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  • Sri Lanka President Dashes Rajapaksa PM Hopes; Mahinda to Go it Alone Read more >

    Sri Lanka President Dashes Rajapaksa PM Hopes; Mahinda to Go it Alone

    ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena today ruled out granting nominations to former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest as a prime ministerial candidate at up coming general elections. President Sirisena in a special announcement broadcast over state television, rejected opposition-initiated reports that the former president will make a come back as a prime ministerial candidate from […]

  • We will Protect Mahinda, Gota, Fonseka From War Crime Probe: UNP Read more >

    We will Protect Mahinda, Gota, Fonseka From War Crime Probe: UNP

    Seeking support from all the communities in the country to form a new government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) on Monday reiterated that it would not allow any international war crime probe against former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa or former army chief Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.Answering a question […]

  • Journalists Removed From Jaffna Public Consultation on Resettlement Read more >

    Journalists Removed From Jaffna Public Consultation on Resettlement

    Journalists were forced out from a public consultative meeting about resettlement at the Jaffna District Secretariat on Monday. Despite being invited to a public consultation with Sri Lankan minister for resettlement, D. M. Swaminathan, journalists were told to leave the meeting before discussion began, reportedly at the behest of the Government Agent. Although Mr Swaminathan […]

  • Sri Lanka’s War Is Long Over, But Reconciliation Remains Elusive

    by Julie McCarthy. Mannar, in northern Sri Lanka, is a fishing village where ethnic Tamils live. The country’s long civil war ended in 2009, but many in the village say there will not be reconciliation until there’s an accounting of the thousands of Tamils who disappeared during the fighting. Julie McCarthy/NPR Sri Lanka, a palm-fringed […]

  • Design Election Manifestos for Post-Election Problem Solving

    Press release. The dissolution of Parliament became necessary due to the political deadlock between the government and opposition.  The UNP-led government appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena was unable to get through the necessary legislation to govern effectively.  The president was not able to deliver on some of the important promises he made in his election […]

  • Report: Suppression of dissent in Sri Lanka ( May 2015)

    Summary: Incidents related to repression of dissent continued to be reported under the Sirisena Presidency, despite a general feeling of having more freedom than under the Rajapakse presidency. In mid May 2015, Police obtained court orders to prevent remembrance events for Tamils killed during the war. Police also interrogated organizers, participants and media at some […]

  • Sri Lanka: War Widows Forced to Do Sexual Favours Read more >

    Sri Lanka: War Widows Forced to Do Sexual Favours

    War widows in the north are being forced to agree to sexual favours as they struggle to find jobs, the AFP news agency reported. Widows left behind say they feel vulnerable, with reports of physical abuse by members of their community. Others are ostracised – considered bad luck by the conservative Hindu society. “A war […]

  • Ghosts Of War Give Way to Development in Sri Lanka

    By Amantha Perera      This bullet-pocked building, located in the Pallai area some 35 km south of Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna town, stands in contrast to the newly paved road, freshly laid rail tracks and modern buildings cropping up around it. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Jun 26 2015 (IPS) – It is […]

  • USA Country Reports on Human Rights Practice: Sri Lanka Section

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY . Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multi-party republic. Votes re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa to a second six-year term in 2010. Parliament, elected in 2010, shares constitutional power with the president. President Rajapaksa’s family dominated government. Two of President Rajapaksa’s brothers held key executive branch posts, as defense secretary and economic development minister, and […]

  • Dissolved; Parliamentary Polls on August 17 Read more >

    Dissolved; Parliamentary Polls on August 17

    Nominations to be called from July 6 to 13. Ending weeks of speculation, President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament last night. Sources from the President’s Office said President Sirisena signed the gazette notification with regard to dissolution of Parliament last night. The gazette notification was sent to the Government Press last night itself, government sources confirmed. […]

  • US Report Slams Lanka’s Rights Record Last Year Read more >

    US Report Slams Lanka’s Rights Record Last Year

    Several human rights violations had taken place last year in Sri Lanka , according to the annual human rights report of the US State Department released on 25th June 2015. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 noted that the major human rights problems reported over the year were: attacks on, and harassment […]

  • Anti Muslim Sentiment in Sri Lanka: Hate Incidents – January to April 2015

    Overview. The outcome of the presidential election of January 2015 created expectations of change, hope and reform among considerable sections of Sri Lankan society. For Muslim communities, who played a pivotal role in the election, the change in Government was willed into being in part due to the insecurity and violence suffered by Muslims particularly […]

  • Sri Lanka Says War Crimes Probe Delayed by Elections Read more >

    Sri Lanka Says War Crimes Probe Delayed by Elections

    AFP. Sri Lanka’s proposed war crimes investigation has been delayed by several months until September as the government focuses on impending parliamentary elections, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said Wednesday. Samaraweera said he hoped the composition of the investigating team along with its terms of reference would now be finalised just before the UN Human Rights […]

  • Navy Commander Karannagoda Aware of ‘Navy Abductions’ Read more >

    Navy Commander Karannagoda Aware of ‘Navy Abductions’

    ( Commander Karannagoda ) CID tells Magistrate’s CourtRoshan Thushara Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda was aware of the abductions of children by commandos of the Sri Lanka Navy. Sub Inspector Nishantha Silva of the CID told Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya yesterday that information has surfaced to the effect that the former Navy Commander […]

  • President’s Dilemma About Dissolving Parliament  – Jehan Perera Read more >

    President’s Dilemma About Dissolving Parliament – Jehan Perera

    The demand for the dissolution of parliament is getting increasingly compelling. Civil society leaders, such as the Ven Maduluwave Sobitha, who led the movement for good governance during the presidential elections have come out strongly to insist that President Maithripala SIrisisena should use his presidential powers to dissolve parliament and hold the much anticipated general […]

  • Permanent Committee on Media – Polls Chief Read more >

    Permanent Committee on Media – Polls Chief

    The Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has decided to appoint a permanent representative committee to make decisions on the activities of media during all elections to be held in the future. Deputy Head of the Media Division of the Elections Department Channa De Silva said the committee will be comprised of the Sri Lanka Human Rights […]

  • The Chairman of the Bribery Commission Must Go Read more >

    The Chairman of the Bribery Commission Must Go

    Dr A.C.Visvalingam Most readers would undoubtedly be aware that, other than in respect of routine administrative matters, no outsider should ask a Commissioner or employee of an Independent Commission to discuss with him matters relating to the work being carried out by it. No room is provided for any unauthorized person to go into specific […]

  • US Bureau of Counterterrorism Report on Sri Lanka Read more >

    US Bureau of Counterterrorism Report on Sri Lanka

    SRI LANKA: Overview: The 2009 military defeat of the terrorist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) marked the beginning of what many hoped was a new era for the country. The Sri Lankan government maintained a strong military presence in post-conflict areas and continued to voice concern about the possible reemergence of pro-LTTE sympathizers. Although […]

  • Minor Parties Warn Prime Minister on 20-A Read more >

    Minor Parties Warn Prime Minister on 20-A

    Minor parties today met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and warned him that they will defeat the 20th Amendment to the Constitution if it is submitted to Parliament in its current form. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the minor parties have already agreed that there needs to be more discussions on […]

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