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Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions Heyns on 40,000 Dead and Video Half-Shown in UN, UPR

Christof Heyns Matthew Russell LeeUNITED NATIONS,- The UN system's Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions has inevitably dealt with Sri Lanka...

India’s interests in Lanka; Neighbourhood can’t be ignored

Indo- Lanka Agreement singed in 1987Raj Chengappa The decision to increase engagements with Sri Lanka in the area of defence shows the realisation has...

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...

“Get rid of the 13th Amendment” – Elle Gunawansa Thera, a member of the Police Commission

Gunawansa Thero with the President President of the Deshaya Surakeeme Jathika Viyaparaya (DSJV) Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera urges the government to abolish the 13th...

COPE spotlights six bad transactions .

The investment of Rs.1,137 million by the People’s Bank in the purchase of shares of Sri Lankan Airlines had impaired by Rs. 848.8 million...

Centralising Power and Money – Devolving Poverty and Misery

Kusal Perera Short note on above with emphasis on how gradual “centralisation” of power in the hands of the Colombo governments, left poverty alleviation...

Those against 13A can leave UPFA and oppose it – Arundika. Fernando, MP. UPFA

The Government has no problem with the implementation of the 13th Amendment to Constitution and if any allied parties are against it they could...

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...

DIVINAGUMA DEVELOPMENT BILL Can it be made applicable to the Northern Province?

The fact that the president and the cabinet presenting a Bill to Parliament and the President himself acting on behalf of PC to agree...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sri Lankan military forcibly “resettles” Tamil detainees

 Class room under a treeThe Sri Lankan government last month announced a “remarkable achievement”—the resettlement of the last of nearly 300,000 Tamil war detainees....

Jaffna protests Sri Lanka’s oppression of Tamil civic bodies

Protest in front of Nallor Piratheasa Chapai (PS)13 elected civic bodies in the Jaffna Peninsula organized parallel agitations in their respective areas on Monday,...

Gotabaya gets Delhi invite ahead of UNHRC session

The Indian government has invited Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to New Delhi for talks, ahead of next month’s session of the UN...

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...

’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....

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...

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...

Near site of LTTE’s last stand, a victory memorial that Tamils don’t visit

Of the 19 divisions in the Sri Army, 14 are based in the Northern Province.(Photo:Yanuuk Willing)Nirupama Subramanian R. K. Radhakrishnan Letters from Lanka In...

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...

Devolved Executive Powers Should be Exercised by Relevant Provincial Ministers and not Central Govt Ministers Argues Counsel for Petitioner MP

Wasantha RamanayakeWhen the Divineguma Bill was taken up by the Supreme Court on Thursday to determine its constitutionality, counsel for a petitioner said that...

Landmark Supreme Court Judgment Recognizes ‘Economic Rights’ of Journalists in Sri Lanka

A stripped naked Tamil youth sits on a concrete step at the Borella bus stand as a laughing Sinhalese mob dance around him.Dr.Wickrema WeerasooriyaIn...

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...

Executive Presidency the root of all evil; Are they preparing to lynch the CJ?

Kumar DavidA fortnight ago several senior ministers were told to hold a press conference and con the public that the government was not after...

Divi Neguma Bill Shows Govt Insensitivity To Power Devolution – Sampanthan

TNA Leader and parliamentarian R. Sampanthan says the proposed Divi Neguma Bill is a clear instance of the government’s insensitivity to the concept of...

Indo-Lanka ties near breaking point; Moves to repeal 13th Amendment

Gota, JHU push for abolition of provincial councils; TNA-Govt. dispute back to square oneChina wants to know what TNA discussed with India; KP issue...

SLFP MP lashes out at buyable politicos and names the price :Rs 40 million and Provincial Councillor or Local Government member for about Rs...

 Jayarathne Herath writes to president and party secretaryKurunegala District UPFA MP Jayarathne Herath yesterday said that the SLFP should take tangible action to cleanse...
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Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

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Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

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