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"If you want to put out the fire, you have to get rid of the firewood " says Galkande Dammananda Thero
Today, my discourse here it cannot stop taking a Buddhist approach because it comes from my background. We live in this country over 2500 years after Buddhism was born. Then it is not only the most philosophical level of discussion but also among the common man. They bring knowledge through Jataka Stories and Art. When it comes to how we build a non-violent society, I don’t spend too much time. I think everybody agrees. I don’t think anyone has a problem with whether there is room for persecution in Buddhism.
Read More >> (2019-07-09)
“Torture Free Sri Lanka through Protecting Citizens’ Dignity!”
The Panel Discussion on “Torture Free Sri Lanka through Protecting Citizens’ Dignity” held in Horton Place, Light House Auditorium, on 26 th Wednesday as the public event after the Press Conference and Public Meeting organized by Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture (SLCAT) to highlight torture and its possibility of being extreme in many forms in the country with the past and present experiences.
Read More >> (2019-06-28)
The laws in the country to prevent torture is well enough
Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture (SLCAT) to highlight torture and its possibility of being extreme in many forms in the country with the past and present experiences. The proposed Anti-Torture Month started off on June 19, 2019 to mark the International Day in Support of Torture Survivors of 2019. There are many programs planned to host around the country through various manner.
Read More >> (2019-06-24)
Press Conference of SLCAT on Torture, Violence and Extremism
Let’s Eradicate Torture, Violence and Extremism was the theme spoke at the press conference and the current ICCPR Act, which is being utilized as barriers to people who speak the majority ideology in the country. Writer Shakthika’s issue was highlighted and certain feedback was given at the Press Conference.
Read More >> (2019-06-24)
Misuse of ICCPR Act in Sri Lanka - Media Statement
In the recent past the discourse was on filing cases using the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). If a case is filed under this act it will take at least a few months to get bail out and also the suspect could be kept in detention under police for few months. The Human Rights Defenders supporting democracy criticized this act because it also has a provision where the statement given by the suspect can be used against him in the courts.
Read More >> (2019-06-21)
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)
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