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President Addresses Civil Society Concerns Over Proposed NGO Act

In a recent meeting held on March 14th, 2024, President Ranil Wickramasinghe met with representatives from various civil society organizations (CSOs) to address their concerns regarding the proposed draft NGO Act 2024. The meeting, convened at the Presidential Secretariat, aimed to facilitate dialogue between the government and civil society on the potential implications of the …

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WOMEN’S SYMPOSIUM CALLS FOR INCLUSION OF WOMEN AT ALL LEVELS OF DECISION MAKING

  A major problem in Sri Lanka is the gap between aspirations and reality, words and deeds, laws and their implementation. Gender relations is no exception.  The Women Organised for Inclusion through Community Engagement (WOICE) Learning and Advocacy Symposium organized by the National Peace Council (NPC) brought together more than 120 women leaders and activists …

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Gampola Human Rights First Aid Center Inaugurated for a Stronger Commitment to Human Rights

In a significant step towards promoting human rights, the Gampola Human Rights First Aid Center officially opened its doors during a ceremony attended by key figures in the field. The inauguration ceremony, graced by Mr. Philip Dissanayake, Executive Director of the Right to Life Human Rights Center, marked a crucial moment for the cause. The …

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Right to Life Human Rights Centre Stands Against Torture on International Women’s Day…

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Right to Life Human Rights Centre expresses solidarity with women globally, emphasizing the urgent need to address the grave issue of torture against women. Particularly highlighting psychological torture, the Centre underscores the lasting impact it leaves on women’s lives. Despite legislative alignment with the United Nations Convention against …

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Former Peliyagoda Police Officers Sentenced to Death for 2005 Custodial Death

The Colombo High Court has handed down a death sentence to two former police officers from the Peliyagoda Police Station after finding them guilty of the brutal assault and subsequent death of a suspect in their custody in 2005. In a landmark verdict delivered by Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe today, the Sub-Inspector of …

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Controversial Appointment Sparks Outcry: Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture Denounces New Inspector General of Police

In a scathing media statement released today, the Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture has vehemently condemned the appointment of Mr. Deshbandu Tennakoon as the Inspector General of Police. The collective, a coalition of human rights organizations, strongly objects to the decision made by the President, expressing deep concern over what they perceive as a grave …

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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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