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Sri Lanka: The Government’s Hollow Words Fly in the Face of Facts- Minoli de Soysa

Image: Dayani Mendis, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva speaking at HRC 45. The government is being criticised...
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Sri Lanka- Is it 13-minus, and not 13-Plus or 13-A? – N. Sathiya Moorthy

Image: The Signing of the Indo Lanka Accord The Signing of the Indo Lanka Accord by President J.R. Jayewardene and Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi...

Sri Lanka: Another journalist assaulted; FMM calls for justice!

Image: Indunil Wijenayake. The Free Media Movement strongly condemns the attack carried out on the Derana TV journalist Indunil Wijenayake in Monaragala, while he was...

Making amends: On India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address Tamil aspirations – Editorial, The Hindu

Given Sri Lanka’s majoritarian turn, appeals to address Tamil aspirations may be ineffectual. India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of its Tamil...

Sri Lanka: 20A means ‘the only remedy will be to take arms against the State’ says BASL report

Image: From a PLFP poster. The following are the observations of the BASL Committee appointed to study and submit views on the proposed 20th. Amendment to...

Thajudeen murder case: HC adjudicates case as key suspect dead

The case involving the suspicious death of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen was adjudicated in the Colombo High Court yesterday as former Chief JMO of...

Bank Accounts frozen; Amnesty International India halts its human rights in India due to reprisal from Government of India

Image © Amnesty International / Jan Petersmann. The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to...

The 20A: A Very Wrong Approach to Constitution-Making – Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda

The proposed 20th Amendment has several major defects. One of its key faults is that its sponsors and framers have chosen a very wrong approach...

20 A weakens the transparency of audit, procurement, and anti-bribery functions in Sri Lanka – Shreen Saroor

Following parliamentary elections, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa wasted no time in obtaining cabinet approval and thereafter gazetting the proposed 20th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution...

20 lawyers file a FR petition against the 20A: Giving unlimited powers to the President could lead to a dictatorship in Sri Lanka

Twenty Attorneys at Law, this morning filed a Fundamental Rights petition against the proposed 20th Amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka. In their petition,...

The thirst for absolute power, false claims and the 20th Amendment Bill – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Given highly misleading justifications of the draft 20th Amendment advanced by Government Ministers, including those who profess to have some knowledge of the law and...

Sri Lanka: The Fearful President – Sanjana Hattotuwa

Image courtesy of City News (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena). “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” — Ramsay, Game of Thrones Articles...

Five Commonwealth organisations deeply concerned over impact of 20A on independence of judiciary

We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the impact the Sri Lanka 20th Constitutional Amendment Bill (the ‘Amendment Bill’) issued on 2 September...

Consider all the verbal orders [given by me] as circulars; Those who neglect will be punished – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Image courtesy of PMD. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed the officials to treat all verbal orders issued reports presidential media division. The PMD reports that...

Sri Lankan apparel sector could lose 100,000 jobs in 2020

It has been the same story since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak—cancelled orders, production drops or halts due to the lockdowns, drying out...

The 20th Amendment Bill – Lest we forget – Dr. Nihal Jayawicrama

Image: Maithripala Sirisena, he who stood before the casket bearing the remains of the late Rev. Maduluwawe Sobitha, and with his head bowed swore...

Former Provincial Governor Rajith Keerthi files a FR petition against the 20th Amendment

Former Governor of Uva, Southern and Central Provinces and Former Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights...

After 20A: A Sinhala-Buddhist Eelam – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Image courtesy of @GotabayaR. The Gotabaya Presidency is nothing like any previous Presidency including that of JR Jayewardene. All previous Presidencies since 1978, and indeed...

Recent elections in the context of state formation in Sri Lanka – some thoughts – Sunil Bastian

These are a few thoughts on the recently concluded elections in Sri Lanka. Elections can be studied in various ways. The underlying interest in...

Some Reflections on the Twentieth Amendment Bill – Asanga Welikala

As the Twentieth Amendment Bill is brought before Parliament – and challenged in the Supreme Court – there are two critical sets of questions...

The 20th Amendment should not pass – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

In November 1936, during the Battle for Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, Dolores Ibarruri or La Pasionaria as she came to be known,...

Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa wants UN to adhere to non-interference in domestic affairs of sovereign states.

In his message to the high-level meeting to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations on 21 September 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says...

End to Sri Lanka’s Democracy: Shouldn’t it be Resisted? – Jayadeva Uyangoda

The debate on the proposed 20th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s 1978 Constitution is gathering momentum. The proposal which has been published in the Government...

The 20th Amendment will make free politics, fair elections and non-partisan justice impossible in Sri Lanka – Thisarnee Gunasekara

“If history is continuity and discontinuity, resolution and catastrophe, it is also surprise and unanimity; a total fascist state that in January 1933 was...

Sri Lanka: Retired Judges’ Association gravely perturbed over proposed 20A

(Image courtesy of www.westchestercomdiv.com) The Retired Judges’ Association (RJA) says it is “gravely perturbed” by the potential impact of the draft 20th Amendment on the...

Sri Lanka: 20A undermines free speech, democratic institutions, say professional media groups

Professional media industry bodies have raised concerns over certain clauses of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, saying it would have a detrimental impact...

Installing a constitutional monarch as the president – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

(Image courtesy of www.slideshare.net) Constitutions of democratic Republics should not be tailor made for individuals. Yet, Sri Lanka’s constitutional practice has been stubbornly reflective of...

Constitutional changes create dynastic rule – Dr Ameer Ali

With all the debates, controversies and rigmarole surrounding the issue of abolishing 19A with 20A, and the demand from certain quarters for a new...

Sri Lanka govt is using intelligence services to control tea production standards.

(Image courtesy of ENS) Sri Lanka government is using intelligence services to find out improper ways and means in the production of Ceylon Tea, it...

Claims that former President Sirisena was not informed of the possibility of Easter Sunday attack cannot be believed under any circumstances.- Former former Defence...

"Former Defence Secretary, continuing his statement before the PCoI probing Easter attacks said, claims that former President Sirisena was not informed of the possibility...

Sri Lanka: Presidential accountability is what the 20th Amendment is about – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

Despite the Government appearing to step back from the planned decimation of the improvements made to the Constitution in 2015, it is likely that...
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