Supreme Court Judgments of torture and the state’s failure to protection those in custody


One more judgement from the Supreme Court on the issue of torture by the Sri Lankan police was added to a long list of such judgements when the Supreme Court decided in favour of a petition filed by W N ...

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Forensic inquiry must be conducted into the death at Pussellawa police station


Kaviratne Raviraj, 30 years old, arrested and taken to the Pussellawa police station by some plain clothed police officers and was later pronounced dead upon admission to the Pussellawa Hospital. According to the relatives of the deceased, he was assaulted ...

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UN Chief’s Visit to Sri Lanka Does Little to Address Struggles of Those Awaiting Justice


Madushka De Silva disappeared on September 2, 2013 in Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-Buddhist heartland in the North Central Province. The third anniversary of his disappearance coincided with Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to the country. On that day, the UN secretary ...

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AHRC writes to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice on the Torture Committee under the National Human Rights Action Plan


Objection to the designation of Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda, Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) as the Chairperson of the Government’s Steering Committee on ‘Torture Prevention and the Law’ of the National Human Rights Action Plan I am writing this on behalf of ...

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Tree 4 Mercy – A Citigardens project!


A local NGO called Caring Hands launched a Citigardens project which named TREE 4 MERCY.It’s target is 100,000 trees of all possible varieties for long term benefits. This includes mainly Urban forests, Agro forests, Farm lands and Home gardens. The ...

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Former President’s statement against the Office of the Missing Persons is a blatant attack on rule of law


The statement made by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa the former head of state in Sri Lanka, that ‘establishing the office of the Missing Persons is a betrayal of the armed forces’ is a statement unbecoming of a former head of the ...

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Tourism – dispossesion – militarization in post war sri lanka


This week, there is a major international conference on tourism, in Pasikudah, in the Batticaloa district, Eastern province of Sri Lanka. The theme is “Tourism: a Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation”. It’s organized by the UN’s World Tourism Organization ...

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