The parents of a young Sri Lankan graduate who was killed in a brutal stabbing in Sheffield on Sunday have spoken of their “devastation” at the loss of their “caring and loving son”. Thavisha Lakind Peiris, 25, was found dead in his car on Sunday night after making a final …Read More »
The Commonwealth’s decision to hold its biennial meeting in Sri Lanka in November has caused widespread dismay owing to rights abuses in the Island nation. The administration of President Mahinda Rajapakse however, has offered something in the way of a concession: to name 37 stray baby elephants after the heads …Read More »
Police in South Yorkshire have launched a murder inquiry after a young Sri Lankan graduate was killed in a brutal stabbing days before he was due to start in his “dream” IT job. Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25 – a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University – had been working part-time at …Read More »
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November, it was announced today. Mr Harper had been vocal in his opposition to the summit being held on the Island owing to his concerns about human rights violations in the country. In …Read More »
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says his government has no case to answer over the reported deaths of thousands of civilians at the end of the country’s civil war, even as pressure grows for an international inquiry to account for the dead. The UN’s top human rights official said last week …Read More »
Voters in Sri Lanka’s north thronged polling stations on Saturday in an election that threatens to rekindle animosity between the government and ethnic minority Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatists and ended a 26-year war. The provincial council election is the first in 25 years in the north, …Read More »
Hundreds of mourners have paid tribute to one of Sri Lanka's most renowned rights activists, Sunila Abeysekera, at her funeral near Colombo.
Ms Abeysekera, 61, who died of cancer on Monday, worked with both Sinhalese and Tamils during the long conflict that divided Sri Lanka.
She was a leading campaigner for the rights of women, workers and farmers.
During a four-decade career she received numerous international awards, and also faced death threats.
She was also one of the handful of people invited to address the United Nations Human Rights Council at its opening session in 2006.
Tributes have poured in from around the world on her death. Here, two campaigners from Human Rights Watch pay theirs.Read More »
A journalist attached to the BBC Tamil Service has been quizzed by police in Sri Lanka over a telephone conversation he had with two Tamil prisoners. Journalist Ponnaiah Manickavasagam was questioned by anti-terror police in Colombo on Monday over his conversation with the prisoners who are said to be former …Read More »
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the Sri Lankan government, saying the administration of Mahinda Rajapakse is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction despite the end of the country’s Civil War in 2009. In a statement following a weeklong visit to assess the human …Read More »
Sri Lanka police have apologised for holding a group wedding ceremony for sniffer dogs after the country’s culture minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation. Nine pairs of police dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional weddings in …Read More »