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Sri Lanka: Brigadier who ordered shooting at Weliweriya protestors given a Diplomatic Post

Weliweriya killings Brigadier Deshapriya Gunawardhana who commanded the Army battalion which murdered two school students and a youth employed in Colombo while firing at...

Sri Lanka: Military personal suspended for Weliweriya killings reinstated; Inquiry report still a secret

Weliweriya: Military run amok ''In Weliweriya – as in the North – the killings happened not because there was a breakdown in discipline...

What has happened to the Weliweriya inquiry?

In the Weliweriya incident where innocent bystanders died as a result of the army firing into the crowds asking for clean water, a military...

SC grants leave to proceed for FR case on violent mob attack against place of worship in Weeraketiya

Statement issued by the NATIONAL CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE OF  SRI LANKA (NCEASL) The fundamental rights case (Case Number 19/2013 SCFR) filed on behalf of the...

Police officer blocks vehicle parade over Rathupaswala

ASP Chandana Kodithuwakku: I will stop you Gampaha ASP Chandana Kodithuwakku has allegedly forced a group of activists to abandon a vehicle parade to...

Weliweriya shooting: Army exceeded its remit

The Court of Inquiry appointed Army Commander Lt. General Daya Ratnayake had found that the army had exceeded their legal duties during the Weliveriya...

Sri Lanka asks detractors at HRC not to discredit the Northern PC election process or prejudge its outcome and impact

Exercising a 'right of reply' with regard to references made to Sri Lanka by Germany, the US and Ireland under Agenda Item 4 -...

Sri Lanka: Police intimidate Rathupaswala witnesses

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday charged that officers attached to the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) are intimidating the witnesses who have...

Weliweriya victims recount and relive night of horror at Magisterial inquiry

Victims of last month’s Army shooting and assault in Weliweriya, this week relived their nightlong horror at a Magisterial inquiry. They recounted their nightmare...

Weliweriya Killings: BASL wants Army probe scrapped

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed strong opposition to the investigations conducted by the Army into the Weliweriya incident on 1...

Law professor and Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris says killing 3 peaceful protestors is part and parcel of life

Weliweriya, part and parcel of life in SL? Kishali Pinto JayawardeneSri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs who also (to the eternal shame of his...

Sri Lanka army intimidates media over shooting, says rights group

A Sri Lankan media rights group on Sunday accused the military of intimidating journalists who reported a deadly army crackdown on villagers protesting at...

Sri Lankan opposition activists protest military’s killing of 3 civilian protesters

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Opposition and human rights activists in Sri Lanka demonstrated Wednesday to demand that the government punish those responsible for the...

Sri Lanka: Canada urges swift investigation into Grandpass and Weliweriya incidents

Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued a statement on the incidents at Grandpass Mosque and Weliweriya protests in Sri Lanka.“Canada expresses...

European Union concerned over unrest in Sri Lanka

(Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) has joined the U.S. in raising concerns over Sri Lanka's political and religious rights after three people were...

Why no apology over civilians killed in North and East?

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District Parliamentarian and Spokesperson, Suresh K. Premachandran, who yesterday lauded Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, for apologizing for...

Just as we are United in our Grief Over Weliweriya we Must be United in our Struggle against Tyranny-Sumanthiran MP

‘I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent’. – Mahatma...

Release the police from their political prison – Editorial, Sunday Times

Seers predict that in the future, like in the past, wars will be fought over water. For water is life. In ancient times, the...

Flinging the gauntlet down to the Sinhala people

Shoot to kill - real life army drill at WeliweriyaKishali Pinto Jayawardena As the full facts of the mayhem at Weliweriya came to light...

Sri Lanka: Investigate ‘Clean Water’ Protest Deaths ; Independent Inquiry Needed, Not Government Spin – HRW

Poster at Weliweriya blames the armyIt’s undisputed that security forces killed three protesters, but the Sri Lankan government’s kneejerk reaction is to deny possible...

Weliweriya killings: Basil apologies for deaths while Gota defends military action

''Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, called for forgiveness from the public over the attack on the people’s protest in Ratupaswala, Weliweriya...

Despite official repression, Sri Lanka media report attack

Police in hundreds were deployed even to intimidate the funeral  of the killed ( photo wsws)Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program CoordinatorDetails are emerging of Sri...

FUTA demands Army Chief, Defence Secy. resign over Weliweriya incident

University teachers yesterday demanded that Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Rathnayake and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa resign from their posts over ordering the army...

15 soldiers armed with assault rifles and poles stormed the church and convent premises and attacked the people hiding there

Weliweriya priest says army went on rampageParish priest of Weliweriya, Rev. Fr. Lakpriya Nonis yesterday told The Island that there were gunshots embedded in...

FCO: Alistair Burt urges protection of peaceful protest in Sri Lanka

Press Release Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt seriously concerned at reports of violent disruption of peaceful protests by security forces in Sri Lanka....

Weliweriya killings: CTU, IEEU write to HRCSL

The Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU) and the Independent Educational Employees Union (IEEU) yesterday lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka...

At Least Three More Persons Dead in Hospital but Govt not Releasing full Details of Casualties in Weliweriya Army Attack

Students carry the coffin of their colleague, Akila Dinesh Jayawardena who was shot dead during an army crackdown against people protesting tainted ground water...

Blinded by the Arrogance of Power Govt is Riding for a Fall –The Island

 Bleeding for water – Text of Editorial in “The Island” of August 2, 2013.Thursday’s brutal crackdown on a group of protesters in Weliweriya has...

Journalist victimised for criticising Rajapaksha clan by Derana TV

Kelum dearana 410px 06-08-1An announcer in a famous FM channel in Sri Lanka says that he was given the job via a phone call...
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