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Sri Lanka: A Muslim businessman detained  under PTA over FB posts.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that it had obtained a detention order from the Defence Ministry to interrogate...

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...

Sri Lanka: Tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge

Murugupillai Kokulathasan, who will complete his 50th day in prison on 16 January, is being held in connection with a Facebook post under the...

Sri Lanka: Young poet Ahnaf Jazeem awaits justice

Kamanthi Wickramasinghe. As Ahnaf Jazeem languishes in detention for writing poems that were said to have advocated peace and harmony, many academics and human rights...

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...

Sri Lanka’s dilemmas of the dead and our punching bags of politicians- Kishali Pinto Jayawadene

If ever 2021 had a ghastly leitmotif, it would be the dead. From Muslims not being allowed to cremate their dead disregarding the recommendations...

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...

Daughter of slain Sri Lankan journalist, Lasantha W. seeks relief from the UN

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP—acting on behalf of Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of acclaimed Sri Lankan journalist...

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...

Afghanistan: Journalist murdered on the first day of 2021

Image:Journalist Bismillah Adil Aimaq. Credit: The Bharat Express. Bismillah Adil Aimaq, an Afghan journalist and human rights activist was killed by unidentified gunmen in Dara-e-Taimoor...

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...

Sri Lanka: Police file PTA case against Uthayan newspaper over LTTE leader photos

Image: The front page of Uthayan on 26 November 2020. Sri Lankan police have filed a case under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against...

2020: A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka...

Sri Lankan government detains young Muslim poet on bogus charges – S. Jayanth

Ahnaf Jazeem, a 25-year-old Sri Lankan poet, remains in jail without charge after being falsely accused, by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on May...

Afghanistan: Prominent freelance journalist assassinated

Rahmatullah Nikzad, a reporter, photographer and chief of the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was assassinated in the first district of Ghazni province by unknown assailants...

The security challenges of Sri Lanka involve multinational corporations, & non-governmental organisations – Army Commader

Speaking on 'Evaluation of the Role of Armed Forces and Ensuring National Security, Abreast with Contemporary Security Challenges', Sri Lanka army commander Lieutenant General...

Afraid of a symbolic protest, Sri Lanka the Govt removes the white handkerchiefs tied to cemetery fence

Sri Lanka police has removed white handkerchiefs tied to the iron fence of the Colombo cemetery last night, according to social media posts. Former...

Poetic injustice: Another writer languishes in prison under PTA in Sri Lanka

Image: Ahnaf Jazeem, a Tamil poet from Mannar, has been in detention for 7 months with no hope of release until March 2021. In July 2017,...

The cremation of a baby and Lanka’s season of cruel misery – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Image: As a protest to the forcible cremation of baby Shaykh, the 20-day old infant white cloths were hanged at the Colombo cemetery by...

State ads preference for state media, Sri Lankan Govt. institutions told

Image courtesy of SlideShare.net New guidelines have been issued for government expenditure on advertising and marketing, instructing state institutions’ top officials to give preference to...

Ahnaf Jazeem: A young poet in detention for six months without trial in Sri Lanka

In a series of tweets Vajra Chandrasekera ( @_vajra) has exposed how Ahnaf Jazeem a young poet has been in detention for six...

Over 50 Tamil youth have been arrested under PTA for FB posts in Easten Sri Lanka.

"More than 50  young men had been arrested over the past few days for putting up Facebook posts, while a 29-year old government servant...

Sri Lanka: Tamil journalist arrested for social media posts

A Tamil journalist locally known as Gokulan, affiliated with Battinews.com was arrested by the Sri Lankan Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on November 29 for posting pictures on his...

Jaffna Uni student arrested and further crackdown on Karthikai festival

Image: Sri Lankan soldiers and police went around neighbourhoods smashing lamps and destroying banana trees and festival decorations and threatening residents. Sri Lankan police arrested...

Sri Lankan police arrest 19 and mark further 55 for posting Prabhakaran birthday messages

Cropped photo from the original by Sindu S Sri Lankan police across Batticaloa have arrested 19 people for allegedly posting birthday wishes online for Liberation...

Sri Lanka delivers a dedaly blow to media; suspends all government advertising

Image from the safejournalists.ne. Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundara has sent a letter ordering all state institutions including state banks and insurance companies...

Sri Lanka: Police interrogate Tamil journalist for reporting of Sinhala settlements on Tamil cattle farmers’ land

Sri Lankan police officers interrogated Tamil Guardian’s Batticaloa correspondent and Batticaloa Press Club (BPC) Secretary, Selvakumar Nilanthan at his home, for highlighting the military-assisted...

The Bitter Truth About the President’s Address to the Nation – Sunanda Deshapriya

Image: Presdnets tweet announcing his speech will be on air via all TV & Radio channels as well as an official social media pages. You...
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