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Electricity tariff hike from next month

Electricity tariff hike from next month

      The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has decided to increase the electricity tariff from next month. However, prior to the increase, plans are under way to hold a public consultation in keeping with Public Utility Commission Act Source said  that despite some stakeholders insisting that the …

Families Of Disappeared To Complain To UNHRC

Families Of Disappeared To Complain To UNHRC

      Depriving families of the disappeared in the North from travelling to Colombo to join in a peaceful protest is to be brought to the notice of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week, claimed K.J. Britto Fernando, from the Right …

US killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan.

US killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan.

      Days before a US-sponsored resolution will be taken up against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Colombo accused Washington of committing human rights abuses. Cabinet Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Monday said that there were reports that the US had killed …

U.S urged to drop charges against Canadian accused of supporting terrorism

U.S urged to drop charges against Canadian accused of supporting terrorism

        The Sri Lankan government has asked the United States to abandon the prosecution of a Canadian charged with buying equipment and laundering money for the separatist Tamil Tigers rebels. The extraordinary request, in a letter sent to the U.S. State Department, …

Halal logo withdrawn from local products

Halal logo withdrawn from local products

      Sri Lankan authorities and clergy said today that they had decided to withdraw the Halal logo from food products sold locally as a result of tensions which arose in the country recently over the issue. Addressing a joint media briefing, the All Ceylon …

Fasting students arrested by Indian Police,

Fasting students arrested by Indian Police,

       In an operation conducted at midnight, the Tamil Nadu police swooped on the eight Loyola College students who were on a hunger-strike in support of Eelam and have forcibly removed them from the venue of their protest at, Chennai. The students, who had …

Western Trojan horses through special projects

Western Trojan horses through special projects

   Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa alleged that large scale foreign funding of NGOs operating in Sri Lanka would be inimical to ongoing post-war national reconciliation efforts hence, such projects should be resisted. The government was seriously concerned about a fresh NGO onslaught in the wake …

Hope and reconciliation

Hope and reconciliation

      The UN Human Rights Council, whose new session has just begun in Geneva, has a unique opportunity to pressure Sri Lanka’s authorities into meaningful action. In doing so, it would preserve the hope for accountability and reconciliation harboured by all Sri Lankans.  …

DIASPORA LTTE ACTIVISTS POSING AS HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS

DIASPORA LTTE ACTIVISTS POSING AS HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS

    Sri Lanka is very much in the news these days as events unfold at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The focus is on the final phase of the war between the Armed forces of Sri Lanka and the Liberation …

Int’l Bar to begin remote probe

Int’l Bar to begin remote probe

    With the deadline given by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) to the Sri Lankan Government, to grant visas for a three-member fact finding mission coming to an end at midnight yesterday, the IBAHRI is expected to go ahead with the …