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Sri Lanka: Northern Vote and National Engagement – Ahilan Kadiragamar

With Gotabaya Rajapaska claiming victory in the presidential elections, how does one understand the Northern vote? The Northern electoral districts of Jaffna and Vanni...

People live in the “boarders areas” of war in Sri Lanka continue to be victimised – Report

Ten years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war,all ethnic communities living in the border areas of the conflict zone appreciate having a...

Sri Lanka Police detaining women wearing clothes with “Buddha” like imagery

Images of the Hindu Deity Krishna mistaken for Buddha images. By Arjuna Ranawana. Women’s activists are angry and exasperated by police detaining women wearing sarees or...

Sri Lanka: TID director calls for corrective action re officers being unfairly reprimanded by politicians and clergy.

CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera. Picture by Gayan Pushpika, DN. Senior Superintendent of Police Shani Abeysekera, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department told the Parliament...

Sri Lanka: Reparations. Timely, and necessary- Shivani De Zylva

Image: Tamils being attacked in 1958 ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. Since then ethnic violence has been permanent feature in post independent Sri Lanka. The...

Sri Lanka responds to Islamist terrorism by terrorising Muslims

The police are doing little to prevent mob attacks. (Jun 6th 2019| COLOMBO/Economists.)  The charges sound silly but the consequences are not. One Muslim lady’s crime...

Sri Lanka HRC provides evidence of police complicity in recent anti-Muslim attacks

Image: In Bandara Koswatte, the mob attacked the main mosque despite Police and Army presence, says HRCSL. In a letter to Acting Inspector General of Police,...

Easter Sunday attacks: Apply the Rule Law, bring the perpetrators to justice expeditiously & make Sri Lankan state will be equitable and just to...

Image: After Easter Sunday attacks,  Negambo church. (c) Reuters. The carnage on Easter Sunday against three Christian churches, three leading hotels and two other locations...

Judge says Brigadier Priyanka Fernando’s death threats not covered by diplomatic immunity

(Tamil Guardian) The judge at Westminster Magistrates Court today concluded the Sri Lankan Brigadier, accused of making a death threat to Tamil protesters in...

Sri Lanka’s coup without the guns and the implications on rule of law, democracy and reconciliation.- Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: A civil society initiative, Rise Up has mobilized citizens against the #CoupLK. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was hailed as Sri Lanka’s Mandela by...

Sri Lanka: This is a sloppy but de facto dictatorship

The proto-fascist rouge-regime is floundering trying to consolidate itself. Kumar David. Much ink has flowed discussing recent events and much moral judgement offered; another such piece...

Press freedom and journalist safety under threat in Sri Lanka – IFJ

Image: © s.deshapriya. 20 Nov, 2018. Sri Lanka’s government has transferred police inspector Nishantha Silva, who was investigating several major investigations into attacks on journalists during...

Sri Lanka: CID sleuth leading high-profile probes on scribe attacks transferred

Image: Journalists orgnisations hold a vigil for journalists killed in Sri Lanka ( File Photo) Criminal Investigations Department OIC – Gang Robberies Nishantha Silva has...

Sri Lanka: Violation of constitutional provisions & breach of parliamentary provisions becoming the new norm.

Image: Protester holding a placard against the dissolution of the parliament by Sirisena. Sri Lanka was for long a bastion of Western culture in social...

Sri Lanka grinds to political halt amid parliamentary chaos

Image: Sri Lanka parliament 15th Nov 2018.  COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka appeared to have ground to a political halt on Thursday with the Speaker...

Majority of lawmakers oppose Rajapaksa govt, Sri Lanka parliament speaker says

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya said 122 lawmakers in the 225-seat assembly had signed a letter saying they opposed the appointment...

A fight to reset Sri Lanka’s constitutional clock – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

As the core of Sri Lanka’s Democratic Socialist Republic implodes in multiple critical ways today, it cannot be said that we were not forewarned. For...

Hope has been murdered, but there is no reason to despair. – Tisaranee Gunasekara

"A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse and has said so much to her about the great love and friendship she...

Speak to us, not to the cowards of Sri Lanka Government, Sarath Weerasekara tells Rights Commissioner

Image: Sarath Weerasekara addressing the HRC 39. Making an intervention under the agenda  item 6 of the  on going 39th session of the Human Rights...

Allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own, Prez Sirisena tells UN

(26 Sep 2018)President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective and consider the tremendous progress...

Sri Lanka’s RTI report card: fair, but can be better – Nalaka Gunawardene

The International Day for the Universal Access to Information (also known as the World Right to Know Day) is observed every year on September...

Key witness in students abduction case petitions HRCSL, claims Navy is victimising him

The key state witness in an abduction case has written to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, complaining that his employer, the Sri...

President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes – Shaymon Jayasinghe

18 September 2018. “This time President Sirisena’s sword is nearing his own neck; not mere smoke flooding his eyes.” Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena...

Latest EIU report forecasts Rajapaksa’s Party will win Sri Lanka’s upcoming elections

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), in its latest report, has forecasted that the party backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will win the next Presidential...

TNA raises issues of political solution, land, colonization & other livelihood issues with Prez Sirisena

(Press Release / 28.08.2018.) The Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on the Development of the North and East took place yesterday (27.08.2018) at the Presidential...

Time to bring cultural rights in to the centre of human rights discourse in Sri Lanka – Dharmasiri Bandaranayake

Image: Dharmasiri Bandaranayake. ( Nation.lk) Reaffirm the power of culture over the culture of power - Edward Said. It is a great honour to be invited...

Changing political visions in Sri Lanka – Sunil Bastian

Image (c)s.deshapriya: A fisherman looking at sea anxiously in the eastern city of Batticoloa.  It difficult to ignore the question of justice in the...

Iran presidential election: Five things to know

Image: Iranian elections traditionally have a high turnout. copyrightAFP. By Siavash Ardalan, BBC Persian.   Iran is due to hold a presidential election on 19 May, in which the incumbent...

CEDAW expresses concern on climate of insecurity, particularly for women in conflict affected zones.

Image: 15  women activists participated at the recently concluded CEDAW- Sri Lanka session. In its concluding observations  of the recently concluded consideration of the 8th...

The EU Welcomes the Significant Progress Made in Many Areas Since Regime Change in Sri Lanka

(Remaining challenges on issues such as freedom of expression and media, strengthening of civil society needs to be addressed) - Joint Press Release following the...
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