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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • No More Defence Ministry Supervision for NGOs: Deputy Minister Read more >

    No More Defence Ministry Supervision for NGOs: Deputy Minister

    (Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva) Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva last week clarified that the Ministry of Defence would no longer play a role in supervising Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO). “The facilitation and supervision of NGOs is not a responsibility of the Ministry of […]

  • No to 20A in Present Form; Minority Parties Adamant Read more >

    No to 20A in Present Form; Minority Parties Adamant

    (Leaders and representatives of at least 18 minor political parties meeting at the SLMC Head Quarters “Darussalam” on Sunday night. ) Fear minorities will be left in the lurch, Advocate double ballot paper system. Leaders and representatives of at least 18 minor political parties meeting at the SLMC Head Quarters “Darussalam” on Sunday night. At […]

  • UNP Unmasks Mahinda Rajapaksa ! Read more >

    UNP Unmasks Mahinda Rajapaksa !

    • Hard-hitting statement alleges Rajapaksa ruled for years with lies and after being overthrown he is still spreading hatred and mistrust for cheap political gains • UNP denies closure of 59 Army camps but points finger at former President • Warns people will teach Rajapaksa his final lesson at the next election; hints additional bribery […]

  • Two Additional Commissioners for Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons Read more >

    Two Additional Commissioners for Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons

    Two additional commissioners will be appointed to the Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons (PCICMP) in Sri Lanka to conduct investigations and prepare the final report by the stipulated deadline. President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to appoint a retired judge and a retired senior officer from the administrative service within this week to help […]

  • 107,000 Child Labourers in Sri Lanka – NCPA Read more >

    107,000 Child Labourers in Sri Lanka – NCPA

    There are more than 107,000 child labourers in Sri Lanka according to a survey conducted in 2008, Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) Natasha Balendra said yesterday. June 12 marks World Day Against Child Labour, and the NCPA has adopted this year’s slogan ‘No to Child Labour – Yes to Quality Education’ as […]

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