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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...

Myanmar has happened. Are we next? Does it need to? – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Image: the Permanent Representative Mohan Peiris quite brazenly equates the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), victims groups and human rights...

Sri Lanka police wants to ban protests for ‘instigating the UNHRC to act against Sri Lanka’

The police has requested the Kalunvanchikudy Magistrate in the Eastern Province to ban protests for 'instigating the UNHRC to act against Sri Lanka', 'turning...

Cremations & Independence Day: 7 testimonies of loved ones lost

Sri Lanka continues to maintain its policy of mandatory cremations for COVID dead, which has deeply distressed the Muslim community whose faith prohibits cremation....

Sri Lanka: Justice Under Attack; UN Human Rights Council Should Pursue Accountability

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a campaign rally in Homagama, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 13, 2019.  © 2019 AP...

Sri Lanka: CPA calls for a strong resolution at HRC 46 that reflects on the findings of the OHCHR report

Issuing a statement on the 73rd Independence Day, Colombo based advocacy Think Tank Centre for Policy Alternatives states that  "If the government is unwilling...

Upali Abeyrathana commission has overstepped its mandate; Lawyers to move CA against PCoI report

The JVP-led Lawyers for Democracy is planning to move the Court of Appeal against the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political...

Sri Lanka: Who’s Who in the “Independent Commissions” (01)

Sri Lanka Brief Fact Sheet 01/2021. Who’s Who in the “Independent Commissions” 20th Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka expanded the executive powers of...

Rights Commissioner’s “role is not to be a school mistress with a ruler in her hand and go around whipping children” – Sri Lanka...

"Human Rights High Commissioner’s role is not to be a schoolmistress with a ruler in her hand and go around whipping children. It was...

Cabinet decisions, 2015.01.21: Wijayadasa Rajapaksa also took part in forming “Anti Corruption Committee”, he has complained against!

According to the Cabinet decisions taken on 2015-01-21 Wijayadasa Rajapaksa was appointed as the chair of a committee to make recommendations for the introduction...

Special Presidential CoI appointed to decide the fate of dozens of Sri Lankan opposition leaders: stripping civil rights and expelling from Parliament

Today president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa appointed a special presidential commission to decide the fate of dozens of opposition leaders including Ranil Wickremasinghe, Mangala Samaraweera, Patali...

Sri Lanka Govt to recruit 200 ex-military personal to monitor prison offcials.

Image courtesy of www.gettyimages.ie. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had instructed the formation of a special unit of retired military personnel to check all prison officers who...

Sri Lanka: Establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) is absurd and of no use – Defence Secretary General (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne 

Image: Manouri Muttetuwegama, Chair of the Disappearance commission appointed by President Kumaratunga and Chair of the Reconciliation Task Force appointed by the previous government...

SriLankan poet Ahnaf Jazeem in custody 256 days without trial and bail. Case postponed to Feb 24th.

The case in Fort Magistrate Court, in which the CID has reported facts against Poet Ahnaf Jazeem who was arrested by TID and is...

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...

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...

UN experts urge SriLanka to end its policy of forced cremation of COVID19 deceased

GENEVA (25 January 2021) UN human rights experts* today urged the Sri Lankan Government to end its policy of forced cremation of the COVID-19...

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...
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