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Child sexual abuse crisis in Sri Lanka – Piyumi Fonseka

As reports of child sexual abuse feature in our newsfeeds from across the country with regular and horrifying frequency, it is evident that Sri...

Sri Lanka’s legal framework regarding children falls short of international best practice in several areas. – UN WGAD –

Image: . Seong-Phil Hong, Chair- Rapporteur of the UN WGAD. The Working Group’s visit to Sri Lanka from 4 to 15 December 2017 included visits to...

Sri Lanka Deputy Minister wants school children caned

ECONOMYNEXT - A Deputy Minister shocked the parliament Friday by calling for new laws to restore corporal punishment saying that it was the only...

Sri Lanka Probation Department and NCPA pushing children back into the hands of abusers

(Statement) We the undersigned members of civil society condemn the actions of the Probation Department and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) for attempting to...

73.4% of children between 1 and 14 subjected to corporal punishment in Sri Lanka: UNICEF

(2018.Jun.15 DM ) About 73.4% per cent of children aged one to fourteen experience corporal punishment at home by parents in Sri Lanka, the UNICEF...

Sri Lanka: Transfer all schools run by military to Ministry of Education – UN Child Rights Committee

Image: The symbol of Civil Security Division's Seva Vanitha Unit on the   ‘uniforms’  given to  military run pre-school children in Vanni.  In its Concluding observations...

Joint appeal: Justice and Protection for the children of Darun Nusra Orphanage!

Image courtesy of rtepakistan.org. In light of the recent incidents of alleged sexual abuse of 18 children who were residing in the Darun Nusra Orphanage, situated...

Sri Lanka:Eighteen girls sexually abused by male worker at an Orphanage

According to reliable information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission, eighteen young girls in the Dehiwala Orphanage in Colombo District have been sexually...

UN CESCR 61: Concluding observations on the 5th periodic report of Sri Lanka

Image: CESCR 61 Sri Lanka session was held 12-13 June  at Palais Wilson, Geneva.©s.deshapriya. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Concluding observations on the fifth...

100,000 Child Workers in Sri Lanka

by Anushiya Sathisraja. There are almost 100,000 child workers in Sri Lanka, with girls working mostly as domestic helper in towns and boys doing agricultural...

Saudi Arabia Threatened to Break Relations With U.N. Over Human Rights Criticism in Yemen

(Riyadh warned Turtle Bay it would pull hundreds of millions of dollars from U.N. programs if it was singled out for killing and maiming...

Landmark Decision by Sri Lanka Supreme Court to Prohibit HIV Discrimination

First Court decision in South Asia to make general pronouncement recognising the human rights of all people living with HIV. The Joint United Nations Programme...

Children as Young as Seven Mining Cobalt Used in Smartphones, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says it has traced cobalt used in batteries for household brands to mines in DRC, where children work in life-threatening conditions   A cobalt...

War Has Had Severe Psychological Effects on Kids in Lanka’s North: Psychiatrist

(In his Anandarajan Memorial Oration delivered at Jaffna recently, Somasundaram quotes a 2009 study by T.Ebert, M.Schauer and others to say that 57 percent...

Sexual Abuse by Fathers & Uncles is Prevalent in Some Sri Lankan Sub- Cultures

In the latest cases filed in the Anuradhapura special high court, over 25 of them relate to sexual abuses committed on children by fathers...

OISL Report Charges Annathi’s Late Husband Elilan for Child Recruitment

The event at Palais de Naciones in Geneva clearly showed that the opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is sharply divided. Two of its parliamentarians...

107,000 Child Labourers in Sri Lanka – NCPA

There are more than 107,000 child labourers in Sri Lanka according to a survey conducted in 2008, Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority...
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