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  • 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 […]

  • LRRC report disproves Govt’s “No HR violations” claim – UNP

    Zacki Jabbar – The governments contention that there were no civilian casualties during the last stages of the war against the LTTE, has been disproved by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday.He told a news conference in Colombo that the LLRC has referred to human rights violations on […]

  • LLRC somewhat endorses the UN report – UNP MP Kiriella

    The LLRC report has somewhat endorsed the Report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Expert Panel appointed by the UN chief Ban ki Moon, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella said today. Addressing a press briefing he added that contrary to the government’s claim of ‘zero civilian casualty’ at the end of the war, the LLRC has […]

  • Violence Against Women: This is my story

    ”Young men reading this, ask yourselves if you have not seen your father make your mother cry, your father hit your mother, even. Young women, ask yourselves if you do not throw yourselves into a social life that keeps you away from home for as long as possible because you just don’t want to go […]

  • Would Lessons Be Learnt From the Lessons Learnt Commission?

    The much-awaited LLRC report is finally out. Anik Pituwa would have welcomed a more forthright report with less “wahen oro” (indirect) language, especially about the last stages of the war and allegations of human rights. The report appears to be a compromise- between those who understand the international and internal ramifications of the issues involved […]

  • Sri Lanka: The New Year Wish List- 2012

    A Statement by the Asian Human Rights CommissionAll Sri Lankans will wish that the coming year will not be like the last one and, in fact, that it be different from previous years also, years in which deep insecurity has been prevailing due to the failure of the political system, resulting in serious problems in […]

  • Jana Aragala group leader Kumara Mahattaya’s wife, children arrested ( later released)

     Authorities have arrested the wife and children of Premakumar Gunaratnam alias Kumara Mahattaya, the JVP dissident group’s exiled leader.Defence authorities apprehended them at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake around 1.00 am today (Jan. 02). They are presently under interrogation. Kumara Mahattaya’s wife Champa Somaratne is a medical doctor and a citizen of citizen of Australia, […]

  • ITAK activists threatened by SLA intelligence operatives in Mullaiththeevu

     [TamilNet,] Activists of the Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) in Mullaiththeevu of Vanni, who were engaged in organizing party activities this week have been threatened with death by intelligence operatives of the Sri Lanka Army, sources in Mullaiththeevu told TamilNet. The intimidation by the occupying SLA has come following the leading activists of the ITAK […]

  • Reflection on 2011 -Daily Mirror Editorial

    ”Indeed we appear to have created two societies – the rich and ruling elite comprising less than 15 percent of the population but controlling more than 85 percent of the country’s wealth and resources while 85 percent of the people are struggling to manage with their monthly wages or are surviving on the poverty line. […]

  • A/L exams lost its credibility: FUTA

    (Lakna Paranamanna) The 2011 A/L results fiasco has violated the credibility and high standards maintained during the examination throughout the years, university academics said expressing their grave concern over the controversy. Expressing their concern over the complications and errors reported concerning the A/L results, Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) President Dr. Ranjith Nirmal Dewasiri […]

  • LTTE Human Right Violations and War Crimes against North East Muslims, Before the Ceasefire Agreement of 22nd February 2002

     (M.I.M. Mohideen)With the increased activities of the Tamil militants in the early part of 1985, the animosity and resentment of the Tamils towards the North East Muslims took a more acrimonious turn. Consequent to it, numerous incidents of extortions of money, robbing jewellry and other valuables at gun point, and threat to co-operate with the […]

  • 1,637 rape cases reported in 2011: Police

    An increase in statutory rape cases have been reported in the country, the police said yesterday. Police spokesman SP Ajith Rohana said that they have detected an increase in statutory rape cases this year when compared with previous years.Statutory rape is when a person engages in sex with consent or without consent of an underage […]

  • Hope Lanka acts decisively on devolution of Power

    (PTI) India today said it expected Sri Lanka to “act decisively” to achieve meaningful devolution of powers to its provinces in the backdrop of the military operation against the LTTE. In its first comments on the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), India also asked Sri Lanka to set up an “independent […]

  • Suspending of Unions is first step to privatisation of education: JVP .

    The JVP alleged that the suspending of Students Unions of the Peradeniya University is the first step towards creating a conducive environment for the introduction of Privatisation of free education in the country. The JVP stated that the government’s suppression of the democratic rights of students would lead to bloodshed. At a press conference held at […]

  • Malnutrition among 40 pc of expatriate EPZ workers

    (Srilankamirror) – Around 40 per cent of expatriate workers in free trade zones suffer from malnutrition and are of low weight, said senior coordinator of the International Organization for Migration Dr. Sharika Peiris. According to a survey, 73 pc of them are women, she said, adding that the monthly average food and health spending of a […]

  • Disappearance of HumanRights Defenders & Political Activists Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and KuganMurugan on 9th December 2011

    TwoSri Lankan human rights defenders and political activists disappeared in Jaffnain the North of Sri Lank on 9th December 2011. There is still nocredible news of their whereabouts and human rights groups have voiced seriousconcerns about their safety. Mr. Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Mr. KuganMuruganandan were last seen by relatives, leaving Mr. Muruganandan’shouse at Avarangal […]

  • US voices concern on Sri Lanka war report

    (AFP ) The United States on Monday voiced concern over a Sri Lankan commission’s report on the end of the island’s civil war and urged the government to address human rights allegations more fully.  In a 400-page report released last week, the government-created commission cleared the military of charges that it deliberately targeted civilians as […]

  • Sri Lanka: Report Fails to Advance Accountability

     The report of the Sri Lankan government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) disregards the worst abuses by government forces, rehashes longstanding recommendations, and fails to advance accountability for victims of Sri Lanka’s civil armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The serious shortcomings of the 388-page report, which was posted on a government website […]

  • J.C. Weliamuna recognized for his human rights work

    (Srilankamirror) – The Sri Lanka branch of Transparency International has recognized J.C. Weliamuna for his contributions to the field of human rights.  The citation read at the NIA presentation for him recognized the unyielding integrity, personal commitment and courage of the former executive director of TISL and director of Transparency International. Born on 29th of August, […]

  • Sri Lanka to implement National Action Plan on HR

    Sri Lanka is to established Human Right Council to deal with related issues, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Government of Sri Lanka as per the voluntary pledge given in the course of its participation at the Universal Periodic Review meeting at the UNHRC in 2008 has decided to implement the National Human Rights […]

  • Democracies, dictatorships and the exercise of civic responsibilities

    Jayantha DhanapalaMy first words must of course, be words of sincere thanks to Transparency International Sri Lanka for inviting me on this important annual occasion of the National Integrity Awards held, most appropriately, today on United Nations’ International Anti-Corruption Day. Dr. Peter Eigen embarked on a great journey when he founded Transparency International (TI) in […]

  • HR groups fear for lives of two missing JVP dissidents

     Norman Palihawadane Human Rights and civil organizations fear for the lives of two missing members of the Movement for People’s Struggle. An organizer of the MPS, formed by JVP dissidents, and another individual are reportedly missing since Friday. Their whereabouts are unknown since leaving to make arrangements for a media conference to be held in […]

  • JVP presents 13-point plan for reconciliation

     Shamindra Ferdinando The JVP on Saturday (Dec. 10) said that those held for their alleged involvement with the LTTE should have been tried before Tamil speaking judges.  Launching a special political campaign in the Northern Province, the JVP lambasted the UPFA government for keeping LTTEsuspects in the dark as to what was going on in courts. […]

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