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US: Congress Advances Slavery Reparations Bill

(Washington, DC) – The US Congress will take a historic step on April 14, 2021 when a congressional committee is to vote on a slavery reparations...

Bishop Rayappu Joseph : The True Disciple of Jesus Christ – Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe

A Tribute from an Ecumenical Colleague This tribute is written on Good Friday of 2021, a day that is significant for all Christians and especially...

The adoption of UNHRC resolution with minimal opposition is an encouraging sign to promote human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka – GTF

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the adoption of resolution 46/1 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The Government of Sri...

Gravely concerned about the deteriorating HR situation in Sri Lanka IBAHRI urges UNHRC to adopt the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (“BHRC”) and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (“IBAHRI”) are gravely concerned about the...

Sri Lanka: Persistent denial of the right to internal self-determination entitle a People to external self-determination. -TNA

Writing to Experts Committee to Draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka the Tamil National Alliance says that  "the failure to offer a meaningful...

Four Human Rights High Commissioners join former UN experts calling for international action on Sri Lanka

"Given the continued reluctance of the Sri Lankan Government to meaningfully uphold the human rights of all, only decisive, international action to ensure justice...

Former US Amb. to Geneva Donahoe on upcoming HRC session, Sri Lanka & war crimes

Image credit: US mission, Geneva. The Rajapaksa regime and family were directly implicated in the alleged war crimes at the end of the civil war. Ambassador Eileen...

Sri Lanka: UN Experts dismayed by regressive steps, call for renewed UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability 

GENEVA (5 February 2021) – UN human rights experts* have urged the Sri Lankan authorities to stop rolling back hard fought progress made in...

Fulfilling expectations of Tamil community is in Sri Lanka’s own interest, says Jaishankar

Image: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy /The Hindu The External Affairs Minister bats for Sri Lankan Constitution’s 13th amendment that talks...

Myanmar has happened. Are we next? Does it need to? – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

Image: the Permanent Representative Mohan Peiris quite brazenly equates the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), victims groups and human rights...

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...

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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...
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