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Hejaz Hizbullah’s detention extended by another three months by a detention order

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the Ministry of Defence had approved the detention and interrogation of Attorney-at-Law Hejaz...

Sri Lanka AG department drops TNA MP Joseph Pararajasingham murder case & killers go scot free

The Attorney General’s Department (AG) has decided to drop the case against Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan in connection to the murder of former Parliamentarian...

Daughter of slain Sri Lankan journalist, Lasantha W. seeks relief from the UN

The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP—acting on behalf of Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of acclaimed Sri Lankan journalist...

Sri Lankan government detains young Muslim poet on bogus charges – S. Jayanth

Ahnaf Jazeem, a 25-year-old Sri Lankan poet, remains in jail without charge after being falsely accused, by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on May...

The issue of justice in this country is a subject that paints a bleak picture – M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Image: Minister of Justice Ali Sabry -" He may feel like the Minister of ports and shipping of Afghanistan today" ( Photo: Ceylon Today) "The...

A government Defence of the judiciary that does more damage than good – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Minister of Justice who went charging into Parliament this week to pontificate or plead for judges to be protected...

Lanka’s highest court rejects petitions from Muslims against COVID-19 cremations

Colombo, Dec 1 (PTI) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions filed by members of the Muslim community against the government's regulation that...

Sri Lanka police want to keep persons suspected of terrorism in their custody for a year, without bail & judicial overview!

The power to issue detention orders for suspects arrested on terrorism-related activities should be given to a Deputy Inspector of Police instead of a...

Sri Lanka HR alert: Life threatening continued detention of Shani Abeysekara.

1. Senior Superintendent of Police and former Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Director Shani Abeysekara was arrested on 31 July 2020, by the Colombo Crime...

Provide urgent medical care and facilitate bail for Shani Abeysekara – Families of the victims appeal to AG

The daughter of murdered journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge and four other family members of missing persons have requested the Attorney General to provide urgent medical...

Justice for Hejaaz: The bell tolls, but the Bar is silent – Gehan Gunatilleke

Seven months have passed since the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah. When he was taken into custody on 14 April, his...

What we have now is far worse: it is rule by executive dictats – M.A. Sumanthiran

"Rule of law, it has been said is the bedrock of democracy. Even rule by law is undesirable. But what we have now is...

The 20th Amendment’s increase of judges and consequent concerns – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: File photo of high Court judges in Sri Lanka. Eyebrows are being raised over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution’s inclusion of provisions at...

Sri Lanka’s president is amassing personal power

(Image courtesy The Economist.) Constitutional amendments make Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s authority almost absolute. Never say Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves things to chance. After decisively winning the presidential election last...

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

Image courtesy of Peoplesworld.org/Earanga Jayawardena/AP Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, that is still evolving....

Sri Lanka: Inaction on regularizing quarantine regulations is illegal and arbitrary; Court case files for writ of mandamus ( Full text)

Image courtesy of Al jazeera/ Filing an application for mandates in the nature of Writ of Certiorari and/or Prohibition and/or Mandamus Under and in terms...

Sri Lanka: A complaint logged against General Shavendra Silva for cruel, inhumane & degrading treatment in quarantining FTZ workers

A Complaint has been made against Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Chief of...

Sri Lanka: Prominent human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah arbitrarily detained for six months must be released – AI

The Sri Lankan authorities must release prominent human rights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah, who has been held in detention for more than six months under...

Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah without charge for 6 months

Rights groups and members of civil society have raised concerns over the continued incarceration of a Muslim lawyer in Sri Lanka, adding that his...

SC determination : A gingerly cautious approach to the 20th Amendment Bill – Kishali Pinto jayawardene

With the Supreme Court’s Determination on the 20th Amendment Bill being made available in the public domain, some aspects of the ruling warrant immediate attention....

Sri Lanka Supreme Court Approves 20th Amendment ( Judgment in Full)

According to a  document in circulation in the public domain titled Supreme Court determine on 20th amendment, Sri Lanka SC has approved the said...

All Sri Lankans must oppose 20th constitution amendmend – Ruki Fernando

Image: Security personnel on duty at a checkpoint in Minuwangoda of Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Oct. 4, 2020. (Photo...

Thajudeen murder case: HC adjudicates case as key suspect dead

The case involving the suspicious death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen was adjudicated in the Colombo High Court yesterday as former Chief JMO of...

Sri Lanka: The Fearful President – Sanjana Hattotuwa

Image courtesy of City News (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena). “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” — Ramsay, Game of Thrones Articles...

Consider all the verbal orders [given by me] as circulars; Those who neglect will be punished – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Image courtesy of PMD. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the officials to treat all verbal orders issued reports presidential media division. The PMD reports that...

The 20th Amendment will make free politics, fair elections and non-partisan justice impossible in Sri Lanka – Thisarnee Gunasekara

“If history is continuity and discontinuity, resolution and catastrophe, it is also surprise and unanimity; a total fascist state that in January 1933 was...

Sri Lanka: Retired Judges’ Association gravely perturbed over proposed 20A

(Image courtesy of www.westchestercomdiv.com) The Retired Judges’ Association (RJA) says it is “gravely perturbed” by the potential impact of the draft 20th Amendment on the...

Sri Lanka: 20A undermines free speech, democratic institutions, say professional media groups

Professional media industry bodies have raised concerns over certain clauses of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, saying it would have a detrimental impact...

Claims that former President Sirisena was not informed of the possibility of Easter Sunday attack cannot be believed under any circumstances.- Former former Defence...

"Former Defence Secretary, continuing his statement before the PCoI probing Easter attacks said, claims that former President Sirisena was not informed of the possibility...

What is in store for Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

It has been my observation for a long time that Sri Lanka was moving towards a major collapse and in the process, it will...
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Report: Accountability and justice are yet a far-away dream for victims of post-easter mob attacks – People’s Rights Group

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