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  • Two Ways to Stop Rajapaksa – Ranga Jatasuriya Read more >

    Two Ways to Stop Rajapaksa – Ranga Jatasuriya

    It is not boredom of retirement, but insecurity that motivates ex-president to make a political comeback. The proxies of the ex-president have fired the first salvo.Over six million Sri Lankans who voted against the kleptocratic regime of Rajapaksa and many others who later realised the full extent of excesses and abuses that took place during […]

  • A Brave New State Media?  – Lakshman Gunasekara Read more >

    A Brave New State Media? – Lakshman Gunasekara

    [ Lakshman Gunasekara, Vikalpa Photo] The changes in leadership that the country’s public-owned news media institutions undergo along with changes in government is now so automatic that it is almost a hallowed tradition. In one venerable public-owned institution, for example, there is a permanent ‘consultants’ room’ where, come regime change, politically appointed senior media managers […]

  • Sri Lanka: PM to Summon Media Owners

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he plans to summon the owners of local media to warn them against attempting to create communal disharmony in the country. Speaking at an event today, Wickremesinghe said that he will also invite media rights groups to attend the meeting for them to raise concerns they have over the owners […]

  • Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law Read more >

    Sri Lanka Parliament Enacts Witness Protection Law

     by Emelina Perez [JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill [Ceylon Daily News report] aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; […]

  • A Visit to the Vanni – Laura Davies

    February 19, 2015- Earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to Prince Zeid’s request to defer consideration of his office’s investigation into the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka to the summer. The UK was a main sponsor of the resolution setting up the investigation and we remain committed to it. Those who […]

  • The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President Read more >

    The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President

    the guardian./ason Burke in Colombo Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory in January has brought optimism to Colombo after nine years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s controversial and divisive rule Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to supporters after speaking outside the Buddhist Temple of Tooth in the central town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena gestures to […]

  • Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists Read more >

    Beating the Communal Drum by Hardcore Sinhala Nationalists

    [Dayan Jayatilleke reading Rajapaks’s message at the meeting] by Achintaka – Yesterday’s rally in Nugegoda organised by the hard-core Sinhala nationalists, i.e. Weerawansa, Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasudeva with the blessings of former President Mahinda Rajapakse and their pseudo intellectual appendage Dayan Jayatilleke reminds us that the politicians who made a life out of Sinhala communalism/nationalism […]

  • Seven Measures To Move Towards Good Governance – Rajiva Wijesinha

    By Rajiva Wijesinha – After Rev Sobitha’s very inspired remarks about the need to fulfil our promises rather than think about elections, I had a searching interview with ARTV, which helped my ideas to crystallize. I was also a bit upset, because I gathered that the UNP hierarchy was meeting at Temple Trees to discuss […]

  • Sri Lanka Foreign Minster’s Letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein

    In a letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein  Sri Lanka Government has promised to establish a domestic set up a credible domestic mechanism in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: ”Sri Lanka government is committed to set up a credible domestic mechanism, the relevant preambular provisions in resolution 25/1 […]

  • Batticaloa Mothers Demand Sri Lanka Govt Releases Detained Children Read more >

    Batticaloa Mothers Demand Sri Lanka Govt Releases Detained Children

    [Holding photographs and clothing of their missing children and husbands….] Tamil mothers and relatives of the disappeared held a demonstration in Batticaloa on Monday, calling on the Sri Lankan government to release their children from custody. Holding photographs and clothing of their missing children and husbands, women from across the region, came together to hold […]

  • Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report Read more >

    Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report

    GENEVA (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new government won a six-month delay on Monday in the publication of a report on alleged war crimes, after the U.N. human rights chief praised its willingness to open the country up to scrutiny. Sri Lankan government forces have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages […]

  • Rs. 400 m Spent on Foreign Advisors for Domestic HR Inquiry Read more >

    Rs. 400 m Spent on Foreign Advisors for Domestic HR Inquiry

    [Jaffna: people waiting to give evidence at the Commission sittings] A “domestic inquiry” of sorts former President Rajapaksa initiated last year has become the focal point of attention. Such an inquiry came about when he extended the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry probing (from August 2013) thousands of persons who have gone missing. On […]

  • “Delhi Must Push Colombo on Devolution” – R. Sampanthan Read more >

    “Delhi Must Push Colombo on Devolution” – R. Sampanthan

    [Tamils have been voting for autonomy  for decades] by Meera Srinivasan – New Delhi must continue pushing Colombo towards the implementation of the 13th Amendment, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan said. Speaking exclusively to The Hindu on Friday, the Leader of the Tamil National Alliance – the main party representing Sri Lanka’s northern Tamils – […]

  • Sri Lanka: The Editorial That was Not Published

    LankaNewsWeb has published the editorial written by Mr. Dinesh Weerawansa, editor of the state controlled weekend The Observer to be published in case former President Rajapaksha would have won the election on 8th January. The editorial shows the level of politicization of the state media in Sri Lanka. Mr. Weerawansha has not denied the news […]

  • 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 […]

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