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‘Rebirth’: Chileans vote by millions to tear up Pinochet’s constitution

(Image courtesy Reuter) SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans poured into the country’s main squares on Sunday night after voters gave a ringing endorsement to a plan...

Sri Lanka: Journalists exposing timber smuggling attacked

Journalists Shanmugam Thavaseelan and Kanapathipillai Kumanan, correspondents for the Tamil Guardian, were attacked by timber smugglers on October 12 when the journalists duo were...

Two Tamil journalists attacked in Mullaitivu

Tamil Guardian reports that two of their correspondents were assaulted this morning by four persons in Murippu, Mullaitivu, while reporting on illegal logging and...

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...

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

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HRC45 Adopts a New UN resolution on the safety of journalists

ARTICLE 19 expresses support for a new resolution on the safety of journalists adopted by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council on 6 October...

20 lawyers file a FR petition against the 20A: Giving unlimited powers to the President could lead to a dictatorship in Sri Lanka

Twenty Attorneys at Law, this morning filed a Fundamental Rights petition against the proposed 20th Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka. In their petition,...

Sri Lanka: 20A undermines free speech, democratic institutions, say professional media groups

Professional media industry bodies have raised concerns over certain clauses of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, saying it would have a detrimental impact...

The proposed 20th Amendment poses a serious threat to freedom of expression & media freedom in Sri Lanka – Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement is deeply concerned about the impending threat and the serious challenges posed to the freedom of expression and to the...

Sri Lanka responds to UN SPs : Investigations on journalist Dharisha Bastians have been conducted in terms of & accordance with the law.

In its response to the communications sent by  five UN Special Rapporteurs in relation to alleged harassment and violation of right to privacy  of ...

Sri Lanka: UN calls for information about the legal and factual basis of any investigation involving journalist Dharisha Bastians

In a letter to the government of Sri Lanka, signed by five UN Special Rapporteurs has called for "detailed information about the legal basis...

Sri Lanka: Four key ways in which accountability is compromised by proposed 20 amendment – TISL

Operationality of RTI at risk  Removal of Audit Commission impairs monitoring of public spending  CIABOC’s investigative powers compromised  Election Commission restricted from acting against public property misuse  Transparency International...

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Imperial Presidency: The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill – Asanga Welikala

On 2 September, the Sri Lankan government gazetted the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill. The Bill reverses key aspects of the Nineteenth amendment that sought to tame...

Sri Lanka Media Associations say that they are paying attention to the arrest of web editor Chathuranga de Silva

Media Associations are paying attention with regard to the arrest of web editor Chathuranga de Silva. Desmond Chathuranga de Silva, the editor of the lankanewsweb.org website, who...

Six UN Special Rapporteurs write to Sri Lanka Govt on “arbitrary and unlawful” arrest of Hejaaz Hizbullah

In a joint letter to President Rajapaksa, six UN SPs says that "We also express our serious concern over the reported conduct of the...

Whither Sri Lanka’s opposition? Interview with Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Himal Kotelawala. ECONOMYNEXT – Political scientist Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda likens Sri Lanka’s powerful ruling party to a house with a very wide roof and no...

Sri Lanka: Economy, human rights key challenges facing Rajapaksas

Image: Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka; Several members of Rajapaksa family are now part of the government, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, and...

The story “CCD pressured me to frame Shani Abeysekara – arrested fmr CID officer tells Magistrate” deleted by Daily Mirror within hours

A news story that said that "CCD pressured me to frame Shani Abeysekara – arrested fmr CID officer tells Magistrate"  appeared on Daily Mirror...

Civil society orgs welcome former Amnesty chair Irene Khan as new UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of Expression

The undersigned civil society organisations congratulate and welcome Irene Khan to her new role as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the...

Mangala Samaraweera proposes a Manifesto for Change to build a Radical Center in Sri Lanka  

Sri Lanka today is facing an unprecedented political, economic and social crisis; as a nation we are gazing into the abyss at the edge...

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will shape its political future—likely for the worse

Image: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa wearing a protective mask gestures at his party candidates as he arrives at a campaign rally ahead...

Police warned Atheist and social media activist Indika Rathnayake not to write on religion, especially Buddhism

Atheist, rationalist and social media activist Indika Rathnayake has been questioned by Organized Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) for three hours today (29 July 2020)....

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Under Attack: Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated

Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated 29 July 2020: The Sri Lankan government should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats...

Sri Lanka General Election 2020: CMEV lists notable cases of hate speech; OPPP and SLPP at the top

This report provides an account of the incidence of hate speech and divisive language observed by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) in...

Sri Lanka: Identity checks installed at Nallur temple festival

Devotees will be required to present proof of identity to enter the Nallur Kandasamy temple in Jaffna, the Sri Lankan police announced as the...

Ahead of Sri Lanka elections, lawyers, journalists and activists arrested, threatened and harassed – CIVICUS

In the last few months, human rights lawyers and journalists have faced arrests, threats and harassment. A report by the Special Rapporteur on the...

Complaint by a Monk: Summons issued on social media-based online commentator

Summons has been issued to social media based online commentator, Indika Rathnayaka, to be present at the Organised Crimes Prevention Division, on 29 July,...

Journalist harassed by Sri Lankan police again – Free Media Movement

Image: A file photo. The Free Media movement strongly condemns the obstruction by police officers outside the court premises, to the attempt made by Chamal...
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