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CPA complaint against the ITN to be taken up on 24th April 2014
23rd April 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Complaint filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director (Complaint No: HRC/3083/13) before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) against the Independent Television Network of Sri Lanka (ITN) and its Chairmen will be taken up for hearing tomorrow (Thursday, 24th April 2014) at 10.30 at the premises of the HRCSL at No. 165 Kynsey Road, Borella, Colombo 8.
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The draft resolution on Sri Lanka to be taken for vote at the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is now in circulation. It proposes an international monitoring of Sri Lanka’s domestic accountability process and calls on the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s Office to do investigations on its own.
Read More >> (2014-03-08)
Tamil women: The government took our children during the civil war
For the 23rd anniversary of the Day of the Disappeared, 350 women have asked the President of Sri Lanka for their loved ones to be returned. The testimony of two mothers. Since 1987, 5 thousand people victims of "enforced disappearances".
Read More >> (2013-11-03)
The day of commemoration for the disappeared - may God save us from madness
On 27 October, about 400 persons from the north and south, most of whom are family members of disappeared persons, gathered at the Monument for the Disappeared at Raddaluwa, Seeduwa. Like the gatherings in previous years, this year's too was a very sad spectacle to watch. Several of the persons carried flowers or a candle to place before their loved ones, whose photographs are set in the marble of the monument.
Read More >> (2013-11-03)
Religious leaders to street !
Religious leaders today warned that they would be compelled to take to the streets on the day when Parliament takes up the debate on new regulations under Strategic Development Act under which tax holidays were to be given to casino projects.
Read More >> (2013-10-18)
Why Torture Is Wrong?
Dr. Nora Sveaass is a clinical psychologist who has been engaged in various parts of the world in relation to human rights and rehabilitation after torture. She is an internationally renown psychologist who became a member of the Committee against Torture in the United Nations (UNCAT)
Read More >> (2013-10-09)
Six weeks since the 'robbery' of journalists Mandana's residence - No proper inquiry
Networking for Rights notes with great concern that though it is more than a month since the alleged "break-in" of the residence of Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, Associate Editor of the Sunday Leader, no worthwhile investigation has taken place to bring the culprits to book and to find out the real reasons behind the ''robbery''. Ms. Ismail Abeywickrema is also the President of the newly formed Sri Lanka Journalists Trade Union.
Read More >> (2013-10-09)
No Withdrawing Army from North – President Rajapaksa
President Mahinda Rajapaksa asked as to how he could withdraw the army from the North without acceding to the requests of other Provincial Councils too to do the same. “Where can I have the Army? he said so as a response for the question raised in an interview with Al Jazeera.
Read More >> (2013-10-02)
The Citizens Peace Award was established in 2010 by the National Peace Council to honor those Sri Lankan individuals in civil society who are resident in Sri Lanka and have stood up for the protection of and enforcement of human rights and fundamental rights when such rights are under threat and such action requires unusual courage and self sacrifice to do so.
Read More >> (2013-09-20)
A tribute to Sunila Abeyesekara
Sunila Abeysekera passed away yesterday in Colombo. Born in 1952 she stood for the liberal values of equality, liberty and human rights at a very dark period in her country. By 1962, at the age of ten, a section of the country's elite attempted a military coup. This coup symbolised the disillusionment of an important section of the country's elite with democracy.
Read More >> (2013-09-10)
“Those believed to be missing probably perished during the war” Is it true !
Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka rejected the notion that there are still missing persons who are unaccounted for since the final stages of the war adding that these persons probably perished during that time.
Read More >> (2013-09-09)
The need for public engagement and vigilance to ensure free and fair elections
A delegation of the Friday Forum met recently with the Commissioner of Elections Mr Mahinda Deshapriya with a view to initiating a constructive exchange of views on measures taken by him to ensure free and fair provincial elections.
Read More >> (2013-09-05)
Dullas praises aspects of Pillay’s statement
Minister of Youth Affairs, Dullas Alahapperuma extended his gratitude towards six aspects of UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay’s statement on Sri Lanka at the end of her official visit.
Read More >> (2013-09-05)
Sri Lanka Tamil Rights Priest 'harassed after UN meeting'
A rights group working in Eastern Sri Lanka has accused the Sri Lankan police of harassing them following their meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay last week.
Read More >> (2013-09-03)
"I stand here with you.., Navaneetham Pillay
International Day of the Disappeared is commemorated annually on the 30th of August. Visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay attended a special event held to mark the International Day of the Disappeared, and addressed the families of the disappeared.
Read More >> (2013-09-02)
New ‘Law and Order Ministry’ is a further step towards militarization
The establishment of a Law and Order Ministry under the President has been announced. The Secretary to this Ministry, according to reports, is Major General (Retired) Nanda Mallawarachchi, a retired military officer. Maj.Gen. Mallawarachichi is a former Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army. He later became the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia.
Read More >> (2013-08-23)
BBC reports on torture in Sri Lanka
The BBC Sinhala service had a special program on yesterday (2012.08.20), the occasion of the publication of the book Narrative of Justice In Sri Lanka told through stories of torture victims. This book is a collection of 400 stories from torture victims, along with commentary.
Read More >> (2013-08-21)
Torture and Trauma (A Book Review)
My first impression was that I was overwhelmed because of the sheer number of cases and the diversity of the ways in which people were tortured. What started sinking into me was the question, "What has happened as a result of all this? Has society taken notice of it?" How can people possibly stay indifferent after reading this?
Read More >> (2013-08-21)
A man suffering from mental disorder is severely tortured by officers from the Inginiyagala Police Station
Nanthamuni Arachchilage Asitha Sri Dewanandha is a 34-year-old man suffering from a mental disorder. On 26 May, 2013 he scuffled with some police officers attached to the Inginiyagala Police Station and accidentally injured one of the officers on the head. Following the incident the officers searched until the morning of the 28th when they caught and arrested him. The officers did not consider his mental condition and assaulted him severely and at one point even inserted a bottle into his rectum.
Read More >> (2013-08-18)
The need to introduce studies in Killology
What makes a soldier capable of shooting young boys of 16 and 18 at point blank range with the intent to kill? That is what happened at Rathupaswela, Weliweriya. Of course, such killings have not been an exception as far as the Sri Lankan armed forces are concerned, judging particularly from the aftermath of the 1971 JVP uprising and beyond.
Read More >> (2013-08-13)
President ordered to relocate the Factory
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today ordered the relocation of the Dipped Products Glove factory which had been at the centre of the controversy in Weliweriya, leading to protests and clashes between residents and security forces personnel.
Read More >> (2013-08-13)
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