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Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...

The Kidney Mafia in Sri Lanka –  Dr. N.S. Wijewickrama.  

Image courtesy of Dawn. A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person...

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...

Ranjan Ramanayake is a clean, honest politician and 4 years’ rigorous imprisonment is unprecedented and exceptionally severe – M.A. Sumanthiran, M.P.

I want to flag one or two issues concerning the responsibility of the parliament in this regard. But before I do that I am...

Sri Lanka to appoint one more commission before the upcoming UNHRC session & has turned down an offer to co-sponsor a new resolution.

Image: The issue of enforced disappearances has never been properly investigated in Sri Lanka. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is to appoint a new Commission of Inquiry...

Sri Lanka: heartbreaking story of the forced cremation of two month old infant without parents presence & consent

Image: Screenshot of a video of Baby Mohammed being prepared for the forced cremation. This is the story of the of two-month old Baby Mohammed...

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...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...

Sri Lanka: A Return to Threats & Fear; Crackdown on Critics, Disregard for Accountability

Inmates protest on the roof a prison building calling for speedier judicial processes and increased protection amid rising cases of Covid-19, Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka: Despite police intimidation prayer weak for the release of Tamil political prisoners held successfully

Families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations and civilians of North East Sri-Lanka launched a weeklong prayer campaign from 7th to 14th January...

Sri Lanka: acquittal emblematic of the State’s failure to ensure accountability   

The ICJ today deplored the comprehensive failure of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure accountability for conflict-era crimes, marked by the dropping of charges...

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...

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 AG department drops TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham murder case & killers go scot free

The Attorney General’s Department (AG) has decided to drop the case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in connection to the murder of former Parliamentarian...

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...

Twitter and Facebook lock Donald Trump’s accounts after video address

Image:Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed Donald Trump’s video post to the supporters who stormed the US Capitol. Photograph: Us President Donald J Trump Twitter/EPA Twitter...

“Release Tamil political prisoners”: Families and civil groups launch a campaign in North-East Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations, civilians, clergy, and Tamil politicians today (5th  January 2021) jointly launched a campaign...

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...

The uncomfortable truth about Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in the Middle East – Amalini De Sayrah

On April 28th 2020, shaky footage taken on a smartphone showed hundreds of migrant workers in a country in the Middle East, crowded into...

Heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals & enable burial of COVID-19 dead – Civil society statement

The government must heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals and enable burial of COVID-19 dead – civil society statement. (4 January 2021)...

Liberation Movement, an activists group, calls on Government of Sri Lanka to bring migrant workers home!

Image: This migrant worker's plea to Gotabaya Rajapaksa requesting bring them home has gone viral. She says some of the SL female workers are...

Experts committee delivers a death blow to “Covid cremation only” lobby in Sri Lanka

Image: Covid dead are being buried in NewYork' (Photo courtesy of AP tweeter) The expert committee appointed by the Health Ministry to study the issue...

Under 20 A Govt is taking arbitrary actions contrary to democratic principles – Karu Jayasuriya, NMJS

The National Movement for a Just Society, over the past few months, held regular press briefings to present various issues. By having regular briefings,...

Dead-body politics and racism: a prayer for 2021- Shreen Abdul Saroor

“The dignity of the dead, their cultural and religious traditions, and their families should be respected and protected throughout.” —World Health Organization, Infection prevention...

Muslim Council of Britain challenges forced Covid cremations in Sri Lanka

Image caption: Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was elected last year on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock/TG. The country insists all people who...

‘We did it, sisters’: Argentina Senate votes to legalize abortion

By Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -Argentina’s Senate voted on Wednesday to legalize abortion, a first for a big country in Latin America and a...

Future US funding to Sri Lanka depends on the protection and promotion of Human Rights and containing Chinese influence

Image: Chinese influence in Sri Lanka could be seen even on signboards! US President signed coronavirus relief Bill which also provides some foreign aid ...

Sri Lanka: Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas Inter-Religious Committee writes to President on mandatory cremation

The Inter-Religious Committee of the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convene an urgent meeting of medical and virology...

Sri Lanka’s mandatory cremation policy is playing politics with the dead, says GTF

While appreciating Sri Lanka’s relative success with the management of COVID-19, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to express its strong condemnation of...

UNHRC, Sri Lanka Resolutions and the Tamil Parties’ desperation – M.S.M. Ayub

Tamil nationalistic politics which have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related politics seems #to be gaining momentum with the next session of...
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What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

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