HRC in Precarious State:UNP

By Kelum Bandara The main opposition UNP yesterday said the Human Rights Commission (HRC) was today in a precarious situation without being able to take action against human rights abuses in the country. Senior UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardane told a news conference that the government had failed to reconstitute…

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Rizana’s Parents Appeal

The parents of Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek who is accused of murdering a Saudi newborn in 2005 have appealed to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to take suitable action for their daughter’s release since she has been languishing in jail for the past five years. The appeal for clemency…

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Pardon of Sri Lankan journalist welcome, needs clarification: CPJ

New York, May 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by news reports today that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a pardon to Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam. CPJ is waiting for official clarification, however, concerning several important details. The country’s recently appointed external affairs minister, G.L. Peiris, announced…

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No News on Eknaligoda Yet

By Nabeela Hussain and Sarah Kellapatha Journalists Against Suppression (JAS) held a protest campaign opposite the Fort Railway Station yesterday to mark 100 days after the disappearance of Lanka- e- news website journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The protestors carried placards urging the government to stop media suppression and stop hiding frauds…

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