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UN expresses concern & seeks clarifications on the Govt of Sri Lanka’s intended policies with regards to addressing enforced disappearances

Mandates of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; ; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; the Special Rapporteur on...

Sri Lanka Briefing Note No 17: A Deadly Combination – Militarisation, Sinhala Buddhist Supremacy and Absence of Rule of Law

BACKGROUND Sri Lanka is slowly emerging from the lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and heading towards the General Elections that is scheduled to...

HRC 44: Rights Commissioner expresses her concerns over Muslims in Sri Lanka targeted with stigma and hate speech during pandemic.

Image: a screenshot from the video of the High Commissioner's opening remarks at HRC 44. Making  her opening remarks at the ongoing 44th session of...

The “Core Group on Sri Lanka” express profound disappointment over Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from UN resolution

Image: Sri Lanka flag at UNHRC., Geneva. Making a statement at the 44th session of UNHRC  UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivered...

Investigate and Prosecute Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman for war crimes and other Human Rights Abuses – PRG

People’s Rights Group (PRG) Calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to Investigate and Prosecute Mr.Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan a.k.a Karuna Amman for war crimes and other...

Sri Lanka: PM Rajapaksa calls for a strong mandate to defeat international conspiracy & to overturn the Office for Missing Persons, related laws

Image: On the memorial wall,  International day for the disappeared 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka. In a televised statement issued on 28 June 2020 Prime Minister...

“Karuna should be charged for war crimes” former ICC’s trial attorney, senior counsel Anura Meddegoda

They are not only crimes punishable under Penal Code of this country but also universal crimes against humanity. Murders of monks and surrendered policemen are...

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...

UN SP on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association submits Sri Lanka report to HRC 44

A. Conclusions 90. While Sri Lanka has made valuable democratic strides in the last five years, a prevailing apprehension exists among civil society, who fear...

Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism-Shyam Tekwani

The voyage from Serendib to Sri Lanka through Ceylon continues to be an uninterrupted tale of opportunities lost, scorned and spurned. The brutal end to the...

Politicising Archaeology, Militarising Virtue, Gaslighting the Electorate – Thisaranee Gunasekara

“From now until the elections, we will not know when, and where, and how the fireball will fall on us, and what the nature...

For Sri Lanka’s activists, a ‘state of fear’ resurfaces

Image: Families of Sri Lanka’s missing thousands fear the government is aiming to curb investigations into unsolved civil war disappearances. (COLOMBO/thenewhumanitarian) Rights groups are warning of...

Update: Rights of the Sri Lanka migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic

Sri Lanka Brief Up Date/ 03 June 2020 Rights of the migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic 1. The estimated number of...

Rights Commissioner Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19 in Asia, including Sri Lanka.

Image courtesy of "Time" GENEVA (3 June 2020) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of...

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...

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: CPRP requests Government to include PTA detainees in granting bail and relief to prisons due to pandemic.

File photo: Number of prisoners were released under Presidential pardon for the National Independence Day, 2020. Making an appeal on behalf of persons detained under...

COVID is “a colossal test of leadership” requiring coordinated action – Rights Commissioner

COVID-19 pandemic - Informal briefing to the Human Rights Council. Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 9 April 2020 Indeed this is...

Pardoning Sunil Ratnayake reinforces allegations of impunity and lack of justice for victims of violations in Sri Lanka. – HRCSL

H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa President of the Republic of Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat Colombo 1 Your Excellency, Granting of a Presidential Pardon to Former Army Corporal Sunil Ratnayake The Human Rights...

The pardoning sergeant Sunil Ratnayake is a step towards consolidating an elected military dictatorship in Sri Lanka. – ACPR

Condemning the pardoning former army Sergeant Sunil Rathnayake by president Rajapaksa, the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research says that   "the pardon of Ratnayake in...

Freeing a soldier convicted for massacre dashes hopes for accountability in Sri Lanka – Editorial, The Hindu.

The grant of presidential pardon, on Thursday, to a Sri Lankan soldier on death row for murdering eight Tamil villagers has sparked justified outrage...

Sumanthiran strongly condemns the presidential pardon given to ex-army Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesperson and former MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, has reacted sharply to the Presidential pardon given on Thursday to Sri Lankan Army Sergeant...

UNHRC-Sri Lanka resolution process will continue despite withdrawal: Mangala Samaraweera

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera asserted that Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from the co-sponsorship of the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC)...

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...

Sri Lanka: The weakening of Independent Commissions will hamper checks & balances and protection of people’s rights. – HRC SL

In its statement to UN Human Rights Council on the High Commissioner's Report,  Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka emphasises that the weakening of...

Netherlands will be evaluating the policies & the directions of Sri Lanka in relation to the Geneva resolution.

In a meeting with the Netherlands Ambassador Ms. Gonggrijp, Mr. Sampanthan Leader of the Tamil National Alliance has pointed out that “The UNHRC resolution...

SriLanka: Vavuniya newspaper director summoned by Terrorism Investigation Department after covering HRC43

The director of Vavuniya-based Thinappuyal newspaper, Sakthivelpillai Prakash and his wife alongside another editor, were summoned by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) on...

Sri Lanka: Office on Missing Persons emphasises the need for a mechanism with a comprehensive mandate under domestic & international law.

Image: Families of the disappeared writing names of the missing loved ones on a memorial wall. Sri Lanka does not yet have a figure...

Consequences of dreadfully fractured logic in Geneva for Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

There is a dreadfully fractured logic in what the Government of Sri Lanka articulated before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it...

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...
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