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Human Rights

  • SL’s Nat. media criticised at UNHRC

    Special Rapporteur on human rights workers yesterday criticized the Sri Lankan national media. Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, Ms Margaret Sekaggya said: “Regarding other parts of the world, I have once again been alerted that should human rights defenders in Sri Lanka seek the protection of my mandate, they, their families […]

  • Katunayake savage police attack – fundamental rights petition to be heard

    The fundamental rights petition filed before the Supreme Court by 13 employees of Katunayake Free Trade Zone claiming their fundamental rights were violated when police attacked the peaceful agitation carried out by the employees against a fraudulent pension scheme the government attempted to force on private sector employees will be heard.The Supreme Court took this […]

  • Geneva: NGO Blitzkrieg starts Tuesday

    The American representative to the UN Human Rights Council Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero spoke at the HRC on Friday last week, and there was no talk about a resolution being brought against Sri Lanka by the USA. What she said about Sri Lanka was that “We know […]

  • National mechanisms of human rights are necessary: Dayan Jayatilleka .

    While Sri Lanka faces heat at the Geneva sessions the Former Sri Lankan Permanent Representative there Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka has stated that national mechanisms of human rights are necessary to finally put to rest the calls for an international mechanism of accountability. When asked whether Sri Lanka could put to rest the call for an […]

  • Government responsible for the issue – JVP

    The situation where organizations and foreign countries are trying to intervene in the affairs of the country is a creation of the government as its moves and anti people policies it adopts has allowed a situation where foreign countries and organizations could pressurize the country states the JVP.The JVP Parliamentarian Anura dissanayake said “We, as […]

  • Attacks on dissent in Sri Lanka, Part 1 –Incidents in 2012

    Watchdog2012 has seen a sustained campaign Sri Lankan against human rights defenders with a special focus on any engagement with UN processes, including the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council beginning in February in Geneva. Press freedom activists and organizations, human rights defenders and political activists are being accused of helping the revival […]

  • Attacks on dissent in Sri Lanka Part 2 – incidents in 2011

    Watchdog Human Rights Defenders in Sri Lanka continue to suffer attacks and intimidation through 2011 and 2012.  This submission focuses on incidents in 2011.   Impunity for attacks and threats against HRDs, labeling HRDs as ‘terrorists’ or traitors, the campaign against HRDs in the State media and linking these to their participation/involvement in  of the UN Human […]

  • Attacks against Dissent Sri Lanka Part 3 – Northern situation

    Watchdog, Since 2009, many HRDs, including journalists and political activists have been threatened, attacked, intimidated, detained on false charges, disappeared or killed.  In each case, they were selectively targeted because they dared to express dissenting opinions or because they encouraged others to do so. Political groups and opposition activists have also faced severe reprisals since […]

  • ‘Over 7000 civilians died’ Sri Lanka government

    Over 7000 deaths appear to be related to the military battleThe BBC has learned that according to Sri Lankan government statistics, about 9,000 people died in the war-torn north of Sri Lanka during the controversial final phase of the war three years ago.More than 7,000 of the deaths appear to be directly related to the […]

  • No justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka: HRW

    The Sri Lankan government has failed to advance justice and accountability for victims of the country’s 25-year-old armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said Monday. While Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north and east became more open after the Tamil Tigers were crushed, the government had deepened repression of basic freedoms throughout the country, it said in its […]

  • Sri Lanka Commences Diplomatic Offensive

    GL, Mahinda to head two teams;    EU passes Resolution on Sri LankaThe government has commenced its diplomatic offensive following the motion passed in the EU parliament on pushing for a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions and the announcement by the US government of supporting the resolution.The government […]

  • Does Govt Have The Political Will to Implement the LLRC Recommendations?

    Fr. Sarath IddamalgodaThe report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation’ when taken as a whole is rather weak because of its inherent limitations, but some of the recommendations made in the report by the commission are quite positive and therefore can be used as a constructive tool to move in […]

  • Chilaw victim’s funeral underway – Police impose resrictions

    A tight security cordon was placed around Chilaw town yesterday as the funeral of slain fisherman Anthony Fernando of the Egodawatte coastal village took place in the area with full Catholic burial rites.A crowd of about 10,000 mourners drawn largely from the fishing community in the area and adjoining villages attended Fernando’s funeral service that […]

