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Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET) Scholarship
It is to notify that the last date for submitting the applications for award of Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET) scholarship has been now extended till 31st July, 2013. Those who have not applied so far, can now apply for availing of the above mentioned scholarship. A total of 350 scholarships are available for the current year.
Read More >> (2013-07-19)
13 A + and the Tamil struggle Will the TNA fail again?
Some Tamil intellectuals believe that, rather than beat about the bush, TNA should go straight for a federal solution; as the 13th Amendment plus is extremely vague and doesn’t give much power to the Tamils. This has to be done even if some may say that TNA is asking for the moon, because that is politics. The Tamils wanted a separate state like what the South Sudanese needed, but India wouldn’t agree to that for the simple reason that it could inspire the separatist within India. That should be clear to everybody
Read More >> (2013-07-19)
Sandakada pahana (Moonstone) and inculturation
During the last few weeks the Sandakada pahanas (Moonstones) in a couple of churches in Kalutara District came under attack from Bodu Bala Sena, a Buddhist militant organisation led by Buddhist monks. They claimed that Sandakada pahana (Moonstone) is a Buddhist symbol found at the entrance to Buddhist temples, and therefore should not adorn the foot of any Catholic statues or church doorsteps. The Catholic priest humbly accepted the claim of the intimidating and abusing Buddhist monks that this is a Buddhist symbol, in order to avoid confrontation. But, a few serious questions are worth reviewing.
Read More >> (2013-07-18)
The government has proposed the mechanism of a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to make a fresh start in finding a political solution to the ethnic problem in the aftermath of the three decade long war. The mandate of this PSC is to recommend and report on “political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka as one nation.”
Read More >> (2013-07-17)
Protest Against Intimidating Social and Cultural Activists
We the undersigned, who stand for justice and democracy, note with regret and concern the use of State media, especially the Independent Television Network (ITN) that uses its air time to stick labels on and intimidate social and cultural activists who stand for plurality and fair play and for their dissenting views.
Read More >> (2013-07-16)
Rape and other crimes against women on the increase
Every ninety minutes a woman is raped in Sri Lanka, said Women for Rights at a press conference held in Colombo on July 14. The organisation further said that Sri Lanka is 5th on a list regarding domestic violence. Crimes causing violence relating to women and children is on the rise. In Sri Lanka the citizens live in an environment that has no respect for women and it is estimated that 95\% of women using public transport are at risk of being subjected to sexual harassment.
Read More >> (2013-07-15)
A video presentation produced by the Asian Human Rights Commission
A conversation on the Kangju uprising of 1980 and uprisings in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia recorded on video
Read More >> (2013-07-05)
Trying to plant drugs in a lawyer's car?
The strange riddle that the Magistrate's Court of Colombo must now untangle is this: what is the plot that the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) was trying to hatch against the well-known Hultsdorf lawyer Gunaratne Wanninayaka and why was such a plot considered necessary in the first place? Perhaps the more important question is as to who was directing the PNB to do this. The natural question that follows is, whether the mover behind this plot is the same one that was behind the previous one that failed, which was the abduction attempt
Read More >> (2013-07-03)
Another attempt to harass, Gunaratne Wanninayaka,
Mr. Wanninayaka has complained to the police authorities that on June 24 some officers visited his house and made inquiries about him. Later at around 2:30 pm on the same day, two officers went to the court premises where Mr. Wanninayaka usually practices and made inquiries about him and also looked for his car. These two officers approached him and asked for his business card under the pretext that they wished to consult him on a case.
Read More >> (2013-07-03)
Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET) Scholarships
Applications are invited from the children of estate workers, who are resident on estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET). These scholarships are available for G.C.E. Advanced Level, undergraduate courses and for students undergoing vocational /technical education in any of the Government Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka.
Read More >> (2013-06-22)
A Teacher of Siridhamma College Galle, Severely Tortured, harassments and threatens a Student
Bewantha Udeep Abeysiriwardena Wijesinghe is studying in year 10 E at Siridhamma College Galle. His mother is a vice principal of the above school. On 08th May 2013 Bevantha was squirreling with Amila who is studying in the same class and Bevantha slapped to Amila.
