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Sri Lanka: ‘Religious Disharmony’ Order Threatens Minorities – HRW

Image: A Sri Lankan Muslim woman wearing a burqa walks outside her apartment in Colombo, Sri Lanka, March 16, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena/HRW. Withdraw...

The End of an Era of Extremism in Sri Lanka –  Victor Ivan

Image: Every leader commencing from Anagarika Dharmapala up to Gotabhaya who had led the country along this path have disrupted the country and carried...

Sri Lanka: A new chapter

The people have spoken. President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been given a mandate by the people to govern the country for the next five years....

Stop hateful attacks against religious minorities in Sri Lanka : UN

Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility...

Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister on war path; Attacks minority rights defender as a NGO funded Traitor.

Image: Sandya Eknaligoda, holding a placard which says " protect Lakshan Dias's right to speak!" at a recently held protest against Justice Minister's remarks....

Video:Sri Lanka is not just the story of Sinhalese or Tamils – UN SP Izsák-Ndiaye

Rita Izsák-Ndiaye at the side event (c)s.deshapriya. Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues speaking at a side event on 17th March...

Justice & Reconciliation in Sri Lanka:Focused & Targeted Initiatives Towards Needed – GTF

( Jaffna invalid person  carries load of firewood on his bicycle; Image Jogarajan facebook) Issuing a statement welcoming the end-of-mission statement by the United Nations...

Mission to Sri Lanka: Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur On Minority Issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye

(Statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, on the conclusion of her official visit to Sri Lanka, 10-20 October...

UN Rapporteur On Minority Issues Recommends Independent Minorities Commission For Sri Lanka

(Rita Izsák Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues speaking in Colombo; image courtesy of Daily Mirror) By P K Balachandran. COLOMBO: The US Special Rapporteur...

Racial Discrimination in Sri Lanka: IMDAR to UN CERD

( Anti Muslim hate speech still exists in Sri Lanka) Introduction. 1. Notes that Sri Lanka acceded to the International Convention on the Elimination of All...

UN CERD On Sri Lanka: List of Themes To Be Reviewed & Govt Response

(Discrimination against ethnic and ethno-religious minorities is one of the major themes of CERD)List of themes in relation to the combined tenth to seventeenth...

Electoral Reform and Political Outcomes – Sunil Bastian

Sri Lanka is once again talking of electoral reform. After experimenting with two types of electoral systems – first-past-the-post (FPP) and proportional representation (PR),...

20A – SLFP Finalises New Electoral System

Now it’s 260 members: 165 FPP, 66 PR, 29 National List - Independent delimitation commission to work out new polling divisions. The 20th Constitutional Amendment...
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Sri Labka: Won the “War” but Lost the Law – Basil Fernando

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Report: Accountability and justice are yet a far-away dream for victims of post-easter mob attacks – People’s Rights Group

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Rights groups call for special review of the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission

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