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  • How the UNP Came to Adopt Maithripala Sirisena

    January 8 is remembered for change. First there was the brutal killing in broad daylight of Journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga who stood out exposing the excesses of the Rajapaksa regime. Lasantha was killed in a high -security environment near an armed forces installation. He died brave and unbowed. By the Aluth Avurudda in April […]

  • IDPs Trapped in ‘Model Village’ Fear Permanent Exile

    By S. Rubatheesan. Meant to be a temporary stop, Keppapilavu feels like the end of the line. Three years after Thiruchelvan Ketheeswaran arrived in Keppapilavu village in Mullaitivu to start a new life for his family, his hopes are crumbling. image1-(4) Ketheeswaran was among the thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) resettled in a brand-new […]

  • Chinese Company Transfered Rs. 149 M. For Rajapaksa Election Campaign Read more >

    Chinese Company Transfered Rs. 149 M. For Rajapaksa Election Campaign

    CID bust massive money transaction during Presidential election; Rs. 149 million transferred from Chinese company’s accounts; Money used for T-shirts and caps sporting MR badges. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating a case where the China Harbour Engineering Company has allegedly handed over a staggering Rs. 149 million to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election […]

  • A new Sri Lanka? – Alan Keenan

    Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule of this country of 21 million people by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is closely associated with a brutal 2009 victory over the Tamil Tiger insurgency and authoritarian government. Alan Keenan discusses how […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil

    (EconomyNext) The much awaited talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and his arch rival predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa ended without a deal Wednesday, but the meeting sent triggered deep anxiety within the ruling ranks. The talking partners did not issue formal statements after the hour-long meeting at the parliamentary complex, but official sources said the first encounter […]

  • Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

    At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka’s new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to Sri Lanka Campaign yardstick document, which attempts to track the extent of meaningful change with respect to Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. Shortly after the election of President Maithripala Sirisena and […]

  • Presidential Election Abuses by Rajapaksas Read more >

    Presidential Election Abuses by Rajapaksas

    It is amidst an impending parliamentary election that more details of abuses and irregularities at the January presidential election are now emerging. A shocking revelation is how the assets of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) were allegedly used like a local taxi service by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family members and a few onetime […]

  • Video: Maithri Behind Attempts Against 19A: Anura Read more >

    Video: Maithri Behind Attempts Against 19A: Anura

    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today charged that President Maithripala Sirisena was behind the statements made by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and MPs Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Nimal Siripala de Silva against the 19th Amendment. “The silence of President Sirisena reflects that he is behind the attempts against the 19th Amendment. […]

  • general Daya Ratnayake : Gota’s Main Man..! Read more >

    general Daya Ratnayake : Gota’s Main Man..!

    Daya Ratnayake was Gota’s main man. Gota’s wish was Daya’s command. Daya really was just what Gota needed. There wasn’t a thing Daya wouldn’t do for him. He let out battalions of soldiers to attend Gota’s personal tasks, he cleaned his crime scenes, blurred the numbers in his corruption. If Gota wanted to borrow a […]

  • Finally CBK Gets What She Wanted Read more >

    Finally CBK Gets What She Wanted

    Fulfilling her wish to come back to her political home, President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed  Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga as the chair of the policy and planning committee of the SLFP that will fully reorganize the party. This will strengthen President Sirisena’s hold on the SLFP and completely  block Mahinda Rajapaksa  capturing the power through […]

  • Sri Lanka: Huge Foreign Bank Accounts Exposed Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Huge Foreign Bank Accounts Exposed

    Ravi says moves underway to recover plundered billions, names to be revealed. Billions of rupes enough to bridge 75 per cent of the Budget deficit have been illegally deposited in three countries – Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland — by leaders of the former government and top officials, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told […]

  • Beyond RTI: Towards Open Government in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Beyond RTI: Towards Open Government in Sri Lanka

    by Nalaka Gunawardene – After many years of advocacy by civil society, Sri Lanka is set to adopt a law that guarantees citizens’ Right to Information (RTI). With that, we will at last catch up with nearly 100 countries that have introduced such progressive laws. Better late than never – but passing the law is only a beginning. […]

  • Next Election Under a New Electoral System Read more >

    Next Election Under a New Electoral System

    [Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne] Speaking at the Cabinet media briefing today, Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne elaborated on a new electoral system. The Minister added that a decision was arrived at following discussions between the President, Attorney General, Elections Commissioner and relevant factions, to introduce a new electoral system. The president had […]

  • After Nugegoda – What?

    By Izeth Hussain– The recent Nugegoda rally in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would of course have been meticulously organized, but all the same the immensity of the crowd that assembled there was beyond dispute immensely impressive. It becomes all the more impressive when we bear in mind that the organizers did not have […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil Civil Society Group Writes to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

    Writing an open letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Tamil Civil Society group headed by Rev. Bishop Rayappu Joseph ask him not to trust the new Sri Lanka government on proposed domestic investigation. “We wish to respectfully urge you not to take any promise for domestic investigations seriously, particularly in the absence of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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