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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...

Group of Muslim organisations urges IGP to probe hate mongering campaign against their community

A group of Muslim organizations has requested Acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratne to inquire into an alleged campaign against the Muslim community. The following is...

Post elections Social media hate speech spikes up! -Muqaddasa Wahid

social media users erroneously believe that Katuwapitiya is a part of the Negombo electorate These messages were not only degrading the people of...

Facebook post lands Sri Lanka motorist in hot water; may be charged under ICCPR act

A Sri Lankan motorist risks jail for complaining on Facebook that he had been given a traffic ticket because he is Buddhist. Amid a fierce...

Sri Lanka’s HRCSL provides its analysis of the scope of section 3 of the ICCPR Act in the context of recent abuses of the...

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Hon. Dappula De Livera pC Attorney- General Attorney General's Department Hulftsdorp Street Colombo. Hon. Attorney General, The Human Rishts Commission of Sri Lanka's (HRCSL) analysis of the...

HRCSL Issues Guidelines on Application of Hate Speech Law (s.3 of ICCPR Act)

Image: Writer Shasthika Sathkumara was arrested and kept in detention for more than 100 days for writing a short story. Case against him is...

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 top cop on the mat over sterilization scare

( ECONOMYNEXT )The senior-most police officer in the North-Western province is under investigation for attempting to cause racial hatred by planting reports of mass...

The best response to extremism and extremist violence is to work towards a just social order. – HRC, Sri Lanka

(26.04.2019/ Colombo/HRCSL) The terrifying and violent acts perpetrated on 21st April, Easter Sunday, have left all of us in deep shock and sorrow. The...

Facebook takes down Sri Lanka TV anchor’s posts justifying NZ massacre

Mar 19, 2019/ ECONOMYNEXT – Facebook took down an offensive post by an anchor working for Sri Lanka's Derana TV and also deleted several equally...

An obstreperous monk and ostensible compassion – Dr. Ameer Ali

The letter signed by a set of powerful Buddhist leaders including two Mahanayakes and the Diyawadana Nilame of Dalada Maligawa, and addressed to Buddha...

Does Sri Lanka really need new hate speech legislation? – Amila Wijesinghe

Here in Sri Lanka, the response to recent communal riots was to temporarily ban social media. An extra-ordinary move indeed. We should ask ourselves...

Sri Lanka Alert: Violence against Muslims continue for the 3rd day.

Sri Lanka Alert: (09.30 GVA time 07 March 2018) Anti- Muslim violence continues despite state of emergency (& curfew) in place. State of Emergency was delayed by...

Sri Lanka government needs to close the space for hate speech

Image: Gintota ethnic clashes were fueled by fake news spread by social media. By Jehan Perera. The government took decisive action to put the lid on...

The Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka : OHCHR report on the civil and political rights

Image:  the military presence in the North and East regions remained heavy and a culture of surveillance and intimidation and harassment in certain instances persisted,...

BBS head Gnanasara goes scot-free! Sri Lanka Govt withdraws hate speech charges!

Sri Lanka government has taken  decision to  not proceed with the hate speech charges filed against  extremist Buddhist monk and the leader of the Buddhist Brigade...

Arrest those who resorted to violence against Rohingya refugees using hate speech

Image: Monks who led the attack on Rohingya refugees in Colombo ( face book photo) A group of civil society activists has urged the government...

Sri Lanka seeks militant monk’s arrest over hate crime

Image:Police said the warrant for the arrest of Galagodaatte Gnanasara relates to an accusation of insulting the Koran that dates back to April 2014, months...

Sri Lanka Cabinet condemns recent attacks on minority communities in a special statement

Image: Sri Lanka cabinet of Ministers. Sri Lanka Cabinet making a statement said that  they are deeply concerned by the recent incidents of violence targeting places...

Sri Lanka:Perpetrators of hate crimes should be swiftly brought to justice; Ambassadors express solidarity with Muslim Community.

Image: Ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic community visiting the Dewatagaha Mosque in the wake of attacks targetting the Muslim community. COLOMBO, 01 June 2017 . The...

Concerted effort needed to protect Muslims from violence

National Peace Council. An alarming number of attacks against Muslim religious places of worship and businesses are being reported countrywide causing economic ruin to many...

Escalating Violence: Renewed assaults on the Muslim community

Image: 21st May 2017: A Cosmetic Shop in Elpitiya burned. Hilmy Ahamed. Post war Sri Lanka saw a wave of attacks targeting the Muslim community by Buddhist extremist...

Rajapakshe, BBS and ethnic harmony

Image: Mahinda Rajapaksa courtesy of FCA, Sri Lanka. by Hilmi Ahamed. Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is seen as a blatant liar by the...

Immediate action needed: Hate speech & Inter community tension on the rise

Image: it was calculated hate speech that led to Aluthgama anti-Muslim riots in June 2014. After a two year lull that followed replacement of the...

Sri Lanka: The strictest action must be taken without delay to stop hate speech – CBK

Issuing a statement as  the Chairperson, Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga  says that The strictest action must be taken without...

Radical Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka: More equal than others

Image: BBS General Secretary Galagoda aththe Gnansara at the Sugathadasa Stadium during a rally to welcome Myanmar's hardline 969 monk Ashin Wirathu. Radical Buddhist monks...

Arrest All “Hate Preachers Immediately” – Sri Lanka Civil Society Tells Govt.

Image: Extremist Buddhist monks has become violent hate mongers in recent times in SriLanka. I a letter to Inspector General of Police with copies to...

Sri Lankan Government Moves to Curb Communal Hate Speech

Image: Abdul Razik, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaath. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government has moved to curb communal hate speech by arresting...

Sri Lanka:Indifference of the Police & the Poisonous Atmosphere of Ethnic and Religious Hatred

( Don Priyasad, with Sinhale mike in hand,  threatening to kill Muslims standing  in front of the fort railway station) (Press release) The Centre for Policy...

‘Demagogues and Cheats’: UN Rights Chief Condemns Trump and Wilders

Agence France-Presse. The UN human rights chief has launched a scathing attack on populist politicians including Donald Trump and the Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders,...
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