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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. ...

HRC 46: A terrifying wave of ethno-nationalistic hatred is gripping Sri Lanka – M. Ameer Faaiz

File photo: Ameer Faaiz speaking at a side event at UNHRC 2017 March. (c) s.deshapriya This is an extremely challenging and fearful time for religious...

Right to Burial in Sri Lanka: Deception continues – Shreen Saroor

On 24th February, after the Interactive Dialogue on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC when the burial issue dominated discussion of Sri Lanka’s respect for...

Sri Lanka: Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas Inter-Religious Committee writes to President on mandatory cremation

The Inter-Religious Committee of the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convene an urgent meeting of medical and virology...

Jaffna Uni student arrested and further crackdown on Karthikai festival

Image: Sri Lankan soldiers and police went around neighbourhoods smashing lamps and destroying banana trees and festival decorations and threatening residents. Sri Lankan police arrested...

Sri Lanka: Identity checks installed at Nallur temple festival

Devotees will be required to present proof of identity to enter the Nallur Kandasamy temple in Jaffna, the Sri Lankan police announced as the...

Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka before and during curfew (1 st February 2020 – 30th April 2020)

Executive Summary. This report records 95 incidents that had been reported during the 90 days period. The average number of incidents per day reported...

Sri Lanka: 20 Muslim groups call on Health Minister to rescind Gazette on mandatory cremation

Image courtesy of Al Jazeera. A group of 20 Muslim associations have written to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchchi expressing serious concern on the continuation of...

Uphold the religious freedom and reconsider the ban imposed on burial of Covid-19 dead. – UN Special Rapporteurs urge Sri Lanka.

Four Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations have recommended Sri Lanka government to give attention to the existing cultural and religious sensitivity or traditions...

Sri Lanka: Religious minorities must have their final rites respected

Sri Lanka’s authorities must respect the right of religious minorities to carry out the final rites of their relatives in accordance with their own...

Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and the Sri Lankan response – Harsha Gunasena

Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the United Nations Human Rights Council, presented a report1 to the Human Rights...

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability are among the main reasons for religious extremism & hate speech in Sri Lanka –...

From the Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief on Sri Lanka. The culture of impunity in Sri Lanka has been...

Sri Lanka report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and recommendations: 86. Ten years after the end of the lengthy ethnic conflict, there has been no closure on a number of issues arising...

Sri Lanka’s new government fosters Buddhist nationalism

During an address to senior Buddhists leaders at the Vibhajjavadi Dhamma Symposium and Maha Tripitaka Pooja on 4 January, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated...

What non-Muslim Sri Lankans should know about Islam and Sri Lankan Muslims: Part I

A Madarasa in Kathankudy, SLB photo. Islam is a religion of peace: the word, a verbal noun meaning submission (to God), is etymologically related to the...

Sri Lanka’s jihadists and truths stranger than fiction – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

In Sri Lanka, injustice takes manifestly queer twists and turns. A State signs an international convention on the solemn understanding that it will conform...

Attack on Methodist evangelist in Mahiyangana, Sri Lanka

Image: File photo, not related to this news story. Victim beaten brutally; sustains injuries to spine, stomach. Methodist Bishop says Christians will remain calm in the...

Sri Lankan Christians still too afraid to go to church

Citra Abbott and Matthias Böhnke. 'Everyone knows that somewhere out there extremely dangerous people are running around who could attack again at any time' Many Christians...

The healing touch: on Muslim Ministers resigning in Sri Lanka

Editorial, The Hindu. Sri Lankan leaders must move to end the demonising of Muslims. The mass resignation of two Muslim governors and nine Ministers in Sri Lanka deepens...

Stop hateful attacks against religious minorities in Sri Lanka : UN

Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility...

FMM comes out of slumber on behalf of unethical reporting in Sri Lanka

In a strange twist, the Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka, which has been in slumber while mainstream media of the country were propagating...

Sri Lanka: Fight terrorism, avoid Islamaphobia – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Islamaphobia was a recent addition to the political dictionary. Sri Lankan, it appears has at present been caught up in an Islamist/Muslim phobia which...

Easter Sunday attacks:Those responsible for this – from the very top – must at the very least resign. – Sumanthiran

Image: Mourners attend a mass burial, two days after a series of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter...

Christians and Religious Freedom under fire in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

From February 3 to April 14 this year, across Sri Lanka, there has been some sort of disruption against a Christian worship service every...

SriLanka: The Palm Sunday attack and a government’s duty – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

The attack by stone-wielding and fire-cracker throwing ruffians, reportedly led by a provincial politician of the newly minted Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP),...

Local politician behind the attack on Methodist prayer house in Anuradhapura – Rev. Asiri Perera. 

Susutha R. Fernando & Gihan de Chikera. While many Christians, non-Christians, politicians and government leaders in Sri Lanka were gripped by the fire that engulfed...

Sri Lanka: Attack on Anuradhapura Methodist church is not an isolated incident, says Bishop.

Two parties that involved in the dispute over an alleged attack on a prayer centre in Anuradhapura have been summoned to Anuradhapura Magistrate Court...

HRC Sri Lanka defends school teachers wearing the Abaya

Image: in March 2018 a group of people protested against teaches wearing Abaya to Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College, Trincomalee. HRC/TCO/27/18 –HRCSL issues a recommendation...

On (badly behaving) politicians and the media – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

Cartoon by Avantha Artigala. White vans and ‘black media’ aside (which I will return to later), Sri Lanka has seen politicians insulting judges in Parliament...

Voices from the riot ravaged Digana, Sri Lanka: The importance of inter-ethnic understanding

(20 JUNE 2018, INFORM) Since the anti-Muslim violence ravaged Digana and other areas around Kandy in March, INFORM, Human Rights Documentation Centre has been...
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President Rajapaksa ignores recommendations by medical professionals to control the raging pandemic in Sri Lanka

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Myanmar: If independent media dies, democracy dies – Phil Thornton

Image: The Voice of Spring is an underground newspaper of the resistance. Journalists in Myanmar are being hunted and arrested by the country’s military for...

Year-long detention of lawyer, poet sparks concern in Sri Lanka – Meera Srinivasan

Original photo courtesy of The Hindu. Spotlight on minority rights, and ‘draconian’ anti-terrorism law modelled on South Africa’s Apartheid-era legislation. Daily-wage agricultural labourer Abdul Ghafoor Muhammadhu...