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 Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril
 Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril
Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril

Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president in November 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Rajapaksa, along with his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was named prime minister, were implicated in numerous human rights violations during their previous years in…

HRW - Jan 15 11:51 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lanka\'s leopards are under threat, but this woman is determined to save them
Sri Lanka's leopards are under threat, but this woman is determined to save them

Having endured a bloody civil war from 1983 until 2009, Sri Lanka is now at peace and developing rapidly. That's good news for the country as a whole, but the island nation's leopards are under threat. Sri Lankan conservationist Anjali Watson says that as forests where leopards live are cleared to plant crops and build homes, the big cats are being squeezed into…

CNN - Jan 15 11:49 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

    Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

    The Sri Lankan government should abide by its commitments to replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects its international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The cabinet of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced on January 4, 2020 that it would withdraw a proposed replacement law, reneging on pledges to…

    HRW - Jan 13 14:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Families waiting for news from their children

    Families waiting for news from their children

    Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 10 years ago but there has been little progress in tracing those who disappeared during and after the violent end to the war. About 20,000 people, mostly Tamils, are thought to still be missing. Many believe their relatives are alive and in the hands of the security forces - a view rejected by the government. These families meet and…

    BBC - Dec 08 12:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • His Warning Could Have Stopped Sri Lanka Easter Attack. Now He Lies In The Hospital

    This next story is about a man who is either an unsung hero to his country or a snitch. He's been called both. He is from Sri Lanka, an island nation where suicide bombers killed more than 250 people at hotels and churches last Easter. This man knew the attackers and suspected what they were planning. But when he tried to intervene, he became a target. NPR's Lauren…

    NPR - Dec 08 12:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past

    Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past

    As sri lanka’s long civil war was drawing to a close in 2009, the army surrounded 100,000 civilians on a tiny sliver of beach, barely three square kilometres in size. Mixed in among them were a small number of separatist guerrillas, the remnants of a once-formidable force that had been battling for an independent state for the country’s Tamil minority for 26…

    The Economist - Nov 29 14:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Swiss raise alarm over 'attack' on Sri Lanka embassy employee

    Swiss raise alarm over \'attack\' on Sri Lanka embassy employee

    Swiss authorities have hit out at the detention of an employee of the country's embassy in Sri Lanka, branding the development "grave and unacceptable". A spokesman for Switzerland's Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday that the embassy employee was "detained against her will on the street and threatened at length" in an attempt to…

    Al Jazeera - Nov 29 14:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, EU ]

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  • Top detective who investigated high-profile cases flees Sri Lanka

    Top detective who investigated high-profile cases flees Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has put airports on alert to stop police detectives leaving without permission after a top officer who had reportedly received death threats fled the island nation, police said. The alleged threats against inspector Nishantha Silva came after the November 16 election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was under investigation by him.

    Al Jazeera - Nov 29 14:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • SL to fully review UNHRC resolution 30/1: FM

    SL to fully review UNHRC resolution 30/1: FM

    “Sri Lanka will revisit all bilateral agreements, particularly the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) worked out by the previous government, and if necessary, introduce amendments. After assuming duties as Foreign Relations Minister this morning, he told Daily Mirror that…

    DM - Nov 25 17:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka constitution should be changed, 19 amendment abolished: Basil

    Sri Lanka constitution has to be changed and a 19th amendment should be abolished, Basil Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in a television interview. “It is my view that the 19th amendment should be completely abolished,” Rajapaksa, who formed the Sri Lanka Podujana Party of the new President said in an interview with Hiru TV, a privately…

    EN - Nov 19 15:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again

    After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again

    One brother is considered a shoo-in for the job of Sri Lanka’s president in elections this weekend and another is eyeing the prime minister’s post when that election becomes due early next year. Two other brothers are political strategists for their Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party and one of them is considering a shot at becoming the speaker in parliament. Three…

    Reuters - Nov 13 17:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, World ]

