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Lasantha, Mahinda and the significance of polling day – Open Letter to President Rajapakse

07 January 2015
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa
President of Sri Lanka
Presidential Secretariat
Colombo 1
Dear Mr President,
The Importance of January 8th – Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder
The irony of the presidential election being fixed for the sixth anniversary of the day on which my husband and your ‘friend’, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was assassinated, may have escaped you. It has not escaped me.
Lasantha […]

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Asinine sexist response to to UN official by Mervyn Silva: Married Minister willing to commit bigamy and marry Navi Pillay

Daily Mirror, TUESDAY, 27 AUGUST: The country’s maverick Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister
Mervyn Silva said he was willing to marry visiting UNHRC Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay.
“I urge her to join me to go on a trip around the country. I would teach her the history of Sri Lanka, I would tell her
about Maha Ravana. It was […]

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India-backed constitutional move vital for Sri Lanka says Dayan in his new book

A Sri Lankan constitutional amendment done with Indian backing to devolve autonomy to provinces remains “historically significant and
indispensable”, says a new book by a well known political scientist from the island nation.
The 13th amendment, as it is popularly known, provides “a basis for the reconciliation of the Sinhanese and Tamil communities within a united and […]

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Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned
roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka Fernando by Sri Lankan Embassy staff in Tokyo. Fernando was heckled and interrupted during a seminar lecture delivered by her . Embassy staff also followed her and tried to intimidate and threaten […]

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Sri Lanka not a multi-racial or multi-religious country says Bodhu Bala Sena

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country.
Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura on MArch 24, 2013 the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.
The monk […]

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Congressman Engel calls for an independent international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote Secretary Kerry on Tuesday expressing serious concern regarding the deterioration of democracy and the lack of progress on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. Citing indications that the Government of Sri Lanka appears unwilling to implement the […]

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Rajapaksas bring guns and clubs to peaceful protest

Situation Report of Lawyers Collective
10th January 2013: 9.00p.m.
1. Peoples’ March organized by Lawyers’ Collective.
(a) By 7.30a.m (Hulftsdorp – around the Supreme Court premises) the Government had deployed hundreds of goons with placards against the Chief Justice. Among those deployed were Civil Defence Force Officers disguised in civil clothing. Four groups of thugs armed with clubs […]

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Rizana Nafeek a domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia short while ago

UPDATE:On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of
Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old.
Human Rights Watch strongly condemns the execution.
“Saudi Arabia is one of just three countries that executes people for crimes they committed […]

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The curse of January: Darkest hour for democracy as Parliament violates the law and debates impeachment tomorrow

10th JANUARY marks the Darkest Hour of Democracy
Ignoring the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judgments, Parliament will debate the
Impeachment against the Chief Justice tomorrow – Thursday 10th January.
The Executive and Parliament have jointly decided to proceed with the impeachment, notwithstanding the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal determination holding it to be unconstitutional. The […]

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Judges require protection: Public urges government to respect court decisions

9th January 2013, 1.00 p.m:
1. On 8th January 2013 the leaders of the Opposition Political Parties wrote to the Speaker and protested against the decision taken to take up the debate on the impeachment on 10th and 11th of January. Opposition Leaders reminded the Speaker that proceeding with the Impeachment debate is a serious violation […]

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Lasantha Wickrematunge

Lasantha, Mahinda and the significance of polling day – Open Letter to President Rajapakse

07 January 2015 His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka Presidential Secretariat Colombo 1 Dear Mr President, The Importance of January 8th – Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder The irony of the presidential ...

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Colombo's court jester

Asinine sexist response to to UN official by Mervyn Silva: Married Minister willing to commit bigamy and marry Navi Pillay

Daily Mirror, TUESDAY, 27 AUGUST: The country’s maverick Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister Courtesey : Tamil Broadcasti​ng Corporation TBC – United Kingdom Mervyn Silva said he was ...

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Dayan

India-backed constitutional move vital for Sri Lanka says Dayan in his new book

A Sri Lankan constitutional amendment done with Indian backing to devolve autonomy to provinces remains “historically significant and Dayan Jayatilleke indispensable”, says a new book by a ...

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Nimalka Fernando

Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned Nimalka Fernando roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka ...

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“Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the Niqab in Sri Lanka” says the extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Driven by fundamentalist monks the extremist group is widely thought to be supported by the Island's repressive Rajapaksa regime and particularly nudged on by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's younger brother and Defence Secretary Gotabaya. The Rajapakse family have a stranglehold on the country.

Sri Lanka not a multi-racial or multi-religious country says Bodhu Bala Sena

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country. “Muslim women should not be allowed ...

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Eliot Engel (R) greets President Obama

Congressman Engel calls for an independent international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote Secretary Kerry on Tuesday expressing serious concern ...

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lawyers protest impeachment jan 10 2013

Rajapaksas bring guns and clubs to peaceful protest

Situation Report of Lawyers Collective 10th January 2013: 9.00p.m. 1. Peoples’ March organized by Lawyers’ Collective. (a) By 7.30a.m (Hulftsdorp – around the Supreme Court premises) the Government ...

Human Rights

A Sri Lankan woman holds a placard in protest, outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Colombo on November 9, 2010, to spare the life of a Sri Lankan housemaid convicted of killing an infant. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has appealed for the king of Saudi Arabia to spare the life of a Sri Lankan house maid convicted of killing an infant, his office said. Rizana Nafeek was found guilty of killing a four-month-old baby boy in her care while working in the Gulf kingdom in 2005. Photo taken couretsy from HRW website

Rizana Nafeek a domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia short while ago

UPDATE:On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of A Sri Lankan woman holds a placard in protest, outside the Saudi Arabia ...

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The curse of January: Darkest hour for democracy as Parliament violates the law and debates impeachment tomorrow

10th JANUARY marks the Darkest Hour of Democracy Ignoring the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judgments, Parliament will debate the A section of the Rajapaksa cabal Impeachment ...

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Judges require protection: Public urges government to respect court decisions

9th January 2013, 1.00 p.m: 1. On 8th January 2013 the leaders of the Opposition Political Parties wrote to the Speaker and protested against the decision ...