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Sri Lanka: A Muslim businessman detained  under PTA over FB posts.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday informed Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that it had obtained a detention order from the Defence Ministry to interrogate...

Sri Lanka: Tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge

Murugupillai Kokulathasan, who will complete his 50th day in prison on 16 January, is being held in connection with a Facebook post under the...

Hejaz Hizbullah’s detention extended by another three months by a detention order

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the Ministry of Defence had approved the detention and interrogation of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz...

Sri Lanka:18 Young men and women from Eastern Province arrested and detained under PTA

18  young people from  Kattankudy, Eastern province, Sri Lanka have been arrested and detained under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act according to reports...

Poetic injustice: Another writer languishes in prison under PTA in Sri Lanka

Image: Ahnaf Jazeem, a Tamil poet from Mannar, has been in detention for 7 months with no hope of release until March 2021. In July 2017,...

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...

Many PTA detainees have complained of pressure in relation to self-incriminating statements – HRCSL to Acting IGP

Ramani Muttettuwegama, the commissioner in charge of Investigations & Inquiries at the HRCSL has requested  C. D.C. Wickremaratne, Acting Inspector General of Police to...

Sri Lanka: Tamil political prisoners, some of whom have been held for up to 24 years, infected with coronavirus – ITAK Leader

Tamil political prisoners – some of whom have been held for up to 24 years – have been infected with coronavirus and face “imminent...

The viral pandemic of the mind and Sri Lanka’s loss of the law

Even as petitions are collected and hands are rightfully wrung for redress regarding the arrest and detention of attorney Hejaaz Hisbullah, it is timely...

Sri Lanka media rights activists decry new anti-terror laws

Image: FMM convener C.Dodawatta at the press conference on 18 March 2019. MARCH 18, 2019/ Colombo, Sri Lanka. Media rights activists on Monday urged the Sri...

Extensive public consultations a must on Sri Lanka’s counter-terror bill – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

In contrast to Colombo’s largely polarized sound and fury on the Counter-Terror Bill, it is refreshing to look at the manner in which South...

Applauding the draft CTA is akin to a merry drunk dancing at the edge of a cliff – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Sri Lanka’s draft Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) is not a curate’s egg of mostly good with a little bit of bad thrown in. Rather,...

Is the Counter Terrorism Act really necessary? – Javid Yusuf.

For several years the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has troubled Human Rights (HR) activists as one of the most draconian pieces of Legislation...

Even in a more beneficial form, the counter terror bill raises warning signals – Kishally Pinto Jayawardena.

Amidst the political turmoil that took place in late October 2018, it was wholly predictable that Sri Lanka’s Counter-Terrorism Bill approved by the Cabinet...

When Aussies do it – Sri Lankans condemn; When Sinhalese do it Sri Lankans go into hiding!

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam. As per news reports , Kamer Nizamdeen has declared “I’m now a free man,” . This confirms that Freedom to him is physical and not as...

Sri Lanka:If enacted in present form, the Counter Terrorism Bill would be a significant improvement

September 18th, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) notes the improved version of the Counter Terrorism Bill to repeal and replace...

Eelam Map at Temple festival TID summons Jaffna Journo and 5 others

Jaffna journalist Uthayarasa Shalin and five other residents of a Jaffna suburb have been summoned to Colombo by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID). They have...

Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons – M.C.M. Iqbal

The violation of the language rights following the enactment of Official Languages Act No. 33 of 1956, started the process of human rights violations of...

Two Tamils accused of plotting to kill ex-President Rajapaksa et al acquitted After 9 years

Image: They were kept under PTA, the draconian anti-anti Terror law in Sri Lanka. The charges were filed by former Attorney General Eva Wanasundara, who...

Sri Lanka: Repeal Draconian Security Law; Failure to Meet Pledges on Accountability, Counterterrorism Reforms

(Geneva) – The Sri Lankan government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said in a...

Sri Lanka: Tensions unravelling across the reform road-map – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

Image: This year, the mood of the visiting European delegation is certainly more irritable. ( photo credit: FT) There appears to be a brisk uptick in...

The draft CTA is of concern to all Sri Lankans, without exception – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene.

Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. The perception that Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA) will affect only those of one community or another engaging in ‘terrorist’ activities...

Sri Lanka: Anti-Terror Bill Revives Concerns of Abuse – HRW

(New York/HRW) – Sri Lanka’s latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end...

GSP plus: A vote of confidence to the Sri Lankan Government – EU

Image: Free Trade Zone workers in Sri Lanka: Will GSP plus benefits reach them? Issuing a press release on providing GSP plus trade concessions to...

The menacing promise of the CTA, gift -wrapped for the future

Image: Resistance to repression in Venezuela. Only the naïve would believe the rosily repeated plea by the European Union (EU) that ‘the implementation of twenty seven...

Counter Terrorism Act: “It is horrendous, and I feel sick after reading it”

Image: Sri Lanka police known for its brutality.  by Anurangi Singh. Senior academics, human rights activists, and judicial experts are strongly critical of the proposed policy...

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’s New anti-terrorism law undermines RTI

Image: Right to Information includes covering conflict situations. By Namini Wijedasa. The word ‘Espionage’ dropped, but originally listed offences reintroduced. The Counter Terrorism Act policy framework approved...

EU parliament votes to grant GSP+ to Sri Lanka; Final division in two weeks.

The resolution submitted by a group of Members of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left saying that the GSP+ should not be granted to...

Replace PTA & CCPA before mid-May or loose GSP+: EU tells Sri Lanka.

Image: European parliament in session. In a letter addressed to PM Wickremasinghe European Parliament has put forward two specific conditions if Sri Lanka wants to...
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