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Sri Lankan government heading towards dictatorship says HR chief Navi Pillay after fact finding visit

Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka Colombo, 31 August 2013 Good morning, and thank you for coming. As is customary at the end of official missions such as this, I would like to make some observations concerning the human rights [...]

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CPA on new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’

21 August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by reports that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs is to introduce new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’. These reports state that as a first step, a [...]

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SRI LANKA: Lawyers appalled at killing peaceful protesters, urges government to control its armed forces

Responding to the brutal attack by the armed forces on Thursday (1st August) at Weliweriya, killing and injuring unarmed civilians demanding uncontaminated water, the Lawyers Collective strongly condemns the Government’s continuous ferocity against peaceful protesters. The Government has displayed total disrespect to the constitutional guarantees on civil liberties of its own citizens. Evidence clearly establishes [...]

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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 [...]

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SRI LANKA : Fourth Anniversary war victory celebrations will impede reconciliation and foment triumphalism

May 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war, but with the absence of a joint commemoration to remember all who lost their lives in it as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The end of the war has greatly improved the lives [...]

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Condemn the unlawful arrest and detention of Azath Salley and call for his immediate release

Statement May 7, 2013 We the undersigned, vehemently condemn the arrest and detention of Former Deputy Mayor and General Secretary of the National Unity Alliance (NUA), Azath Salley, by a team of officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID), on Thursday, 2 May 2013 morning, and call for his [...]

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Government must be even-handed in the enforcement of the criminal justice system

The arrest of former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and leader of the newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance Azath Salley under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) highlights the vulnerability of those who stand in opposition to the government on the question of the civil and political rights of the country’s ethnic and religious minorities. [...]

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The Government take over of large extents of people’s land must stop

The government has made moves to acquire over 6381 acres of privately owned land in the Jaffna peninsula, which it says is for a public purpose. The public purpose is presumably for the security forces. The pasting of notices on trees in Valikamam North under section 2 of the Land Acquisition Act coincides with preparations [...]

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Sri Lanka: Prominent Muslim politician and government critic arrested

A prominent Muslim politician and government critic arrested today in Sri Lanka must be immediately released or charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence, Amnesty International said. Azad Sally, the leader of Sri Lanka’s newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance, was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday morning by the intelligence services for unknown reasons. [...]

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Ashraf Nagar: The courageous struggle of peasants against the forcible land acquisition in Ampara District

A Statement by Women’s Action Network Ashraf Nagar’s inhabitants can trace back their history to 1952 when it consisted of the following small villages -Aalim Nagar, Vilankadu, Kasangkeni, Muthiriyadiwattai, Pallak Kadu, Sinna Pallakkadu, Kattu Vattai, Ali Mudakadu and Aalim Chennai. Ashraf Nagar’s name was changed in the year 2006 to Oluvil first division and even [...]

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will address reports on Sri Lanka. (File photo)

Sri Lankan government heading towards dictatorship says HR chief Navi Pillay after fact finding visit

Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka Colombo, 31 August 2013 Good morning, ...

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President Rajapakse in Parliament on Thursday August 25, 2011 read out proposals to end Emergency Regulations

CPA on new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’

21 August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by reports that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious ...

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SRI LANKA: Lawyers appalled at killing peaceful protesters, urges government to control its armed forces

Responding to the brutal attack by the armed forces on Thursday (1st August) at Weliweriya, killing and injuring unarmed civilians demanding uncontaminated water, the Lawyers ...

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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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The body of the once elusive LTTE supremo Pirapaharan is carried by Sri Lanka's troops at the end of the war in May 2009

SRI LANKA : Fourth Anniversary war victory celebrations will impede reconciliation and foment triumphalism

May 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war, but with the absence of a joint ...

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Azad Sally

Condemn the unlawful arrest and detention of Azath Salley and call for his immediate release

Statement May 7, 2013 We the undersigned, vehemently condemn the arrest and detention of Former Deputy Mayor and General Secretary of the Azath Sally National Unity Alliance (NUA), Azath ...

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asath sally

Government must be even-handed in the enforcement of the criminal justice system

The arrest of former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and leader of the newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance Azath Salley under the Prevention of Terrorism ...

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Ma’n’niththu’rai jetty in Poonakarai was recently renovated and a boat service between Poonakari and Ma’nianthoaddam jetty in Kozhumpuththu’rai in Jaffna was ceremoniously opened by Namal Rajapaksa, the son of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, with great publicity. Though the NPC officials had said that great number of people would prefer to use this boat service to travel to Vanni than the A9 land route from Jaffna, only a few passengers travel by the boat service now.

The Government take over of large extents of people’s land must stop

The government has made moves to acquire over 6381 acres of privately owned land in the Jaffna peninsula, which it says is for a public ...

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Asad Sally

Sri Lanka: Prominent Muslim politician and government critic arrested

A prominent Muslim politician and government critic arrested today in Sri Lanka must be immediately released or charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence, Amnesty ...

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Ashraf Nagar: The courageous struggle of peasants against the forcible land acquisition in Ampara District

A Statement by Women’s Action Network Ashraf Nagar’s inhabitants can trace back their history to 1952 when it consisted of the following small villages -Aalim Nagar, ...