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Sri Lanka: Freedom for 278 Political Prisoners, Consequent to TNA Talks:

Two hundred and seventy eight political prisoners whose release the Tamil community has been agitating for several years will soon be granted their freedom...

Sri Lanka Accused of Waging ‘Silent War’ as Tamil Land is Appropriated By Army

US thinktank claims post-conflict harmony undermined by military occupation in north and east, combined with land grabs that have marginalised Tamil people. Sri Lankan...

Tamils Brave Harassment, Threats to Mourn Their Dead

By Father Elil Rajendram. Organising a religious service to commemorate 18 May 2009 was like experiencing a horror story, full of fear and suspense, with...

Govt. Official Attacked For Allowing National Anthem in Tamil!

A Government official has been attacked for allowing to sing the National Anthem in Tamil at the Eastern University at Vantharumoolai in Batticaloa on...

Sri Lanka: Wigneswaran Takes Part In Remembrance Event In Mullivaikkal

(Wigneswaran in Mullivaikkal;Photo: Tamil Guardian/Twitter) Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran took part an event at Mullivaikkal this morning, to remember those who died...

Rajapaksa’s “War Heroes’ Day” to counter Sirisena’s “Remembrance Day”

Former Sri  Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who hopes to romp back to power in the coming parliamentary elections on a Sinhalese-nationalist wave, will be...

Sri Lanka: New Army Chief a Blow to Justice’ 6 Years After War, No Accountability for Serious Abuses

( Suspected LTTE carers, who disappeared after detained in the battle field) “Sri Lanka’s new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming...

Sri Lankan Police Bans Tamil Event

Police in northeastern Sri Lanka's Mullaithivu district has obtained a court order banning an event to be organised by a Tamil group to commemorate...

Help at Last for Sri Lanka War widows

By Amantha Perera. (Like many women, Kulasekran Kugamathi lost her husband during Sri Lanka's civil war; Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN ) VAVUNIYA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN) -...

SL Missing Persons Commission Holds LTTE Responsible for 60% of Allegations

( LTTE Female fighters) The Presidential Commission to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances notes that allegations of forced disappearances, abductions and...

Sri Lanka Graft Busters Question Rajapakse Brothers

By Amal Jayasinghe. COLOMBO (AFP) - Two brothers of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse faced questioning by anti-corruption investigators on Thursday as the new...

Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka's new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to...

Sri Lanka: Lawyers Criticize Speaker and MPs

Criticizing the Speaker for questioning the Chairman of the Bribery Commission about a pending inquiry, Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) condemned certain MPs for attempting...

Sri Lanka: Two Nations One Country – Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

All Ceylon Tamil Congress Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said, a federal arrangement that recognizes Tamils as a distinct nation would solve the ethnic problem within...

19A Defeats Govt’s Well Meaning RTI Law – Editorial, Sunday Times

On Tuesday, the new Government is optimistic that those parts of the 19th Amendment (19A) to the 1978 Constitution — cleared by the Supreme...

Sri Lanka’s New Leader has a Tough Job: Restore Democracy and Pacify the Major Powers

When the Sri Lankan President’s motorcade encounters a red light now on the streets of the capital, Colombo, it does something unthinkable just months...

Metaphors for Reconciliation, Leadership and Good Governance

by Rajan Philips. Sri Lanka, the chosen land of Buddhism, has been home to the world’s four major religions for centuries. The four faiths have...

Video: Commission to Prepare Electoral Reforms: JVP

The Executive Council has decided to set up a commission to prepare a new electoral process to be implemented soon, a JVP council member...

Letter to President & Prime Minister Form Arjuna Ranatunga

This letter is a request from a citizen who believes in a political philosophy and a resulting culture, which disfavours party politics and upholds...

Jayampathy on 19th A, Electoral Reforms and 100-day Program

Q;What are your remarks about the 19th Amendment? A: The 19th Amendment that was gazetted has now been presented to Parliament. In the meantime...

Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a "political settlement" with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a "stable and secure" country. "If you want...

National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna

The national anthem was sung in Tamil in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga...

Do We Really Need a ‘Truth Commission’?

by Ravi Jayawardena. A delegation from South Africa was in town recently for talks with certain parties, may be, to resume the stalled efforts for...

Jeyakumary Balendaran and Six Others Released

After 362 days in detention without charge Jeyakumary Balendaran was today released on 200,000 LKR bail (just over £2,200 or $3,300)/. She will still...

Sri Lanka: Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation Established

A Special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliations chaired by Charlie Jayawardene has been established under the directives of President Maithripala Sirisena. The Task Force comprises...

State to Prepare Missing Persons’ Final List

Inter-ministerial committee already appointed Committee to coordinate with ministries, relevant bodies. The government is in the process of preparing a final list of missing persons...

NPC Resolution, Genocide and Reconciliation – Laksiri Fernando

The sensibility of the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) requesting “the ongoing United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human...

Sri Lanka’s Right To Information Bill 2015 – Clearing Up Misconceptions And Recommending Revisions

by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena and Venkatesh Nayak- Introduction. In giving necessary context to Sri Lanka’s draft Right to Information (RTI) law disseminated by the current Government in...

Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law

 by Emelina Perez The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill ...

International Justice Have to a Role in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Campaign

The Human Rights Council has agreed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ request to postpone the publication of the UN investigation into...
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Presidential Commission recommends punishing opposition politicians including Ranil, Samapathan, AKD, Mangala, Patali and Jayamapathi.

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Political Victimisation has suggested the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to make recommendations to Parliament...

Sri Lanka: UN Rights Commissioner recommends asset freezes & travel ban for alleged war criminals

File photo: These arrested alleged  LTTE militants by Sri Lanka military. Their whereabouts are still unknown. In her report on Sri Lanka to the upcoming...

Another new ‘commission’ promises no relief to victims – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: the tasks encompassed within its mandate have already been performed by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC, 2011) The recent appointment by President...