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I am committed to a political solution to the National issue – Ranil

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the country is close to reaching a political solution to the National issue that caused the 30-year war.


Day of mourning if Bill against death penalty presented – Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena says that if a Bill to abolish the death penalty is presented in the parliament, he would declare that a national day of mourning.


FR Petitions filed by those aggrieved by Easter Bombing to be heard

The Supreme Court has fixed July 25 and 26 to hear 12 Fundamental Rights petitions filed by several hundred citizens aggrieved by the Easter Sunday bombings.


Trinco Five case: HRW, AI call for court with international participation

Issuing a joint statement on last week’s acquittal of all 13 defendants of the so called Trinco Five case citing a lack of evidence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) yesterday expressed the need for a court with international participation that can “properly protect victims and witnesses.”


Muslims in fear as BBS gathers for rally in Kandy

The Muslim minority in Kandy are shutting their shops and avoiding unnecessary travel as the Sinhala Buddhist Right-Wing Bodu Bala Sena gathers for a public rally Sunday, July 7. The umbrella Muslim organisation the All Ceylon Jamiat-e-Ulema asked Muslims not to travel to Kandy. The Reuters News agency quoted Niyaz Muheeth, president of the Kandy […]


RTI request asks for details of those facing death penalty

Sri Lankans may get to know who is awaiting execution in the country’s prisons on Tuesday if the Right to Information Commission rules in favor of an RTI request submitted by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA).


PM speaks out against death penalty

Breaking his silence on President Maithripala Sirisena's controversial decision to resume the death penalty, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sunday (30 June) said he could not support ending the moratorium on capital punishment.


Petition against death penalty; hearings to continue

The five Judge Bench of the Appeal Court examining a Writ Petition against the resumption of executions in Sri Lanka will continue hearings on Wednesday.


Sri Lanka’s plans to resume executions major setback for human rights – Human Rights Watch

Calling for a halt to Sri Lanka's plans on resuming the death penalty, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday said that the country's move to lift the 43-year moratorium on executions a major setback for human rights.


CPA wants Mahanayake’s speech investigated

The Centre for Policy Alternatives has written to the Acting Inspector General of Police Chandana Deepal Wickremeratna to conduct an inquiry into a sermon delivered by the Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Warakagoda Gnanaratana Thero which it says contains hate speech. The letter points out that in the speech the Mahanayake Thero calls for […]


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