Human Rights Watch urges the government to halt execution plans

Global rights organisation Human Rights Watch today urged the government to halt plans to resume executions and restore its de facto 43-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty. President Maithripala... Read more »

Justice Ministry yet to receive presidential order

The Justice Ministry is yet to receive a presidential order to prepare for the execution of four convicts. President Maithripala Sirisena said last week that he ordered the execution of four convicts... Read more »

President explains death penalty decision to UN Secretary-General

President Maithripala Sirisena says no faction should attempt to overturn the decision to reinstate the capital punishment. Speaking during an event in Polonnaruwa President said he contacted the United Nations Secretary General... Read more »

Sri Lanka will benefit if 18A and 19A are abolished – President

President Maithripala Sirisena states that the country will benefit only if the 18th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution are abolished. Addressing an event at the BMICH today (23), the President Maithripala... Read more »

‘Laws will be enacted against illegal loggers’ – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says laws will be enacted directly or indirectly against illegal loggers despite various criticism. Speaking during an event in Polonnaruwa President said the decision to suspend the importation of... Read more »

Emergency Regulations extended until July 22

An Extraordinary Gazette notification has been issued extending the State of Emergency in Sri Lanka by another month with effect from today (June 22). The gazette has been issued by President’s Secretary... Read more »

President extends term of Mjr. General Shavendra Silva

President Maithripala Sirisena has granted a six month extension to Army Chief-of-Staff Major General Shavendra Silva, informed sources from the Presidential Secretariat said. The extension will be effective from the 22nd of... Read more »

Cabinet to convene today

The Cabinet meeting usually held on Tuesday is scheduled to be held today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. A Senior Government Minister told that the Cabinet meeting is scheduled to... Read more »

Sri Lanka Freedom Party – Podujana Peramuna to seek consensus

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will hold another round of talks tomorrow (17), during which they will attempt to iron out any outstanding issues. SLFP... Read more »

President Maithri and PM Ranil to be summoned

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday bombings have discussed the summoning of the President and Prime Minister before the Committee. Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the PSC Ananda Kumarasiri... Read more »