Posts Tagged ‘ sri lanka ’

Challenges and attacks against civil society in Sri Lanka

Oct 10th, 2014 | By

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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Media Freedom is Not a License to Abuse

May 2nd, 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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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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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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Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Fuels Disharmony

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

As the government was taking stock of the fallout of the resolution against Sri Lanka passed recently at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there was more ammunition coming the way of Sri Lanka’s detractors’ intent on tarnishing the country’s image. It came in the form of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) storming a

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A Postwar Opposition for Future Elections

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

 By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka Isn’t it amazing just how many people don’t connect up the dots? Take this chap Gobi for instance. What if he (or a clone) were to pop up from under a bed and pop a cop just before the presidential or parliamentary election? Would it not warrant the imposition of a

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UNHRC Resolution(s) and people’s participation in Sri Lanka; what gives this regime the advantage in southern society?

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

By Kusal Perera “Funding has monetized human rights action. NGOs pay – or in their words, compensate -labourers or farmers who attend protests. They give them travel fare, board and minimum wages for the days they miss work. While I don’t blame the participants for accepting such payment, this practice discourages the volunteerism that has

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