Sri Lanka Brief
2015January
  • Openness in the 100-day Reform Process is Required – CPA

    10 February 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) welcomes the general direction of the government’s 100-day reforms programme that is currently underway. After decades of intolerable battering, Sri Lanka’s democratic procedures and institutions are badly in need of reform and rejuvenation. In terms of broad principles, we unhesitatingly support the abolition […]

  • Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism  – Jayadeva Uyangoda Read more >

    Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism – Jayadeva Uyangoda

    A political goal that warrants sustained attention of the new Sri Lankan government as well as the democratic reform constituencies is the rebuilding of public institutions of democratic governance, accountability, autonomy, and checks and balances. Democratic governance requires the presence of institutions of governance that are strong enough to withstand the pressures of authoritarian regimes […]

  • The Discussion Paper on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka

    The following are the main proposals for constitutional reform under discussion in the National Executive Committee. President The President will be the Head of State, the Head of the Executive and the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The President shall always, except in the case of the appointment of the Prime Minister or […]

  • Withdraw Call for Armed Forces to Maintain Public Order – BASL Read more >

    Withdraw Call for Armed Forces to Maintain Public Order – BASL

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to withdraw the renewal order calling the members of the armed forces under the provisions of Public Security Ordinance for active service to maintain public order. The President, following a practice of the previous government, in an Extraordinary Gazette notification on February 02 […]

  • Ranil and the UNP are Risking the Present Unanimity in the Current Parliament

    by Rajan Philips- “We have failed in the essential task of nation building,” said President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her speech to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence. That was in 1998. Seventeen years later, on Independence Day last week, President Maithripala Sirisena soul searchingly spoke of our “great responsibility and duty … today […]

  • UN: Sri Lanka Should Protect Migrants from Abuse Read more >

    UN: Sri Lanka Should Protect Migrants from Abuse

    By Dilrukshi Handunnetti- With nearly 2 million of its citizens working abroad and their remittances providing the island’s largest single source of foreign exchange, the protection of Sri Lankan migrants is an urgent issue, according to the U.N.. Abuse of workers abroad and reports about the mistreatment of migrants captured by Australian authorities at sea […]

  • Restore Judicial Credibility or Face Consequences – Mangala Warns

    Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday warned that unless tangible action was taken to restore what he called judicial credibility, ongoing external investigations could lead to Sri Lankan armed forces personnel as well as civilians appearing before an international war crimes tribunal. Minister Samaraweera was participating in a debate at the time of adjournment of House […]

  • Mahinda’s Defeat and Consolidation of Power Read more >

    Mahinda’s Defeat and Consolidation of Power

    [Rajapaksa speaking to supporters at his home after the defeat] by Kalana Senavirathana – In the early weeks of November 2014, it seemed somewhat clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa was set to rule the country for at least another six years. But on January 8, 2015 when he finally went to cast his vote with the […]

  • Sri Lanka: No Letup On UN Probe Read more >

    Sri Lanka: No Letup On UN Probe

    [ Sinhala nationalist groups protest in front of UNHRC ] By Easwaran Rutnam- The swearing in of a new Government has not released the pressure on Sri Lanka for a UN led investigation over the war, with human rights groups insisting that it is the only way forward. The Government had last week dispatched Jayantha […]

  • Sri Lanka at UNHRC: What Can We Expect? Read more >

    Sri Lanka at UNHRC: What Can We Expect?

    [A photographer takes aim at the UNHRC] Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war ended in May 2009, but there are still many concerns regarding accountability for alleged wartime atrocities and persistent tension between the country’s various ethnic groups. Increased authoritarianism from recently ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa and institutionalized impunity have meant that the country’s wounds of […]

  • Will China Help Mahinda to Topple the Government? Read more >

    Will China Help Mahinda to Topple the Government?

    [Chinese defence minister with President Rajapaksa] by Upul Joseph Fernando – The first official statement issued by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his defeat, appeared in the print media last week. The statement looked to be a sad note from the former President. He regretted that the present government was harassing him and his family […]

  • LLRC is to Be Fully Implemented Read more >

    LLRC is to Be Fully Implemented

    [ Kamalesh Sharma with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe ] The Government is considering the full implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to fully implement the recommendations of the LLRC and that resulted in some countries accusing Sri Lanka of […]

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa: Once Bitten, Twice Try Read more >

    Mahinda Rajapaksa: Once Bitten, Twice Try

    [Sit back to setback: Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled Sri Lanka for a decade; he now faces allegations of corruption and attempted coup. AP Photo] By Frances Bulathsinghala/Colombo – Though defeated in the presidential poll, Mahinda Rajapaksa can still become the prime minister Sit back to setback: Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled Sri Lanka for a decade; he now […]

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