False Terrorism Cases Enable Repression
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False Terrorism Cases Enable Repression

Human Rights Watch Sri Lankan authorities continue to use the notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to target perceived opponents and minority communities without credible evidence to support the allegations despite repeated pledges to end the practice, Human Rights Watch said today. While some victims have suffered years of arbitrary detention and torture, others are persecuted even after…

Legal and Systemic Challenges to Bring Back Repatriate Escaped Criminals
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Legal and Systemic Challenges to Bring Back Repatriate Escaped Criminals

Ajith Parakum Sri Lanka faces significant challenges in bringing escaped criminals back to the island to face justice. As many as 45 Sri Lankan criminals, red-noticed by Interpol, are currently stationed overseas, mostly in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they continue to orchestrate organized criminal activities back home. The complexities of this issue lie…

Multi-Sectoral National Action Plan to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence 2024-2028 approved by cabinet 
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Multi-Sectoral National Action Plan to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence 2024-2028 approved by cabinet 

Multi-Sectoral National Action Plan to address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence 2024-2028 was approved by the cabinet of Sri Lanka.    The National Action Plan ( NAP) consists of 13 main sectors with 5 sub sectors, namely Gender Empowerment, Child Affairs, Social Protection & Welfare, Education (General Education, Higher Education, Vocational and Technical Education & Training), Health…

Expert Forum on Ongoing Torture Despite Extensive Anti-Torture Legislation
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Expert Forum on Ongoing Torture Despite Extensive Anti-Torture Legislation

On June 26, 2024, the Right to Life Human Rights Centre, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture (SLCAT), hosted an Expert Forum at Hotel Janaki to mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The forum, titled “Ongoing Torture Despite Extensive Anti-Torture Legislation,” brought together prominent figures such as Shani…

Right to Life Human Right Center Statement on the Need for Implementation of Anti-Torture Rules and Regulations in Sri Lanka
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Right to Life Human Right Center Statement on the Need for Implementation of Anti-Torture Rules and Regulations in Sri Lanka

In observance of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26, 2024, it is imperative to highlight the urgent need for the effective implementation of anti-torture rules and regulations in Sri Lanka. This necessity is underscored by the recent landmark judgment delivered by the Matara High Court under the Convention Against…

Right to Life Human Rights Centre Partners with Netherlands Embassy to Bolster Advocacy
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Right to Life Human Rights Centre Partners with Netherlands Embassy to Bolster Advocacy

In a significant move to enhance human rights advocacy, Mr. Philip Dissanayake, Executive Director of Right to Life Human Rights Centre, has signed a partnership agreement with the Netherlands Embassy. This collaboration aims to strengthen the capabilities of human rights defenders, ensuring more robust and effective advocacy efforts. The partnership underscores a shared commitment to…

Landmark Judgment Under the Convention Against Torture Act: Sri Lankan Police Officers Sentenced
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Landmark Judgment Under the Convention Against Torture Act: Sri Lankan Police Officers Sentenced

In a landmark judgment under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Act, the Matara High Court sentenced three police officers, including the former Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Tissamaharama Police, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment each for their involvement in the abduction and torture of five individuals, including…

Gender Identities and Judicial Cannibalism
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Gender Identities and Judicial Cannibalism

by Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe The term “judicial cannibalism” is more metaphorical than a formal legal term. It combines the word “judicial,” related to the court system, with “cannibalism,” which means eating one’s own kind. This term can be translated as “judicial self-destruction,” suggesting that the judiciary is undermining its own principles and precedents. President Ranil…

Sri Lanka made significant Progress in the Asian NGO Sector
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Sri Lanka made significant Progress in the Asian NGO Sector

In the Asian social service sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sri Lanka have made significant strides by the year 2024, overcoming challenges that were present in 2022. For the year 2024, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam have been categorized as “Doing Okay.” The 2022 index placed Sri Lanka in the…

Sri Lanka’s Digital Future Shaped by Ambitious National Strategy Amid Regulatory Concerns
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Sri Lanka’s Digital Future Shaped by Ambitious National Strategy Amid Regulatory Concerns

Ajith Parakum As Sri Lanka positions itself to become a more connected and technologically advanced nation, the government has endorsed the National Digital Strategy 2030. This strategy outlines a broad and ambitious plan focusing on infrastructure, connectivity, access, skills, literacy, industries, jobs, and the establishment of a connected digital government. The aim is to foster…