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Companies must shoulder some of the blame

Companies must shoulder some of the blame

Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical label groups after an expose found illegal wage deductions that have left some workers ill and unable to afford healthcare. An investigation by the Thomson Reuters Foundation …

Tamils will have to take cases to the International Criminal Court

Tamils will have to take cases to the International Criminal Court

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran’s constitutional justification for seeking foreign judges to serve in the proposed Judicial Mechanism to try alleged war crime cases, has put the government in a spot, and his Tamil rivals in the shade. In a …

Looking for a new lease of life

Looking for a new lease of life

The political crisis that gripped Sri Lanka for nearly two months towards the tail end of 2018 had different costs for different political actors, depending on who they were and what they did during that time. But if there was a chief casualty of the …

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

Being a woman, mother, sister, aunt – name it, it’s something women wake up to daily and they love it.  None of them question about being enumerated for these roles.  We marvel and revel in the roles.  But make no mistake. Women want to work, …

Report must be implemented

Report must be implemented

Responding to the publication of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, Amnesty International’s South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, said: “The report importantly stresses the need to press ahead with …

Free Expression and Terror Laws?

Free Expression and Terror Laws?

Rights activists and journalists have condemned the Sri Lankan government’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and planned Counter Terrorism Act (CTA). They claim that all terror laws are generally used against journalists, rights activists, union leaders and opposition politicians as tools of oppression. Under the …

Companies reap profits while workers wages are unaffordable

Companies reap profits while workers wages are unaffordable

When over 100,000 estate workers went on strike last December to demand a 1,000-rupee ($US5.50) daily basic wage, the Planters Association of Ceylon, the representative body of the Sri Lankan plantation companies dismissed the demand, declaring it unaffordable. The plantation companies made this claim amidst …

All eyes on carbon dating test report

All eyes on carbon dating test report

Although the report on the radiocarbon dating test on the samples of skeletal remains from the mass grave in Mannar has been handed over to the Magistrate’s Court by Specialist JMO Saminda Rajapaksa, Mannar Magistrate T. Saravanarajah told court that as the courts had still …

EU reiterates need to repeal and replace the PTA Act

EU reiterates need to repeal and replace the PTA Act

The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation at their Joint Commission meeting on 14 February . The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held their 22nd meeting of the Joint Commission …

Sri Lanka resolution will be led by UK

Sri Lanka resolution will be led by UK

I would like to refer to 4 initiatives which the UK will present as part of core groups. These are three resolutions and one joint statement. Firstly, the Core Group on Sri Lanka, comprising Canada, Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK will present a resolution …