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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.

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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...

Sri Lanka: PTA no longer operational- SCRM Chief Mano Tittawella.

Image: Mano Tittawella at the GoSL side event, held on 1st March at Place des Nation, Geneva. President Maithripala Sirisena had issued directives that the...

Draconian law PTA, cripples Sri Lanka’s reconciliation hopes

Image: Jeyakumari Balendran who was arrested under PTA in March 2014 (and released  on 10 March 2015 continue to be under police surveillance; Vikalpa...

Why every journalist, activist & dissenter in Sri Lanka must oppose the new draft counterterrorism law

Gehan Gunatilleke. A year ago, Sri Lanka promised the world that it would repeal its current Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). In a historic co-sponsored...

Whatever the International Community Says We Will Use The PTA – Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister

Sri Lanka’s minister of Justice Wijedasa Rajapaksa says that notwithstanding international opinion the Prevention of Terrorism Act will be used to suppress any terrorist...

More (legal) Horrors of the Counter-Terror Draft

Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. The Government’s proposed draft on a new counter-terror law for Sri Lanka is rather like a thoroughly unpleasant case discovery. Each time...

Sri Lanka: New Faces But The (hauntingly) Old Mindset

By Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. Governments may come and go in Sri Lanka but the anti-reform and anti-liberties mindset seems firmly entrenched. This is now proven...

Sri Lanka: Proposed Counter Terrorism Act Worse Than The PTA

Issuing a statement “DecentLanka2015”  says that “Policy and legal framework of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act of Sri Lanka is meant to replace the...
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