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2019-06-20
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IGP’s FR petition claims SIS requested suspension of investigations into extremist Muslim factions
2019-06-02
The petitioner had been excluded from NSC meetings, consequent upon the deterioration of the relationship between the President and the Prime Minister (PM), though the petitioner, being a responsible civil servant, did not take political sides with either the President or the PM, the petition claims.....
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Condemn taking Journalist Mohammed Rizvi Maharoof into custody on baseless charges – FMM
2019-06-02
Yet, the Free Media Movement, according to our observations believe that actions taken by the law enforcement agencies during this case imposes a greater threat on Freedom of Expression and Publishing and related fundamental rights. ....
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Ultra-right party of Sri Lanka joins with ultra-left party to campaign against the US defense pacts
2019-06-02
Sri Lanka appears to be a battleground of a cold war between US and China super powers. Political sources say two small-time political parties have been hired by China for a campaign against the defense treaties of Sri Lanka with the US. ....
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Government should actively participate to ensure the public wellbeing.
2019-05-31
After Easter Sunday attack there were no any reported incidents unless few minor conflicts in katuwapitiya area. That is our estimate. But situation in Negombo is deferent. A little spark ofextremism can blow up the whole area asap. This situation is a creation of resists, religious extremists and journalists most of them are outsiders.....
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SLCAT Joint Statement
2019-05-31
We denounce all attempts to use the grief and fear of hundreds of innocents, for political advantage or to further polarize communities. We stand for a community where all persons, especially those made vulnerable following the Easter attacks are able to live with dignity and without fear of violence, reprisals and torture. ....
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“No Confidence Motions” has become a part of “Parliament Jokes” - Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara
2019-05-30
“Right now, even we have lost our confidence over the ‘No Confidence Motions’. And it has become a part of the shenanigans of the parliament. The bunch of people who worked to have an impeachment earlier against the President, Pallewatta Gamaralage Sirisena, the main culprit for sabotaging the trust of the people, now wants to bring a no-confidence motion against the government. Now, people do not trust anyone anymore. Because of that rather than bringing no-confidence motions against anyone, they should have considered the fact whether they have the trust of people or not. “ ....
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Right to Life Statement on the Easter attack
2019-05-30
Those who are responsible for neglecting their duties should be punished and must give their explanation for neglecting their duties though they knew it before hand through the report of the intelligence. Before that we have to focus on getting the country back to normal situation. ....
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EASTER SUNDAY BOMBINGS AND their IMPACT
2019-05-30
When political capability or the political leadership is weak, first and foremost national security will be threatened. Then it will hit the national economy. Followed by diplomacy, national science and innovation, national culture and information structure. ....
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Gross human rights violations in Sri Lanka during anti-terror drive
2019-05-30
Gross human rights violations and an apparent anti-Muslim state terror seem to prevail in Sri Lanka in relation to a number of investigations. None of these investigations are complete yet. However, with past bad records of police investigations, specially due to bad records of manipulating the contexts by officials for personal revenge and messing with racism, we are compelled to be suspicious.....
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Lawyers For Democracy Condemns President’s Act Of Pardoning BBS Gnanasara
2019-05-30
‘Lawyers for Democracy’ condemns and expresses its deep concern at the action taken by the President in pardoning Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero who was convicted after trial for contempt of Court by the Court of Appeal. ....
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Extinct legal system caused security crisis resulting in Easter Sunday carnage - AHRC
2019-05-30
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 failures to monitor money coming into the country, Customs Department failures, and intelligence coordination failures.....
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Fundamental Rights should be prevailed over the Customary Law Principles.
2019-05-24
“It has been a duty of the judiciary to find out the customary law principles which are against the Fundamental Rights provisions when matters are brought before it. However if the changes and alterations are made by the judiciary the whole country will be bound by it and there will be an absolute level of acceptance....
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President Meets with Civil Society Leaders
2019-05-23
The President emphasized that the actions of the few extremists which caused for the terrorist activities could not be allowed to harm the faith of the entire people of the country. He made this statement at a discussion with Muslim Civil Society leaders at the President’s official residence this morning (6th May 2019).....
