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COVID-19 puts societies to the test – Editorial, The Lancet.

As of April 21, the coronavirus outbreak has infected more than 2·3 million people and taken 162 956 lives—35 884 in the USA, 24 114 in Italy,...

As Rural Sri Lanka Dries Out, Young Farmers Look for Job Options

Image: A Sri Lankan farmer inspects his dried rice field at Somapura, in eastern Trincomalee district ( File photo, Voice of America) ADIGAMA, Sri Lanka, Aug...

UN CESCR 61: Concluding observations on the 5th periodic report of Sri Lanka

Image: CESCR 61 Sri Lanka session was held 12-13 June  at Palais Wilson, Geneva.©s.deshapriya. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Concluding observations on the fifth...

Sri Lanka govt’s urban development has resulted in large scale eviction & relocation of working class poor

Image from the cover page of the report. The previous government’s Urban Regeneration Programme (URP), which is being continued by the present Government, aims to...

Troubles engulf Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition

Both Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are in denial in the face of a growing perception that their SLFP-UNP...

I wish & pray that Fidel Castor’s dream for Cuba & its people become a reality – Sampanthan

“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past”. Fidel Castro My heartfelt sympathies to the people of Cuba...

Minister Swaminathan Promotes Per-fabricated Houses for War Affected Despite TNA Rejection

Image: A house in Vanni, August 2016 (c) s.deshapriya. A letter singed by all TNA members of the parliament and addressed  to the President and...

SriLanka: Sunday Leader & Irudina journalists Not Paid For Two Months!

It is reported that the "Leader group of Companies Pvt Ltd "  publishers of the Sunday Leader and the Sinhalese Irudina Sunday newspapers is ...

Sri Lanka HRC Is Deeply Concerned By Attempts To Prevent Inclusion Of ESC Rights In The Constitution

(Two children play in front of their house;Image courtesy AFP) Issuing a statement Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission says that it is deeply concerned by...

Estate workers reject Rs. 100 wage hike; strike continues

( Estate workers wages remain lowest in the country; (c)s.deshapriya) By Meera Srinivasan. Talks held under government mediation failed to end the strike that started 10...

Sri Lanka: Friday Forum outlines key priority concerns for constitutional reform

(Incorporation of Social and Economic rights into the Chapter on Fundamental Rights says Friday Forum; photo of a vegetable seller in Kilinochi market, August...

Political justice is not enough to rebuild Sri Lanka

( Selling fish in Negambo fish market, August 2016 ©s.deshapriya) by Timothy Ryan. For Sri Lanka, gender equity will be fundamental to a stable, peaceful and...

100,000 Child Workers in Sri Lanka

by Anushiya Sathisraja. There are almost 100,000 child workers in Sri Lanka, with girls working mostly as domestic helper in towns and boys doing agricultural...

Issues of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Respond Quickly, Sampanthan Tells Govt

( Image: A Tamil woman worshiping- AP Photo -Eranga Jayawardena) “Seven years have elapsed since the end of the armed conflict in the country. Several hundred...

Sri Lanka Sweatshop ‘Slaves’ Earning £4.30 a Day Making ‘Empowering’ Beyonce Clobber

EXCLUSIVE by JAMES MILLS.  BEYONCE’S new high street sportswear range for Topshop is made using sweat shop labour earning just £4.30 a day, we can...

Estate Workers: Deprived Working Community In Sri Lanka

With the new government coming into power with a bagful of promises, especially towards the interests of the country’s deprived working community, The Sunday...

Sri Lanka Tops South Asia in Human Development

Sri Lanka has maintained its high ranking in human development. But the country’s performance in terms of average annual human development index (HDI) growth...

Ex-Tamil Tigers Go Jobless in Sri Lanka – Amantha Perera

( People near the northern village of Pallai cross a railway line that was under construction in September 2014Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN ) ( IRIN) VALLIPURAM,...

62 People Now Own As Much Wealth As Half Of The World’s Population

New research by the charity Oxfam shows the world has grown $67 trillion dollars richer in just 15 years – but that wealth is...

PM Announces Budget Changes; Planned Island-wide Strike Called Off

 A planned island-wide strike by a collective of government, semi-government and private sector trade unions scheduled for tomorrow have been called off after talks...

EU Announces Housing Project for War Victims in North-East

(Thousands of houses were destroyed in the war) The European Union will invest 14 million Euros to build houses and improve infrastructure in 9 divisions...

TABLE-Sri Lanka November Consumer Prices Rise to 10-month High

COLOMBO, Nov 30 Sri Lanka's consumer prices in November rose to 10-month high of 3.1 percent from a year earlier, the Department of Census and...

10 Special Projects to Boost Living Conditions in Former Conflict Areas

With the end of the conflict in the Northern Province, many concerted and coordinated efforts are being made by the Government to move forward...

Maduuwawe Sobhitha Thera (1942- 2015) : Obituaries

CPA Condoles on the Death of the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses its condolences on the death of the...

107,000 Child Labourers in Sri Lanka – NCPA

There are more than 107,000 child labourers in Sri Lanka according to a survey conducted in 2008, Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority...

NM and the Executive Presidency – Prof. Vijaya Kumar

(N.M. Perera) June 6th marks the Birth Anniversary of Dr. N M Perera. This year is a birth anniversary that should be especially celebrated as...

How much money do you need to earn to be in the one per cent around the world?

 by Bethan McKernan So, how much money really puts you in the top one per cent of a country’s earners? Turns out it varies a lot depending...

Sri Lanka Bid for Female Workers Raises Questions

Before more women enter booming, male-dominated sectors, what about harassment and violence? And who does the housework? "Unless men enter the kitchen, women cannot...

Movements are Not Radical Anymore: Arundhati Roy

(The Hindu) By saying that ‘caste is class,’ the Left has checkmated itself and made itself irrelevant, says writer-activist Arundhati Roy. Photo: K. Pichumani The...

Sri Lanka: More Poverty in Four Districts Including 3 Tamil Districts

The Districts of Mullaitivu, Moneragala, Mannar and Batticaloa had a higher rate of poverty in comparison with others, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute...
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Sri Lankan police arrest 19 and mark further 55 for posting Prabhakaran birthday messages

Cropped photo from the original by Sindu S Sri Lankan police across Batticaloa have arrested 19 people for allegedly posting birthday wishes online for Liberation...
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Take immediate steps to secure Shani Abeysekara and ensure the best possible treatment – HRCSL to Commissioner of Prison

In a letter addressed to Commissioner General of Prison,  HRCSL has said that "the health and security of all prisoners including remandees, remain the...

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...