  • Outrage as Sri Lanka president pardons teen's killer

    Outrage as Sri Lanka president pardons teen\'s killer

    Sri Lanka's outgoing president has caused outrage by pardoning a death row prisoner who murdered a Swedish teenager in 2005. Jude Jayamaha, from a wealthy, high-profile family, walked free from prison following President Maithripala Sirisena's highly unusual decision. The victim's sister, Caroline Jonsson, said the killer had shown no remorse. Sri Lankans…

    BBC - Nov 11 17:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • In Presidential election, local is the national in Sri Lanka’s east

    In Presidential election, local is the national in Sri Lanka’s east

    Voters are viewing the poll under two lenses — their suffering during the civil war years and soon after, and the local, communal contradiction. Hardly any election-related poster is visible in Batticaloa town, much like the rest of Sri Lanka, since the Election Commission banned banners and cut-outs last month. All the same, voters appear all set for the November…

    The Hindu - Nov 09 16:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • The End of Sri Lankan Democracy?

    The End of Sri Lankan Democracy?

    One of Asia’s oldest democracies may be in jeopardy. Sri Lanka’s presidential election next month, is expected to bring to power another member of the Rajapaksa family, whose affinity for authoritarianism, violence, and corruption is well known. While Sri Lanka’s democracy survived the last test – an attempted constitutional coup by outgoing President…

    Project Syndicate - Oct 21 13:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • 74 people die of dengue in Sri Lanka

    Seventy four people had died and over 55,000 had been infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka till the second week of October this year, the government information department quoted the Epidemiology Unit as saying on Monday. Till Oct. 18, a total of 55,894 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported in Colombo district which stood at…

    Xinhua - Oct 21 12:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka attacks: The beach paradise that wants its tourists back

    Sri Lanka attacks: The beach paradise that wants its tourists back

    Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday suicide bombings killed more than 250 people - and threatened to wreck the country's tourism industry. But, five months on, there is hope on the horizon, reports the BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan in Colombo. Mary Fernando has been selling clothes to tourists for more than 30 years on Negombo beach near the Sri Lankan capital. Carrying small…

    BBC - Oct 03 13:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism ]

  • Sri Lanka Stands Up to Extremism

    Sri Lanka Stands Up to Extremism

    On July 30, a remarkable event took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, when representatives of multiple religions — Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Judaism — came together to express solidarity with the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks that shook the island nation in April. Three churches celebrating Easter Sunday mass, as well as three luxury…

    Fair Observer - Oct 03 13:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Seven Sri Lanka elephants dead from suspected poisoning

    Seven Sri Lanka elephants dead from suspected poisoning

    Sri Lankan authorities have begun an investigation after seven elephants were found dead last week from suspected poisoning. Four bodies were discovered on Friday and another three on Saturday in Habarana Forest Reserve. Authorities said all of those found were females from the same herd, and one had been pregnant at the time. Wildlife and security officials…

    BBC - Oct 03 13:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lankan Tamils are disappointed as the government gave hope and then failed to deliver: Jaffna MP Sumanthiran

    Sri Lankan Tamils are disappointed as the government gave hope and then failed to deliver: Jaffna MP Sumanthiran

    In Sri Lanka’s presidential poll in 2015, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), representing Tamils of the north and east, led its constituency in a crucial protest vote against then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As the country gears up for the next presidential election, scheduled before the end of this year, Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran, who is also TNA’s…

    The Hindu - Sep 04 10:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • India has no moral right to comment on power devolution: Sri Lanka

    India has no moral right to comment on power devolution: Sri Lanka

    Following the withdrawal of Kashmir’s special status, India does not have a “moral right” to comment on power devolution to provinces in Sri Lanka, Cabinet Minister Champika Ranawaka has said, citing “analysts”. Following a nearly 11-minute-long video message on his official Facebook page last week, the office of the Minister of Megapolis and Western…

    The Hindu - Sep 04 10:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, HumanRights ]

  • Gota is the weakest candidate: JVP

    Gota is the weakest candidate: JVP

    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday said the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had selected the weakest option as a presidential candidate when it announced former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their presidential hopeful. Speaking to media at JVP head office in Battaramulla, Pelawatte, Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said Gotabaya Rajapaksa lacked…

    FT - Aug 13 13:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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