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FMM is concerned that proposed law revision relating to fake news & hate speech could threaten freedom of expression
There has been no proper explanation of the proposed new laws. Who decides false news distribution and hate speech? What are the criteria? What are the provisions to guarantee that freedom of expression and media freedom would not be violated? All of these are serious issues.
Read More >> (2019-06-20)
An Unwarranted Arrest
An arbitrary arrest is a violation of a fundamental right. The woman has a case to go to Supreme Court and thereafter, she can file a case against the police for huge damages. I think she must file both cases and claim damages for an unlawful arrest,
Read More >> (2019-06-15)
IGP’s FR petition claims SIS requested suspension of investigations into extremist Muslim factions
The petitioner had been excluded from NSC meetings, consequent upon the deterioration of the relationship between the President and the Prime Minister (PM), though the petitioner, being a responsible civil servant, did not take political sides with either the President or the PM, the petition claims.
Read More >> (2019-06-02)
Condemn taking Journalist Mohammed Rizvi Maharoof into custody on baseless charges – FMM
Yet, the Free Media Movement, according to our observations believe that actions taken by the law enforcement agencies during this case imposes a greater threat on Freedom of Expression and Publishing and related fundamental rights.
Read More >> (2019-06-02)
SLCAT Joint Statement
We denounce all attempts to use the grief and fear of hundreds of innocents, for political advantage or to further polarize communities. We stand for a community where all persons, especially those made vulnerable following the Easter attacks are able to live with dignity and without fear of violence, reprisals and torture.
Read More >> (2019-05-28)
Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture gathered for the network analysis.
Increased Demand and Engagement for Accountability (IDEA) supports the workshop through Right to Life Human Rights Centre. The capacity building of the SLCAT had been ensured the need of the broad focus regarding torture in Sri Lanka apart from preparing the Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT).
Read More >> (2019-05-28)
Mourning on Easter Sunday Morning…
Today at 8:45 am my mother received phone call saying that there is a bomb blast to St. Anthony’s Church (Kochchikade, Colombo 11). The once who called said that her husband is attending the holy mass and he has informed her that more than 50 are dead and many are with blood shed due to the blast. In the meantime, I got a news stating that it is not a bomb blast rather it is transformer blast.
Read More >> (2019-04-22)
Statement on the attack by an unknown group to the churches and hotels in Sri Lanka
We, sternly condemn the attack on Easter Sunday Morning at St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade (Colombo 11), St. Sebestian Church, Katuwapitiya, (Katana, Negombo), Zion Church, Batticaloa, Shangri la Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, Blast at a hotel near Dehiwela Zoo and two blasts at Dematagoda, Colombo 09.
Read More >> (2019-04-22)
United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture
The SPT is able to interview in private persons deprived of their liberty and any other person who in the SPT’s view may be able to assist it with relevant information including government officials, NPMs, representatives of national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, custodial staff, lawyers, doctors, family members, etc.
Read More >> (2019-04-15)
United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture concludes its visit to Sri Lanka
“We have received good cooperation during the visit, having access to all places of detention, getting all relevant information and performing confidential interviews. We look positively on Sri Lanka’s prospective development of a national preventive mechanism, as required under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture,” said Victor Zaharia, who led the four-member delegation.
Read More >> (2019-04-15)
Initial Meeting of Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture (SLCAT)
Right to Life Human Rights Centre along with 8 organizations and human rights activists initiated the Sri Lankan Non-Government Organizations’ Collective in 2011 to prepare the Alternative Report on Torture to United Nations Committee Against Torture. Later in 2016 the report was sent with 21 organizations and human rights activists including Right to Life Human Rights Centre. The initial meeting was focused to have independent Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture.
Read More >> (2019-04-08)
Representatives of United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture meets representatives of Sri Lankan Organizations against Torture
Right to Life Human Rights Centre and representatives from six organizations who work against torture in Sri Lanka met the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) on April 04 at United Nations Headquarters in Colombo and discussed about the current situation of the country with regard to torture prevention.
Read More >> (2019-04-08)
The 16 year old was detained for 54 hours and tortured in Hungama police
From the time of arrest till going to the Police station they have beaten Sahan in few occasions and when he was detained Police Sergeant Jayasinghe and Amila from the Civil Defense Force has beaten him from a horse pope and rods. Still those marks are visible says Sahan.
Read More >> (2019-04-01)
Madush’s aunt’s litmus test for the Courts
Though there were huge positive restructuring to the judicial system under the present government it seems still there are holes such as this to creep through. Sirisena and Rajapakse shadows are seen appearing in some institutes. The Attorney General’s department and the Courts not to abuse power. Since it is evident that such incidents are happening now it is the time to act upon this.
Read More >> (2019-04-01)
Sara Goiyya and Police Officer 1
Mr Achala Piyumantha Coordinator of Human Rights First Aid Centre in Moneragala has sent a proposal to educate general public through a creative folk story. The sarcasm in the story provides the background for a profound discussion between the relationship of police officers and suspects.
Read More >> (2019-03-31)
Mr Saman Indrarathna and torture in schools
Later the Principle has scolded Vinusha regarding some photos on her Facebook account. One day after school the Principle ask Vinusha to come to his room and keeps her there for about two and a half hours. What happened in the room is not reported. Vinusha commits suicide. The Principle had allegations regarding her suicide.
Read More >> (2019-03-25)
Human rights activists’ camp against the Minuwangoda police attack
Then the person came and hit him again with the pistol and asked for the bike keys. But he never gave the keys. Then he asked for hundred thousand rupees and again for two hundred thousand. He drags the key from Titus. The blow from the pistol results in a heavy blood flow from Titus’s lip. He gets scared seeing blood.
Read More >> (2019-03-25)
Against police officers who are breaking limbs…
48 year old Wijesekeraarachchige Shantha is a father of two who resides at Kaleni village in Ranna. On 31 December 2018 a musical show was organized in celebrating the New Year. Shantha with his friend Gune left home around 08:45 pm in a three wheel belonging to a friend.
Read More >> (2019-03-18)
Victory in Elsuma Case after 12 years!
In 2007 an interim court order was given prohibiting Brito Fernando, Former Chairman of Right to Life (R2L), Philip Disanayake, Executive Secretary of R2L, Asheela Niroshini and Maximus Rodrigo, Former Chairman of the workers union of Elsuma, hanging around the Elsuma Pvt Company in Daluwakotuwa, Negambo as a result of a court case filed by Elsuma Company.
Read More >> (2019-03-07)
Open letter to the Honorable Speaker of the Parliament on the murder of two businessmen Rathgama Bussa area and General state of murder in the Island
If businessmen remain in a state fear because of threats of extortion, and worse threats to their life and liberty, by security officers and remain in their homes rather than being actively engaged in business pursuits, how can economic activity flourish in our countryside? These are profound questions. Given your position as a speaker of the parliament you have a great responsibility to address this problem.
Read More >> (2019-03-06)
The latest updates on Human Rights Situationin the country
The Legal Unit of Right to Life Human Rights Centre requested information from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka on 17 September 2018 under the Right to Information Act No 12 of 2016. We requsted data on reported cases to the Human Rights Commision from 2015-2017 on incidents of torture, illegal arrest and detension, extra judicial killings, abductions and enforced disapperences
Read More >> (2019-03-06)
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