UN Human Rights Office calls on the Government to acknowledge the involvement and issue a public apology
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UN Human Rights Office calls on the Government to acknowledge the involvement and issue a public apology

UN Human Rights Office report released in May 2024 calls on the Government to acknowledge the involvement of State security forces and affiliated paramilitary groups, and to issue a public apology. The report highlights that Sri Lanka’s Government must take meaningful action to determine and disclose the fates and whereabouts of tens of thousands of…

Supreme Court Orders Notices to Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sunil Ratnayake to Testify in Landmark Case
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Supreme Court Orders Notices to Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sunil Ratnayake to Testify in Landmark Case

Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka issued a significant order on May 17, 2024, directing former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Army Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake to testify regarding the controversial presidential pardon granted to Ratnayake by the former President. This case, which involves the killing of eight civilians, including a small child, in…

Arrests in Trincomalee Over Porridge Distribution for commemoration
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Arrests in Trincomalee Over Porridge Distribution for commemoration

On May 12th, four individuals were arrested in the Sampur area of Trincomalee district for allegedly distributing porridge in remembrance of their deceased relatives. The arrests, carried out by the Sampur police, included Kamleswaran Vijitha (40), Kamaleswaran Themila (22), Selva Vinod Kumar Sujani (40), and Navaratna Raja Harihara Kumar (43). Reports indicate that the police…

What will happen in Geneva regarding Sri Lanka in 2024
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What will happen in Geneva regarding Sri Lanka in 2024

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commenced its 18th cycle with the election of Morocco’s esteemed representative, Mr. Omar Zniber, as the President for the year 2024. Established in March 2006, the UNHRC succeeded the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), marking a significant milestone in the global pursuit of human rights advocacy. Scheduled…

Rise & Fall Of Nationalism In North & South
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Rise & Fall Of Nationalism In North & South

Dr. Jehan Perera The election of Sivagnanam Shritharan as president of the ITAK has the potential to bring Tamil nationalism to the fore again. The ITAK is the largest Tamil political party and the mainstay of the now fragmented TNA which was an alliance of political parties that came into existence during the latter phase…

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…