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  • Sri Lanka unveils 5-year action plan to protect human rights

     The Sri Lankan Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, announced on Thursday the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The five-year plan fulfills Sri Lanka’s pledge [BBC report] made in 2008 as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official […]

  • Karu warns of social explosion due to lack of faith in police

    Saman Indrajith UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya yesterday warned, in Parliament, that there was room for a social explosion as the public trust in law and order had eroded due to the heavy politicization of the police service.Addressing Parliament during the debate on establishment of a National Police Academy, Jayasuriya said that if there occurred such […]

  • The Observatory expresses its deep concern about those false allegations and threats against Mr. Sunanda Deshapriya,

    URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORYSri Lanka/October 6, 2011The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation.Brief description of the situation:The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the […]

  • SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated Read more >

    SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated

    SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated October 6, 2011 ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-194-20116 October 2011 —————————————————— SRI LANKA: Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated ISSUES: Extrajudicial killing; impunity; rule […]

  • SL sends report to unhrc chief Friday,

    Dianne Silva Sri Lanka, which came under immense pressure over its human rights record at the recently concluded United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions, will send its newly formulated National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights to the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay. According to the President’s Human Rights […]

  • Eighth beggar clubbed to death

    A beggar was clubbed to death this morning with a sharp weapon reportedly by an unidentified mob near the seventh mile post in Kelaniya, police said. They said this was the eighth such instance where beggars had been killed in a similar fashion during the past three months.Police spokesman Maxi Proctor said the body with […]

  • Sri Lankans In Wikileaks

    A picture emerges from the WikiLeaks cables of a Sri Lanka where all is not as it seems. Mahinda Rajapaksa, contrary, to his caricature as a Sinhala extremist, emerges as a relative moderate, even in the eyes of an Archbishop. The cables also reveal broad awareness of human rights violations within the government and of […]

  • Canada, UK target SL on C’wealth front – Prof. Peiris fumes over proposals targeting govt.

    Shamindra Ferdinando The Sri Lankan government yesterday (29) alleged that a small but influential section of the Commonwealth was carrying out an anti-Sri Lankan campaign ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Western Australia.President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to attend CHOGM 2011 in late October 2011. External Affairs Minister Prof. G. […]

  • Commonwealth could split–sl over the appoinment of HR commissioner

    Dianne Silva The Sri Lankan government which rejected a move by the Commonwealth Ministerial  Action Group to appoint a Commissioner on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law said yesterday the push for a “punitive role” by a few commonwealth countries could cause a split in the organisation. Speaking to the diplomatic community yesterday […]

  • Sri Lanka – Media smear campaign and death threats against human rights defender Sunanda Deshapriya following his participation in the UN Human Rights Council – Front Line

    Front Line Defenders – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights  29 September 2011 Human rights defender Mr Sunanda Deshapriya was the target of a media smear campaign and death threats, following his participation in an event held at the UN headquarters in Geneva on 12 September 2011. State controlled media reportedly published […]

  • In policy shift, Stephen Harper presses Sri Lanka on human rights

    CAMPBELL CLARK Stephen Harper’s government, which alienated many Tamil-Canadians in the last days of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, is aggressively campaigning to pressure Sri Lanka on human rights and political reconciliation.It’s a dramatic shift in the Conservative approach to Sri Lanka’s fractured politics. For years they vilified the separatist Tamil Tigers as terrorists, […]

  • AHRC seeks justice over HR defender’s killing

    The Asian Human Rights Commission is seeking justice over the alleged death after torture by the STF in public of a human rights defender in Puttalam. The AHRC says in a statement that it has received information that human rights defender Perumal Sivakumara (32) of Kalpitiya Road, Norochcholai has died after being tortured in public by […]

  • Last minute court-order halts Sri Lankan Tamil deportation from Brita

     Jonathan MillerA forced removal of failed asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka has been put on hold by a judge after a day of frantic legal appeals. Foreign Affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller reports . Frantic efforts by lawyers in London to prevent an aircraft, chartered by the British government, from forcibly returning failed asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka […]

  • UK not monitoring safety of Tamils deported to Sri Lanka

    Ian CobainThe government has conceded that it is doing nothing to establish what is happening to scores of Tamils who are being forcibly removed from the UK despite concerns for their safety in Sri Lanka.A flight chartered by the UK Border Agency was due to depart on Wednesday with up to 50 failed asylum applicants […]

  • Mahinda says UN visit productive, successful

    Nisthar Cassim in New York President Mahinda Rajapaksa described his engagement with the United Nations member countries last week as very successful for him personally and Sri Lanka at large. “I am very happy with the visit as it was very productive and through our discussions we were able to portray the true picture,” President Rajapaksa […]

  • Mervyn makes waves (in taking law onto his hands)

    ”Nevertheless the president would know better than most that giving certain kinds of people an inch leads to their grabbing a mile and Mervyn Silva belongs to that breed. Laughing at their antics and allowing them to preen in the glare of publicity is certainly not the best way of controlling them.” The irrepressible Mervyn […]

  • Our consciences and the defence of the rule of law

    ”Now, with the current nationalist resurgence, are we going to witness another spate of attacks on places of worship of the religious minorities? A website reported this week of the destruction of a Muslim place of worship in Anuradhapura claiming that the mosque was built on the site where the ashes of Dutugemunu were interred. […]

  • Watchdogs Push Hard for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Watchdogs Push Hard for War Crimes Probe in Sri Lanka

    ”The push was sparked by a diplomatic spat at the 18th annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which opened in Geneva on Monday, when Navanethem Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, urged Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a full review of its security apparatus. ”Pam JohnsonWASHINGTON, Sep 16, 2011 […]

  • Protect our environment — Group of concerned citizens writes to President

    A concerned group of Sri Lankan environmentalists have taken measures to draw the attention of the President regarding several development projects that have been carried out at present which would harm wild animals and the environment. They have written to the President drawing his attention to the destruction of the environment due to the implementation of […]

  • Survey: 40,000 Prostitutes 35,000 Homosexuals & unaccounted Lesbians

     A survey conducted by Health Authorities as a prelude to combat the deadly HIV AIDS spread has discovered that there are 40,000 prostitutes, 35,000 Homosexuals and an unaccounted number of Lesbians in the country.Director AIDS Control Unit, Dr. Nimal Ekanayake said these figures were only confined to four districts. In Colombo there are 8,000 prostitutes […]

  • Sri Lanka doctors ‘complicit in torture’

    Doctors in five countries including Sri Lanka are complicit in torture by failing to report torture when they treat torture victims, says the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In a detailed report, the BMJ says medical professionals in UK, US, Italy, Israel and Sri Lanka are complicit in torture by failing to blow the whistle. The […]

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