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Myanmar’s media under the coup – Phil Thornton

Journalists are being targeted, news outlets threatened, bullets fired, curfews imposed and internet blocked by a military junta intent on silencing dissent against stolen...

The Impact of Militarism in Myanmar and Sri Lanka – Basil Fernando

Image: President Mahinda Rajapaksa was  welcomed by Senior General Than Shwe, ruler of the Myanmar in June 2009. The Burma (now Myanmar) was a British...

Sri Lanka: UN Experts dismayed by regressive steps, call for renewed UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability 

GENEVA (5 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* have urged the Sri Lankan authorities to stop rolling back hard fought progress made in...

Myanmar has happened. Are we next? Does it need to? – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Image: the Permanent Representative Mohan Peiris quite brazenly equates the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), victims groups and human rights...

Sri Lanka: CPA calls for a strong resolution at HRC 46 that reflects on the findings of the OHCHR report

Issuing a statement on the 73rd Independence Day, Colombo based advocacy Think Tank Centre for Policy Alternatives states that  "If the government is unwilling...

The Defence Secretary and the President – Sanjana Hattotuwa

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Sri Lanka Govt to recruit 200 ex-military personal to monitor prison offcials.

Image courtesy of www.gettyimages.ie. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had instructed the formation of a special unit of retired military personnel to check all prison officers who...

Living in Hell: The Plight of Prisoners Held Under the PTA – Ambika Sathkunanathan

Image courtesy of BBC/Getty Images. The findings of the National Study of Prisons undertaken by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka have been discussed...

Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 40/1 which requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is filling government with ex-top brass in the name of 'professionalizing' island-nation's politics. by Salman Rafi Sheikh Even at the height of the Sri...

Securitisation and militarisation in Sri Lanka: A continuum – Ambika Sathkunanthan

Caroon by Avantha Artigala. Militarisation of civilian space began during the first Rajapaksa regime. Yet, it didn’t cause public concern, except amongst certain civil society...

Sri Lanka Prisons dept to recruit 200 ex-servismen for ‘Intelligence and Security Division’

The Prisons Department has called for applications to recruit 200 male Prison Guards from those who have retired from the defence services after completing...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...

Sri Lanka President’s speech is a death threat aimed at me, says law maker Harin Fernando

Image: Harin Fernando. Opposition law Harin Fernando  In a letter to IGP C.D. Wickremeratne has requested immediate protection after president Rajapaksa made a remark that...

Sri Lanka: Amalgamation of military and civil services only happen under dictatorships! – Karu Jayasuriya

Image: Printing of Sri Lanka  Driving Licences too has been taken over by the Sri Lanka Army. When we look at many things that are...

The Garrison state of future SriLanka: Will it work? – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The project of President Gotabaya seems to be the conversion of Sri Lanka from an uninterrupted, long-standing democracy and open society, into a second...

Muslim Council of Britain challenges forced Covid cremations in Sri Lanka

Image caption: Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was elected last year on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock/TG. The country insists all people who...

Gota’s wars against economy and minorities – Dr. Ameer Ali

GR’s strategy of containing the political damage caused by his failure to win the economic war by winning the parallel war fought against minorities...

A Major General appointed as secretary to the Ministry of Public Security, headed by a Rear Admiral

Major General (Retired) Jagath Alwis has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Security. The Esquire Chief of the National Intelligence Service...

Ahnaf Jazeem: A young poet in detention for six months without trial in Sri Lanka

In a series of tweets Vajra Chandrasekera ( @_vajra) has exposed how Ahnaf Jazeem a young poet has been in detention for six months...

Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

Sri Lanka: Mahara prison killings must be properly investigated and urgent measures taken to protect detainees from COVID-19 – ICJ

The ICJ today ( 2 Dec 2020) called upon the Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into the events...

Bleak economy, market mafia and militarised rule – Dr. Ameer Ali

There is no gainsaying that the economy is in dire straits. Although the Budget submitted to the Parliament glossed over the gravity of confronting...

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...
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