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National Symposium Highlights the Path to Reconciliation

  In a landmark national symposium organized by the National Peace Council on the theme of “Religions to Reconcile: Strengthening Inclusive Reconciliation,” political leaders, religious clergy, and grassroots representatives converged to discuss the imperative shift from negative peace to positive peace in resolving the ethnic conflict and achieving national reconciliation. The symposium witnessed the participation …

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Ongoing Struggle for Accountability: Sri Lankan Government Faces Criticism Over New Truth Commission

Sri Lankan victims have lost count of the number of government commissions established to look into gross violations of human rights, as yet another one is about to be established, said four international rights groups in a joint statement. It has been issued by ITJP, WAN, FOD and CHRD. Their statement says, “The Truth, Unity …

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SLCAT Addresses Human Rights Concerns in Recent Meeting

In a recent gathering on February 13th, the Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture (SLCAT) convened to discuss pressing issues related to human rights violations, with a particular focus on the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Yukthiya anti-drugs operation. SLCAT, formed in 2009 and consisting of 27 organizations working together to combat torture in …

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Civil Society Organizations Withdraw from Open Government Partnership in Sri Lanka, Denounce Repressive Legislation

In a bold move, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) actively engaged in the co-creation of Sri Lanka’s third National Action Plan have collectively decided to withdraw from the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This withdrawal serves as a powerful expression of opposition to recent actions taken by the Sri Lankan Government, notably the passage of the controversial …

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Centre for Policy Alternatives Raises Concerns Over Enactment of Online Safety Act in Sri Lanka

In a press statement released today, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expressed deep concern over the process followed in enacting the Online Safety Act (OSA) in Sri Lanka. The organization raised serious questions about the implications of the law-making process on constitutional democracy in the country. The CPA highlighted the lack of transparency in …

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Freedom House Unveils Global Report on Democracy Challenges in 2024

In a highly anticipated virtual event on February 29, 2024, Freedom House launched its flagship report, “Freedom in the World 2024: The Mounting Damage of Flawed Elections and Armed Conflict.” This annual report has been a critical barometer of political rights and civil liberties globally since its inception in 1973. The event, conducted on Zoom …

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Civil Society Groups Demand Removal of Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon Over Torture Allegations

In a joint statement released today, a coalition of citizens, civil society organizations (CSOs), and women’s groups expressed deep concern and condemnation over the appointment and continued tenure of Deshabandu Tennakoon as the Acting Inspector General of the Police (IGP) in Sri Lanka. The statement comes two weeks after a Supreme Court judgment on December …

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National Peace Council Urges Government to Prioritize Consultation in Legislative Processes

In a press release issued today, the National Peace Council (NPC) expressed deep concern over the recent passage of the Online Safety Bill in the Sri Lankan Parliament. The NPC highlighted the irregularities in the parliamentary proceedings, emphasizing that the bill was approved without a vote during its third reading, despite the opposition’s call for …

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Sri Lanka Implements Comprehensive Anti-Corruption Act No. 9 of 2023 to Combat Bribery and Corruption

In a recent educational workshop organized by the We Have a Dream Collective on January 19, 2024, Mr. Sarath Jayamanne, President’s Counsel and former Director General of the Bribery Commission, shed light on the main features of the groundbreaking Anti-Corruption Act No. 9 of 2023. The Act, designed to combat bribery and corruption, introduces several …

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UN Experts Demand End to Sri Lanka’s “Deeply Worrying” Drug War Abuses

GENEVA, Jan 22 (2024): UN human rights experts have condemned Sri Lanka’s heavy-handed anti-drug operation, “Yukthiya,” calling for its immediate suspension and urging a shift towards health and human rights-based policies. “Drug users have human rights,” the experts declared, highlighting numerous disturbing practices under Yukthiya, including: Mass arrests: Thousands of alleged offenders, primarily from marginalized communities, have been …

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