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13th Amendment

  • Open appeal to Human Rights Council: At UPR – Sri Lanka prevail upon Sri Lanka not to dismantle the 13 amendment and provide speedy political solution

    An open appeal to the UN HRC in connection with the Universal Periodic Review in November, 2012  on Sri Lanka urging  it  to  prevail  upon Sri Lanka to stop the dismantling  the devolution of powers that have been conferred on the Provincial Councils by the provisions of the  13th Amendment to the Constitution. NfR Sri […]

  • CMB should not fear intl. pressure over 13A

    Former Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday said the Government should not fear international criticism over the issue of the 13th Amendment but should have an alternative if it wanted to scrap it.Bogollagama pointed out that whatever solution the government had the 13th Amendment should be placed before the people for approval. He said if the […]

  • Options for Procrastinating on the 13th Amendment

    Gomin DayasriHark, hark, dogs do bark; sleeping dogs – the procrastinators, warm stools in high places without attending to the imperatives after securing a 2/3 majority. Awake before it’s too late- this could be the last call on the 13th Amendment.The impact of the 13th amendment can be diminished or demolished, satisfactorily, if the legitimate […]

  • The call by Mr. Gotabhaya to annul the 13th A , echoed  by his blood hounds, is not a slip of the tongue, some idle,  conjectural suggestion Read more >

    The call by Mr. Gotabhaya to annul the 13th A , echoed by his blood hounds, is not a slip of the tongue, some idle, conjectural suggestion

    Right of self-determination of the oppressed Tamil nation must be defended On the Politics  of the 13th Amendment. By: Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe The Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, a non-elected bureaucrat appointed by his  brother, has declared that the 13th Amendment should be annulled since it constitutes a breeding ground for separatism. The not so-Hon. […]

  • Gotabhaya’s Talk about Abolishing the 13th Amendment! Read more >

    Gotabhaya’s Talk about Abolishing the 13th Amendment!

    Laksiri Fernando Anyone of course has a right to advocate ‘abolishing the 13th Amendment’ or anything else for that matter. Sri Lanka should be a free country for peaceful political expression. But what is worrying is the almost ‘fanatical’ advocacy of the ‘abolition of devolution’with the 13th Amendment by the Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. What […]

  • Repealing 13 A violates Mahinda Chinthanya

    Harim PeirisThe Mahinda Chinthanya Way Forward, the 2010 election manifesto and indeed political vision and action plan of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has an importance and seriousness which exceeds the average election manifesto in a democratic society.Now, an election manifesto itself is an important document, because from it flows, the concept of a mandate to rule, […]

  • 13-A: SLMC flays call for referendum

    The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will oppose any attempt by the government to hold a national referendum with a view to repealing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, SLMC General Secretary M. T. Hassen Ali, MP, said Ali said: “Just because the government could not pass one Bill, it should not try to do away […]

  • Change 13th Amendment through a referendum – Basil Rajapaksha

    Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa says the government will not hesitate to introduce a 19th Amendment to the constitution (19 A) if it feels the 13th Amendment has some shortcomings.Speaking to heads from the Tamil media, the Minister said that the laws should be made to fulfill the expectations of the public and if those […]

  • Why 13A should be repealed – I

    Nalin de SilvaThe thirteenth amendment is in the limelight again. Soon after the Supreme Court decided that the Divineguma Bill should be approved by the Provincial Councils the writer in his column in The Island of Sept called for the abolition of the thirteenth amendment. A campaign for repealing it has gathered momentum after the […]

  • Disciplinary action against 7 SLMC EPC members

    The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has initiated disciplinary action against seven of its members elected to the Eastern Provincial Council for not carrying out a party decision on the ‘Divi Neguma’ Bill, party sources said yesterday.The sources said that the letters summoning them for a disciplinary inquiry had been sent to the seven SLMC […]

  • No need to abolish 13th amendment – Fonseka

    Former Army chief Sarath Fonseka says there is no need to abolish the 13th amendment, as wanted by government ministers and officials.He has made the remark to BBC Sandeshaya following a public meeting at Padavi-Sripura.Mr. Fonseka has said this particular piece of legislation cannot be done away with at the whims of certain persons.The 13th […]

  • ’13th amendment call, an imperialist ploy’ – LSSP

    Calls for the abolition of the 13th amendment to the constitution are part of an imperialist ploy against Sri Lanka, alleges senior minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana. Abolition of the 13th amendment will effectively nullify the provincial council system, which will have an adverse impact on the country, he says.Such calls will also negate Sri Lanka’s […]

  • Govt. allies want 13-A scrapped .

    Several allies of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have decided to continue their campaign to pressure President Mahinda Rajapaksa to abrogate the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, by using the two-thirds majority in Parliament, Daily Mirror learns.  The Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (JNP) led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) […]

  • Dangerous conspiracy to repeal the 13th amendment? Read more >

    Dangerous conspiracy to repeal the 13th amendment?

    TNA leader Sampanthan:GoSL afraid of TNA leed North PC  Seran Senguttuvan The 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution came by largely as a result of the Indo Lanka Agreement (1987) after substantial and careful study by legal and other experts of both countries.  The Agreement came at a time when the JR Jayawardena Government was […]

  • Wimal calls for referendum to abolish 13-A

    Close on the heels of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reiterating his call for abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the National Freedom Front (NFF) leader, Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa, MP, has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold a referendum to decide on the controversial amendment.MP Weerawansa has sought an urgent meeting with President […]

  • Defence Secretary repeats call for abolition of 13-A

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday reiterated that post-war political strategy of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) left him with no alternative but to strongly recommend the abolition of the 13th Amendment. He urged the government, the Opposition as well as the international community to examine the conduct of the one-time mouthpiece of the LTTE.It was up […]

  • Internal divisions in Govt. over 13th Amendment, PC system JHU, NFF want it abolished, leftists want it retained

    Senior ministers in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government are apparently divided into two groups over the continuation of the Provincial Council system established in accordance with the 13th Amendment. Highly placed government sources said that while one group is in favour of the Provincial Council system, several others, including government partners, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) […]

  • JVP too wants 13 A repealed

    Gotabhaya shouts as if he has seen a bad dream, we knew about 13th amendment in 1987 – Vijitha The Defense Secretary, as if he has woken up suddenly from a bad dream, is making a big noise saying the 13th amendment should be amended but the JVP has been saying this since the Indo-Sri […]

  • From Divineguma to the Judiciary: the government faces a challenge

    Harim Peiris For the Rajapaksa Administration which pushed through the 18th Amendment to the constitution with barely a squeak of protest from society, the furor over the Divineguma bill must be hard to comprehend. The Bill is challenged in Court, the ruling is a defeat for the government and there is now a serious public […]

  • Repeal 13A without delay says Gotabhaya

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday called for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution without further delay. The ongoing efforts by a political grouping led by one-time LTTE mouthpiece, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to hinder the passage of the Divineguma Bill in parliament meant that in spite of Sri Lanka’s battlefield victory over […]

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