  • Murder in Chilaw: High ranking police officer exposes the truth

    A high ranking police officer with patriotic traits whose name cannot be disclosed told Lanka e news that Gotabaya Rajapakse is directly responsible for the murder of Warnakulasooriya Arachchige Anthony Fernando who was shot at and killed at Wella district, Chilaw yesterday, by the combined operation of army and the STF.The powers given to the […]

  • Decision to constitute Natl. Police Commission

    The government says it has decided to constitute the National Police commission under the 18th amendment to the constitution. The Parliamentary Council has recommended the names proposed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the NPC.News.lk reported quoting an official of the Parliament that the Parliamentary Council which met yesterday approved the appointment of former ambassador and […]

  • Emerging Scenarios, Possible Outcomes and the Tasks of the People:

     Surendra Ajit RupasingheAs you know, the Geneva sessions will open on the 27th February. A possible, and most probable outcome would be a resolution calling for an independent international mechanism to investigate war crimes. (Appointing a Court of Inquiry under the Army Commander will provide more ammunition for the foreign powers to denounce the credibility […]

  • Period of youths disappearing before country again – Ajith Kumara

    The country is again experiencing a period in which parents lose their children, women their husbands and children their fathers, alleges the Movement for People’s Struggle. MFPS national organizer Ajith Kumara said all should rally against this situation. The country’s rulers no longer allow democratic governance and have unleashed repression against the masses, he told a […]

  • One killed, three injured as STF fires at protestors in Chilaw .

    One person was killed and three others were injured when the STF opened fire at a group of fishermen protesting in Chilaw a shortwhille back, residents claimed.  The fishermen were protesting over the increased fuel prices in the town. They were marching from the fish market to the town.The person killed as identified as  Warnakulasuriya […]

  • Vijaya assassination: Politics kills police professionalism

    Tassie Seneviratne In an earlier article I outlined how high-profile interference frustrates police professionalism. In this context the Vijaya Kumaratunga assassination case is another that deserves elaboration. Vijaya Kumaratunga was a film idol who started politics in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP). He married Chandrika Bandaranaike in 1978 and joined the Sri Lanka Freedom […]

  • Lorry driver allowed to proceed with FR petition against TID

     He worked for Army IntelligenceThe Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation application filed by Kandegedara Priyawansa, a lorry driver from Nuwara Eliya, who had worked in the Intelligence Unit of the Sri Lanka Army.The petitioner had said that the Terrorist Investigation Unit had arrested him on February 27, 2010, […]

  • Sri Lanka appoints cabinet sub-committee to monitor implementation of Human Rights Action Plan proposals

    The government of Sri Lanka has decided to appoint a Cabinet Sub-Committee to monitor the process of speedy implementation of the proposals in the country’s Human Rights Action Plan. The Cabinet of ministers has approved the appointments of the members to the Sub-Committee yesterday.Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister […]

  • Nearly 70% of Lankan women inactive

     A survey carried out by the Department of Manpower and Employment, of the Ministry of Productivity Promotion, has revealed that 69.5 per cent of the country’s total female population is inactive. Of that percentage 9.3 per cent possessed high educational qualifications.The report, titled ‘Determinants of Unemployment among Sri Lankan University Graduates’, states that economic inactivity […]

  • No suspects identified; Killing of British tourist in Tangalle:

    Witnesses failed to identify a single suspect at the identification parade held at the Tangalle Magistrate’s Court on Friday when the case where a foreigner was killed at a hotel was taken up before the Tangalle Magistrate Suresha de Silva.The British national was killed in a brawl in the wee hours of Christmas day at […]

  • Human Rights Commission member resigns

    A member of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has resigned following an internal problem.Former government analyst Dr. Ananda Mendis, who was appointed to the HRC by the president, said he could no longer serve in the commission against his conscience and policies. The president has permitted him to resign with effect from February 01 following […]

  • 3 to 5 children raped daily

    Child and women rights activists hit out at Govt. apathy in tackling a burning issue Last week a 28-year-old man from Dambulla was arrested along with an owner of a guest house and a three-wheeler driver for allegedly luring and raping a 13 year old girl. According to police the young girl had had a […]

  • STF killed Trinco students, Basil Rajapakse told Blake

    In a classified memo written by US’s Sri Lanka Ambassador Robert Blake in October 2006 to Washington, ten months after the extra-judicial execution of five students at a Trincomalee beach, Basil Rajapakse, advisor to Sri Lanka’s President and brother Rajapakse, had told Ambassador Blake that Special Task Force (STF) was responsible for the killings, according […]

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