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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: Journalists exposing timber smuggling attacked

Journalists Shanmugam Thavaseelan and Kanapathipillai Kumanan, correspondents for the Tamil Guardian, were attacked by timber smugglers on October 12 when the journalists duo were...

Sri Lanka: A punishment transfer to a police officer who ranked third in the CID

Pointing out the disasters if a dictator comes to power in a third world country what happens to the independent commissions, has proven with...

Anti-Muslim riots and anatomy of the second security failure Laksiri Fernando

  Sri Lanka has encountered a second security failure by allowing the unruly violent mobs to attack Muslim mosques and ordinary Muslim citizens particularly in...

A bloody Easter Sunday and political prevarications – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

There is a special kind of atavistic horror when terrorists attack places of worship. These strikes aim at decimating not only the life and...

Continuing culture of impunity: The Karannagoda case – M.A. Sumanthiran

Since we are also currently discussing the head of expenditure for the Supreme Court, I wish to raise a few points. Last month when...

Nor can any society be fair without journalists who investigate wrongdoing and speak truth to power. – António Guterres

Image : (c) S.Deshapriya. REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE OCCASION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GENEVA ASSOCIATION OF UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS. (25 February 2019/...

Navy abductions case: Witnesses fear for their lives

(Sunday Observer 17 Feb 2019) Right wing politicians have taken up cudgels against Navy officials testifying against senior rankers implicated in an abduction for ransom...

Sri Lanka police abducted, tortured, killed two businessmen and bodies burned. An IP arrested(Updated)

Image: Two businessmen ( SLM) Two businessmen  Manjula Asanka and Raseen Chinthaka from  from  Boossa, Galle district  has been abducted b the police and they have  tortured...

“I have no wish to return …” -Exile Sri Lankan editor Upali Tennakoon

Image: Protest against the assault on Upali Tennakoon was held in Colombo immediately after the incident. “I have no wish to return since the individuals...

Sri Lanka journalists orgs want UN to persist in pressuring the government to take accountability forward.

In a letter to Ms. Hanaa Singer, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, Sri Lanka, media organistations says that " We do not want the assurances of...

Prageeth: “A politically motivated crime” – Dharisha Bastians & Aanya Vipulasena

From Colombo to Giritale to Akkaraipattu, CID sleuths have pieced together the abduction of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda on January 24, 2010 and linked it...

Sri Lanka: Don’t impede ongoing investigations

Image: From a protest poster of press freedom organisations, Sri Lanka during the Rajapaksa era. 19 November 2018./AI. Responding to the transfer of Nishantha Silva, Officer-in-Charge...

Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons – M.C.M. Iqbal

The violation of the language rights following the enactment of Official Languages Act No. 33 of 1956, started the process of human rights violations of...

Mother seeks justice for slain Sri Lankan journalist

Image: Selvarani Sahadevan wants her son's killers brought to justice but has received little encouragement in the 11 years since he died. (Photo by Niranjani Roland/ucanews.com).  Sahadevan Niluckshan was...

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa’s JO says military officer arrested to appease TNA

The Joint Opposition (JO) has alleged that the recent arrest of former Army Chief of Staff and head of Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) Maj....

Sri Lanka: When a Government shrugs its shoulders & turns a blind eye to the violence being perpetrated against its own citizens ..- M.A....

Image: Sri Lanka Muslims in Kandy praying in open space as their Mosque has been set on fire by Sinhala Buddhist mobs. On March 6...

Sri Lanka: Anti- Muslim violence are not purely a law and order question; There is a much deeper dimension – R.Smapanthan

There have been two incidents, Sir, that have occurred recently: one in Ampara a few days ago and the other one, more recently, in...

Lots of talk but little progress in Sri Lanka over journalist murders

Image: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a seminar on the safety of journalists in Colombo in December 2017. Despite Sri Lanka's commitments to address impunity,...

Lasantha Wickrematunge murder investigation: Failure is unacceptable – Media Minister

By Mangla Samaraweera. 8 January 2018, marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most heinous crimes ever committed against Sri Lanka’s constitutionally guaranteed right...

Lankadeepa correspondent lodges complaint that police obstructed her from carrying out her duty

A correspondent for the Lankadeepa newspaper has lodged a complaint at the Moratuwa Police that she was allegedly obstructed from carrying out her duties...

Sri Lanka has long way to go to end impunity for crimes against journalists says Media Minister

Image: Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera addressing the UNESCO conference (Credit: Samarawwera Face Book) Sri Lanka Miniter Minister of Finance and Mass...

Sri Lanka:Eighteen girls sexually abused by male worker at an Orphanage

According to reliable information received by the Asian Human Rights Commission, eighteen young girls in the Dehiwala Orphanage in Colombo District have been sexually...

Hopes fade for justice for dead, lost Sri Lankan journalists

Image: In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 photo, Sandya Ekneligoda, wife of disappeared journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, turns pages of their wedding album while speaking...

Today Sri Lanka has two choices between Impunity & corruption or accountability & rule of law

By Mangala Samaraweera. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says that " Today Sri Lanka has  a choice between impunity, conflict, corruption, extremism and poverty,...

Need to reform state institutions to ensure justice to all in the new year

The need for the reform of state institutions to suit post-war conditions has become highlighted by a pattern of recent incidents. During the past...

Sri Lanka: Impunity through Immunity in special Provisions Bill for Ranil, Malik

Image: Ranil Wickremesinghe and Malik Samarawickrama; Daily FT photo. Ravi Ladduwahetty. Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the...

Impunity and Press Freedom in Sri Lanka

Image: Outspoken journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge (L) who predicted his own murdear is the highest profile victim of press violations in Sri Lanka, while justice...

What Is At stake Is Not The Ranil – Maithree Govt but Fate of The Politico-Electoral Transformation of January 2015

(Shooting together at impunity) by  Tisaranee Gunasekara. In the myth, hero-king becomes a tyrant when he turns his back on the source of his power. In...

Enforced Disappearance of Persons in Sri Lanka: Legacy and Ongoing Challenges – M.C.M. Iqbal

Enforced disappearance of persons remains one of the widely known human rights violations in Sri Lanka. The war that ended in May 2009 took...
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