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The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

Image: Pham Doan Trang, a Vietnamese dissident, was arrested on charges of making and disseminating propaganda against the Vietnamese state.(Credit-Thinh Nguyen) By Richard C. Paddock. BANGKOK...

Shrinking space for human rights voices in Sri Lanka & concerns over civil society engagement with Govt

Shrinking space for human rights voices and dissent, and concerns over the terms of engagement between government and civil society  A statement by concerned...

Deploying Police to Attack University Students Has Become a Trend of the Government – JVP

(File photo: Student of a police attack) Several students were injured and three others had to be hospitalized due to police baton charging and attacking...

Report: Suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka ( May 2015)

Summary: Incidents related to repression of dissent continued to be reported under the Sirisena Presidency, despite a general feeling of having more freedom than under...

Report: Suppression of Dissent During the 100 Days of New Govt. – INFORM

(Summary of the INFORM report:In the first 100 days of new Presidency; 9th January – 19th April 2015) Compared to 2014 and the Rajapakse rule,...

Sri Lanka: Vasudeva Almost Sanctioning the Assault on Me – Dr. Devasiri

Responding to Democratic Left Front (DLF) leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri yesterday said that Mr. Nanayakkara’s assessment that the May Day attack...

Sri Lanka: U’grads Agitate Call for Release of Two in Remand

Undergraduates of six State Universities will conduct protests and marches at noon today (06) calling for the release of the two student activists who...

Violence Against Dissents Should be Punished – FMM

Issuing a statement on the eve of the World Press freedom Day the FMM emphasises that  the government shuld take speedy action against those...

Sri Lanka: Who Will Play the Watchdog Role ?

by Dr. Ranga Kalansooriya - I was watching a political ‘debate’ on a private TV channel last night, but got entirely confused and frightened. What...

Sri Lanka: Death Threats Against Activists Highlight Risk Of Violence Around Elections

(Brito Fernando) Sri Lankan authorities must hold to account those who threatened three prominent activists with death today and ensure that tomorrow’s presidential elections passes...

On Human Rights Day Army Stops Youths From Attending Conference In Jaffna

The Sri Lankan military has blocked youth from across the North-East from attending a conference for the ‘Association of Friendship and Love’ (AFRIEL) organised...

26 Incidents of Suppression of Dissent Recorded in October 2014

INFORM, a long standing human rights documentation centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka in has recorded  26incidents of suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka.  the...

Harassment of JHU Members Commence With Ven. Rathana Thero

The harassment of senior Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) members by the governing party has commenced with the party’s chairman, MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero. The...

Report: Suppression of Dissent In Sri Lanka, Sep 2014

By INFORM- September was a month that saw almost daily incidents of repression of dissent. A commemoration planned for a well-known woman human rights defender...

Sabaragamuwa Uni Students Assauled by a Political Mob

A  gang of thugs lead by a UPFA Member of Pradeshiya Sabha called Indika has savagely attacked students of Sabaragamuwa University while they were...

Another Injunction Issued by Courts Against a Workers’ Strike

The Fort District Court (1) issued an injunction order yesterday that the Railway Professional Trade Union Alliance (PTUA) stop its strike. A group of...

Water cannons used to make way for Higher Education Minister

Water cannons were used against a student protest against the opening of a sub-standard hostel by the Higher Education Minister in the University of...

Sri Lanka Police Arrests Protesting Former EDPD Politician

The Sri Lankan Police in Jaffna arrested the General Secretary of Mutpoakkuth Thamizh Theasiya Kadchi (MTTK) Sutharsingh Vijayakanth and two of his fellow party...

Report:Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka in August

Summary: August 30th is the International Day of victims of Enforced Disappearances, but in Sri Lanka, it was a month when families of disappeared persons...

Rajini Thiranagama Commemoration Blocked by the Authorities ; Watched by The Police Intelligence

Revisiting a Tamil democrat’s legacy By Meera Srinivasan Best known for the book The Broken Palmyra, she had predicted the demise of LTTE In September...

Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka, July 2014

July is known as “Black July” in Sri Lanka, due to the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, where thousands of Tamils were killed and their...

Weekly Human Rights News Round up; 11-17 August 2014

By SLB-- Two Uni students arrested Arrest of two Tamil students of Sabaragamuwa University by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) remained a serious concern among...

Rajapaksa hiding behind monk-led mobs to attack civil society

Civil society recalls President’s days as disappearances campaigner. Activists reject monks’ version of events at Centre for Society and Religion. Nimalka wants President to stop sending...

How the Sri Lankan Government is Crushing Dissent

By Fred Carver-- To many external observers the Government of Sri Lanka appeared to lose the plot somewhat during the March UN Human Rights Council...

Hidden form world rights of SL Tamils being trampled

By Edward Mortimer-- The government has been trying its best to silence the country's remaining Tamils without drawing the world's attention With all the horrors taking...

Suppression of Dissent in Sri Lanka:June report

INFORM-- June 2014 will be remembered in Sri Lanka for the communal violence in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Southern Sri Lanka, that...

Death threat to teacher who won a lawsuit against a politician

Susila Herath, a school teacher of Navagattegama Navodya Vidyalaya who won a lawsuit against ex-PC member Ananda Sarath Kumara (UPFA), has received a death...

Tamil Uni student attacked ; Tamil- Muslim students intimidated

Following the intimidation given to Tamil speaking students by posters which mentioning the names of Tamil and Muslim first year students, calling for them...

Religious police hunting a film maker

The sa called Relegious police ,set up some monts ago by the regime, has requested Mr.Sirimal Wijesinghe, writer and a film director  to give...
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