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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 […]


Muslim traders back at Wennppuwa fair

Muslim traders will be welcomed back at the Wennappuwa weekly fair from Monday after the local Magistrate accepted a police plea that no-one should be excluded because of their race or ethnicity.


United Nations concerned about growing hate speech in Sri Lanka

The top United Nations official in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer, is expressing concern about the growing number of “incidents of hate speech being used in Sri Lanka against ethnic and religious minorities.”


Storm of reaction to death penalty

The reaction to Sri Lanka’s decision to resume executing prisoners on death row has been almost universally negative, with sources varying from the government of the United Kingdom to billionaire businessman Richard Branson condemning the move.


No grudge against Muslims; only wanted to ensure peace – Wennapuwa PS Chairman

Chairman of the Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Susantha Perera, whose controversial decision to ban Muslims from trading at the Dankotuwa Sathipola (weekly fair) sparked outrage and resulted in a court order yesterday, is defending his action.


Wennappuwa PS bans Muslim traders from Sathipola

The Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha has temporarily banned local Muslim traders from trading at the Dankotuwa 'Sathipola’ (weekly fair).


Shafi case: FR petition filed today

Lawyers for Dr Shafi Shihabdeen who is at the centre of the controversy regarding the alleged sterilization of women patients filed a Fundamental Rights application on his behalf today before the Supreme Court.


Court Petitions challenge pardoning of Gnanasara

Two petitions asking for a review of the Presidential Pardon of Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero are before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.


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