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Sri Lanka President makes a bogus claim that he was instrumental in getting the Sinopharm vaccine approved by WHO!

Image: On March 31 the vaccines were officially handed over to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by China's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong. Issuing a statement...

CPRP urges the ICRC to intervene: Covid restrictions may lead to prison violence in Sri Lanka

File photo of Welikada Prions, Sri Lanka. "Committee for the Protection of Rights of the Prisoners" in Sri Lanka has requested the International Committee of...

Pandemic is raging in the country but still there is no Act to manage the situation lawfully – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

Image credit: AP news. This pandemic has been with us for over a year almost one and a half years. Very early in the day in...

Pharmaceutical Giants Shell Out Billions to Shareholders as World Confronts Vaccine Apartheid

Total pay-outs enough to vaccinate 1.3 billion people, equal to the population of Africa. Ahead of shareholder meetings for the giant pharmaceutical corporations, the People’s...

Officially, India Has the World’s Second-Worst COVID-19 Outbreak. Unofficially, It’s Almost Certainly the Worst

Image: People carry the body of a man, who died due to COVID-19, before burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, on April...

HRC 46: A terrifying wave of ethno-nationalistic hatred is gripping Sri Lanka – M. Ameer Faaiz

File photo: Ameer Faaiz speaking at a side event at UNHRC 2017 March. (c) s.deshapriya This is an extremely challenging and fearful time for religious...

Open message to Pakistan PM Imran Khan from Ammaar Rishad, 13 year old young Sri Lankan Muslim

I, Ammaar Rishad, write to you with an earnest plea on behalf of the communities of Sri Lanka that have suffered due to the...

SAHR expresses concern over the strategic timing of the Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, expresses concern over the timing and purpose of the Pakistan Prime...

Heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals & enable burial of COVID-19 dead – Civil society statement

The government must heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals and enable burial of COVID-19 dead – civil society statement. (4 January 2021)...

Factbox-European Union launches its COVID-19 vaccination campaign

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The European Union officially launched its mass COVID-19 vaccination programme on Sunday with the goal of making shots available to all...

Hunting for ‘Disease X’ in the Congo rainforest

In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Showing early...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...

Covid19: 100,000 families within the Colombo city in need of assistance – Colombo Mayor

1. I wish to clarify that in my last press briefing I was requesting for a lockdown of the Colombo city (1 to 15)...

UN hopes Sri Lanka govt will allow the safe and dignified burial of COVID-19 victims

File photo from AsiaNews. In a letter address to PM Rajapaksa United Nations resident coordinator Hana Singer says that  "Considering the evidenced-based guidance of the...

FTZ Workers Rights and Militarised Approach to Covid-19 Prevention in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Brief update

1. On 4 October Sri Lanka’s newest Covid-19 cluster spreading within the Brandix-owned factory in Minuwangoda, Gampaha came to be known by an accident....

Sri Lankan apparel sector could lose 100,000 jobs in 2020

It has been the same story since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak—cancelled orders, production drops or halts due to the lockdowns, drying out...

Sri Lanka: Apparel industry fears 100,000 job losses post-COVID-19

The apparel industry fears job losses owing to the COVID-19 pandemic-led downturn in business will be far worse than expected, as order books beyond...

Covid-19 and Sri Lanka : Issues and challenges – Sunil Bastian

Image Courtesy fo  IANS. When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective...

40 Sri Lankan migrant workers die of COVID-19

Forty Sri Lankans who had migrated abroad for employment have died of COVID-19, according to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). Chairman of...

Coronavirus can severely damage the heart, study finds

Doctors should be ‘on the lookout’ for heart complications in patients, BHF says. Jane Kirby More than half of heart scans among hospitalised Covid-19 patients are abnormal, suggesting the virus may have...

239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

Image:  A woman wearing a face shield gambles at Ocean Casino after it reopened on July 3, 2020 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (NYT) Apoorva...

Covid-19 and Sri Lanka – Key challenges ahead – Sunil Bastian

When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective was to see...

Sri Lanka HRC issues recommendations on regularizing the imposition of curfew

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL, the Commission) observes that a large number of persons have been arrested and vehicles confiscated for...

Update: Rights of the Sri Lanka migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic

Sri Lanka Brief Up Date/ 03 June 2020 Rights of the migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic 1. The estimated number of...

Rights Commissioner Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19 in Asia, including Sri Lanka.

Image courtesy of "Time" GENEVA (3 June 2020) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of...

Sri Lanka’s Other COVID-19 Crisis: Is Parliamentary Democracy at Risk? -Alan Keenan

The Sri Lankan government has declared its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight for the first time in the country’s modern history, potentially sparking...

Sri Lanka: “Postpone the election until the risk of the pandemic has receded & re-summon the parliament” – Friday Forum

Friday Forum: AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT. Mr President, the coronavirus pandemic has been declared a national and global public health emergency by the WHO....

The coronavirus slayer! How Kerala’s rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19

Image: ‘Our clinics for respiratory disease meant we could look out for community transmission’: KK Shailaja, health minister. by Laura Spinney./The Guardian. On 20 January, KK...

14 days of Quarantine : A journey brimmed with intrigue, suspense & heart-pounding memories…

Yamini Perera. “Life doesn’t battle you because you’re weak, it battles you because you’re strong. Growth takes place when you are challenged, not when you...

Swiss donates LKR 4.5 M. to Civil Society Consortium on COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a unique global health crisis and requires a response across national boundaries. Throughout the world, Government institutions, the private sector,...
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