Human Rights

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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No foreign judges, only foreign observers: PM

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

The Government is agreeable to the presence of foreign observers and not to foreign judges to view the judicial procedures on human rights violations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today. He was responding to a question asked by joint opposition parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane as to how the Foreign Affairs Minister was to

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Zeid continues to underscore ‘hybrid court

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al-Hussein told the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today that they continue to underscore the concept of hybrid court to Sri Lanka to utilize an accountability mechanism. Following the resolution debate of the member countries on Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner said

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FORGETTING THE PAST: A WARNING

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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Theocratic Fascism & Latent Separatism

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

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

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

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?

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

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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Media Freedom and Sri Lanka’s Minority Media

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Ameen Minority By Ameen Izzadeen This paper analyses the behaviour of the minority media in different phases of the country’s history and the challenges they face today. The term minority media refers to the print and electronic media catering to the minority communities –the Tamils who make up 17 per cent of the country’s 20

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Dissolving PNA, Appealing to UN Increase Pressure on Israel

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

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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Elections 2015: The Stakes

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held anytime after November this year, most probably in January 2015 while parliamentary elections would be held before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015.  What this means is that over the coming year, the serious political participant or student

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