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Sri Lanka govt rejects UN Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule’s recommendations

The Statement made by Sri Lanka at the interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Assembly and of Association. Mr. Vice...

Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka, May 2020

Executive Summary. (INFORM) There were 72 incidents reported during this month of May, reporting more than two incidents per a day. This was a significant increase...

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: Crackdown on NGOs and INGOs: Guidelines from District Secretaries

The Government has begun a crackdown on non-governmental organisations, both foreign and local, by urging them to cut down on programmes they are now...

Sri Lanka govt says that action will be taken if protests are carried out inconveniencing the general public.

Cartoon by Kishan Rajapaksa. Co Cabinet Spokesman minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said today (6th Feb 2020) that a separate area has been allocated outside the...

Sri Lanka: TID inspections cripple NGO consortium in Ampara, Eastern province

The normal operations of the office of the Consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations in Ampaa'rai district has been thoroughly disrupted by the frequent-inspections and questionings...

Sri Lankans must act together in favour of sustained democracy, says UN expert

Image: Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and Association, delivers his End of Mission statement at the Media...

Sri Lanka, Nine Years After the War; A Brutal Conflict Ended, But Questions Remain

(HRW)The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist insurgency, who...

Sri Lanka: The most significant human rights issues included unlawful killings- US report

US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017: Sri Lanka . EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic with a freely elected government....

Sri Lanka’s NGO law would have restricted freedom of association

Image: Minister Mano Ganesan's explanations for presenting the draft bill are shallow. (NPC/Press release/ 30.30.18) The National Peace Council welcomes the decision of Minister of...

New regulations to control Civil society: If enacted it will have a chilling effect on private entities across Sri Lanka – CPA

The Cabinet of Ministers approved on 20 February 2018 a proposal to introduce amendments to the Voluntary Social Service Act (VSSO) No. 31 of...

Sri Lanka: Media battered with Ranil’s big stick

Neville de Silva. How times have changed! Three years ago in December the Common Candidate contesting the presidential election and political leaders of various hues...

Without Transitional Justice Sri Lanka cannot go forward says Japanese prosecutor Motoo Noguchi

Motoo Noguchi is a Prosecutor at the Supreme Prosecutors Office of Japan; Chair of the Board of Directors, the Trust Fund for Victims, International...

SLB UPR Papers no 01/2017: Freedom of Expression, Peaceful Assembly & Association

    Freedom of Expression. FACTS. Only a few investigations in to killings, abductions and assaults of journalists during the decade ending in 2015 have been initiated. No...

PR firm Rajapaksa hired, Bell Pottinger accused of inciting racial violence in South Africa

Image: Indian businessmen Ajay Gupta and younger brother Atul Gupta in 2011. The family of Indian-born tycoons are close to president Jacob Zuma. Photograph: Gallo...

Sampanthan urges Sirisena to release 613 acres belongs civilians in Kepappulavu, Mullaitheevu.

Writing a letter to president Sirisena TNA leader R. Sampanthan has reminded him of his promise to release the land  belongs to  people of...

Sri Lanka: Full Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN SP on human rights and counter-terrorism

Image: UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, at a media briefing at the conclusion of his mission to Sri Lanka. Preliminary findings...

Sri Lanka: I will facilitate but not regulate NGOs – Minister Ganesan

Image: Minister Ganesan too organised a NGO to help victims of  Rajapaksa era white van disappearances.  Speaking to media Minister Mano Ganesan who is in...

Shrinking space for human rights voices in Sri Lanka & concerns over civil society engagement with Govt

Shrinking space for human rights voices and dissent, and concerns over the terms of engagement between government and civil society  A statement by concerned...

NGOs have inflicted harm to many governments that have contributed to instability – Sirisena

( In this  December 2014 photo President Sirisena is accepting media freedom proposals of the Free Media Movement, a media activist NGO in Sri...

Activist and Lawyer Arrested Over Garbage Dumb Protest

Convener of the movement against Meethotamulla garbage dump Keerthiratne Perera and its organizer Attorney at law Nuwan Bopage have been arrested last night (10)...

Travel Restrictions Removed: An E mail From Ruki Fernando

After more than 15 long months, the overseas travel restriction imposed on me at request of TID in March 2014 was removed today, by...

Report: Suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka ( May 2015)

Summary: Incidents related to repression of dissent continued to be reported under the Sirisena Presidency, despite a general feeling of having more freedom than under...

The Biggest Change Comes Through Elections – Jehan Perera

President Maithripala Sirisena has announced his intention to seek the passage of the 20th Amendment to the constitution as a priority. The reforms envisage...

Report: Suppression of Dissent During the 100 Days of New Govt. – INFORM

(Summary of the INFORM report:In the first 100 days of new Presidency; 9th January – 19th April 2015) Compared to 2014 and the Rajapakse rule,...

Sri Lanka Parliament Votes to Curb Some Presidential Powers

( President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe) (AFP) - Sri Lanka's parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to curb the power of the presidency,  restoring a two-term...

The Future of a Government Hangs On a Tweet, a Street Protest or a Report of a NGO- UN Rights Chief

22 October 2014 – At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social,...

As SriLanka Assuring HRC of Peoples Rights, Leading Activist Assaulted in Vavuvniya

[Injuries received by Mr. G. Thevaraja by Sri Lanka Brief- As the Government of Sri Lanka was assuring of its commitment to all human rights for...

Resisting Authoritarianism in Sri Lanka Need International Solidarity – Nimalka Fernando

Making a statement at the on going 27th session of the UNHRC, Dr. Nimalka Fernando called for ''international solidarity and protection for all human...

Military intimidation cancels prayers for a second time

Sri Lankan military intimidation has for the second time led to prayers that were going to be held for the displaced people of Valikamam...
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