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Can we abolish terror laws completely? – Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture discusses

  Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture held a seminar in Colombo on September 25 to discuss the Anti-Terror Bill that the government has published on the gazette. This bill was first introduced in March but later it was withdrawn due to protests from the civil society. Opening the dialogue, Dulan Dasanayake, AAL, pointed out that …

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Little Change in Controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill: Sept 2023 Version Echoes March 2023 ATA

In a recent analysis, legal expert Ermiza Tegal, an Attorney-at-Law, has shed light on the striking similarities between the Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATA) gazetted in March 2023 and the revised version published in September 2023. Tegal’s preliminary observations highlight that the contentious provisions of the March 2023 ATA remain largely intact in the September 2023 iteration. …

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Lawyers’ Collective Strongly Condemns Sri Lanka’s ATA & Online Safety Bills

In a resounding statement of concern, the Lawyers’ Collective, a prominent legal advocacy group in Sri Lanka, has vehemently condemned the recently gazetted Anti-Terrorism Bill and Online Safety Bill, calling them a threat to democracy and civil liberties in the country. The Anti-Terrorism Bill and Online Safety Bill, which were gazetted in September 2023 by …

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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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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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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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Twists of Justice: Acquittal and Reduced Sentences in Kandaketiya Sadun Malinga Murder Case

The life of a seemingly insignificant 17-year-old youth named Sandun Malinga from Meegaskiwula in the Badulla District took a tragic turn. His value as a person appeared to hold little weight to the group of five police officers and a civil defense officer who subjected him to a fatal beating on a dark night in …

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