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Sri Lankan Brigadier threatens medical staff of in Sampathnuwara, Mullaitivu : “Bloody Tamil, I will kill you all”

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Dear Secretary Pompeo: I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International and our 10 million members, supporters and activists worldwide. Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is...

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Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...

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

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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...

20 A: A braver, self-confident Supreme Court could have done more to safeguard the people’s sovereignty – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

According to reports the Supreme Court has cleared the 20th Amendment with minor conditions some of which are analysed below. Now the battle must...

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

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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...

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

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Need is a new constitution; drop the 20th Amendment in its entirety, requests Catholic Bishops Conference

Image@ lawyers campaign against he 20 A. Arguing that what the country need is a new constitution, the Catholic Bishops Conference has called on the...

Lankan Supreme Court allows basic structure of 20A to remain without a referendum

Image: Activists campaign against the 20th A. By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express. Colombo, October 11 (newsin.asia): In the determination on the 20th Constitution Amendment Bill leaked to the Sunday...

“20th Amendment will deal a death blow to democracy” – Amarapura and Ramanna Monks

ECONOMYNEXT – A section of Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist clergy is opposing a Constitutional Amendment proposed by the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa which...

Sri Lanka Report: Repression of Dissent in August 2020

(INFORM) This report provides some general trends and details of some significant incidents related to the repression of dissent in Sri Lanka in the...

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!

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Thirty sections of the 20th amendment are against democracy and freedom of expression – Ermiza Tegal, Attorney-at-law

Rights activist Ms. Ermiza Tegal, Attorney-at-law, pointed out that 30 sections of the 20th amendment to the constitution are contrary to democracy while three...

SC rules four 20A clauses require referendum; rest can be passed by 2/3rd majority

In handing down its determination on the 20th Amendment Bill, the Supreme Court has ruled that four clauses need a referendum of the People...

SC determination : A gingerly cautious approach to the 20th Amendment Bill – Kishali Pinto jayawardene

With the Supreme Court’s Determination on the 20th Amendment Bill being made available in the public domain, some aspects of the ruling warrant immediate attention....

Sri Lanka Supreme Court Approves 20th Amendment ( Judgment in Full)

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

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All Sri Lankans must oppose 20th constitution amendmend – Ruki Fernando

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