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  • 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 […]

  • Human skeletons found in SLA abandoned locality in Jaffna

    Skeletons of two persons, allegedly slain by the Sri Lankan military in recent times, have been recovered from an abandoned well near a bund constructed by the occupying Sri Lanka Army in I’lavaalai, Pa’ndaththeruppu situated in Valikaamam in the Jaffna district on Wednesday. Brain parts found inside one of the two skulls indicate that the […]

  • Sri Lanka: No Progress on Justice

    Further Repression of Media, Civil Society, MinoritiesIn 2011, accountability remained a dead issue, the media faced increasing censorship, and the long-standing grievances which led to the conflict were not seriously addressed. Sri Lankans face a lack of justice, weak rule of law, land grabbing, and a censored media from a government that is increasingly authoritarian. Brad […]

  • Towards an Asean declaration of human rights

    A GUARANTEE OF FREEDOMSA much awaited outcome of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’s commitment to human rights in 2012 will be the finalisation of an Asean instrument on human rights, particularly in the form of a Human Rights Declaration. It will underline the perception and position towards human rights in this region. The drafting […]

  • Give our message wings to fly with so that our appeal for the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka will echo around the world – Media appeal to Galle Literary Festival

    ”As you enjoy an environment in which you may discuss matters of literature and the arts in relative comfort and freedom, we appeal to you to recall the reality of our situation, and to engage with it in your discussion forums. Support the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka in every way that is open […]

  • Political solution: How Much More To Discuss And What For ?

    Kusal Perera      * At least 25 years of social debate on PCs and power devolution     * 25 years of PC rule, the people are familiar with     * 128 meetings held by the APRC to discuss a “home grown” solution     * Two comprehensive reports by the Expert Panel appointed by President Rajapaksa to            support APRC […]

  • Kadirgamar murder suspect ‘tortured’

    The main suspect in the murder of Sri Lankan Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar informed courts that he was tortured while in police custody to extract a confession.Muththiah Sagayadevan told the high court in Colombo on Thursday that police officers assaulted him demanding to ‘tell the truth’. The suspect named two police officers. One policeman […]

  • IUSF complains to IGP over death threats to student leaders

     The Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) lodged a complaint with IGP N.K Illangakoon against armed groups issuing death threats to student leaders, today.  A three member delegation of the IUSF met the officials at the IGP’s office and handed over the complaint.The delegation was headed by IUSF, Convener, Sanjeewa Bandara while the others were a lawyer […]

  • Sri Lanka: Obstruction of the campaign against disappearances in Jaffna is an indication of the dangerous level of militarisation in Sri Lanka – NfR

    NfR Sri Lanka, a network of Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders, strongly condemns the obstruction of the protest campaign against the disappearances in Sri Lanka by security forces without any legal ground. This blatant violation of people’s democratic rights shows that in the so-called liberated North of Sri Lanka not the rule of […]

  • Restoring confidence in the criminal justice system

    ”The news reports that we have quoted sadly reflect the pathetic state of law enforcement in our country. There are three tiers in law enforcement in any democracy – the Police who perform the investigative role, the Attorney-General’s Department who act as the prosecutors and the Judiciary who have to ensure that justice is meted […]

  • Canada says LLRC report does not fully address HR accusations

    Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird says the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report does not fully address the grave accusations of serious human rights violations that occurred toward the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka.He said in a statement today (Jan. 12), “Canada notes the public release of the report of Sri Lanka’s […]


    Leela Isaac –  A regime change takes place only if the majority of people in a country want a change. In Sri Lanka today not many people would want it. After 30 years of war and terror, people are able to get about without fear, safe in the knowledge that the LTTE has been annihilated. […]

  • Stresses commitment to protect human rights of all Lankans

    Manjula FERNANDO  – Plantation Industries Minister and President’s Special Envoy on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe expressed his views to the Sunday Observer on the possibility of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report being debated at the 19th UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva and the implementation of the National Action Plan […]

  • Govt. thugs mercilessly assault J’pura students

    Two students have been admitted to hospital when a group of thugs in a double cab attacked a group of students of Sri Jayawardenepura University.  When three students had gone to a hotel opposite the University at about 11.00 p.m. yesterday (6th) a group of 6 thugs who had arrived in a green coloured double […]

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