Law

Women Having Sex Outside Marriage Should be Hanged: Indian leader

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

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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‘Is this a govt. of laws or a govt. of men?’

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

By Namini Wijedasa Lawyers, academics and activists hit out at the growing militarisation of every aspect of society at a forum organised by the BASL to analyse the implications of a gazette vesting police powers in the armed forces Speakers at a crammed public forum this week denounced increasing military encroachment into various aspects of

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Sri Lanka: FMM deplores judicial order banning right to speak of two HRDs

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

Press release / 23.03.2014 The Free Media Movement deplores the Magistrate order issued on Human Rights Defenders ( HRDs) Ruki Fernando and Fr, Praveen Mahesan restricting their right to speak.  The freedom of  expression is a fundamental right recognized by the constitution of Sri Lanka and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It

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A Government Ludicrously at Odds with Itself

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

This week, we saw the strange and astonishing saga of two Sri Lankan human rights activists who were peremptorily arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA, 1979) and then released without charges with various branches of the Government differing on almost every circumstance relating to this incident. The sequence of events thereto

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The Arrest Of Ruki And Fr. Praveen Is Highly Damaging To National Interests: Law And Society Trust

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

The arrest of Ruki Fernando and Fr. Praveen under the PTA and their detention is not only a violation of their rights but also is highly damaging to national interests at this crucial time as it sends a strong negative signal to the international community regarding the state of human rights and threats to activists in Sri Lanka at

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Report launch: Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka to intercept asylum seekers is in urgent need of rethink

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

A new report has found that Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka to prevent would-be-refugees from seeking protection is riddled with human rights risks and should be stopped immediately. The report, Can’t flee, can’t stay: Australia’s interception and return of Sri Lankan asylum seekers, which is based on interviews with government officials, information obtained through freedom

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If the government failed to submit documents pertaining to the Colombo City Development Project to Parliament, people would believe that there had been a huge fraud

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that if the government failed to submit documents pertaining to the Colombo City Development Project to Parliament, people would believe that there had been a huge fraud connected to the project. Making use of an opportunity granted by the Chair to deliver a Personal Statement, the

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UNP slams govt, service providers over internet censorship

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

The United National Party today expressed deep concern over reports that state owned and private internet service providers are now “colluding with the repressive Rajapaksa regime” to curtail the freedom of information even further in Sri Lanka. “After years of using violence, intimidation and coercion to silence Sri Lanka’s mainstream media, the regime has turned

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A crisis of expectations

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

By Dharisha Bastians Months of anticipation for human rights campaigners, the Tamil Diaspora communities and the country’s main Tamil party ended in an anti-climax when despite international pledges and dire warnings, the US draft resolution at the Human Rights Council released Monday failed to call for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri

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Sri Lanka under fire at Human Rights Council

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

By Gibson Bateman On March 3, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) began its 25th session in Geneva. Since two US-led resolutions have been passed on Sri Lanka in as many years at the HRC – and the possibility of a third resolution being passed highly likely – the human rights and governance record

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