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Families of Abducted Individuals Demand Justice After 15 Years

Colombo, September 21, 2023 – In a poignant demonstration of resilience and determination, families of 11 individuals who were abducted and disappeared by a Navy team on September 18, 2008, gathered in front of the United Nations office in Tummulla, Colombo today. The event marked the 15th anniversary of this tragic incident, which still haunts …

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Local Think Tank Finds Low Government Openness in Sri Lanka Despite RTI Act

Local think tank’s assessment of 31 public authorities including Ministries, the Prez’s/PM’s Offices, finds low levels of Govt. openness  Observes only a marginal lifting of the veil of secrecy  Despite the fact that it has been five years since the Right to Information (RTI) Act was fully operationalised in Sri Lanka, various aspects pertaining to …

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Assessing the State of Right to Information in Sri Lanka: A Critical Examination of the 2016 Act and Its Implementation

The Right to Information is the right of the citizens to obtain the information held by public authorities or institutions that use public funds. Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016, which has been in force since 2016 guarantees citizens’ right to information and it can be considered a positive development in Sri Lankan …

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Successful Two-Day Workshop Empowers Human Rights First Aid Centers

  Hotel Mirage, September 15-16, 2023 – The coordinators of Human Rights First Aid Centers recently convened for a highly successful two-day workshop, held at Hotel Mirage. The event, which took place from September 15th to 16th, provided a platform for extensive discussions and strategic planning to further the cause of human rights. On the …

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New Report Highlights Threats to Internet Freedom Posed by Advances in Artificial Intelligence

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, the delicate balance between digital innovation and internet freedom faces unprecedented challenges. The upcoming release of the “Freedom on the Net 2023: The Repressive Power of Artificial Intelligence” report by Freedom House sheds light on the evolving landscape of online repression. Scheduled for release on October 4, …

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International Day of Democracy 2023 Focuses on Empowering the Next Generation

In a world facing unprecedented challenges such as unresolved conflicts, climate change, and financial instability, the International Day of Democracy, observed on September 15, takes on a new significance. This year, the theme, “Empowering the Next Generation,” highlights the crucial role young people play in advancing and safeguarding democracy. Established by a UN General Assembly …

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Empowering Human Rights Defenders in Monaragala

The Human Rights Defenders Group in Monaragala recently participated in an educational program aimed at empowering them in their crucial work. The event took place on September 2nd at Hotel Frashi Monaragala. During this gathering, the Monaragala District Coordinator was presented with the latest study reports published by the Right to Life Organization. These reports …

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Empowering Human Rights Defenders: Educational Program in Gampaha Inspires Change

On September 2nd, an empowering educational program was conducted at Hotel The City Lounge in Gampaha, dedicated to strengthening the Human Rights Defenders Group. This event served as a vital platform for individuals committed to championing human rights causes in the Gampaha region. Attendees had the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in advocating …

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Rising Concerns Over Child Abuse and Targeting by Drug Dealers: ECPAT Sri Lanka Report

  In a recent report released by PEaCE/ECPAT Sri Lanka, concerning incidents of child abuse and exploitation during July 2023 have raised alarming concerns within the country. The report, which aggregates and verifies data from media coverage, highlights a disturbing trend of child abuse cases and the targeted involvement of drug dealers towards school children. …

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Alleged Police Assault Triggers Rights Complaint in Sri Lanka: Victim Seeks Justice

In a recent incident that has sparked outrage, a formal complaint has been filed with The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) against the Yakkalamulla Police in Galle district. The complaint centers around the alleged wrongful arrest and assault of a civilian. The victim, identified as Koggala …

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