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Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) publishs a list of complaints and information regarding missing and disappeared persons

Image: from the remembrance wall at OMP office August 30. 2019. (c) Sunanda Deshapriya. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is publishing a List of...
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Sri Lanka delivers a dedaly blow to media; suspends all government advertising

Image from the safejournalists.ne. Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundara has sent a letter ordering all state institutions including state banks and insurance companies...

Sri Lanka: Police interrogate Tamil journalist for reporting of Sinhala settlements on Tamil cattle farmers’ land

Sri Lankan police officers interrogated Tamil Guardian’s Batticaloa correspondent and Batticaloa Press Club (BPC) Secretary, Selvakumar Nilanthan at his home, for highlighting the military-assisted...

Many PTA detainees have complained of pressure in relation to self-incriminating statements – HRCSL to Acting IGP

Ramani Muttettuwegama, the commissioner in charge of Investigations & Inquiries at the HRCSL has requested  C. D.C. Wickremaratne, Acting Inspector General of Police to...

In Sri Lanka Human Rights environment has worsened – UK govt report

The human rights environment in Sri Lanka worsened, with the continuation of surveillance and intimidation of activists and human rights defenders, the detention without...

Sri Lanka: MP Bakeer Markar alleges police are to arrest 200 critical journalists

Image: Courtesy of IFEX. Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Member of Parliament Imthiaz Bakeer Markar is accusing the government of targeting media-persons critical of the government...

Sri Lanka: 2020 Heroes’ day commemorations are banned in North and East

Heroes' Day commemorations which take place during the 25th of 27th of November every year in Tamil-dominated North and East of Sri Lanka have...

Covid19: 100,000 families within the Colombo city in need of assistance – Colombo Mayor

1. I wish to clarify that in my last press briefing I was requesting for a lockdown of the Colombo city (1 to 15)...

EU expresses its concerns on Sri Lanka’s trade restrictions and withdrawal from HRC resolutions & says trade is not a one-way street

19 November 2020, COLOMBO - As COVID-19 continues to bring a number of challenges, we, the Colombo-based Heads of Missions representing the European Union and...

FUTA warns Govt: Entire state university system will intervene to defeat attempts to acquire university properties.

The Federation of University Teacher’s Associations (FUTA) strongly condemns the unjust and arbitrary attempts by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to take over the...

UNResident Coordinator to Sri Lanka meddling in internal affairs – Buddhist Monk

Image: Hanaa Singer. Ven. Jamburawela Chandraratne Thera, representing the People's Responsibility Centre (PRC), has criticised the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Sri Lanka, Hanaa...

Another Tamil journalist attacked in Jaffna

A Jaffna-based journalist, was attacked and had his phone stolen by a group of unidentified persons, last Wednesday. The group broke into S. Mukunthan’s home in...

CPRP president urges President to direct all prisoners and Prisons staffers for PCR test

In a letter to President Rajapaksa, the chairperson of the Committee for Protectin  Prisoners Rights, (CPRP) Attorney at Law Sanaka Perera has requested to...

SriLanka’s Army starts drone regiment and monitors people’s movements

New 15th Drone Regiment of the Sri Lanka Artillery Inaugurated to Meet with Future Challenges. (sri Lanka Army/12th November 2020) Being geared to preparing the...

What we have now is far worse: it is rule by executive dictats – M.A. Sumanthiran

"Rule of law, it has been said is the bedrock of democracy. Even rule by law is undesirable. But what we have now is...

UN hopes Sri Lanka govt will allow the safe and dignified burial of COVID-19 victims

File photo from AsiaNews. In a letter address to PM Rajapaksa United Nations resident coordinator Hana Singer says that  "Considering the evidenced-based guidance of the...

Sri Lanka: The war on Covid19 has turned into war on the public; Drons to moniter people’s movements

Image courtesy of US Today. By Vyshnavy Velrajh. (Colombo Gazette) Drones will be deployed to monitor movements in areas under lockdown in the country due to...

Protests against land grabing in the guise of archaeology in N&E of Sri Lanka

Image courtesy of HRW. In recent times more protests have been reported in the Tamil dominated areas of Sri Lanka against land grabbing attempts by...

Sri Lanka: Respect burial rights & stop mandatory cremations of COVID-19 victims – Petition by women

We, the undersigned women write to you in solidarity and on behalf of our Muslim sisters and brothers in this time of uncertainty and...

‘Ensure our safety!’ – Mannar government officials demand justice for murdered colleague (Update)

55-year-old S.Vijendran a village officer to the Iluppaikadavai area in Mannar, was killed in a mysterious attack by a group of unidentified persons on...

OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Image: File photo of Covid burials in Indonesia. (www.usnews.com) OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims who died due...

Sri Lanka: Release Hejaaz Hizbullah from detention -The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) is concerned at reports of the continued detention of prominent human rights lawyer, Hejaaz...

Sri Lanka: Forth custodial death within month reported (Update)

An inmate was killed at the Moneragala Prison on 3rd November after assaulted by jail guards, news media reports. According to Ceylon Today report Tensions...

Sri Lanka: List the places designated as Covid19 quarantine centres and the designating authority- HRCSL issues recommendations

In a letter to Pavithra Wanniarachch, Minister of Health and Lieutenant General Shavendra de Silva,Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID...

October: A Bleak Month for Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernnado

October was a bleak month for freedom of expression with four cases of assault against five provincial journalists. All five journalists had to be...

Sri Lanka: All cases filed on abducted and murdered journalists are based on false allegations says Minister Jayantha Samaraweera

As the world commemorates 2nd November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’  a Sri Lankan government minister has told...

Second custodial death at Sri Lankan police within a month

A suspect found dead in Nawagamuwa police on 31st October 2020. According to the police version he has handed himself in a police cell....

Sri Lanka’s militarisation is destroying Tamil livelihoods – TNPF MP

Image: A file photo of a military checkpoint in Colombo. The proliferation of Sri Lankan military checkpoints, illegal fishing by Sinhala fishermen with the assistance...

Sri Lanka’s president is amassing personal power

(Image courtesy The Economist.) Constitutional amendments make Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s authority almost absolute. Never say Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves things to chance. After decisively winning the presidential election last...

Sri Lankan Brigadier threatens medical staff in Sampathnuwara, Mullaitivu : “Bloody Tamil, I will kill you all”

Brigadier K. K. S. Parakum of Mechanized Infantry Regiment has entered the Sampathnuwara District Hospital a few days ago and threatened the medical staff...

Sovereign default risks to rise further in 2021; Sri Lanka among the high risk countries: Goldman Sachs

LONDON (Reuters) - Sovereign default risks are on course to rise further in 2021, with Iraq, Sri Lanka, Angola and Gabon at high probability...
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Sri Lankan police arrest 19 and mark further 55 for posting Prabhakaran birthday messages

Cropped photo from the original by Sindu S Sri Lankan police across Batticaloa have arrested 19 people for allegedly posting birthday wishes online for Liberation...
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Take immediate steps to secure Shani Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment – HRCSL to Commissioner of Prison

In a letter addressed to Commissioner General of Prison,  HRCSL has said that "the health and security of all prisoners including remandees, remain the...

Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...