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Forced registration in Batticaloa

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has instructed residents of Vellaveli in Batticaloa district to register with the village level officers (Grama Niladhari-GN), civil society sources...

Concern over Law College whistle-blower

 The London based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has expressed concern over the lack of proper investigation into the abduction of a whistle blower.DM...

Major changes in election laws

By Sandun A. JayasekeraChanges in legislations are on the cards whereby the Elections Commission would be vested with the authority to fix dates for...

‘Mob attacked Tamils of Indian origin in Hatton after India beat Sri Lanka to the cricket world cup’ – Minister Thondaman

Police in Sri Lanka say that they have arrested four people suspected on an attack following a the protest threat by a cabinet minister.Superintendent...

JVP undergrads call on UN to help restore democracy in SL

By Shamindra FerdinandoIn the run-up to the imminent release of a controversial UN report on alleged ‘war crimes’ committed during Eelam War IV, particularly...

An increase in murders and disappearances in Jaffna

According to the Police Department there had been over 50 disappearances in Jaffna District during March 2022. 12 bodies who were disappared had been...

Their Colombo Plan

By Tisaranee Gunasekara“….doing violence to the spirit of thousands of laws without actually running afoul of so much as a city ordinance.”— Kurt Vonnegut...

Lakshman Hulugalle — Convicted, But On The Board Of Com Bank

The appointment of a convicted criminal to the Board of Commercial Bank by the government has raised eye brows among senior bankers in the...

Making barons out of robbers – issues of good governance

"If you remember, when you came into power you said, about opening up the economy, that you saw no harm in letting the robber...

Eastern University closed down indefinitely

While the Tamil Youth Organisation in UK was engaged in an awareness campaign for boycotting genocidal Sri Lanka in international sports, a cricket-related euphoria...

Thousands of SL troops round up resettled villages in Jaffna, Mullaiththeevu

Thousands of occupying troops of Sri Lanka Army rounded up the village Uduththu’rai in Vadamaraadchi East and are engaged in search operation since Thursday...

SRI LANKA: Persecuting of NGOS under the pretext of prosecutions

These days there is considerable discussion about investigations into some NGOs in Sri Lanka. The president himself is talking in public about this issue...

Go beyond 13th amendment, India tells TNA

India has instructed Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party, The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to go beyond the 13th Amendment when they hold discussions...

Friday Forum deeply concened about recent appointments to Human Rights Commission

We wish to question what human rights protection experience and credentials they bring to the Human Rights Commission. In short, the criteria...

SRI LANKA-FORMER FEMALE SOLDIERS FIND BARRIERS TO REINTEGRATION

KILINOCHCHI, 23 February 2011 (IRIN) - Former female combatants in northern Sri Lanka face a tough time returning to civilian life, with fewer marriage,...

Mandate for TNA to seek federal system based solution – Premachandran

By Wilson GnanadassTNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said the mandate the party has obtained from the people is to find an immediate solution based on...

The Politics of Domestic and International Accountability Options in Sri Lanka

Alan Keenan   1. The need for an international investigation The International Crisis Group, like others concerned with a sustainable and just peace in Sri Lanka,...

UPFA MP discharged from rape charge

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Colombo district Parliamentarian Duminda Silva was discharged by High Court Judge Sunil Rajapakse on March 24, on charges of...

AG’s withdrawal of murder charges illegal says lawyer

By Manopriya GunasekaraQuestioning the Attorney General’s withdrawal of murder charges and acquitting the accused in the Nampamunuwa murder case - former MP Chandana Kathriarachchi...

TNA seeks police and land powers for North -Devolution issues to be taken up with President

By Chris KamalendranThe Tamil National Alliance wants the Government to grant the Northern Province police powers besides the right to manage land and forest...

Rajapaksa Blitzkrieg; Basil’s Empire

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”— Orwell (In Front Of Your Nose)By Tisaranee GunasekaraAs the latest WikiLeaks-cables...

University lecturers harden stance

President’s intervention soughtBy Arthur WamananUniversity lecturers, threatening to step down from the administrative level if the government fails to increase their salaries are planning...
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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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Ranjan Ramanayake is a clean, honest politician and 4 years’ rigorous imprisonment is unprecedented and exceptionally severe – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

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Sri Lanka: Four years prison term for contempt of court violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

On 12 January 2021, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka found S. V. R. P. P. A. R. L. S....

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...