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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,...

The ordeal a Sri Lankan Muslim family had to face in times of Corona- Ali Zahir Moulana

The tragic circumstances and horrific treatment of the family of the deceased from Modara, who was misdiagnosed for COVID19, and thereafter cremated is...

Please, President, enough with the politics. Do not fear democracy – Mangala Samaraweera

On 23 March, the Secretary to the Treasury released the Pre-Election Budgetary Position report as required by law. On 30 March, further to preliminary...

Election against Democracy – Thisaranee Gunasekara

It is a modern morality tale about the dangers of misusing the military, of militarising civilian tasks, of expecting generals to handle pandemics. By...

Lanka’s frightening economic perspectives – Kumar David

The United Nations said in April 2020 that the global economy could shrink by 1% in 2020 and conjectures that a worst-case scenario is...

Long walk to press freedom in Sri Lanka – Kamanthi Wickramasinghe

Image courtesy of Al Jazeera) Sri Lanka was ranked 127 of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2020. Countries that topped the list...

Two more youth arrested for a social media post on lack of food.

Police have arrested two youth who claimed that a group of upcountry Tamils who have sought refuge in a Hindu temple in the capital,...

President Rajapaksa addresses NAM:We are successfully containing and controlling the COVID-19 threat.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka at the Online Summit level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in response to COVID-19 on 4...

From Aluthgama and Post-Easter Sunday to COVID-19: Muslims Again at the Margins- Shreen Saroor

The entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Sri Lanka has had only seven deaths so far, we too are scrambling to...

COVID-19 puts societies to the test – Editorial, The Lancet.

As of April 21, the coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 2·3 million people and taken 162 956 lives—35 884 in the USA, 24 114 in Italy,...

TNA says it attends PM’s meeting to extend our co-operation to the resolution of burning issues.

"We have decided that we need to attend the meeting with the Hon. Prime Minister, because all these issues outlined need to be...

Sumanthiran writes to HRCSL: “Advise the government on the need to rectify and regularise the ‘curfew’ without delay.”

In a letter addressed to the Chairperson and other members of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, former MP M.A. Sumantiran says that...

Sri Lanka is the only country, after Israel where state intelligence service has taken full control of the Covid 19 pandemic. – SIS

The state intelligence services has taken full control of the Covid 19 outbreak in Sri Lanka says Acting Assistant Director of State Intelligence Service...

The World Press Freedom Day, 2020: Release all social media activists who are under arrest.- FMM

Authorities should understand the social responsibility of the media in the present situation - Free Media Movement. (FMM Press Release) The Free Media Movement stresses that...

COVID-19: Sri Lanka’s militarised response poses grave threats to human rights – ACPR report

(Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR)- Situation Brief No. 3) As the world struggles to deal with an unprecedented global pandemic, it is imperative that...
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