Sri Lanka in Hot Water Over Sweeping Anti-Drug Crackdown
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Sri Lanka in Hot Water Over Sweeping Anti-Drug Crackdown

Sri Lanka faces mounting international pressure to halt its controversial anti-drug operation, “Yukthiya,” after accusations of mass arbitrary arrests, humiliating public searches, and forced military-run rehabilitation. Launched in December, the operation has seen thousands detained, primarily from marginalized communities, often without evidence or drugs in their possession. Critics, including 34 international rights groups, call for…

UN slams Sri Lanka’s mass arrests in drug crackdown
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UN slams Sri Lanka’s mass arrests in drug crackdown

Volker Turk is urging Sri Lanka to review the operation and implement a rights-based approach to combatting illicit drugs The UN human rights agency on Friday criticised an ongoing anti-narcotics crackdown in Sri Lanka that has resulted in the arrest of over 30,000 suspects and sparked allegations of widespread abuses by the authorities. Police in…

Anti-drugs operation

Anti-drugs operation

We are very concerned that authorities in Sri Lanka are adopting a heavily security-based response to the country’s drugs problem, instead of public health policies grounded in human rights. A staggering 29,000 people have reportedly been arrested on drug related matters since 17 December, with allegations that some have been subjected to ill-treatment and torture….

Sri Lanka’s Anti-Corruption Commission Must Go After Big Fish, Watchdog Says
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Sri Lanka’s Anti-Corruption Commission Must Go After Big Fish, Watchdog Says

Sri Lanka’s anti-corruption commission must prioritize high-profile cases and move beyond petty infractions to regain public trust, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) said. The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) now has broader powers under the Anti-Corruption Act, but faces mounting pressure to deliver results. The public frustration stems from the deep-rooted…

The ‘Yukthiya’ Operation: Concerns Over Justice and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
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The ‘Yukthiya’ Operation: Concerns Over Justice and Human Rights in Sri Lanka

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) expresses deep concern about the ‘Yukthiya’ Operation, a two-week police crackdown on organized crime and drug trafficking. While its stated objective is noble, reports of widespread human rights violations paint a disturbing picture. Excessive Arrests and Torture Allegations: The operation saw over 20,000 arrests in just two…

Sri Lanka’s Truth Commission: Will Light Shine on Impunity, or Cast Shadows of Doubt?
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Sri Lanka’s Truth Commission: Will Light Shine on Impunity, or Cast Shadows of Doubt?

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe Sri Lanka’s proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is facing intense scrutiny, with its potential to unearth past human rights violations clashing with concerns about its limited power to ensure justice. Though equipped with robust investigative tools, the TRC’s inability to directly prosecute perpetrators casts a shadow over its ability to deliver…

Civil society urges delay and discussion on Sri Lanka’s ONUR bill, citing concerns about power, composition, and transparency.
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Civil society urges delay and discussion on Sri Lanka’s ONUR bill, citing concerns about power, composition, and transparency.

While commending the bill’s goals of national unity and equal opportunity, a joint statement signed by 18 prominent civil society organizations calls for more time and dialogue before the passage of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) bill. They raise three key concerns: Board composition: The bill gives the Minister too much control…

Dulika Marapana’s Mother Ends Her Courageous Journey
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Dulika Marapana’s Mother Ends Her Courageous Journey

In a saddening announcement that resonated deeply nationwide, the passing of Dulika Marapane’s mother, a central figure in a significant legal case, has been revealed. Her legacy, however, endures, leaving an indelible mark on Sri Lanka and beyond, a testament to her strength and perseverance in the face of challenges. The story traces back to…

Sri Lankan Woman’s Family Torn Apart by Gaza Conflict
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Sri Lankan Woman’s Family Torn Apart by Gaza Conflict

Fathima Rikaza and her four children found refuge in Sri Lanka, leaving behind a heart-wrenching decision and their Palestinian husband in war-torn Gaza. Rikaza and Abdul Lateef, a scholar who met and married in Sri Lanka, had built a life in Gaza surrounded by Abdul’s family. But with Israeli airstrikes turning their days into a…