For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

The attacks on human rights defenders is a rejection of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission – FMM

PRESS RELEASE/14.03.2012 About the security of Sunila, Saravanamuttu and Nimalka The Free Media Movement condemns, without hesitation, the provocative and hate-filled attacks being carried on by the state media, targeting … Continue reading

March 16, 2012

A question of national pride (Rajapaksha as a HRD)

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene For all law students studying constitutional norms and the protection of fundamental rights, Rajapaksa vs Kudahetti and others (1992, 2 Sri LR 223) is a classically … Continue reading

March 27, 2011

UN told of ‘deteriorating’ HR situation

Watchdogs say the LLRC hearings ‘bear witness to the culture of impunity’ Rights watchdogs have complained to the United Nations that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka has deteriorated. … Continue reading

March 8, 2011

The Inaugural Convention of the ‘National Intellectuals and Professionals Organization’ founded by the intellectuals and professional serving throughout the island was held at the New Town Hall in Colombo yesterday … Continue reading

February 27, 2011

Sri Lanka: Stonewalling on Wartime Abuses, Civil Society and Media Face Threats, Intimidation – HRW

The Sri Lankan government refuses to investigate alleged war crimes despite growing evidence of widespread atrocities during the civil war that ended in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2011.

January 27, 2011

NfR expresses its serious concern about the continuance of intimidations and threats against journalists and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, contrary to the claim that normalcy has returned to the country. It is important to note that all these acts of rights violations take place with complete impunity even though twenty months have lapsed after the end of the war.

December 23, 2010

Governance, Rights and Reconciliation: The National Anthem and Other Disturbing News from Sri Lanka

The headline story of the Sunday Times of 12 December 2010 was deeply disturbing. According to it the Cabinet has made a decision that henceforth the national anthem will only be sung in Sinhala. Subsequent reports confirmed that the issue was discussed in cabinet but that no final decision had been taken. In the meantime the status quo was to be maintained.

December 23, 2010

Former CJ on human rights situation in Sri Lanka

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. de Silva spoke on 10-12-2010 regarding the present human rights situation in Sri Lanka. He did so delivering the keynote address at the ceremony organized by ‘Intellectuals for Human Rights’ at the B.M.I.C.H. to commemorate the International Human Rights Day.

December 14, 2010

Tutu: Persecution, disappearances in Sri Lanka, truely terrifying

Cautioning that “the international response to Sri Lanka’s worrying approach to human rights, good governance and accountability as a ‘deafening global silence’ that may encourage other states to act in a similar way,” Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, said Tuesday

August 4, 2010

CID inquires into staff of Non Violent Peace Force and Organization to Protect Human Rights

The CID has commenced special investigations into the staff of the Non Violent Peace Force Sri Lanka office and the Organization to Protect Human Rights.

July 13, 2010

EU regrets silence of Sri Lanka regarding preferential import regime

Sri Lanka will temporarily lose its preferential access to the EU market starting from August 15th 2010. The decision to withdraw the preferential tariff system GSP+ from the country had been taken by the Council of Ministers in February 2010.

July 5, 2010

The 15 EU conditions: ‘Erode authority of the Govt. of Sri Lanka’ – Ministry of External Affairs

Here are the 15 conditions spelt out by the European Commission for renewal of GSP+ and followed by response from the Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka:

June 24, 2010

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General has appointed a Panel of Experts that will advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka

June 22, 2010

No unconditional extention of GSP +

The Delegation of the European Union to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka & the Maldives would like to clarify information which has appeared in several press articles related to the ongoing dialogue on GSP plus between the European Commission and the Government of Sri Lanka.

June 22, 2010

Bonapartism reigns in Sri Lanka

Prime Minister, D.M. Jayaratne, sprung a surprise on ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting last Wednesday. He circulated a brief two-page note calling upon his colleagues to approve a recommendation asking the Legal Draftsman’s Department to formulate a set of draft constitutional amendments.

June 13, 2010

New Sri Lankan cabinet likely to continue frosty relations with West

Sri Lanka’s frosty relations with the West over human rights abuses will continue under a new cabinet appointed last week and perhaps jeopardise long-term trade and investment interests, analysts say.

April 28, 2010

The government’s crowing that they are the best champions of human rights has been proved another election gimmick only.

April 27, 2010

GSP+ relief depends on Human Rights

Malwathu Mahanayake thero welcomed the ambassador and said that he hoped the visit will encourage the European Union to reinstate the GSP+ tax relief on Srilankan exports to European Union.

April 25, 2010

Democracy Is Dead

Switch off the lights. Rend your hair. Don only white. It is time to go into mourning. An old and ailing relative — democracy, has died an inevitable death. Dead at barely 60 years old though the abuse it suffered during its short life span made it appear much older.

April 17, 2010

USA state department 2009 Human Rights Report: Media freedom in Sri Lanka

The law provides for freedom of speech and of the press but in practice this was not always supported. The government owned the country’s largest newspaper chain, two major television stations, and a radio station.

March 20, 2010
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