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Sri Lanka: Special probe to commence on Non-Governmental Organisations – PM

A special inquiry will commence on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The Prime Minister said that today NGOs are spreading slander against...

Sri Lanka: Crackdown on NGOs and INGOs: Guidelines from District Secretaries

The Government has begun a crackdown on non-governmental organisations, both foreign and local, by urging them to cut down on programmes they are now...

Sri Lanka: TID inspections cripple NGO consortium in Ampara, Eastern province

The normal operations of the office of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations in Ampaa'rai district has been thoroughly disrupted by the frequent-inspections and questionings...

Sri Lanka’s NGO law would have restricted freedom of association

Image: Minister Mano Ganesan's explanations for presenting the draft bill are shallow. (NPC/Press release/ 30.30.18) The National Peace Council welcomes the decision of Minister of...

New regulations to control Civil society: If enacted it will have a chilling effect on private entities across Sri Lanka – CPA

The Cabinet of Ministers approved on 20 February 2018 a proposal to introduce amendments to the Voluntary Social Service Act (VSSO) No. 31 of...

Sri Lanka government is attempting to make CSOs its tools – CaFFE

The government is attempting to suppress civil society organizations under the pretext of amending the Voluntary Social Service Organizations (registration and supervision) Act, Campaign...

Sri Lanka IGP takes over the role of President and the PM & blame NGOs

Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara has told a public gathering that the President and the Prime Minister would not tolerate the NGOs, which are dependent...

Sri Lanka: I will facilitate but not regulate NGOs – Minister Ganesan

Image: Minister Ganesan too organised a NGO to help victims of  Rajapaksa era white van disappearances.  Speaking to media Minister Mano Ganesan who is in...

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....

Sri Lanka President Slams Some NGOs, Media & Traitorous Forces

( Civil groups campaigning against Sirisena - Mahinda coliation during the General Election Aug 2015 (c)s.deshapriya) President Sirisena is continuing his verbal attacks on democratic...

Sri Lanka MPs creating their own NGOs as charity foundations

( Assaulting opposition members in the parliament under Rajapaksa rule) Several sitting MPs and some former MPs have had bills presented to the legislature to...

NGOs have inflicted harm to many governments that have contributed to instability – Sirisena

( In this  December 2014 photo President Sirisena is accepting media freedom proposals of the Free Media Movement, a media activist NGO in Sri...

Wigneswaran On War Path: Attacks NGOs Working in the North

( Chief Minster Wigneswaran ) Northern province Chief Minster Wigneswaran has attacked NGOs working in the province for not obtaining permission form him or provincial...

No More Defence Ministry Supervision for NGOs: Deputy Minister

(Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva) Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva last week clarified...

The Future of a Government Hangs On a Tweet, a Street Protest or a Report of a NGO- UN Rights Chief

22 October 2014 – At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social,...

NGOs are Heart of Human Rights Work – UN Rights Commissioner Zeid

“When we speak of human rights and we think of what are the fundamentals -- what is the heart -- it is clear that...

An Open Letter to the President : Practice What You Preach By Chandra Jayarathna

Dear Mr. President, “You must be the change you want to see in the world” The Sri Lankan Lion roared at the 69th Session of the...

Engaging with Civil Society : A number of questions

by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu- Recently, the media reported that the Defence Secretary held a meeting in the Defence Ministry with a number of NGOs...

The government cannot violate the rights acting through the MOD

Democratic Governance, Voluntary Associations and People’s Rights by Friday Forum-- Some months ago the Friday Forum issued a public statement that reflected on certain emerging...

Government notes threat from NGOs

The Government says Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) which operate in non regulated environments has become a threat to financial management, inclusive development and law and...

Rajapaksa hiding behind monk-led mobs to attack civil society

Civil society recalls President’s days as disappearances campaigner. Activists reject monks’ version of events at Centre for Society and Religion. Nimalka wants President to stop sending...

Civil society: The greatest bugbear, the greatest hope?

By Darisha Bastians -- The young Parliamentarian from Hambantota was trying to board a plane bound for Geneva on 11 September 1990, when he was...

Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown

In a notice issued on July 1, the government of Sri Lanka announced that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) would no longer be allowed to hold...

Department of External Resources misleading public on NGO activities

Lawyers Collective Adding to a series of unconstitutional restrictions placed on the legitimate activities of the Non-Governmental Organizations, the Director General of the Department of...

EU asks Lanka to guaratee freedom for functioning of NGOs

The European Union today asked Sri Lanka to guarantee the freedom for functioning of NGOs, days after the government imposed restrictions on their activities. ...

No foreign funds for NGOs without govt. approval

The Finance and Planning Ministry has informed all Non-Governmental Organisations that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry prior to obtaining foreign funds....

Sri Lanka: The Ministry of Defence should not have any power over the functioning of any civil society organisations

SRI LANKA: AHRC’s position on the proposed law for NGO registration under the Ministry of Defence The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to clarify...

Sri Lanka: The art of mishandling policy; From Aluthgama, to asylum seekers, NGOs, the Govt. wallows in (negative) publicity

President in trouble ( AFP)Ranga JayasuriyaThere is something strange in this government. It is wallowing in negative publicity. The sequence of events during the...

Sri Lanka: Writing on the wall for errant INGOs, NGOs – State media

Editorial, The Sunday ObserverSome Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and their funding agents in International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) have acted in the most unbecoming manner in...

Sri Lanka: Bank Accounts of NGOs not registered with MOD are to be closed

Under me - GotabhayaNew laws to control NGOs The government is to incorporate new laws to register all not-for-profit or non-profit organizations (NPOs) as...
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