TID officers said I’m a terrorist because I didn’t own Buddhist books: Ahnaf Jazeem

TID officers said I’m a terrorist because I didn’t own Buddhist books: Ahnaf Jazeem

Former PTA detainee poet : says they threatened to detain him for 20 years if he did not sign a confession Ahnaf Jazeem, a poet and teacher from the East of Sri Lanka, was arrested in May 2020 under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979 (PTA). Initially arrested in connection to his Tamil-language poetry anthology, titled Navarasam, which the authorities alleged to be promoting “extremist” ideologies, Jazeem was finally granted bail on 15 December, after over a year in prison. Speaking to the media for…

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Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission downgraded by UN body, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions

SLHRC downgraded by UN body, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been downgraded to B status by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), a United Nations Institute of National Human Rights Organisation. UN General Assembly adopted the guiding principals for NHRCs, known as “Paris Principals ” in 1993. Sub-Committee on Accreditation of the GANHRI was held in June 2021 but the report has been make public recently. This is the second time HRCSL has been downgraded by the GANHRI. First it was in 2007 only under the previous government it was…

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Accused of enforced disappearance of 11 youth, Rear Admiral Karannagoda to be appointed as a Governor

Karannagoda to be appointed as a Governor

Admiral of the Fleet, Wasantha Karannagoda is tipped to be appointed as the Governor of the North Western Province The Morning reports. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed dozens of serving and retired military generals to influential administration positions. This appointment also seen as a continuation of militarisation of administration under Rajapaksa. Karannagoda’s new appointment is likely to take place later today (09). War time Navy commander is 14th accused of the case of abduction and enforced disappearance 11 young men in the Abduction of 11 Youth between August 2008 and…

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Recent Police Atrocities Under Militarization in North and East Sri-Lanka

Recent Police Atrocities Under Militarization in North and East Sri-Lanka

Militarized violence against civilians in North and East of Sri-Lanka has increased in the recent past. Sri-Lanka brief has also published some of the cases related to torture against fishers by the Sri-Lanka navy. Military involvement and its control in civil administration in North and East is nothing new and along with the Covid-19 pandemic military has gained more power to control the civil life. Further, militarization has given power to police and men attached to intelligence to act unlawfully and to commit various forms of violence against civilians of…

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