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Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 40/1 which requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human...

Sri Lanka Seeks Diversion, Not Justice, Over Wartime Abuses – Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW

Image: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center, sings the national anthem during an event to mark the anniversary of country's independence from British colonial...

Sri Lanka President appoints a CoI on human rights violations weeks before the HRC 46

Image~ Sri Lanka flag at the UNHRC, Geneva © sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a three-member commission to identify the findings...

Sri Lanka to appoint one more commission before the upcoming UNHRC session & has turned down an offer to co-sponsor a new resolution.

Image: The issue of enforced disappearances has never been properly investigated in Sri Lanka. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is to appoint a new Commission of Inquiry...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...

Sri Lanka: A Return to Threats & Fear; Crackdown on Critics, Disregard for Accountability

Inmates protest on the roof a prison building calling for speedier judicial processes and increased protection amid rising cases of Covid-19, Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government: Memorials can be destroyed, not memories

Image courtesy heartresearch.com.au. Joint Statement against the Sri Lankan Government for the continued destruction of the people's fundamental rights and reconciliation process! Memorials can be destroyed,...

Evoking the Undead Tiger, the Eternal Bogeyman: The Consequences of Forgetting the Past -Ambika Sathkunanathn

Image: The day after Sri Lanka police demolished the Jaffna University memorial. (Pragas Gnanapragasam tweeter photo) “If only they would respect Tamils as humans.” An alleged...

“Release Tamil political prisoners”: Families and civil groups launch a campaign in North-East Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka families of Tamil political prisoners, civil society organizations, civilians, clergy, and Tamil politicians today (5th  January 2021) jointly launched a campaign...

Future US funding to Sri Lanka depends on the protection and promotion of Human Rights and containing Chinese influence

Image: Chinese influence in Sri Lanka could be seen even on signboards! US President signed coronavirus relief Bill which also provides some foreign aid ...

“Is Sri Lanka’s medical establishment too is steeped in racism or is willing to ignore science & ethics due to fear” – FR petition...

The parents of the 20-day-old infant who was cremated against their wishes filed a Fundamental Rights application before the Supreme Court through their Attorney...

2020: A bad year for human rights in Sri Lanka

As 2020 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the key developments in human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka...

The right every Sri Lankan has to a safe and dignified burial in his homeland after death must be respected! – Kary Jayasuriya

Denying the right of a Sri Lankan to a safe and dignified burial, regardless of their ethnic background, and to be subjected to enforced...

Over 50 Tamil youth have been arrested under PTA for FB posts in Easten Sri Lanka.

"More than 50  young men had been arrested over the past few days for putting up Facebook posts, while a 29-year old government servant...

Prison system in Sri Lanka subjects the prisoners to degrading and inhuman treatment says HRCSL report

Image: An edited version of the front page of the Prison Report. "The living conditions of prisoners not only fail to adhere to the basic...

Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

Making amends: On India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address Tamil aspirations – Editorial, The Hindu

Given Sri Lanka’s majoritarian turn, appeals to address Tamil aspirations may be ineffectual. India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of its Tamil...

20th Amendment presents special challenge in a plural sociaty- Jehan Perera

Image courtesy of http://fgulen.com. The draft 20th Amendment to the constitution is a tribute to the faith placed in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the members...

How far can India go on the Tamil question? – The Hindu

Image: The 13th amendment was brought up as part of Indo-Sri Lanka accord in 1987 and provincial councils were set up as part of...

Whither 13 Amendment and power devolution in Sri Lanka after 20th Amendment?

File photo courtesy of the Toronto Star. Armed with a two-third majority in Parliament, the Rajapaksas may not be content only with bringing in the...

What Gotabaya’s Presidency Will Mean for Tamil Politics and Development in Sri Lanka

Mario Arulthas and Madura Rasaratnam. The Rajapaksa family’s recent resounding electoral successes appear at first sight to mark a decisive break in Sri Lanka’s post-war...

Sri Lanka: families of the disappeared face police harassment on the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – Ruki Fernando

In different parts of Sri Lanka, families of the disappeared came together to hold events to commemorate the UN Day of the Victims of...

Sri Lanka: “Make a pledge to talk across lines of dis-empowerment”, urge Jaffna People’s Forum for Co-existence

The general elections of 2020, conducted in the midst of the ongoing crisis of COVID-19 and a global economic recession imminent, marks yet another...

Internal Strife Within Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) Takes Disturbing Turn – D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The “Mathiya Seyal Kuzhu” (central working committee) of the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) also known as the Federal Party will be meeting today (Aug...

TNA Suffers Electoral Setback In North and East Polls- D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The long awaited 2020 Parliamentary Elections has concluded with a 71% Voter turnout despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID -19 Pandemic threat. Appropriate...

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa restoration is complete. What comes next? – Razeen Sally

Image: Xi Jinping waves next to Mahinda Rajapaksa, pictured in September 2014: there is a real possibility that Sri Lanka will rely on Chinese loans to avert...

Sri lanka: ‘River of blood will flow in the North and East’ warn Sinhala Buddhist monks

If Tamils demanded devolution then “a river of blood will flow in the North and East,” warned a group of extremist Sinhala Buddhist monks...

Space for dissent shrinking domestically in Sri Lanka and UNHRC needs to take a more robust approach – Joint statement at HRC 44

"Considering growing concerns over shrinking space for dissent domestically, the Council remains effectively the only forum where Sri Lankan civil society has the possibility...

Sri Lanka: Navaly Church Bombing – 25 Years On – Ruki Fernando

Image courtesy of Tamil Guardian. In July 1995 the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Navaly, Jaffna, was filled with displaced Tamils seeking refuge...

The “Core Group on Sri Lanka” express profound disappointment over Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from UN resolution

Image: Sri Lanka flag at UNHRC., Geneva. Making a statement at the 44th session of UNHRC  UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered...
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Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

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Leaked UN Rights Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka: “Emerging threats to reconciliation, accountability and human rights”

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Sandya Ekneligoda’s decade long fight for justice: Ekneligoda Forum and web site launched in Colombo

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