Challenges and attacks against civil society in Sri Lanka

Human Rights Committee NGO Briefing, 7th October 2014 Thank you Mr. Chair, This is a joint statement by IMADR and FORUM-ASIA together with civil society organisations in Sri Lanka, including Rights Now Collective for Democracy. The current situation in Sri Lanka contradicts the ICCPR. Incidences of torture, disappearances, extra-judicial killings and custodial deaths have neither been

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Credibility of national investigation is needed to be ensured.

The oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.  (Part 03) Protection of victims and witnesses 24. This climate of intimidation and threat seems calculated to make the international investigation mandated by the Human Rights Council even more challenging and difficult.

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Brutal police attack on Ratnapura girl and bitter reality

By her own admission, the ‘nameless’ young woman, who was brutally beaten in public by a police sergeant at Ratnapura, is a sex worker. The assault was luckily filmed by a bystander with a camera phone. As a result, the police had no choice but to interdict the sergeant responsible. Otherwise, this ‘incident’ would in

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Rights Commissioner, Prince Zeid surprised to see the way SL government treating the CSOs. 

The oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.  (Part 02) 9. The High Commissioner is deeply grateful to these distinguished experts for agreeing to play this important role on a pro-bono basis. They will not lead the investigation, but will

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SRI LANKA: Commercial sex worker exposes rotten nature of Sri Lanka Police

During the last two weeks, a video showing a policeman beating a young woman on a public road in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, has generated heated discussion in the media. Reactions shown in the media and in social media such as facebook show public contempt for the behavior and conduct of the police. What is near

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Rajini Thiranagama Commemoration, Jaffna (21, 22 Sep. 2014)

By Damith Chandimal Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a prominent human rights activist and author, a medical doctor, and head of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Jaffna, was assassinated near her home in 1989 at the age of thirty-five. Her death was an immense tragedy for the community and was symbolic of a climate

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Rajani Thiranagama: Making of a new revolutionary By Dayapala Thiranagama

On the morning of 22 September 1989 I was asked to come to a safe house in Colombo to receive an urgent message from Jaffna. Some friends of mine were waiting there with a messenger who had come from Jaffna and who had had lunch with Rajani on the previous day. She wasted no time

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Suppression in Sri Lankan society

There was a news item in the media a few weeks back about a girl, namely Thilini Amalka, delivering a series of slaps to a young man at the Wariyapola bus stand. The incident was videoed and published on the web by a freelance journalist. This resulted in several web comments, especially by men, criticising

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“Vision and Reality” a retrospective view of the 1978 constitution for a prospective change to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

“Vision & Reality” is a book with a commemorative compilation to mark the 35th anniversary of the promulgation of the 1978 Second Republican Constitution of Sri Lanka. The book includes articles written by persons who have closely experienced the application of the 1978 Constitution. The book elaborates on what was the vision at the time of

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The Legacy of A New Woman in Our Generation: Sunila Abeysekara (1952-2013)

by Dayapala Thiranagama My first meeting with Sunila Abeysekara was unforgettable. It was July 1976 and I was being held at Slave Island police station. I was waiting in my cell for yet another excruciating round of torture, which I had been subjected to since I had been abducted two weeks ago from my university

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Confidentiality is Essential in order to keep the Integrity of the investigation on Sri Lanka

The oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (Part 01) In his oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. the the High Commissioner for Human Rights says that ”Notwithstanding the commendable progress the Sri Lankan

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W’pola girl seeks compensation from police

The girl who was allegedly harassed by a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminus filed a fundamental rights petition against the police officers seeking one million rupees as compensation.Petitioner Thilini Amalka cited Chandra Kumara alias Selva, Woman Police Constable Abeysinghe, Wariyapola Police OIC, Kurunegala SSP, the DIG, the IGP and the Attorney General as respondents.The

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My Tribute: Comrade Bala Tampoe, The Legend Is No More!

Some of the comments made here are historically inaccurate, economically illiterate, and politically untenable and the personal invective against me is erroneous. For those who are not pretending to be asleep, I will state some political and economic facts first, about Sri Lanka in the 1940s. Sri Lanka was a plantation economy dominated by the

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Thilini to file FR case against police

Thilini Amalka who had allegedly been subjected to sexual harassment by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand is to file a Fundamental Rights Violation case against the police for arresting her.Attorney-at-Law Lakshan Dias, who is appearing for Thilini said his client’s fundamental rights had been violated when she was arrested by the police. Mr.

