Monthly Archives: November 2016

Wage hike of little help

Wage hike of little help

“We protested so much but tell me, what’s the point?” S. Padmavathy asks, her voice bearing the fatigue of a long day’s labour. “All we have got is a 50-rupee increase in our basic salary. What’s 50 rupees today?” She was referring to the collective …

Committee grills Government Chief

Committee grills Government Chief

A United Nations committee that monitors acts of torture in member countries grilled an intelligence chief Wednesday over the alleged abuse of detainees during Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, only to have the nation’s attorney general step in to deflect the questions. The mere presence …

International Human Rights watchdog censures Sri Lanka

International Human Rights watchdog censures Sri Lanka

An international Human Rights watchdog  censured Sri Lanka for sending a police official in charge of  a torture site at the end of the civil war to defend the country, “as an absolute affront” to the victims and the international community as a whole. The Committee …

UN urged to question former TID head

UN urged to question former TID head

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), in a joint statement, on 15 November called upon the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) to raise specific questions with regard to torturing media personal when Sisira Mendis was the head of Criminal …

Sri Lanka probes links to Jaffna killings

Sri Lanka probes links to Jaffna killings

Sri Lanka is investigating whether the army was involved in a recent wave of violence in the minority Tamil heartland of Jaffna, a minister said Tuesday. Junior Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said a soldier was among those arrested by police in connection with the latest …

Yasmin Sooka wants an independent investigation

Yasmin Sooka wants an independent investigation

The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) called upon the UN Committee Against Torture on 14 November to visit Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into the continued “white van” abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan security forces. The committee meets on …

The chances of reform is bright in Sri Lanka

The chances of reform is bright in Sri Lanka

Just as there is a controversial move in India to amend the Muslim Personal Law to exclude triple talaq, in Sri Lanka, there is an equally contentious call to amend the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). But there are differences. In India, call for …

Release boats in Sri Lankan custody

Release boats in Sri Lankan custody

The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre to facilitate early release of 105 fishing boats belonging to the State’s fishermen under the custody of the Sri Lankan Government and relief assistance to the owners of 18 boats that were damaged under the island nation’s …

UN Committee against Torture to Review Sri Lanka

UN Committee against Torture to Review Sri Lanka

The UN Committee against Torture is due to review Sri Lanka on 15 and 16 November in Geneva. Sri Lanka has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the …

Budget ignores war-affected people in North, East

Budget ignores war-affected people in North, East

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) criticised the Government’s budget for 2017, saying it proposed a “grossly inadequate” allocation for development of the North and East and reconciliation work and neglected spending for priority sectors such as education. Though Mr. R. Sampanthan welcomed the budget proposals, other …