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Wednesday September 22nd, 2021
Political News

UN rights boss unhappy over Sri Lanka’s attempts at addressing alleged abuses

She also criticised recently passed emergency regulations on essential food supply.

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Nivard Cabraal resigns from Sri Lanka parliament ahead of being made CB chief

Appointed governor later this week

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Continued UNHRC scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human rights record crucial: HRW

“No one should be in any doubt that Sri Lanka’s human rights situation is deeply alarming and getting worse."

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Sri Lanka seeks stronger economic ties with Iran amid US sanctions

Sri Lanka was forced to stop importing Iranian light crude officially after sanctions were imposed

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Sri Lanka's report on anti-terror law ready ahead of EU delegation visit: Foreign Min Secy

“We are waiting for the EU delegation. We are not scared. There is nothing to hide. We are quite open to them,” he s...

Sri Lanka sticks to domestic mechanism; says UN probe will polarise country

“This will polarise our society, as we experienced with Resolution 30/1,” the foreign minister said.

Sri Lanka recognizes Taliban authority in Kabul, accepts ‘amnesty’

46 Sri Lankans have been evacuated, another 20 are being taken out on Saturday while the balance 20 have opted to stay

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Under pressure, Sri Lanka takes baby steps to address international rights concerns

UN Human Right Council (UNHRC) session in September

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Sri Lanka former PM cautions against recognising new Taliban govt

Wickremesinghe said the world which is already facing a pandemic now has a new threat to contend with.

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Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists says homosexuality no illness, calls for decriminalisation

"We do not endorse the view that homosexuality is due to a disease of the mind or body."

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Hong Kong adds Sri Lanka to 'high risk' countries; 21-day quarantine for inbound travellers

This means that travelers have to be vaccinated and undergo quarantine for 21 days when they arrive in Hong Kong.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Sri Lanka trying to evacuate nationals in Afghanistan

At least 43 Sri Lankans known to be in the country

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Sri Lanka govt mulls ways to control websites amid rising online activism

The minister said the govt is obligated to protect the rights of the people as much as it must ensure media freedom.

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Opposition cries foul as cops in civvies arrest Sri Lanka student union leader

This week saw 53 protestors arrested, 44 of whom have been released on bail so far.

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COVID scare prompts Sri Lanka's Colombo Grand Mosque to cancel Friday prayers

However, the mosque did not remark on daily prayers.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Ban or regulate social media in Sri Lanka, top minister tells parliament

“In China, there is no social media. We’re not like that."

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LGBTQ rights: Sri Lanka still undecided, says govt in response to homophobic police video

The video circulated online showed a counsellor openly making homophobic remarks at a police training in Kandy.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Speaker to probe alleged verbal sexual harassment of Sri Lanka female opposition MP

The MP in question had allegedly sung a lewd song lyric directed at MP Athukorala.

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Sri Lanka removes limits on flights carrying full vaxxed passengers

However, existing limitations on unvaccinated passengers will remain, the CAA said in a circular.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Sri Lanka opp. leader wants death penalty for terrorists, drug traffickers

As recently as October 2020, the SJB leader called it an “urgent need” of the hour.

Imesh Ranasinghe

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Sri Lanka police on the prowl for employers of underage domestic workers

The operation comes in the wake of the death of a 16-year-old domestic worker at MP Rishad Bathuideen's residence.

Imesh Ranasinghe

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Death of former Sri Lanka MP’s 16-y-o domestic aide: Police record statement from other employees

The victim's mother, R Ranjani, rejected speculation of possible suicide by the girl.

Imesh Ranasinghe

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Death of former Sri Lanka MP’s 16-y-o maid: Police seize male coworker's phone

The victim’s mother said she had asked Bathiudeen’s wife to go easy on the child as she was still minor.

Imesh Ranasinghe

2 min read

Sri Lanka Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Adha amid third wave of COVID-19

Prayer congregations are limited to just 100 people.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Vietnam envoy Ho Thi Thanh Truc meets Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

Vietnam had recently offered to share the country's experience in organic fertilizer

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Death of former Sri Lanka MP's 16-y-o maid: Postmortem reveals vaginal penetration

The postmortem report is to be presented to court on Monday.

Imesh Ranasinghe

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