Government rounds up activists as UN fudges on inquiry

As the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva was discussing the clauses of its resolution on Sri Lanka, the Colombo government used troops and special laws to arrest human rights defenders (HRDs) in the northern part....

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunals and the pursuit of justice in Sri Lanka

Competitive, state-centred international politics are often a barrier for victims of human rights violations to find redress through global judicial institutions. To circumvent some of these restrictions the civil society-led International....

Genocide, refugees and an inconvenient truth about Harper's boycott

In 2009, I was amongst thousands of Toronto’s Tamil community that protested against the war in Sri Lanka. We braved the bitter cold and formed human chains across downtown to desperately turn.....

Sri Lankan boat migration to Australia: Motivations and dilemmas

Over the past 18 months, Sri Lankans have boarded boats for Australia in record numbers. Stories from boat migrants depict complex political and economic motivations for their journeys, contrary to the statements by both governments..................

The time for an international investigation is now

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s presence at last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) facilitated coverage that might not have been possible otherwise for media organisations.....

Sunila - A Tribute to an indefatigable defender of human dignity

The last time I saw Sunila was on October 2, 2012, when she visited the Norwegian University of Life Sciences to speak on Women’s situation and human rights under militarisation of society : the case of Sri Lanka and personal................

Land Grabs: Exultant state vs. agonized citizen

Land grabs i.e. the acquisitioning of land by the State/Military has been in the news more often than necessary throughout this year. This last week we saw it becoming headline news again as we learnt that Sriraghavan Kadirgamar.....

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Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka

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