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Do not limit Democracy due to the Crisis - Lawyers for Democracy
2019-05-15
It was concluded that the attack was a planned attack by a group of professionals. We state that this attack is a serious threat to democracy and a democratic existence. We also look forward to using these attacks and will not attempt to limit the country’s democratic values in the future. ....
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AHRC’s Letter to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
2019-05-14
In our view, in your public speeches, you have correctly pointed out the failure of the government. This regards official information provided by the Indian authorities about the planned attack which was particularly aimed at the Catholic Churches. Such failures are horrendous in nature, and would in fact constitute a criminal neglect of duties.....
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I came face-to-face with the bomber who nearly killed us
2019-05-06
We saw a man standing a few meters away from the site of the first explosion. Sam called out to him a few times before the he registered we were trying to get his attention. Sam said “hey, we have to get out of here”. He just looked at us, paralyzed with grief and said, “I can’t, my wife and my son.” His world had just been destroyed in front of his eyes.....
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Stay Calm and in Peace. Never give room to violence.
2019-05-03
We pay our condolences to the near and dear ones of all those who lost their lives at the bomb attack at 8 different places and also the injured. The buildings or the properties can be rebuilt but the lives cannot be regained or taken back. Therefore, being strong and acting wisely is necessary at the moment. ....
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The best response to extremism and extremist violence is to work towards a just social order. – HRC, Sri Lanka
2019-05-03
We also do know that occasions such as this can be exploited by anti-social elements for narrow political,economic or other gains to cause religious strife. We should come forward to face such challenges with a great deal of responsibility. In particular, we must refrain from engaging in hate speech and inciting violence when expressing our views through any medium, including social media.....
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Sri Lanka: Allow the media to perform their duty, do not make obstacles – Free Media Movement
2019-05-03
At this critical moment, engaging in accurate reporting is the key responsibility of the media, leaving zero space for hateful and enraging ideas. At the same time, we highly value the efforts taken by media to maintain a relatively better improved reporting during this horrendous situation.....
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The Clauses related to Suppression of Terrorism is gazette under the Emergency Regulations…
2019-05-03
The government has decided to gazette only the clauses related to the Suppression of Terrorism under the emergency regulation from 12 noon from 22nd April 2019. This decision was taken by the National security council which was met on April 22 with the President Maithripala Sirisena. It has taken necessary steps to hand over power to the police and three forces to ensure the security of the country and its citizens. About the terrorist activities carried out on 21st April 2019 by terrorist organizations, the arrested terrorists,....
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Reflecting on the refugee crisis in Sri Lanka Refugees plead to expedite their cases and resettle them in third countries
2019-05-31
Following the Easter Sunday massacre more than 1000 refugees and asylum seekers were evicted from their rented houses in Negombo and they had to seek refuge in two mosques and the police station in Negombo. With barely minimal possessions and minimum facilities,the once persecuted group of people live in much uncertainty and fear. ....
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Office of Missing Persons Provides ‘Audacity Of Hope’ to Sri Lanka
2018-07-13
Let me begin on a very personal note. The first major emotional upheaval I underwent as a result of losing a very loved one, was when I lost my maternal grandfather in December 1968. I was 14 years old at that time. I was inordinately fond of him and he of me, his eldest grandchild.....
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Articles
Fundamental Rights should be prevailed over the Customary Law Principles - Dr. Jayampathi Wikramrathne
2019-05-30
“It has been a duty of the judiciary to find out the customary law principles which are against the Fundamental Rights provisions when matters are brought before it. However if the changes and alterations are made by the judiciary the whole country will be bound by it and there will be an absolute level of acceptance. This is how this issue should be addressed.....
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Sri Lanka Did Not Choose ISIS: ISIS Chose Sri Lanka - Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan
2019-05-30
Not many analysts and researchers paid attention to the nexus between Sri Lanka and ISIS until the Easter Sunday Massacre of 2019, where more than 250 people were killed and a large number of people were maimed. Characteristically, a lot has been said, written and published on this subject since the massacre.....
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