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Second custodial death at Sri Lankan police within a month

A suspect found dead in Nawagamuwa police on 31st October 2020. According to the police version he has handed himself in a police cell....

Sri Lankan police assault on Tamil youths prompts village protest

Sri Lankan police officers assaulted two Tamil youths despite them insisting “they did not commit any crimes”. The head of the Vavuniya Echchankulam police station...

Journalist harassed by Sri Lankan police again – Free Media Movement

Image: A file photo. The Free Media movement strongly condemns the obstruction by police officers outside the court premises, to the attempt made by Chamal...

The big, bad wolf of Lanka’s politico-police-military nexus – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: Senior Deputy Inspector General Deshabandu Tennakoon visiting Lunava after killing of a fisherman by the police. From a photojournalist being frogmarched by a suspect...

Sri Lanka: FFM condemns intimidation and threats to a photo journalist by IP Neomal Rangajeewa

Media Release/July 11, 2020. The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the forceful obstruction, intimidation and threats made by Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa, disrupting the work of...

Govenment’s promise of law and order has become empty without any meaning- FUTA

The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) unreservedly condemns the attack by the police on a peaceful protest in Colombo on the 9th of...

Sri Lanka: The brutal police assault on Thariq Ahamed, a 14 year old autistic boy – Ali Zahir Moulana

The news of the brutal assault by police on Thariq Ahamed, a 14 year old autistic boy of Dharga Town, Aluthgama is shocking and...

Sri Lanka: UN Declares Detention of Author Shakthika Sathkumara a Violation of International Law

Washington, D.C. – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued an opinion finding the Government of Sri Lanka to be in contravention of...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules in favour of woman whose husband died in Police custody; Orders Rs 2 M. in compensation

SC orders State to pay Rs. 1 m in compensation, Rs. 250,000 each from four Police officers Read full judgment here: Embilipitiya SC order...

Sri Lanka SC issues 20 strict guidelines for law enforcement

Landmark ruling raps Police over Matara schoolgirl unlawful arrest case. Reacting to the growing abuse of power by law enforcement authorities, the Supreme Court, in...

A case of excessive police force against a peaceful public protest at Hambantota

Image: Police arrested opposition politicians including MP Namal Rajapaksa for holding a illegal demostration in Hambantota on 6th October ( credit twitter) A case of excessive...

Sri Lanka police continues shooting ‘suspects’; One killed, one Injured

The Asian Human Rights Commission reports two recent incidents in the South of Sri Lanka where police had shot at alleged 'suspects', killing one...

SRI LANKA: Medical officers colluding with police refuse to treat a victim tortured by Ingiriya Police

Images: Torture marks on Wickrama Aarachchige Nimal's body. On 17 January, 2017, Wickrama Aarachchige Nimal, 55 years of age, a resident of No: 1/4/A, Wela Ihala,...

TNA shocked: Draft CTA curtails civil liberties, erodes judicial control over the security apparatus.

Issuing a statement Tamil National Alliance says it is shocked by the extent to which the draft framework curtails civil liberties, erodes judicial control...

Sri Lanka: Hair Dresser severely tortured for failing to give a haircut to police HQI, Hatton

(Kadireshan Ravishankar, AHRC photo) by Basil Fernando. Kadireshan Ravishankar, 34 was severely tortured by the HQI and other officers of the Hatton police station merely for...

SRI LANKA: Supreme Court Judgments of Torture & The State’s Failure To Protection Those In Custody

By Basil Fernando. One more judgement from the Supreme Court on the issue of torture by the Sri Lankan police was added to a long...

Sri Lankan Police Shoot at Tamil Youth in Mullaitivu – Tamil Guardian

Sri Lankan police on Saturday shot at a Tamil man in Mullaitivu after he demanded to see an arrest warrant. Police in civil pictured with...

Sri Lanka Police Complicity in High Profile Murders Revealed

The direct police involvement in two high profile murders have been established, but a more alarming cover up that goes right to the top...

Sri Lanka: Who’s Afraid Of The Prison Riot Report?

( Some of the prisoners who were allegedly massacred at the Welikada Prison in Colombo) By Ashanthi Warunasuriya. The 2012 Welikada prison riot which left 27...

Sri Lanka Police Arrest ASP After Public Pressure

The police Criminal Investigations Department Tuesday arrested an Assistant Superintendent after an intense media outcry over a police attack that led to the death...

Ranil Tears Into Media: “Journalists’ Hands Aren’t Clean”

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday, in Parliament, lashed out at the media, accusing them of promoting racism. "You don’t talk big because your hands are...

Sri Lanka Orders Arrest of Police Over Party Killing

( Key eye witness Sumith Prasanna's wife) A Sri Lankan court today ordered the immediate arrest of officers and constables involved in the storming of...

Police Spokesman Caught Red Handed Lying To Cover Police Brutality

Now it has come to light that police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara lied to public to cover police brutality in Embilipitiya murder case. Police has allegedly...

I Saw Sumith Pushed off the Building by Police , says Wife – Updated

Shashika Nishamani Munasinghe, the widow of Sumith Prasanna Munasinghe (29) who died after a controversial fall from a three-storey building in Embilipitiya two weeks...

Thajudeen Investigation Reaches Point Of No Return

When former Rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s body was exhumed in August this year, just seven days before a crucial Parliamentary election, some sections of...

Lanka Police Violated International Law: HRCSL

(PTI) COLOMBO: In a landmark decision, Sri Lankan police have been ordered to pay compensation for assaulting a group of students at a demonstration...

Sri Lanka Police Score Own-goal in Rights Case

(HELP: File photo of another police attack.) ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's police may have scored an own goal by trying to invoke the United Nation's...

Sri Lanka: Police Brutality in the Dock

Today the Lankan Police is placed in the nation’s dock, publicly indicted with the charge of resorting to inhumane and primitive methods to wring...

In the Name of Assaulted HNDE Students – Kusal Perera

They were most inhumanly “treated” by the Police on 29 October when they marched to the UGC with their grievances. Photos and video clips...

The Majority of 225 Parliamentarians Condemned the Police Attack on Students

The majority of 225 parliamentarians condemned the police attack on students -  the Deputy Speaker . Security measures in and around Parliament were decided by...
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