International convention for the protection of all person from enforced disappearances bill

Jul 18th, 2017 | By

Spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Mahishini Colonne has sent the following letter to the Editor of Daily Mirror:  Your kind attention is drawn to the interview published in the Daily Mirror newspaper of 12 July 2017, titled “New Enforced Disappearances Bill: Sri Lanka will be submitted to jurisdiction of ICC”. It is riddled with

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Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis: Not losing an opportunity to lose another opportunity

Jul 4th, 2017 | By

Image courtesy Asian Mirror By Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda  Is the Yahapalanaya (‘good governance’) regime jointly led President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe slowly abandoning its political reform commitments made during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections of 2015? Are the government leaders working towards their own political downfall, leaving the space for the return to illiberal and authoritarian politics? 

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Govt. must assure democratic space and freedom….

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By

Freedom of expression, right to a religion and attacks on minority religions have been in discussion within the last couple of days. It has raised a heated public debate, unending discussions among academics of various fields. Following the interviews with Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe and Attorney-at-law Lakshan Dias, the ‘Daily Mirror’ contacted different professionals and leaders

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I am on Unequal Ground

Jun 29th, 2017 | By

Following a statement made during a TV talk show highlighting attacks on a religious minority group, human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias faced allegations raised by the Justice Minister on the grounds of creating religious disharmony. Commenting on the situation Attorney-at-Law Dias said that his opinion was based on the facts of a recently published report

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Sudarshana Gunawardena has been appointed chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).

Jun 19th, 2017 | By

Sudarshana Gunewardene is a lawyer by profession. He is a co founder and the Executive Director of Rights Now Collective for Democracy, a Sri Lankan Civil Society Organization working for the promotion of democratization, national reconciliation and human rights. Prior to that he headed the Movement for the Defense of Democratic Rights in Sri Lanka.

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British General Election and Nationalism

Jun 9th, 2017 | By

Prime Minister Theresa May conducted a snap general election in order to have more power in negotiating Brexit talks with the European Union. According to the election results so far released with results of one more seat to be released, Conservative Party secured 318 (2015- 331) seats, Labour Party secured 261 (2015-232) seats and Scottish

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Mar 28th, 2017 | By

The government achieved its main goal at the UN Human Rights Council at the session just completed in March. It was able to obtain a two year extension to deliver on the promise it made at a previous session of the UNHRC in October 2015. There is a consensus that the government’s performance has been

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Human Rights Council gives Sri Lanka two more years

Mar 27th, 2017 | By

Resolution adopted without a vote at UNHRC in Geneva  US says Lanka’s cosponsorship testament to Sirisena Govt.’s international engagement, commitment to reconciliation Harsha thanks member states for understanding and support  OHCHR needs $ 362,000 to implement Lanka resolution in 2018-2019 Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva at UNHRC sessions yesterday By Dharisha Bastians in Geneva The United

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Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

On March 24th, human rights activists and victims’ groups worldwide will commemorate International Day for the Dignity of Victims, in honour of victims of mass atrocity crimes and human rights violations.  In Sri Lanka too, the day will be marked by events throughout the country. Tragically, this country has no lack of commemorative days on

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Clarifying Pre-conceived Notions About UN Human Rights Council Focusing on Sri Lanka’s Accountability Issues.

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

By Dr.Nirmala Chandrahasan At the current 34th sessions of the UNHRC the draft resolution on ‘Reconciliation, accountability and human rights’, to be placed before the Council shortly, requests Sri Lanka to fully implement the measures identified in HRC Resolution 30/1 that are outstanding, while extending the time limit. In this context we have to once

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