A Man Who went in Search for food for his family beaten and killed – Basil Fernando

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An incident reported from Waligama, Matara demonstrates the kind of very saddening situations which has been experienced by people in terms of the spread of Covid-19. A young girl in a family was detected of having been infected with the virus and was taken to hospital for treatment. The rest of the family was asked to quarantine themselves by staying in their own house. They stayed for three to four days using all that they had in terms of food and other necessities and finally that came to an end…

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Yakkalamulla police assault a man on the road…!

යක්කලමුල්ල පොලීසිය පොට පටලවාගෙන මහ මඟ සිටි අයෙකුට පහර දෙයි!…

A complaint has lodged to The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), against Yakkalamulla Police in Galle district with regarding case of arresting and assaulting a civilian. The victim is Koggala Wellalage Sisira Kumara, a resident of Hospital Road, Aluthwatta, Nakiyadeniya, in Galle.On 9th May, he has gone to Dimuthu pharmacy at Yakkalamulla Junction to buy some medicine at around 09.00 – 09.30 p.m . While he was there, he has heard the sound of exploding firecrackers near the Yakkalamulla junction, 30…

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What happens to the people happens also to judges, lawyers, and others

This memoir by former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake on the (now nullified) impeachment is a significant contribution to the cause of promoting the independence of judiciary in Sri Lanka. Its significance lies in the fact it exposes the truth about what really has happened to the judiciary as an institution within the context of changes brought about by way of the constitutions of 1972 and 1978, and the practices that have developed as a result of these constitutional changes. The memoir makes it starkly clear that the separation of…

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Release poet and drop spurious charges against him

The arrest and ongoing detention of award-winning author and poet Shakthika Sathkumara on spurious charges are a clear violation of his right to freedom of expression, CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and the Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC), said today ahead of his next court hearing on 18 June. Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 by the Polgahawela Police in response to a complaint alleging that Sathkumara’s short story ‘Ardha’ (Half) was derogatory and defamatory to Buddhism. The story is allegedly about homosexuality and child abuse in a Buddhist…

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CAT” අහසින් මහ පොලොවට; පුබුදු රන්දිම 2018

අහසින් මහ පොලොවට ( වදහිංසාවට එරෙහි කමිටුවේ නිර්දේශ සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව) යන මැයෙන් ජනගත කර ඇති කෘතිය පුබුදු රන්දිම විසින් රචිත රයිට් ටු ලයිෆ් මානව හිමිකම් මධ්‍යස්ථානය හි ප්‍රකාශනයකි. 2011 වසරෙ සිට රයිට් ටු ලයිෆ් සංවිධානය තවත් සංවිධාන 09ක් සමග එක්ව ඉහත කමිටුව සදහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මානව හිමිකම් හා වදහිංසාව පිලිබද විකල්ප වාර්තා ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබිණි. මෙම ප්‍රකාශනයෙහි ජනතා අතට පත් කිරීමට අදහස් කරන ලද්දේ එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මෙම යාන්ත්‍රණයන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ආකාරය පිලිබදව සහ ඔවුන්ගේ නිර්දේශ පිළිබදවත් යම් මූලික අවබෝධයක් ලබා දීමේ අරමුණිනි. මෙහි දෙමල පරිවර්තනයක් ද සහිතය. සම්පූර්ණ ප්‍රකාශනය…

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A Snapshot of the Criminal Justice System: Building a Picture Through Sexual Violence Cases in the Court of Appeal 2018 by Shenali De Silva and supported publication

The disparity in sentences illustrated a lack of uniformity and consistency in judges’ approaches to sentencing sexual violence offending. The non-adherence to statutory minimum sentences and ordering suspended sentences compounded the lack of consistency in sentencing. The existence, and extent, of sentencing disparities alerts to larger issues around the exercise of judicial discretion and the need for sentencing guidelines and other parameters to ensure consistency, fairness, and to minimise arbitrariness in judicial decision-making. Disparity in judicial decision-making, including non-observance of legislative constraints, indicates the exercise of judicial discretion is an…

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නිමල් සිල්වා වදහිංසා නඩුව CA/277/2017

  වර්ෂ 2000ක් වූ ජූනි මස 19 දින සිට 2000ක් වූ ජූලි මස 08 වන දින අතර කාලය තුළ පානදුර ප්‍රදේශයේ දී ගිනි අවියක් සන්තකයේ තබා ගැනීමේ චෝදනාව මත අත්තඩංගුවට පත් ව වදහිංසාවට ලක්වීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් දැල්කදුර අරච්චිගේ නිමල් සිල්වා ගුණරත්න විසින් කරන ලද පැමිණිල්ලයි. රා මදින්නෙකු සොයා තමා සහ බිරිදත්, පුතාත් සමග අසල්වාසී නිවසකට ගොස් සිටිය දී පොලිස් නිළධාරීන් පිරිසක් පැමිණ නිමල් සිල්වා ගුණරත්න මහතා අත්තඩංගුවට ගෙන පහර දී වදහිංසාවට ලක් කරන ලදි. පොලීසිය විසින් අත්තඩංගුවට පත් ස්ථානයේදී මෙන්ම පොලීසිය දී පවා තමා නොයෙක් වදහිංසාවට ලක් වූ බව තවදුරටත් පැමිණිල්ලෙහි…

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OFFICE ON MISSING PERSONS (ESTABLISHMENT, ADMINISTRATION AND DISCHARGE OF FUNCTIONS) ACT, No. 14 OF 2016

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE ON MISSING PERSONS; TO PROVIDE FOR THE SEARCHING AND TRACING OF MISSING PERSONS; TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO RELATIVES OF MISSING PERSONS; FOR THE SETTING UP OF A DATABASE OF MISSING PERSONS; FOR SETTING OUT THE PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES APPLICABLE TO THE POWERS AND FUNCTIONS ASSIGNED TO THE SAID OFFICE; AND TO PROVIDE FOR ALL MATTERS WHICH ARE CONNECTED WITH OR INCIDENTAL TO, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT. read the full act

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RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, No. 12 OF 2016 ( Sinhala, English)

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO INFORMATION; TO SPECIFY GROUNDS ON WHICH ACCESS MAY BE DENIED; TO ESTABLISH THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION COMMISSION; TO APPOINT INFORMATION OFFICERS; TO SET OUT THE PROCEDURE AND FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH OR INCIDENTAL THERETO. WHEREAS the Constitution guarantees the right of access to information in Article 14A thereof and there exists a need to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public authorities by giving effect to the right of access to information and thereby promote a society in…

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SUPPORTING SURVIVORS OF MALE SEXUAL VIOLENCE Report 2016 Supported by a grant from the “Open Society Foundations”

The ongoing researches in Sri Lanka on torture and torture related matters has to be looked into in various angles and should not be repeated by any chance. At the same the output of the research has to be reached to the targeted audience. The awareness among general public on this perspective on torture has to be built up in the future and the endeavor has to be done on this regard in different angle. The evidence based advocacy has to be the approach. specially in this research has been…

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