Archives of April , 2022

April 2nd, 2022 - English News

Statement from SLCAT

“The Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture (SLCAT) condemns the arrests, detention and torture of protestors and by-standers at the public protest at Mirihana, Nugegoda on the night of 31st March 2022. These persons had gathered to exercise their basic civic…

January 25th, 2022 - English News

An unofficial translation of National Prison Study lunch by SLCAT

  During the months of April and September 2018, the former National Human Rights Commission had conducted a study on prisons and inmates in Sri Lanka. This study report provides data on living conditions inside their prisons, sanitation, humanitarian transactions,…

January 7th, 2022 - English News

A Man Borrows Two Papayas To Feed His Starving Children

A man of about 50 years, walks to a vegetable shop in Savithripura, Anuradhapura, and in front of a few others who also have come to buy some vegetables, he asked the small shop owner whether he could borrow two…

December 23rd, 2021 - English News

Pradeshiya Sabha member dies in custody

Former Pradeshiya Sabha member Premathilaka Amaraweera has died in police custody. The suspect who 62-year-old was arrested by the Hungama Police yesterday (December 18) on a charge of selling liquor on Poya Day. Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa stated…

December 12th, 2021 - English News

“Court order prohibiting Human Rights Day event in Kandy”

Human Rights Office Kandy (HROK) had organized an event to celebrate international Human Rights Day on 11th December 2021 in Kandy, based on the theme “Ensure the Prisoners their Dignity and Rights to Human Conditions”. As in previous such events, a significant part of…

November 29th, 2021 - English News

Foreign intervention against custodial deaths?

Rights group says domestic mechanisms exhausted Follows ‘Tinker Lasantha’ death last week The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) said yesterday (28) that it would have to seek international intervention regarding the spate of custodial deaths that recently…

November 16th, 2021 - English News

Human Rights Commission Chairperson resigns

The Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has resigned. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says that Dr. Jagath Balasuriya resigned from his post last October. Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka…

October 5th, 2021 - English News

Find the silver lines in the middle of the dark clouds! – Philip Dissanayake

The world civil rights movement as well as the Sri Lankan civil rights movement has a long history. According to Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, the non-alcoholic movement of 1912-1915 is said to be the oldest civilian movement in Sri Lanka. This…

September 17th, 2021 - English News

State Minister who forcibly entered into Anuradhapura prison threatens prisoners

We strongly condemn the government minister breaking into the Anuradhapura prison with holding an automatic weapon on International Prisoners’ Day. ​An inquiry should be held on this immediately, said Anuradhapura District Samagi Janabalawegaya MP Rohana Bandara He was opposing against…

September 4th, 2021 - English News

Relatives of Tamil disappeared denounce both Sri Lanka government and UN

Tamil mothers who commemorated the International Day Against Disappearances, remembering those who went missing 12 years ago, have protested against the Sri Lankan government as well as the United Nations for failing to find their loved ones.Mothers in the north…

Immediate Release of Lawyer and Prisoner of Conscience Hejaaz Hizbullah
August 31st, 2021 - English News

Immediate Release of Lawyer and Prisoner of Conscience Hejaaz Hizbullah

26th August  2021  marks  the  500th day  of Hejaaz  Hizbullah’s  incarceration.  Mr.  Hizbullah  is  a prominent Sri Lankan lawyer and advocate of Muslim rights. Mr. Hizbullah was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on 14th April 2020. He was…

August 30th, 2021 - English News

Do not interfere with freedom of expression!

The unions are urging the government to immediately stop suppressing social media activists, respecting the freedom of the public to know and express their views. Commenting to the media, Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union, said: It…





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