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Amnesty Int’l concerned over alleged harassment of journalists, activists

Amnesty International has expressed concern over alleged harassment and intimidation of journalists, media outlets and human rights activsits in Sri Lanka.


Human Rights Watch issues a warning about Sri Lanka

Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as President in November 2019, Human Rights Watch says in its World Report 2020.


Act should be reviewed only after wide discussion – Office on Missing Persons

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has cautioned the Government against amending the OMP Act without consultation with all stakeholders.


Cabinet nod for new Act to grant immunity to Intelligence Officers

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to draft a Bill called the National Intelligence Act to protect the duties, responsibilities, provide impunity and legal powers to State Intelligence Officers.


Russian and US envoys arrive in Colombo Monday

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives here tomorrow Jan 13, for a two-day visit during which time he is scheduled to have meetings with the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Relations Minister of Sri Lanka.


Activists demand activation of National Child Protection Policy

‘Stop Child Cruelty,’ a civil society organization committed for protection of children’ rights today (06) engaged in a silent campaign in front of the NCPA calling to activate the national child protection policy.


Swiss Embassy issues regretful note

Sri Lanka and Switzerland began the slow-dance back to normalising relations strained by the controversy surrounding the alleged abduction and intimidation of Visa Assistant Garnier Banister Francis by issuing a statement.


Swiss Embassy staffer granted bail

Garnier Banister Francis the Visa Assistant at the Swiss Embassy who was arrested for bringing disrepute to the government was granted bail by Colombo's Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today.


Churches urge calm after videos of Monk attacking Christians go viral

Bishop Asiri Perera, head of the Methodist Church in Sri Lanka is appealing for calm after videos of a Buddhist Monk attacking Christians in Batticaloa went viral in the past few days.


NPC urges Gotabaya to build bridges with communities

The National Peace Council is expressing concern about several matters that “could potentially impact upon inter-community relations with the state”


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