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SRI LANKA: Prosecuting crimes requires a system change

By Basil Fernando In the context of Sri Lanka, a crucial question arises: Does the country still possess the capability to effectively prosecute crimes? This query can be raised for numerous reasons. ...

SRI LANKA: System Change Peramuna launch

A Statement from https://www.systemchange-peramuna.org/ forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission This Sunday, the launch of ‘#System Change Peramuna’ provided a glimmer of hope amidst the nu...

SRI LANKA: On the issue of the failure to obtain justice for the victims of the Easter Sunday Massacre on the 21st of April 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AHRC-OLT-002-2024 April 19, 2024 An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to Open Letter to H. E. the Cardinal Malcom Ranjith and all the members of the Catholic Bis...

ශ්‍රී ලංකා: තත්කාලීන ලාංකීය සමාජය තුල වදහිසා විරෝධී පනත හා ජීවිතයට ඇති අයිතිය ස්ථානගත කිරීම

1994 දී ලංකාවේනීතිපොතට ඇතුලු වූ වදහිංසා පනත මේවසරේදී අවුරුදු 30ක කාලයක් සන...

SRI LANKA: Truth Without Hurt

An article from Colombo Telegraph forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission By Jayakumar Thangavelu  A Senior Police Officer’s Perspective Of Investigations Into Political Crimes In addressin...

SRI LANKA: Sharing basic documents relating to the issue of Rule under Section 42(2) of the Judicature Act by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against Mr. Nagananda Kodituwakku Attorney-at-law on 29th February 2024

Hong Kong, March 07, 2024  As there is a curiosity on the part of many persons and organizations about the Rule issued against Mr Nagananda Kodituwakku Attorney-at-law by the Supreme Court we are sha...

SRI LANKA: AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO STIFLE PROTESTS, HARASS ACTIVISTS AND PUSH REPRESSIVE LAWS

A Statement from CIVICUS forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission The CIVICUS Monitor in December 2023 downgraded Sri Lanka’s civic space rating to ‘repressed,’ with authorities clampi...

SRI LANKA: IMF observations on an Independent Prosecution office for Sri Lanka

IMF in its recent report issued in September titled Sri Lanka; Technical Assistance Report-Governance Diagnostic Assessment, has directed its attention to the problems relating to the independence i...

SRI LANKA: If Tocqueville was to read our proposed Anti-Terrorism Act

By Basil Fernando Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, comte de Tocqueville is the famous author of the book Democracy in America. It is one of the world’s best known writings which have been appreciat...

SRI LANKA: Imprisonment of 5 Years for Non-Arrest of A Suspect – A Good Example to Emulate

By Basil Fernando The sentencing of a former Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police for giving illegal orders not to arrest a suspect. The reported sentencing of former Senior Deputy Inspector Gene...

SRI LANKA: The Bar Association is held to be a Public Authority under the RTI Act

(Hong Kong, September 04, 2023)  The Right to Information Commission in Sri Lanka has issued an order in terms of its powers under the RTI Act. Regarding a petition filed by an attorney at law in whi...

SRI LANKA: The Contempt of a Court, Tribunal or Institution Bill  is Unconstitutional and  Scandalizing Court is an archaic law

(Hong Kong, August 09, 2023)  ​​​​​​​Written submission to the Supreme Court on the “Contempt of a Court, Tribunal or Institution” Bill The Bill titled “Contempt of a...

SRI LANKA: Contempt of court law should not be used to create a chilling effect on lawyers and litigants

By Basil Fernando A month or so earlier, it was a lawyer practicing mainly in a High Court closer to Colombo, that contacted me and told me about his concerns about a draft Bill which has been discuss...

තරිඳු උඩුවරගෙදර අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීමට අදාළ මහා ප්‍රශ්නය

An article from Sri Lanka Brief forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission මෙම සටහන ඉතා පුළුල් කීර්තියක් ඇති තරුණ මාධ්Ȁ...

SRI LANKA: How loud can you talk in a court proceeding?

By Basil Fernando This article is  a follow up to: 1. Does the proposed contempt of court Bill amount to 23rd amendment to the constitution?     2.  Is contempt of court unlike any other crime? ...

SRI LANKA: The Arrest of Tharindu Uduwaragedera – Larger questions

By Basil Fernando On the larger questions raised by the arrest of Tharindu Uduwaragedera, a young journalist of very wide reputation. Tharindu Uduwaragedera who was attending a meeting on Friday (28 J...

SRI LANKA: Is contempt of court unlike any other crime?

By Basil Fernando The purpose of the proposed Bill on the Contempt of Court is to criminalise the acts which may be considered to constitute the offence of contempt of court and to punish it. Clearly...

SRI LANKA: The plantation workers walk for “tracing our roots to win our rights”

A Statement from COLLECTIVE FOR MAANBUMIGU MALAIYAHA MAKKAL forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission Today (28th July 2023) groups of men and women working in the plantations, in the hill countr...

SRI LANKA: Beneath the skin deep liberalism lies cancerous caste prejudices

By Basil Fernando This article is  a follow up to:  The caste-based culture is still the key obstacle for development in Sri Lanka The debate on how important caste consciousness is in Sri Lanka to...

SRI LANKA: Does the proposed contempt of court Bill amount to 23rd amendment to the constitution?

By Basil Fernando The draft Bill entitled ‘Contempt of Court, Tribunal or Institutions’, has been included in the parliament’s order paper and the issue of the constitutionality of t...