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In Sri Lanka Human Rights environment has worsened – UK govt report

The human rights environment in Sri Lanka worsened, with the continuation of surveillance and intimidation of activists and human rights defenders, the detention without...

Sri Lanka: MP Bakeer Markar alleges police are to arrest 200 critical journalists

Image: Courtesy of IFEX. Opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Member of Parliament Imthiaz Bakeer Markar is accusing the government of targeting media-persons critical of the government...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

Image: There is widespread concern about the militarisation of the COVID response and broader militarisation under the cover of COVID. Yet, militarisation too is...

Budget 2021: What is the rationale of reduing funds for health and increaing for defence? – Dr. Ameer Ali

Budgeting in the face of a combined attack on public health and national economy by a global pandemic is indeed a daunting task for...

The symbolism of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, doing covid-19 temperature checks in Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

File photo. Sri Lanka’s covid-19 ‘dark riders’ and the urgent need to correct ourselves. The fearsome sight of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, complete with...

What kind of government reduces expenditure on health in the midst of a global pandemic? – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: Daily FT/Shehan Gunasekara. In 2019, with no global pandemic, the Sirisena-Rajapaksa administration set aside Rs. 188 billion for health. In 2020, amidst a global...

Sri Lanka: The war on Covid19 has turned into war on the public; Drons to moniter people’s movements

Image courtesy of US Today. By Vyshnavy Velrajh. (Colombo Gazette) Drones will be deployed to monitor movements in areas under lockdown in the country due to...

Sri Lanka: All cases filed on abducted and murdered journalists are based on false allegations says Minister Jayantha Samaraweera

As the world commemorates 2nd November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’  a Sri Lankan government minister has told...

Sri Lanka’s militarisation is destroying Tamil livelihoods – TNPF MP

Image: A file photo of a military checkpoint in Colombo. The proliferation of Sri Lankan military checkpoints, illegal fishing by Sinhala fishermen with the assistance...

Sri Lanka: Vulnerable groups pay the price for militarisation of COVID-19 response

Image: (c)Shehan Gunasekara/Daily FT On 15 October, the Sri Lankan authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Katunayake Free Trade Zone (KFTZ) after hundreds of...

Sri Lankan Brigadier threatens medical staff in Sampathnuwara, Mullaitivu : “Bloody Tamil, I will kill you all”

Brigadier K. K. S. Parakum of Mechanized Infantry Regiment has entered the Sampathnuwara District Hospital a few days ago and threatened the medical staff...

Sri Lanka: Urgent Appeal on the Situation of Manpower workers in mandatory self-quarantine

“I am a Manpower worker. I now think that if I had contracted Corona I might have been better off. At least then, I...

FTZ Workers Rights and Militarised Approach to Covid-19 Prevention in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Brief update

1. On 4 October Sri Lanka’s newest Covid-19 cluster spreading within the Brandix-owned factory in Minuwangoda, Gampaha came to be known by an accident....

Sri Lanka: Inaction on regularizing quarantine regulations is illegal and arbitrary; Court case files for writ of mandamus ( Full text)

Image courtesy of Al jazeera/ Filing an application for mandates in the nature of Writ of Certiorari and/or Prohibition and/or Mandamus Under and in terms...

Ensure FTZ workers rights are not violated by the COVID 19 prevention programs – Civil Society Collective

In a letter addressed to Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, the recently formed Civil Society Collective for the Rights of FTZ Workers has requested...

‘Dragged away like criminals’ – FTZ workers

Weeping garment workers abruptly shoved into quarantine Unions call for an immediate inquiry into factory COVID ops Twenty-eight-year-old Kasuni is among hundreds of garment...

Sri Lanka: A complaint logged against General Shavendra Silva for cruel, inhumane & degrading treatment in quarantining FTZ workers

A Complaint has been made against Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of...

Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah without charge for 6 months

Rights groups and members of civil society have raised concerns over the continued incarceration of a Muslim lawyer in Sri Lanka, adding that his...

The Second Wave and who decides the health policy? – Ranga Jayasuriya

Image: Army commander and police spokesperson brief media regularly on Covid 19 situation. The largest cluster of corona patients in the country might not have...

Sri Lanka: 53 Free Trade Zone workers were forcefully taken away at midnight for “military quarantine”

Image: Abducted female workers say that food given to them is not properly cooked and cannot be eaten. (screenshot from the below video) Fifty-three FTZ...

Sri Lanka Report: Repression of Dissent in August 2020

(INFORM) This report provides some general trends and details of some significant incidents related to the repression of dissent in Sri Lanka in the...

Sri Lanka police to confiscate property of those who fail to obey their orders to quarantine

Colombo (News 1st);  Sri Lanka Police said 1402 workers were attached to the Minuwangoda Brandix Factory and all those were not moved into quarantine...

20A and rapid development: Where is the link? – Dr. Ameer Ali

In an interview with a journalist, the Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Pieris argued that a strong executive presidency is necessary for rapid development....

The 20th Amendment should not pass – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

In November 1936, during the Battle for Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, Dolores Ibarruri or La Pasionaria as she came to be known,...

Sri Lanka govt is using intelligence services to control tea production standards.

(Image courtesy of ENS) Sri Lanka government is using intelligence services to find out improper ways and means in the production of Ceylon Tea, it...

Sri Lankan Army to Take over Printing of Driving License at Government’s Request

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army on Tuesday (15) presided a conference with the Chief Signal Officer,...

Why is the draft 20th Amendment hostile to greater public accountability? – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

As public concern over Sri Lanka’s draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution increases exponentially since this amendment was gazetted on 2nd September 2020, so do the...

TNA leader alleges Presidential Task Force for EP Archaeology member threatened Kuchchaveli area farmers

Alleges Buddhist monk member of Task Force stopping farmers from cultivating on around 1000 acres of land in Thiriyai area Writes to President...

‘As far as strategic security considerations go, Sri Lanka has an “India first” approach’ – Secretary, Foreign Ministry, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) just secured a landslide victory in parliamentary polls, bringing back Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister....

Sri Lanka election results show a seismic shift in the country’s electoral map as well as the balance of political power – Jayadeva Uyangoda

The SLPP struck a chord projecting political stability and capitalising on failures of the previous coalition government. The results of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election held...
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