@OSFellows 2020-2022. Chairperson neelan.org/. Vice Chair @UAF_AnP. Commissioner @HRCSrilanka Oct 2015- March 2020. Tweets personal. RTs ≠endorsements.

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‘Authoritarian (in)efficiency & the undermining of democracy in Sri Lanka’-my article on how an authoritarian leader gains public support. Focuses on informal systems which are created when formal systems don’t work & discusses how it undermines democracy. ft.lk/columns/Authoritarian-…
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Good news. Fact they were arrested, remanded for more than 6 months & still haven’t been discharged shows how #PTA, which contravenes human rights standards, can be abused by the state. #RepealPTA @EU_in_Sri_Lanka
10 #Tamils arrested by #SriLanka police on 18 May under #PTA for lighting a flame of remembrance for the war dead at #Kiran beach in #Kalkudah, #Batticaloa were released on bail, today, by #Valaichchenai district/magistrate court after being held in prison for nearly 7 months.
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The magic of #GSP plus.
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#PTA The never ending examples of how the lack of a definition of “terrorism” in the #PTA enables subjective interpretation of what constitutes terrorism, thereby leading to the abuse of the law. @EU_in_Sri_Lanka
10 #Tamils, including 2 women, who were arrested under #PTA for lighting candles in memory of the war dead on May 18 in the eastern coastal village of #Kalkudah, were further remanded (6) until 20 December by #Valaichchenai district/magistrate’s court on Monday (6). #SriLanka
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Former combatant who made representation to Prez TF on #OneCountryOneLaw when it visited Mullaitivu says due to his statement he’s been summoned to TID & interrogated. Sees this as attempt to criminalize them & silence their voices. Says public want to memorialize.
அரசாங்கத்தின் அச்சுறுத்தலுடன் தொடர்ந்து கண்காணிக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றோம் - முன்னாள் போராளி செ.அரவிந்தன் #lka #SriLanka
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#PTA COA judgment in S. Kirubakaran v. AG decided on 02.12.2021 shows miscarriage of justice that can occur when confessions that are made to officers of ASP rank & above are admissible. Crt found ASP admitted he wasn’t proficient in Tamil & had to refer dictionary sometimes.
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Crt said ASP himself translating confession raises doubt if statement was translated verbatim to the typist. Justice Menaka Wijesundera stated it may have been a daunting experience to the petitioner when the ASP himself translated the confession in view of his position.
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Reiterated it is duty of Crt to assure absolute fairness to petitioner as stipulated by section 24 of Evidence Ordinance. Crt referred to judgment in Nuwan De Siva vs. AG which said the judge should remind himself that voluntary in ordinary parlance means of one’s own free will.
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3 days ago Tamilwin reported army personnel who attacked Vishwachandran accepted they did “wrong”, apologized & were released. Since then others reported same & intl orgs called for legal action. Concern whether he’ll be subject to harassment/intimidation/or worse b/c of this.
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“...deep irony in idea that insurance scheme for journalists has been introduced by same admin accused of gravest crimes against indep media…role of media in democracy is adversarial. It’s job of press to hold Exec, Legis & Judiciary accountable to ppl.” ft.lk/ft_view__editorial/Pro…
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Civil society orgs & activists, including those working on issues related to ppl affected by #PTA, their families & communities issue a statement on the proposed “reforms” to #PTA by govt. @EU_in_Sri_Lanka @SingerHanaa @NiAolainF @MASumanthiran @GGPonnambalam @sajithpremadasa
Civil society groups and individuals in Sri Lanka have called for an immediate moratorium on the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Read the full story here colombogazette.com/2021/12/0… via @colombogazette #Srilanka #lka #PTA
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“State protection assured. This is a humanitarian initiative of the Ministry of Mass Media.” Irony is dead.
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Just one eg of #PTA & ICCPR Act being weaponized against minorities/opponents. Raises Qs re integrity of investigation & basis on which AG Dept decided to indict. #PTA has no definition of terrorism & what is deemed terrorism is based on subjective factors & dependent on context.
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Men attack a restaurant in Palai. Locals say area OIC in group that attacked. Snr police officer says attack took place because ppl weren’t wearing masks & they’re inquiring into it. Ppl ask how can we eat while wearing masks. #Impunity is entrenched. State violence is systemic.
OIC தாக்குதல்- பளை பிரதேசவாசிகள்: முகமூடி அணியாததாலே தடியடி நடத்தியதாக பொலிஸார் தெரிவிப்பு! @ambikasat @HRCSriLanka medialk.com/tamil/archives/8… via @MediaLK - Tamil
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If it was staged he must’ve known SLA wld come to spot when he was photographing nameboard & planned to move back & fall. Was bike parked next to barbed wire fence or did he first fall over bike & then roll over to fence? He clearly has power of prophesy. Intriguing indeed.
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Usually Medico Legal Reports (MLR) aren’t issued within a day. Efficiency in this case is truly impressive. Btw, wonder who shared MLR, which is confidential medical report that can only be submitted to court, HRCSL, police, with media.
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Interesting to see how 🇱🇰 Supreme Crt has viewed “abrasions” & “contusions”= evidence of violation of Art 11 Consti, which prohibits torture. 1)Kanda Udage Malika vs. 1. D.M. Aberathna, Police Constable. 2)J. C. Daham Seneviratne vs Sub Inspector Nelumdeniya
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3) M. Roshan Koitex & M. Tenyson vs. SI Sanjeeva, PC Suranga 64244, OIC Hikkaduwa Police & others. 4) Palle Kankanamge Sunil Shantha & Others vs. Sub-Inspector Seneviratne & Others 5) Amal Sudath Silva vs Kodituwakku, Inspector Of Police And Others.
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A short piece I wrote on how deradicalisation regulations issued under #PTA in March 2021 have the potential to exacerbate discrimination & marginalization of Tamils & Muslims & further deepen ethno-religious divisions in 🇱🇰 . Natl security = security for all @EU_in_Sri_Lanka
Colombo's new counter #terrorism regulations violate civic rights and perpetuate ethno-religious divisions, writes @ambikasat (@OpenSociety). #SriLanka buff.ly/3I1q1Jw
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