For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

Sri Lanka: State security forces obstruct peaceful assembly in Jaffna ; students and journalists assaulted and arrested

NfR Sri Lanka, a net work of journalists and human rights defenders, dismayed and shocked that once again the Government of Sri Lanka has unleashed state terror on students and … Continue reading

November 30, 2012

Sri Lanka: Offices of two websites raided by state intelligence apparatus; 7 Journalists and two staff arrested; 6 computers confiscated

 This morning around 11.45 am around 25 offices from police intelligence arms, namely Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Colombo Crime Division (CCD) raided two popular tri lingual news and opinion … Continue reading

June 30, 2012

Sri Lanka: Blocking Lanka e News: An Indication of the Regime’s Fear of an Informed Citizenry – NfR

NfR – Net working for rights in Sri Lanka -Exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka Press release/ 27 Oct 2011 NfR Sri Lanka, a network of … Continue reading

October 27, 2011

Sri Lanka: Media owner threatened, Editor severely assaulted, correspondents harassed!

NfR – Net working for rights in Sri Lanka Press release/ 03 August 2011 Already battered Freedom of expression and media rights took yet another ugly turn last month in … Continue reading

August 6, 2011

Attempt to suppress human rights advocacy and protection of democratic freedoms

The attention of Networking for Rights is drawn to a media release by the National Peace Council (NPC) which states that it is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department. … Continue reading

March 25, 2011

Sri Lanka: An year has passed since HR defender Patti Razeek disappeared

NfR – Net working for rights in Sri lanka Exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka Press release/ 11 February 2011 Disappearance of journalists and human rights … Continue reading

February 11, 2011

Sri Lanka: Arson attack on Lanka- e-news office – A police cover up

Networking for Rights expresses it suspicion of the news that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the arson attack on the Lank-e-news office in Malabe on January 31, 2011 and calls on the government to conduct the investigation in a transparent manner. Lanka- e-news journalists.

February 3, 2011

Sri Lanka: The re-immergence of fear psychosis the Jaffna District – NfR

NfR expresses its serious concern about the deterioration of the law and order situation in the Northern Districts of Sri Lanka. The series of killings that have taken place during the last few weeks in the Jaffna Peninsula raises the question whether death squads have been reactivated in the Jaffna Peninsula.

January 3, 2011

Sri Lanka: Media access denied to cover selected hearings of the LLRC at a detention camp

Information reaching NfR from Sri Lanka shows that the reason behind the last minute blocking of access to media at the hearings of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) took place at the infamous Boosa detention camp on 30th December 2010, was to prevent the media access to the hearings of selected witnesses who were to give evidence on that day.

December 31, 2010

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

Rule of Law and Tamil Rights – key challenges of democratization in post war Sri Lanka

Staring at a great opportunity of genuine democratization brought about by the end of the war, Sri Lanka appears to be going back to a more historical form of democracy that prevailed in ancient Greece, where democracy was effectively the will of a small group of privileged people, with majority of its people such as women and slaves prevented from participating in governance and politics

September 15, 2010
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