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UNFPA: Reflecting on five decades of advancements in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

2019-07-17 15:55:00

Marking the Global 50th anniversary of UNFPA on World Population Day..

UN expert to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

2019-07-17 11:48:00

UN Special Rapporteur Clément Nyaletsossi Voule will visit Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 to assess rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the country...

Sri Lanka clears ACMC Leader Rishad on allegations

2019-07-15 15:19:00

Contrary to the accusations, the Police Intelligence Report on Easter Sunday bombings do not show ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen being linked to the attacks, said Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe...

FMM urges everyone who respects human rights to come forward to defeat actions against freedom of expression

2019-06-17 12:37:00

The Free Media Movement (FMM) issuing a statement says it condemns the attempts to pursue legal action under the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No 56. of 2007...

Joint statement issued by Ambassadors, High Commissioners of OIC Countries in SL

2019-06-04 05:55:49

Ambassadors and High Commissioners of countries representing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in a joint statement says the developing situation over the past few days has been extremely worrying with regards to the safety and protection..

Condemn taking Journalist Mohammed Rizvi Maharoof into custody on baseless charges: FMM

2019-05-31 11:31:19

The Free Media Movement (FMM) issuing a statement says it is deeply saddened with the injustice Journalist Mohammed Rizvi Maharoof is facing due to being arrested and taken into custody on baseless charges. ..

SL's response to statement issued by UN Special Advisors on Prevention of Genocide, Responsibility to Protect

2019-05-26 00:33:12

Responding to the joint statement issued by the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and the United Nations Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith on 13 May 2019, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Repre..

Extinct legal system caused security crisis resulting in Easter Sunday carnage: AHRC

2019-05-25 03:48:57

According to Sri Lankan Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake, the present security crisis facing the country was a result of the failures of many government institutions. In a television interview available on YouTube, he cited foreign exchange control f..

Pardon of Gnanasara Thero raises very serious concerns: CPA

2019-05-25 03:44:09

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) issuing a statement expresses its concern over granting presidential pardon to Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero. ..

UK Labour Party leaders commit to justice, accountability and Tamil self-determination

2019-05-19 06:33:27

A future Labour government would be committed to the causes of achieving justice and accountability for the Tamil people, as well as recognising their right to self-determination, the party’s leading figures said at an event in the UK Parliament, o..

The state must not fail in its duty to protect: NPC

2019-05-17 04:56:49

National Peace Council (NPC), issuing a statement, demands that the culprits and masterminds behind the recent riots be apprehended, exposed and held to account swiftly by applying the Rule of Law without any political or other influence. ..

Reuters reporters freed, in victory for investigative journalism

2019-05-07 17:26:42

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply relieved to learn that, in a victory for press freedom and investigative reporting in Myanmar and throughout the world, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released from a prison in the Yangon su..

Finding of swords – unnecessary publicity should not be given: CEMSL

2019-04-30 04:15:34

Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka (CEMSL) issuing a statement says that finding of swords, hatchets and knives in mosques should not be given unnecessary publicity. ..

Urgent tasks after Easter Sunday bombings: National Peace Council (NPC)

2019-04-24 07:13:04

The carnage on Easter Sunday against three Christian churches, three leading hotels and two other locations have killed more than 300 and injured over 500. The scale and coordinated nature of the bomb attacks have been shocking. This brings an end to..

FUTA condemns terrorist attack on Easter Sunday

2019-04-24 05:37:19

The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) issuing a media statement condemns the terrorist attacks that took place on the Easter Sunday (21). Below is  the full statement issued by FUTA: Easter Sunday of 2019 is destined ..

Police should be prevented from controlling works of art - Free Media Movement

2019-04-03 09:49:22

Following the publication of a short story written by Shaktika Sathkumara, an artist and writer in the Face Book, writer Satkumar has been arrested on the pretext that the said story disrespects the Buddhist philosophy and kept under detention until ..

Executive Director of FP2020 highlights the need to address unplanned pregnancies in Sri Lanka

2019-03-22 15:06:12

When couples are empowered to plan whether and when to have children, it enables their families, including women and girls, to reach their full potential. FP2020 is a global partnership that strives to make this a reality, by bringing together govern..

Statement by Embassy of Palestine on attacks in Palestinian territories

2019-03-22 10:10:15

The Embassy of Palestine on 21st March issued a statement on Israeli Army’s attacks in Palestinian territories. ..

#CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks 22 sites censored in their own country

2019-03-12 05:49:32

To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces that it is now providing alternative online access to a total of 22 media outlets that are blocked in their own country, in an operation lau..

Political leaders need to respect independent institutions: NPC

2019-02-21 04:25:39

The National Peace Council (NPC) issuing a statement urges President Maithripala Sirisena and all political leaders of the country to ensure that an enabling environment be provided to independent commissions like the Human Rights Commission to perfo..

Public space decreasing as talk of presidential election looms large: AHRC

2019-02-15 08:50:11

A statement issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). ..

Sri Lanka’s pioneering digital platform for small, informal biz takes off with Singapore backing

2019-02-13 08:30:23

Backed by a Singaporean firm’s generous grant of a powerful database software, Sri Lanka began work on the first national digital databank of its SMEs and entrepreneurs on 12 February. The initiative, called NEDA-EMS, pioneered by the country’s a..

Alleged defamation of Minister Bathiudeen results in malicious compensation demand

2019-02-10 14:14:33

The Minister of Industry and Commerce has claimed Rs one billion compensation with regard to a statement broadcast on a local TV channel that allegedly damaged his image, reputation and good will. ..

Continuing international scrutiny necessary to ensure justice for war victims – National Peace Council

2019-01-28 15:11:39

In March this year Sri Lanka will report back to the UN Human Rights Council on its implementation of Resolution 30/1 which it co-sponsored in October 2015. This report back will be important as it will determine whether or not international scrutiny..

Prioritise just governance and solve national question: NPC

2018-12-18 07:33:16

The National Peace Council (NPC) in a statement says that this is likely to be the last available time period for the UNP and SLFP to continue to work together. ..

Condemning the Abhorrent behavior in Front of Lake House – Free Media Movement

2018-12-15 15:39:26

The Free Media Movement), issuing a statement, says that it condemns the behavior of the group gathered in front of Lake House after the Supreme Court’s verdict on Parliament dissolution was delivered, and proper investigations must be carried out ..

Norway partners with UNDP Sri Lanka to support peace, justice and strong institutions 

2018-12-10 13:43:05

The Government of Norway entered into a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka to extend support to UNDP Sri Lanka’s flagship portfolio on SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 16: Peace, Justice and S..

Politicians need to follow the law to resolve the political crisis – National Peace Council

2018-12-06 11:13:06

The National Peace Council, issuing a media release, calls on the President and Parliamentarians to abide by and respect the rulings of the Judiciary and not cause further dissensions in and outside of the parliament. ..

Indian coast guard ships to visit Sri Lanka

2018-11-30 10:46:14

Indian Coast Guard Ships CGS Samar and Aryaman are on a visit to Sri Lanka from 01 to 07 December 2018. The ships arrived in Colombo after participating in the India-Sri Lanka-Maldives Tri-Lateral Coast Guard Exercise ‘Dosti’ that was conducted f..

RSF report on journalists who are targeted by organized crime

2018-11-30 04:19:48

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) held a press conference today in Paris to unveil a report entitled “Journalists: the bête noire of organised crime” that shines a light on the threats and reprisals to which journalists are subjected whenever they..