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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.

Prez concerned over UN peacekeeping missions

President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concern over issues that have arisen due to delays in clearances carried out by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) when dispatching police and security forces personnel to United Nations Peace Keeping Missions.

Emergency to be extended for the last time

President Maithripala Sirisena will extend the State of Emergency for a further 30 days on Saturday, for the last time since the Easter attacks.

Advocata commends President on closure of Salusala

The Advocata Institute is praising the President’s directive to shut down the loss-making State Owned Enterprise (SOE) SaluSala.

President trying to create second constitutional crisis by boycotting Cabinet – Champika

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka said that, by boycotting Cabinet meetings, President Maithripala Sirisena is trying to create a second constitutional crisis in the country, as he did on 26 October last year.

Moratuwa Mayor protests President’s remarks

The Mayor of Moratuwa W. Samanlal Fernando launched a fast unto death in front of the Municipal Council building today (11), urging the President to withdraw his remarks about the ban on carpentry workshops.

Sirisena’s chainsaw ban won’t stop deforestation

Large scale development projects which are harmful to nature must see an end in order to stop deforestation and environmental destruction, the Centre for Environment and Nature Studies (CENS) said.

Governors Salley and Hizbullah resign

President Maithripala Sirisena accepted the resignation letters of Western Province Governor Azath Salley and his Eastern Province counterpart M. L. A. M. Hizbullah a short while ago.

President denies prior knowledge of Easter attack

The Security Council had to be reconstituted and meet every two weeks following media leaks on its sittings, President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted today (30).

Bar Association criticises Gnanasara Thero pardon

Calling into question President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to pardon Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero, the legal fraternity has cautioned against what it called arbitrary exercise of the presidential power to pardon.

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