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UNHRC 45: Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanisms has proved insufficient to tackle impunity and deliver real reconciliation

Speaking at the ongoing 45th session of the UNHRC, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core group, UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita...

Sri Lanka: UN calls for information about the legal and factual basis of any investigation involving journalist Dharisha Bastians

In a letter to the government of Sri Lanka, signed by five UN Special Rapporteurs has called for "detailed information about the legal basis...

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Imperial Presidency: The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill – Asanga Welikala

On 2 September, the Sri Lankan government gazetted the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill. The Bill reverses key aspects of the Nineteenth amendment that sought to tame...

Sri Lanka: 20A requires approval at referendum – Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne

The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill (20A) is in the public domain. If I were to describe it in one sentence — 20A...

Proposed 20 Amendment to the Sri Lanka constitution: Impact on the PM, the cabinet and parliamentary process

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution makes several significant changes to the present Constitution, altering the dynamics of the separation of powers between...

Sri Lanka Media Associations say that they are paying attention to the arrest of web editor Chathuranga de Silva

Media Associations are paying attention with regard to the arrest of web editor Chathuranga de Silva. Desmond Chathuranga de Silva, the editor of the lankanewsweb.org website, who...

Amending 19th Amendment: Are we slashing the nose to spite the face?- Austin Fernando

Recently, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to amend/repeal (?) the 19th Amendment to the Constitution (hereinafter referred to as 19). The media divulged that...

Preconditions for Sri Lanka’s sustained economic development – Nimal Sanderatne

(Image courtesy of blogs.worldbank.org) Although the immediate task of the Government is to resolve the present economic crisis and stabilise the economy, people’s expectations are...

Six UN Special Rapporteurs write to Sri Lanka Govt on “arbitrary and unlawful” arrest of Hejaaz Hizbullah

In a joint letter to President Rajapaksa, six UN SPs says that "We also express our serious concern over the reported conduct of the...

The story “CCD pressured me to frame Shani Abeysekara – arrested fmr CID officer tells Magistrate” deleted by Daily Mirror within hours

A news story that said that "CCD pressured me to frame Shani Abeysekara – arrested fmr CID officer tells Magistrate"  appeared on Daily Mirror...

Go to the polls & vote for a fair, respectful, equal and inclusive Sri Lanka – Voice for Democracy

Image from the protests against October 2018 constitutional coup in, Sri Lanka. Media Release – Appeal – Sri Lanka General Elections 2020. For any country to...

Sri Lanka: Petition challenging pardon to Army officer Sunil Ratnayake fixed for support in September

A petition challenging the Presidential pardon granted to an Army officer convicted for the massacre in Mirusuvil, has been fixed for support on 24...

Mr. Nissanka Senadhipathi, does not fall within any categories of persons comes under CoI mandate – Attorney General

Image: AG Dappula De Livera, P.C. In his letter to the "Presidential Commission of Inquiry to inquire into and obtain information in relation to the...

Hejaaz Hizbullah: The latest victim of Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act

Image: Hejaaz Hizbullah. By Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, Researcher at Amnesty International. As much of the island was celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, senior lawyer and minority...

The big, bad wolf of Lanka’s politico-police-military nexus – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: Senior Deputy Inspector General Deshabandu Tennakoon visiting Lunava after killing of a fisherman by the police. From a photojournalist being frogmarched by a suspect...

Rights Lawyers Under Fire in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

Last month (May 2020) a Magistrate in Jaffna had withdrawn quarantine orders against the organizers of end of war commemorations, based on appeals by...

Sri Lanka’s state of exception in constitutional governance – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: To combat this, a critical mass of civil society must mount an apolitical challenge to the political establishment . Governance in Sri Lanka today...

Extraordinary Gazette notice is truly extraordinary for giving authority to the military as a significant agent of civil governance – Prof. Savitri Goonesekere

During the last few weeks, the media has paid a great deal of attention to fundamental rights cases filed in our Supreme Court. The...

Sri Lanka: CID attempted to show photograph of Hejaaz to children before ID parade- Fort Magistrate; Parade cancelled.

Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka said in open court that officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had attempted to show photographs of Hejaaz Hizbullah...

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...

Court issues interim injunction on 11 youth abduction case notwithstanding AGs arguments

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim injunction order preventing the Permanent High Court Trial- at- Bar from hearing the case against Former...

Concerns grow over ‘lapses’ in Sri Lanka’s Easter attack probe

Image: Under repair: The St. Anthony’s church, one of the churches attacked last year on Easter.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS Meera Srinivasan. Lawyers and activists have...

Sri Lanka: Remove murder suspect SSP A.R. Prasanna J. Alwis from CID- Ahimsa Wickrematunge

Ahimsa Wickrematunge, the daughter of late journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, has appealed to the Police Commission to block the appointment of SSP A.R.P.J....

Militarisation in Sri Lanka : Deputy Inspector General of Police appointed as a Ombudsman under president Rajapaksa.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has established an office of the Ombudsman at the presidential secretariat and has appointed Retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police...

Sri Lanka: Liberation Movement condemns violence and violation of human rights by the Police!

Image: Ishini Divyanjalee One of the protesters,   manhandled by Police has to be hospitalised. ( Image: LankaViews) The killing of George Floyd, who was brutally...

Commonwealth Lawyers Association expresses its concerns on threats to democracy and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is concerned by threats to democracy and the rule of law in Sri Lanka as the government of Sri...

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court won’t annul Parliament dissolution

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to consider petitions filed by opposition parties and civil groups seeking to...

Sri Lanka: Residents complain SLPP activists accompanied by police collecting personal data?

Image: Western Province DIG Deshabandu Tennekoon says Police are looking for temporary residents. ECONOMYNEXT – Questions are being raised over a door-to-door survey being conducted...

Sri Lanka: 10 Political mistakes that shouldn’t have been committed during the pandemic. – Sunanda Deshapriya

1. President Rajapaksa dissolved the Parliament on 2nd March 2020– six months before the due date, amidst the growing danger of COVID-19 pandemic. By this...

Though Sri Lanka has no Minster of Defence, President Rajapaksa takes over 6 more institutions under the ministry.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has brought six institutions under the Ministry of Defence issuing an extraordinary gazette on 22 May 2020. Sri Lanka does not have...
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