government Medical Laboratory Technologists, Ravi Kumudesh, says that "The pandemic is spreading fast. Travel...
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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed deep concern regarding the government's decision to regulate fake news on social media. Issuing a statement...
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Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

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Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...