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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 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...

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...

Sri Lanka: A Return to Threats & Fear; Crackdown on Critics, Disregard for Accountability

Inmates protest on the roof a prison building calling for speedier judicial processes and increased protection amid rising cases of Covid-19, Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka: Despite police intimidation prayer weak for the release of Tamil political prisoners held successfully

Families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations and civilians of North East Sri-Lanka launched a weeklong prayer campaign from 7th to 14th January...

Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government: Memorials can be destroyed, not memories

Image courtesy heartresearch.com.au. Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government for the continued destruction of the people's fundamental rights and reconciliation process! Memorials can be destroyed,...

Sri Lanka: acquittal emblematic of the State’s failure to ensure accountability   

The ICJ today deplored the comprehensive failure of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure accountability for conflict-era crimes, marked by the dropping of charges...

Sri Lanka: Young poet Ahnaf Jazeem awaits justice

Kamanthi Wickramasinghe. As Ahnaf Jazeem languishes in detention for writing poems that were said to have advocated peace and harmony, many academics and human rights...

Sri Lanka: Resist State instigated racism and terror, appeals Liberation Movement

Image: Police baricades Jaffna University after demolising the memorial for war dead. ( Photo- Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter) In yet another act of systematic racism and...

Hejaz Hizbullah’s detention extended by another three months by a detention order

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the Ministry of Defence had approved the detention and interrogation of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz...

Sri Lanka AG department drops TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham murder case & killers go scot free

The Attorney General’s Department (AG) has decided to drop the case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in connection to the murder of former Parliamentarian...

Daughter of slain Sri Lankan journalist, Lasantha W. seeks relief from the UN

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP—acting on behalf of Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of acclaimed Sri Lankan journalist...

India insists meaningful devolution must include the 13th Amendment – GTF

File photo: Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is with President Rajapaksa. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the statement by Indian External Affairs...

Sri Lanka to amend the controversial Press Council Law to include electronic and new media

Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers has decided to amend the controversial Press Council law to include electronic and new media. The law was enacted in...

President Rajapaksa and his 13A dilemmas – Rajan Philips

It was said of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike that “it was a grim irony that he should be called upon, at the moment of...

Under 20 A Govt is taking arbitrary actions contrary to democratic principles – Karu Jayasuriya, NMJS

The National Movement for a Just Society, over the past few months, held regular press briefings to present various issues. By having regular briefings,...

Future US funding to Sri Lanka depends on the protection and promotion of Human Rights and containing Chinese influence

Image: Chinese influence in Sri Lanka could be seen even on signboards! US President signed coronavirus relief Bill which also provides some foreign aid ...

UNHRC, Sri Lanka Resolutions and the Tamil Parties’ desperation – M.S.M. Ayub

Tamil nationalistic politics which have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related politics seems #to be gaining momentum with the next session of...

2020: A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka...

Afghanistan: Prominent freelance journalist assassinated

Rahmatullah Nikzad, a reporter, photographer and chief of the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was assassinated in the first district of Ghazni province by unknown assailants...

Outrage in Sri Lanka over cremation of Muslim COVID victims

Image:Municipal workers carry the coffin of an unclaimed body of a COVID-19 victim to a crematorium in Colombo in this December 10 photo Anger...

A pro Rajapaksa politician appointed to lead Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed an active pro-government politician to lead the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. He has replaced the current Commission with...

UN recommendations: Sri Lanka’s 20 A and independence of the judiciary and independence of institutions

Image:  Fabian Salviol (left) & Diego García-Sayán (right) Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs, namely, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, and Fabian...

Sri Lanka:18 Young men and women from Eastern Province arrested and detained under PTA

18  young people from  Kattankudy, Eastern province, Sri Lanka have been arrested and detained under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act according to reports...

Gota’s wars against economy and minorities – Dr. Ameer Ali

GR’s strategy of containing the political damage caused by his failure to win the economic war by winning the parallel war fought against minorities...

Mahara prisoners shot as they asked for water -Ruki Fernando

Image: A grieving mother of a prisoner begging a police officer to find out info on her son in front of the Mahara prison. Eleven...

The issue of justice in this country is a subject that paints a bleak picture – M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Image: Minister of Justice Ali Sabry -" He may feel like the Minister of ports and shipping of Afghanistan today" ( Photo: Ceylon Today) "The...
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