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Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...

Sri Lanka: Detained Maulavis claim under pressure to frame detained human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah

Two Maulavis who have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), have informed court through their lawyer that they are under pressure...

Sri Lanka: Fundermatal Rights case filed on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem

Lawyers for poet Ahnaf Jazeem today (16.April 2021) filed the fundamental rights case in the registry of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against...

Sri Lanka: Gazette banning 11 Islamic organisations issued under PTA; Regulation enables 20 years of imprisonment.

An extraordinary gazette notification has been issued banning 11 Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda. The text of...

Update: Jaffna Mayor arrested & handed over to TID for investigations for “providing uniforms similar to LTTE police”

The Mayor of Jaffna, Viswalingam Manivannan was arrested by Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at around 2.30am on Friday morning. Manivannan, who is also...

Sri Lanka: Where journalists self-abduct and ecocide is green – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: journalists  Sujeewa Gamage who was abducted and tortured speaking at  a Press Conference. “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two is...

National Peace Council calls on the government to reconsider all three proposed laws

Image courtesy of www.complybook.com. The country is facing difficult challenges due to internal and external pressures which is increasing the level of frustration within society. ...

SriLankan poet Ahnaf Jazeem in custody 256 days without trial and bail. Case postponed to Feb 24th.

The case in Fort Magistrate Court, in which the CID has reported facts against Poet Ahnaf Jazeem who was arrested by TID and is...

Living in Hell: The Plight of Prisoners Held Under the PTA – Ambika Sathkunanathan

Image courtesy of BBC/Getty Images. The findings of the National Study of Prisons undertaken by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka have been discussed...

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 months...

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...
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