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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)
Minister Basil seeks Pardon from Public
Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, called for forgiveness from the public over the attack on the people’s protest in Ratupaswala, Weliweriya demanding clean drinking water.
Read More >> (2013-08-10)
Lawyers appalled at killing peaceful protesters: Urges Government to control its armed forces
Responding to the brutal attack by the armed forces on Thursday (1st August) at Weliweriya, killing and injuring unarmed civilians demanding uncontaminated water, the Lawyers Collective strongly condemns the Government’s continuous ferocity against peaceful protesters. The Government has displayed total disrespect to the constitutional guarantees on civil liberties of its own citizens.
Read More >> (2013-08-04)
Two candidates intimidated by the SL ARMY !
Two candidates of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), had been intimidated by the Army, soon after they had filed their nominations yesterday, to contest the Northern Provincial Council polls.
Read More >> (2013-07-30)
A Considerable suggestion… But,
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, 23rd July, urged parents to take their children to the Maharagama Cancer Institute and Angoda Mental Institute during school holidays scheduled to commence next month.
Read More >> (2013-07-24)
The day when the rule of law system collapsed
What happened on July 23, 1983 was not the event of a single day in history. The impact of that day lives on and with each passing year the situation of the rule of law in the country has become worse. The 1978 Constitution was quite incompatible with the rule of law and democracy
Read More >> (2013-07-24)
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)
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