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Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...

What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...

Securitisation and militarisation in Sri Lanka: A continuum – Ambika Sathkunanthan

Caroon by Avantha Artigala. Militarisation of civilian space began during the first Rajapaksa regime. Yet, it didn’t cause public concern, except amongst certain civil society...

Ranjan Ramanayake is a clean, honest politician and 4 years’ rigorous imprisonment is unprecedented and exceptionally severe – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

I want to flag one or two issues concerning the responsibility of the parliament in this regard. But before I do that I am...

Sri Lanka: Four years prison term for contempt of court violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

On 12 January 2021, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka found S. V. R. P. P. A. R. L. S....

Comtempt of Court in Sri Lanka and Ranjan Ramanayake case – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

A ‘slip of the tongue’ and a celluloid crusader’s unfortunate downfall Confusion has been worse confounded in the public mind following the conviction this week...

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...

Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government: Memorials can be destroyed, not memories

Image courtesy heartresearch.com.au. Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government for the continued destruction of the people's fundamental rights and reconciliation process! Memorials can be destroyed,...

Sri Lanka: Resist State instigated racism and terror, appeals Liberation Movement

Image: Police baricades Jaffna University after demolising the memorial for war dead. ( Photo- Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter) In yet another act of systematic racism and...

Monk insisting on using loudhailer in front of PM’s residence arrested (Video)

A Buddhist monk who attempted to use a loudhailer during a protest staged in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence located at Wijerama...

Hejaz Hizbullah’s detention extended by another three months by a detention order

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the Ministry of Defence had approved the detention and interrogation of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz...

Sri Lanka AG department drops TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham murder case & killers go scot free

The Attorney General’s Department (AG) has decided to drop the case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in connection to the murder of former Parliamentarian...

Sri Lanka President’s speech is a death threat aimed at me, says law maker Harin Fernando

Image: Harin Fernando. Opposition law Harin Fernando  In a letter to IGP C.D. Wickremeratne has requested immediate protection after president Rajapaksa made a remark that...

Sri Lanka should be a United Republic comprising the Centre and of the Regions; Presidency should be ceremonial – TNA Consitutional proposals

Image: TNA discussed its Constitutional reform proposals with the visiting Indian minister for External affairs Dr. Subramaniam Jaishankar this morning at India House, informed...

Twitter and Facebook lock Donald Trump’s accounts after video address

Image:Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed Donald Trump’s video post to the supporters who stormed the US Capitol. Photograph: Us President Donald J Trump Twitter/EPA Twitter...

Sri Lanka: Amalgamation of military and civil services only happen under dictatorships! – Karu Jayasuriya

Image: Printing of Sri Lanka  Driving Licences too has been taken over by the Sri Lanka Army. When we look at many things that are...

The Garrison state of future SriLanka: Will it work? – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The project of President Gotabaya seems to be the conversion of Sri Lanka from an uninterrupted, long-standing democracy and open society, into a second...

Sri Lanka to amend the controversial Press Council Law to include electronic and new media

Sri Lanka Cabinet of Ministers has decided to amend the controversial Press Council law to include electronic and new media. The law was enacted in...

The uncomfortable truth about Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in the Middle East – Amalini De Sayrah

On April 28th 2020, shaky footage taken on a smartphone showed hundreds of migrant workers in a country in the Middle East, crowded into...

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)...

Sri Lanka: Obstacles to the right to freedom of expression on social media must be defeated!- Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement (FMM) expresses their grave concern over the tendency to indiscriminately block and impede the right to freedom of expression on...

Liberation Movement, an activists group, calls on Government of Sri Lanka to bring migrant workers home!

Image: This migrant worker's plea to Gotabaya Rajapaksa requesting bring them home has gone viral. She says some of the SL female workers are...

President Rajapaksa and his 13A dilemmas – Rajan Philips

It was said of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike that “it was a grim irony that he should be called upon, at the moment of...

Experts committee delivers a death blow to “Covid cremation only” lobby in Sri Lanka

Image: Covid dead are being buried in NewYork' (Photo courtesy of AP tweeter) The expert committee appointed by the Health Ministry to study the issue...

Under 20 A Govt is taking arbitrary actions contrary to democratic principles – Karu Jayasuriya, NMJS

The National Movement for a Just Society, over the past few months, held regular press briefings to present various issues. By having regular briefings,...

Dead-body politics and racism: a prayer for 2021- Shreen Abdul Saroor

“The dignity of the dead, their cultural and religious traditions, and their families should be respected and protected throughout.” —World Health Organization, Infection prevention...

Sri Lanka: Vistas of Bankruptcy and Misery – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: The current controversy over Muslim burial issue has become handy to deflect the growing anti-regime anger. Saner minds from all communities are appealing...

Future US funding to Sri Lanka depends on the protection and promotion of Human Rights and containing Chinese influence

Image: Chinese influence in Sri Lanka could be seen even on signboards! US President signed coronavirus relief Bill which also provides some foreign aid ...

Sri Lanka: Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas Inter-Religious Committee writes to President on mandatory cremation

The Inter-Religious Committee of the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convene an urgent meeting of medical and virology...
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Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...
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What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...

Securitisation and militarisation in Sri Lanka: A continuum – Ambika Sathkunanthan

Caroon by Avantha Artigala. Militarisation of civilian space began during the first Rajapaksa regime. Yet, it didn’t cause public concern, except amongst certain civil society...

The Kidney Mafia in Sri Lanka –  Dr. N.S. Wijewickrama.  

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