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Report: Socio-economic and psychological impact on families of PTA detainees following the Easter Sunday Attacks – Marisa de Silva

Guilt by Association In the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday Attacks of 21stApril, 2019, hundreds of Muslims were rounded up and arrested under the PTA...

Claims that former President Sirisena was not informed of the possibility of Easter Sunday attack cannot be believed under any circumstances.- Former former Defence...

"Former Defence Secretary, continuing his statement before the PCoI probing Easter attacks said, claims that former President Sirisena was not informed of the possibility...

Concerns grow over ‘lapses’ in Sri Lanka’s Easter attack probe

Image: Under repair: The St. Anthony’s church, one of the churches attacked last year on Easter.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS Meera Srinivasan. Lawyers and activists have...

Justice for Easter Sunday and Justice for Hejaaz: A Christian perspective – Ruki Fernando

Most of the victims of horrific Easter Sunday bombings were Christian, majority killed inside three churches, and the bombers were Muslims. Immediately after the...

Honouring the Victims of 21 April 2019 Through Togetherness and Unity – Shreen Abdul Saroor

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks, in which eight IS terrorists senselessly murdered 269 Catholic and Christian worshippers and tourists,...

Rishard’s sister-in-law writes to HRCSL on misinformation published by media over her husbund.

Former Minister and leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress Rishad Bathiudeen's sister-in-law Mohamed Nisar Fathima Israth has complained to the Human Rights Commission...

Task Force headed by Maj.Gen. Jagath Alwis has been set up to expedite CID probe into Easter Sunday terrorist attacks

The Defence Ministry has established a Task Force (TF) to monitor the progress to speed up the on-going investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division...

Sri Lanka: Is the Deep State Involved? Reflections on the PSC Findings & Implications for the Future – Bhavani Fonseka

We are presently witnessing a whirlwind of activities in the lead up to Presidential Elections due on 16th November with an unprecedented number of candidates...

PSC report on Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka: Executive Summary and recommendations (and the full report)

Report of the Select Committee of Parliament to look into and report to Parliament on the Terrorist Attacks that took place in different places...

A Decade on from the last Growl of the Tiger: Religious Terrorism and Sri Lanka’s new challenges: EFSAS report

Introduction On the late evening of 20 February 2009, two diminutive aircrafts swiftly approached Sri Lanka’s capital with the intention of launching an attack against...

Sri Lanka: Catholics Demand Justice For Easter Sunday Victims

(UCAN ) Catholics in Sri Lanka have protested after a stone was allegedly thrown at a statue of St. Sebastian at a church where more...

Sri Lanka: TID director calls for corrective action re officers being unfairly reprimanded by politicians and clergy.

CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera. Picture by Gayan Pushpika, DN. Senior Superintendent of Police Shani Abeysekera, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department told the Parliament...

Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

FILE PHOTO: A nun arrives as a Sri Lanka's commando soldier stands guard in front of the main entrance to St. Lucia Cathedral as...

Deal with systems failure that led to Easter Sunday bombings – National Peace Council

In the midst of the ongoing sittings of the Parliamentary Select Committee to investigate the Easter Sunday bombings two senior officials in the public...

Sri Lanka: Muslims Face Threats, Attacks – Authorities Should Act Against Incitement by Buddhist Nationalists

Image: Sri Lankan security officers inspect vandalized shops owned by Muslims in Minuwangoda, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.  © 2019 AP...

Report- Sri Lanka Post Easter Sunday Attacks: Emerging Human Rights Issues

Background: The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks have drastically changed Sri Lanka’s social and political fabric. Over the existing ethnic polarization, Sri Lanka now faces polarization...

Sri Lankan Christians still too afraid to go to church

Citra Abbott and Matthias Böhnke. 'Everyone knows that somewhere out there extremely dangerous people are running around who could attack again at any time' Many Christians...

Muslims ‘targeted with arbitrary arrests’ after Easter massacre in Sri Lanka

Image; Mazahina, left, pictured with her husband, was arrested over a pattern on one of her dresses which was wrongly believed to resemble the dharmachakra,...

Globalization, Social media and the Easter Sunday attack. What could go wrong? – Shivani De Zylva

Social media has revolutionized society. With creative and improved means of communication, live updates become freely accessible, news is as close to you as...

By declaring that the Presidential election will be on 7 Dec the President usurped the powers of the EC -S.R.H. Hoole

Image: Prof. S.R.H. Hoole speaking wearing a Sufi hat in solidarity with Sufi Muslims. GA and District Secretary Vedanayahan, Prabhus assembled here, including women, friends: When I...

Sri Lanka govt to bring new laws to curb fake news & hate speech that jeopardize national harmony & national security

Cabinet approval has been granted to amend the Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to take action against false news distribution, extremist statements...

Sri Lanka: Full text of the FR petition filed by the IGP against sending him on compulsory leave

 in the supreme court of the democratic socialist republic of sri lanka In the matter of an application under and in terms of Articles 17, 35...

The Cardinal Truth – Mangala Samaraweera

For as long as Sri Lanka has been an independent and sovereign nation, our people have been torn between two opposing political forces. This...

All terror suspects should be investigated irrespective of their position: Ceylon Chamber

Image: Ceylon Chamber of Commerce deeply concerned about the possibility that events that threaten the law and order situation in the country, will unfold and...

Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers resign over rising harassment

Image: Muslim ministers speaking at a press conference, announcing their resignation. ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Muslim ministers have resigned protesting rising hate and harassment of...

Sri Lanka: Suspension of the live proceedings of the PSC denies people the right to information. – FMM

Media Release/2019 June  03. The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the abrupt suspension of the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) live proceedings, which was probing the Easter...

Sri Lanka police chief makes explosive revelations on Easter Sunday Attacks in court filing

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's police chief Pujith Jayasundera, now on compulsory leave, following Easter Sunday bomb attacks, has petitioned the Supreme Court alleging he...

Reparations for victims of the Easter Attack – Shivani de Zylva

In the face of the damage to life and property caused by the terrorist attacks on 21st April 2019, it is the duty of...

The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings

When bombs planted in churches and hotels killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, few had realised that the nation...

Singaporean-style draconian law proposed to rein in media in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a journalism training workshop in Matale on 23rd May Chairman of Sri Lanka Press Council (SLPC) Attorney-at-law Koggala Wellala Bandula  has said...
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