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The modus operandi of this government in cracking down on legitimate dissent and protest would be truly farcical if it was not so deadly. What is the government frightened of? First mobs of Buddhist monks are used to ferment and arouse hatred between communities. Now, much like instant noodles, we have ‘instant civil society organisations’

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Event for families of disappeared Northerners disrupted

By Charundi Panagoda One mother thought intruders might assault her When an unruly group of monks and men gate-crashed an event for families of the disappeared in the North, held last Monday, one of the attendees, Rani (not her real name), a mother from Mannar, was so afraid she thought the intruders might assault her.

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SRI LANKA: Chaos theory— connecting the dots

by Maheen Senanayake “No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another.” - Thomas Jefferson I found Mr. Upul Jayasuriya, incumbent head of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, getting ready for the customary BASL meeting on the last Saturday of the month yesterday morning. Over breakfast I threw at

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Concerns on the Expansion of the Mandate of the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons

25 July 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GOSL) dilution of the primary mandate of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (COI). These concerns arise from the Gazette No.187/18, issued on 15th July 2014 expanding the mandate

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Colombo US Embassy

U.S. Embassy Concerns on Media Freedom in Sri Lanka

The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training

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Full implementation of 13 – A A response to Neville Ladduwahetty

Full implementation of 13 – A A response to Neville Ladduwahetty July 27, 2014, 9:09 pm President J.RJayewardene and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi signing the Indo-Lankla agreement   by Dr. K. Vigneswaran   The Island of Monday, 9 June 2014 published a Commentary by Mr. Neville Ladduwahetty on India’s call to the Sri Lankan

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Theocratic Fascism & Latent Separatism

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA I’ve heard of home invasions but this is the first time I’ve watched a Ministry invasion. The country watched while the BBS swarmed into Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry in search of missing monk, to wit, Ven Watarekke Vijitha thero. Was the latter a suspect in a case of murder, rape, child molestation or

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Media Freedom is Not A License to Abuse

By Shirley Candappa Conventional media—radio, television, the newspapers and now the new social or web-based media should play a positive and informative role in society. Media freedom is in fact the right to free and open debate and the freedom of expression. The freedom of thought and expression has evolved over a long period of

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Media Freedom in Sri Lanka –A Reality or Concept?

By Shirley Candappa The media in Sri Lankacomprises several different types of communication –radio, newspapers, television, magazines and web-based media. There are over a dozen privately owned radio stations and more than 30 privately operated television stations, there are also four major print media organizations, a number of political party-run news papers and a large

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Dissolving PNA, Appealing to UN Increase Pressure on Israel

By Saud Abu Ramadan RAMALLAH, April 20 (Xinhua) — As the Middle East peace talks deteriorate, some officials in Ramallah are saying that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has only one major option left — to dissolve the Palestinian National Authority and thus render the Palestinian territories a state under occupation, a move that would “increase

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Women Having Sex Outside Marriage Should be Hanged: Indian leader

New Delhi, April 11, 2014 (Hindustan Times) Samajwadi Party’s leaders are trying to outdo each other by making one shocking statement after the other. After his boss Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment that death penalty for rape is unfair, Maharashtra unit chief Abu Azmi has now said women, including rape victims, who have sex outside marriage should

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Sam Rajappa - pic: the weekend leader

Sonia Gandhi wanted Colombo to decimate LTTE before finalising a political solution

By Sam Rajappa Hello Friends Sam Rajappa is a veteraqn Indian journalist with vast insight and knowledge about the happenings in the Indian corridors of power. After having worked for a number of Indian and Foreign media institutions he served as director of the Statesman print journalism school after retiring from active journalism.

In a recent

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A Sri Lankan soldier stands in front of a war monument in Kilinochchi, the former stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (photo by Will Baxter)

Critics Question Sri Lanka’s ban on Tamil Exile Groups

Analysis: Ban could muzzle rights groups and derail abuse investigations Rights monitors are questioning the motives behind Sri Lanka’s decision to ban 16 Tamil diaspora organizations, which the government has accused of links to “terrorism” and the alleged revival of a separatist movement. On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister GL Peiris signed the proscription order outlawing

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