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Sri Lanka: Inaction on regularizing quarantine regulations is illegal and arbitrary; Court case files for writ of mandamus ( Full text)

Image courtesy of Al jazeera/ Filing an application for mandates in the nature of Writ of Certiorari and/or Prohibition and/or Mandamus Under and in terms...

Ensure FTZ workers rights are not violated by the COVID 19 prevention programs – Civil Society Collective

In a letter addressed to Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, the recently formed Civil Society Collective for the Rights of FTZ Workers has requested...

Garment Workers on the front line of the pandemic :Outbreak in Sri Lanka

Image: ILO/M. Crozet CC 3.0 16 October/WarOnWant) Sri Lanka’s worst Covid-19 outbreak has originated from a Brandix garment factory: 1,036 employees and 361 of...

Shattering Sri Lanka’s myth of ‘the great race’ in the Covid mirror – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Even as frightened and hapless garment workers slaving in the multitude of factories in the Gampaha District, the epicentre of Sri Lanka’s calamitous covid-19...

‘Dragged away like criminals’ – FTZ workers

Weeping garment workers abruptly shoved into quarantine Unions call for an immediate inquiry into factory COVID ops Twenty-eight-year-old Kasuni is among hundreds of garment...

Sri Lanka: A complaint logged against General Shavendra Silva for cruel, inhumane & degrading treatment in quarantining FTZ workers

A Complaint has been made against Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of...

Sri Lanka gazettes jail terms and fines for breaking Covid19 prevention guidelines

According to the gazette notification issued by the Minister of Health today any person violators of the gazetted health guidelines will be subject to...

The deplorable situation of military coordinated quarantine centre for 400-500 FTZ workers in Sri Lanka : 2 toilets, 2 sinks!

(Image courtesy of https://www.hiclipart.com) The situation of Garment Factory Workers in Katunayaka – COVID-19 Update By Marisa de Silva. “The biggest mistake done by this Government and...

Brandix, Sri Lanka: “Workers who fainted had water sprinkled on their faces and had to work again”

Image: A Brandix apparel factory in Sri Lanka; Courtesy: Brandix. Health authorities believe the first reported Covid-19 infected worker from the Brandix factory in Minuwangoda...

The Second Wave and who decides the health policy? – Ranga Jayasuriya

Image: Army commander and police spokesperson brief media regularly on Covid 19 situation. The largest cluster of corona patients in the country might not have...

Sri Lanka: 53 Free Trade Zone workers were forcefully taken away at midnight for “military quarantine”

Image: Abducted female workers say that food given to them is not properly cooked and cannot be eaten. (screenshot from the below video) Fifty-three FTZ...

COVID-19 runs riot in Sri Lanka as big business hunt profits- Editorial, Daily Mirror

When on September 28 the news broke that a new case of coronavirus was discovered in the Gampaha district, the country’s health authorities were...

Sri Lanka Govt to introduce new laws to punish Covid-19 health regulations violators!

Health Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi has warned that all those violating health safety regulations would be arrested and remanded for a period of six months,...

Sri Lanka police to confiscate property of those who fail to obey their orders to quarantine

Colombo (News 1st);  Sri Lanka Police said 1402 workers were attached to the Minuwangoda Brandix Factory and all those were not moved into quarantine...

CMEV is alarmed by the changes introduced to election related health guidelines.

Image: President Rajapaksa campaigning today (19) and no social distancing or face masks among the participants. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV)  says that...

Sri Lanka: Tamil political prisoners, some of whom have been held for up to 24 years, infected with coronavirus – ITAK Leader

Tamil political prisoners – some of whom have been held for up to 24 years – have been infected with coronavirus and face “imminent...

Sri Lanka: 10 Political mistakes that shouldn’t have been committed during the pandemic. – Sunanda Deshapriya

1. President Rajapaksa dissolved the Parliament on 2nd March 2020– six months before the due date, amidst the growing danger of COVID-19 pandemic. By this...

Rishad writes to the president: “The Muslims are greatly traumatized and worried about the fate of our sick.”

Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has  requested the president Rajapaksa to allow Sri Lanka Muslims to honour...

OIC calls on Sri Lanka to ensure the safety, security and rights of the Muslim community and to respect their religious practices and rituals.

Issuing a statement the  General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reaffirmed its firm position rejecting all policies and practices targeting...

A constitutional solution to the impending constitutional crisis – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Image: The President could perhaps respond positively to the joint opposition statement offering ‘responsible cooperation’. The threefold crisis The threefold crisis that our country faces—...

Parliamentary Elections 2020: A Point of View – Prof. Savitri Goonesekere

(Image courtesy of www.dw.com) The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the lives of people in Sri Lanka and across the globe. The President and the Minister...

Sri Lanka: Defeating Covid-19 pandemic should not mean suppressing democracy. – The International Network of Democracy for Sri Lanka

The International Network of Democracy for Sri Lanka (INSD), based in Germany with its membership world-wide, salutes the health services of Sri Lanka for...

Church leaders calls on President to reconvene the parliament in order to avert a dangerous constitutional crisis.

In a singed letter the heads of churches under the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) have requested  the President Rajapaksa to  revoke...

Sri Lanka: The election goes viral- Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Tackling a social calamity is not like fighting a war... Rather than muzzling the media and threatening dissenters with punitive measures (and remaining politically...

In India, a Pandemic of Prejudice and Repression – Siddharth Varadarajan

Image: Police officers on patrol during the coronavirus lockdown in Mumbai, India, last week.(Credit...Divyakant Solanki/EPA, via Shutterstock) The coronavirus outbreak has allowed authoritarianism and anti-Muslim...

Sri Lanka: Defend FTZ workers’ rights and livelihoods affected by the pandemic – Trade Unions

Image courtesy of Ada Derana. "It’s the responsibility of the Government and the industry to protect the workers who carried the biggest weight of the...

Sri Lanka: Priority must be given to the safety and the health of the people instead of holding the elections.- TNA

"A Pandemic has afflicted the whole world including Sri Lanka - It would be unwise for the people to risk any form of exposure...

Sri Lanka: EC has to fix a new date for General Elections – PM Rajapaksa

The Coronavirus pandemic hit countries like the USA, India and Bangladesh in a situation where their economies had been experiencing strong growth for years....

Consider the safety of 200,000 state employees who will be doing the election duty; 21 TUs tell EC

Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya, Chairman, Election Commission. Mr. Chairman, On holding the general election. Once again, there is talk of holding the general election in Sri Lanka at...

Sri Lanka: NPC calls on the government to mitigate the charge against Ramzy Razeek.

The efforts to restrict the spread of the Covid virus continues in Sri Lanka with the state agencies that are at the forefront of...
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Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

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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....