Ignoring Two Decades

By: Shreen Saroor President Rajapakse’s belated promise to resettle expelled northern Muslims by May 2010 will do little to ameliorate growing tensions with the Tamil community. The civil war in Sri Lanka ended on 17 May 2009 with a grave human tragedy, and the plight of war-affected Tamil civilians remains distressing.…

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Court to hear Fonseka Case

The Supreme Court has granted leave to proceed in a Fundamental Rights petition filed by Anoma Fonseka on behalf of her husband General Sarath Fonseka who has been detained by the Military police. The Fundamental Rights petition seeks the right to freedom from torture, arbitrary arrest and detention. The case…

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HRC Raps Police

By Susitha R. Fermamdo In its final report on the inquiry into the killing of two youth in Angulana, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) claimed that police torture of those in custody had not changed despite pressure and a large number of Supreme Court rulings on the violation of fundamental…

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Stop Crackdown on Media: AI

International Human Rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI) yesterday asked the Sri Lankan government to immediately end its crackdown on journalists, political activists and human rights defenders after last week’s presidential election. “Opposition supporters and journalists have been arrested, several prominent newspaper editors have received death threats and trade unionists and…

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SRI LANKA URGED TO END POST-ELECTION CLAMPDOWN ON DISSENT: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has called on the Sri Lankan government to end its crackdown on journalists, political activists and human rights defenders following last week’s presidential election. Opposition supporters and journalists have been arrested, several prominent newspaper editors have received death threats and trade unionists and opposition supporters have been harassed…

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