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As a nation we have failed to Deliver Justice to the Disappeared: Visakesa Chandrasekaram

Image: A scene from the film ‘paangshu’ Human rights issues related to enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka still continue. The grievances and the anxieties of...

Sri Lanka: families of the disappeared face police harassment on the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – Ruki Fernando

In different parts of Sri Lanka, families of the disappeared came together to hold events to commemorate the UN Day of the Victims of...

Tamil families of disappeared rally across North-East of Sri Lanka

Tamil families of the disappeared rallied across the North-East today to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Families demonstrated in districts...

UN expresses concern & seeks clarifications on the Govt of Sri Lanka’s intended policies with regards to addressing enforced disappearances

Mandates of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; ; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; the Special Rapporteur on...

Sri Lanka: Office on Missing Persons emphasises the need for a mechanism with a comprehensive mandate under domestic & international law.

Image: Families of the disappeared writing names of the missing loved ones on a memorial wall. Sri Lanka does not yet have a figure...

HRC 43: Sri Lanka promises death certificates and livelihood assistance for the missing persons but no Justice & Truth.

Sri Lanka today told the ongoing 43rd session of UNHRC that "with regard to the issues on missing persons, steps would be taken, after...

A brief on the “Missing Lovers Day”, Sri Lanka.

For the third successive year, Families of the Disappeared (FoD) celebrated the “Missing Lovers Day" On 14th February in Colombo at the Vihara Maha Devi...

OMP to issue Interim Reports to facilitate obtaining Certificate of Absence for the disappeared.

Image: A father has written his disappeared son's name on a remembrance wall, Malidu Liyanage David and the day of the disappearance.  © sunanda...

Sri Lanka: The OMP calls on families of the missing persons to provide info to make a comprehensive list of missing and disappeared persons.

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) was established under the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration, and Discharge of Functions) Act, No. 14 of...

The abduction of children and Sri Lanka’s crisis of justice – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: Attorney General (left) and Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda (right) at the 70th Independence Day celebration. One of the stranger if not outlandish manifestations...

Sri Lanka: Presidential Commission of Inquiry orders AG to suspend case against two military leaders

Jan 27, Colombo: The Presidential Commission inquiring into incidents of alleged political victimization has issued an order preventing the Permanent High Court from proceeding...

Sri Lanka: Women’s Action Network condemns statements by President on missing persons; urges to deliver truth and justice to families of the disappeared

(January 26, 2020) Last week, President Gotabaya Rajapakse had told U.N. Resident Coordinator Ms. Hanaa Singer that those reported missing from the war are “actually...

10 years of unrelenting struggle for justice: Abduction and disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda – Ruki Fernando

Today, 10th January 2020, is 10 years since the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda. It also marks 10 years of struggle for truth...

Sri Lanka Govt to change OMP act: OMP requests Govt to respect the needs of the families & their right to know the...

(OFFICE ON MISSING PERSONS/MEDIA RELEASE/15 January 2020) Recent media reports have claimed that the government plans to review the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration...

Switzerland and Sri Lanka to calm matters down

By Arjuna Ranawana | RepublicNext. They have been eyeball to eyeball, staring each other down over the past month, but as of this week, Sri...

Sri Lanka: UNP cries foul over alleged abduction of Minister’s driver’s family

Professing to stand up for party ally MP Patali Champika Ranawaka in the event of any injustice, the United National Party (UNP) today charged...

SLB Post Presidential Election Update No 03: Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, Cases against Human Rights Violations, Surveillance of NGOs, Alleged abduction of a...

Sri Lanka Brief. - Post Presidential Election Update No 03/16 December 2019. Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presented a cabinet paper in the...

Sri Lanka: No evidence of an abduction of Swiss embassy employee : CID

The CID yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that there was no evidence to show any connection to an alleged abduction of the...

Sri Lanka: Media behavior towards abducted Swiss embassy official comes under criticism.

The mainstream media coverage of the the Swiss Embassy employee who was allegedly kidnapped and later released has come under criticism for unethical behavior....

Foreign and local doctors attached to the Swiss Embassy has confirmed that abducted employee had been assaulted, sexually harassed – Lawyer

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday extended the travel ban imposed on Swiss Embassy employee Garliar Barister Francis, who was allegedly threatened and kidnapped...

HRCSL chair Dr. Udagama says effective probe requires cooperation of all, including victim

Image: Swiss Embassy, Colombo (Swissinfo) Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Chief Dr. Deepika Udagama yesterday (03) said investigators should be given to access...

Incident at the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka: State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl summons Sri Lankan ambassador to the FDFA

Image: Sri Lankan ambassador to Switzerland, Karunasena Hettiarachchi. Press release, 02.12.2019. Following several demarches from the FDFA over the incident concerning an employee of the Swiss...

Abduction of a Swiss Embassy employee: HRCSL calls for a impartial investigation

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has called for a thorough and impartial investigation in to the reported abduction of a Swiss...

Sri Lanka: Statement by Swiss embassy, re I.P. Nishantha & “abduction” of an employee

Image: The employee had been abducted on Monday and allegedly questioned about a police officer who reportedly sought Swiss asylum ...

SriLanka: White van driver, victim recall abductions, mystery of LTTE gold

Image: Minister Rajitha Senaratne with the ‘White Van’ drivers at the press conference yesterday.Picture by Kelum Liyanage. The Government will begin investigations into the rest...

OMP made progress amidst lack of cooperation from state actors & continuous efforts to deny the rights of families of the disappeared – Saliya...

Image: On the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, Colombo. © Sunanda Deshapriya. The OMP made such progress amidst an array of challenges including lack...

Navy abductions case: OMP raises concern over suspect Dassanayake’s confirmation of rank

Image: Trinco Navy camp where abducted 11 youth were held. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has decided to raise their concerns with President Maithripala...

With the upcoming Presidential election, we fear for retrogression in the TJ process in Sri Lanka .- IMADR

Image: Sri Lanka has failed to implement many of the recommendations from the WGEID. © Sunanda Deshapriya. 2019. We thank the Working Group for its follow-up report...

Report: Climate of impunity remains in Sri Lanka and a lack of actions envisaged to address the issue – UN WGEID

Image: Waiting for the justice for disappeared relatives © Sunanda Deshapriya. Follow-up to the recommendations made by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in the...

Time cannot diminish Sri Lankan’s fight for justice

Image; Mauri Inoka has been waiting six years for justice held a solo protest on 2nd September 2019 at the GalleFace Green, Colombo. © Sunanda...
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