Read More >> (2013-06-19)
The arrest of Vaas Gunawardena and the descent into rulelessness - AHRC
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Vass Gunawardena is now in remand custody while an inquiry into the conspiracy to murder a businessman for pay is ongoing. Even as he is being interrogated he was reported in the television network, Suwarnawa Hini, in its programme on Mulpituwe (Front Page, which is a commentary on leading newspaper stories), as telling the investigating police officers that he is a murderer and that he "will take his revenge when he returns".
Read More >> (2013-06-19)
Stop the use of chili by the police during interrogations
Requesting your high level intervention to stop the torture by way of the use of chili by the Sri Lankan police during interrogations, An Open Letter from the AHRC to the President of Sri Lanka: Stop the use of chili by the police during interrogations
Read More >> (2013-06-10)
Attacks on Sri Lankan Human Rights Defenders, NGOs & opposition politicians through the Independent Television Network (ITN)
State media (newspaper, TV and radio) in Sri Lanka has been used often to attack Human Rights Defenders HRDs in Sri Lanka in the last few years. The ITN had started a fresh round of attacks in May this year. Those targeted have included prominent heads of NGOs, lawyers, journalists, clergy, academics and activists in exile, the leader of the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP), other MPs of the party and smaller opposition parties and their MPs and leaders. They have been branded as supporters of terrorists and of being part of western conspiracies, working to get foreign money and overthrow the Government.
Read More >> (2013-06-04)
Excise officers severely tortured an innocent man
Dewasundaralage Thushar was illegally arrested, detained, brutally tortured and laid with fabricated charges. Thushara has been falsely charged with obstructing officers of the Department of Excise and having illegal liquor. The officers concerned asked Thushara to identify the person who was manufacturing illicit liquor and when he denied any knowledge of this the officer started beating him. He was detained in the Excise Department office in Puttalam where he was tortured and forced to place his fingerprints on cans and bottles of illicit liquor and then write and sign a statement incriminating himself.
Read More >> (2013-05-24)
Negambo police continuously harass a victim after torture and inhuman treatment
On 27 April 2013, at about 9.30 am, Samanthilake was returning home after taking his daughter to her tuition class. Police Constable (PC) Jayasiri and two other unknown people in civilian dress arrived on two motorbikes. Without any explanation they beat him brutally and damaged his motorbike before leaving. Samanthilake went to the Negambo Police Station and made a complaint under the number of CIB I 269/ 554. Following his complaint PC Jayasiri threatened him saying that Samanthilake had done something and warned him to be careful or he would face bigger problems. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
Read More >> (2013-05-23)
Serious doubts on the inquiries into the mass graves at Matale
Serious doubts have emerged regarding the future investigations into the mass grave at Matale where the remains of 156 persons have been found. In today's press it was reported that the Judicial Medical Officer in charge of the investigation has been transferred (JMO in charge of Matale mass grave also to be transferred -- Sri Lanka Mirror, May 20, 2013). Furthermore, it is also reported that the magistrate conducting the inquiries is also to be transferred.
Read More >> (2013-05-23)
The arrest of former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and leader of the newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance Azath Salley under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) highlights the vulnerability of those who stand in opposition to the government on the question of...
Read More >> (2013-05-07)
The arrest and detention of Azath Salley - AHRC
Azath Salley, a prominent politician and a well-known Muslim leader, has been arrested and held in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Law (PTA). According to reports a detention order of 90 days under the PTA days has been issued. However, even his family is unaware of what he has been charged with.
Read More >> (2013-05-07)
Whose remains are in the mass grave at Matale
The publically known facts about the mass grave at Matale is that the remains of 154 persons were discovered in this grave, that the remains show injuries which indicate that they were all murdered and that most likely they were assassinated sometime between 1986 and 1991.
Read More >> (2013-04-29)
Why Sri Lanka should not be allowed to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
Every two years, the leaders of the Commonwealth of Nations assemble at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the association's principal policy and decision-making forum. This year, the meeting is set to take place in Colombo from 15 to 17 November, where the Sri Lankan Government will host the illustrious gathering.
Read More >> (2013-04-29)
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