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Monthly Archives: November, 2018

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Sri Lanka: Violation of constitutional provisions & breach of parliamentary provisions becoming the new norm.

Image: Protester holding a placard against the dissolution of the parliament by Sirisena. Sri Lanka was for long a bastion of Western culture in social...

Sri Lanka grinds to political halt amid parliamentary chaos

Image: Sri Lanka parliament 15th Nov 2018.  COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka appeared to have ground to a political halt on Thursday with the Speaker...

Sri Lanka: Full text of Supreme Court verdict on dissolution gazette

The following is the verdict issued by the Supreme Court on the parliament dissolution gazette when the hearing was taken up before courts yesterday...

Majority of lawmakers oppose Rajapaksa govt, Sri Lanka parliament speaker says

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya said 122 lawmakers in the 225-seat assembly had signed a letter saying they opposed the appointment...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court restores sacked parliament

AFP - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections...

All 3 election commissioners have agreed that the dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament is illegal.

Image: Protests are on going in Colombo against the Sirisna's move. In a Right of Reply sent by commissioner S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole (on Election...

This process has totally nullified 19A and it is unconstitutional.- J.C. Weliamuna

Constitution a counter-majoritarian document . Article 48 (1) doesn’t say PM can be removed by President . SLFP cannot form a national government. Politics has always been...

Sri Lanka: Powerful arguments by leading lawyers against the dissolution of the parliament at the SC hearing.

Image: Media awaiting for news, in front of the SC on 12 Nov 2018. Strong arguments were presented in the Supreme Court today in favour...

International Declaration on Information and Democracy: principles for the global information and communication space

Image ©SLBThe Commission chaired by Christophe Deloire and Shirin Ebadi is today releasing the “International Declaration on Information and Democracy,” which establishes democratic guarantees...

Reigning in the Executive President – Radhika Coomaraswamy

Image: Radhika Coomaraswamy. (ada derana) For the most part of the last few weeks we have been in a suspended state of disbelief. Yes, the...

A fight to reset Sri Lanka’s constitutional clock – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

As the core of Sri Lanka’s Democratic Socialist Republic implodes in multiple critical ways today, it cannot be said that we were not forewarned. For...

Sri Lanka: UN Secretary-General Underlines the importance of rule of law and due process.

New York/10 November 2018. Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on developments in Sri Lanka. The Secretary-General learned with concern of President Maithripala Sirisena's decision...

Hope has been murdered, but there is no reason to despair. – Tisaranee Gunasekara

"A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse and has said so much to her about the great love and friendship she...

U.S. and others denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament as undemocratic

Image: Civil groups have been protesting the unconstitutional move by President Sirisena since 27th Nov. (Reuters) - Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve...

US House Dems Urge Sri Lanka to Reopen Parliament, Commit to Democratic Process

November 9, 2018. WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Dina Titus, Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Caucus; and Rep. David...

Sri Lanka: Desperate dissolution

  In an act that smacked of political desperation after it became evident his party may not be able to show majority in the House,...

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee statement on Sri Lanka

The Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), currently meeting in London, has noted with concern the recent political developments in Sri Lanka....

The Second Coming of Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa – Rajesh Venugopal

In Sri Lanka, it’s yesterday once more. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family are back in charge. For those who are very young, or with...

An open letter to the Chinese Ambassador In Sri Lanka: Let us settle this issue ourselves and take your bribe-money back. – Prof....

An Open Letter To The Chinese Ambassador In Sri Lanka. By Liyanage Amarakeerthi – Prof. Liyanage Amarakeerthi His Excellency, Mr. Yi Xianliang Ambassador, Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Dear Mr....

Sri Lanka: The absurdity of the argument that President can dissolve the Parliament any time- Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne,

 (Dr) Jayampathy Wickramaratne, President’s Counsel and Member of Parliament. There is speculation that Parliament will be dissolved. Arguments have been made for and against the...

Sri Lanka: Free Trade Zone TU condemns violation of “People’s Sovereignty” using Constitutional provisions

Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union/ Statement to Media. We condemn violation of “People’s Sovereignty” using Constitutional provisions By now the country is slipping...

Allow Parliament to demonstrate its confidence by voting immediately when reconvened, says EU

JOINT STATEMENT; The Delegation of the European Union issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission as well as the Ambassadors...

Sri Lanka’s political crisis explained, and what it means for the island nation’s Tamil community – Kumaravadivel Guruparan

Image: Many Tamil activists see the ousted Ranil Wickremesinghe as less brutal than Mahinda Rajapaksa. by Kumaravadivel Guruparan. In November 2014, Maithripala Sirisena, who was then a...

Sri Lanka has suffered a ‘coup without guns’: parliament speaker

Image: Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, looks on during a party leaders and members meeting at the parliament in Colombo,...

Speaker has taken a stand: Now the int’l community should follow suit

After a long and rather undue wait, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced that the arbitrary sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointment of...

Culture of democracy important in Sri Lanka – Commonwealth Secretary-General

The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s spokesperson today issued the following Statement on the unfolding political situation in Sri Lanka. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today noted the decision...

USA is committed to the implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka, Ambassador tells Sampanthan

TNA Press Release/ 06.11.2018. The United States for Sri Lanka Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz met with the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance...

Sri Lankan LGBTQI+ community and allies condemn President Sirisena’s homophobic comments.

Statement by the Sri Lankan LGBTQI+ community and allies on President Sirisena’s homophobic comments at the ‘Jana Mahima’ rally The following is the text of...

Political turmoil could test Sri Lanka’s ties with international community

 LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images:  A Demonstration in Colombo on November 4, 2018. The U.S. and Japan have both paused their respective projects in Sri Lanka amid...

When We Marched (30 October 2018) – Subha W.

Image (c)Human Rights Watch 2016.  There is a constitutional coup in Sri Lanka. There is much more about it at Groundviews, but you can start here if you...
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Eastern Musling were “beaten and humiliated” by Sri Lanka Military

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Kandaketiya judgement and continuing custodial deaths in Sri Lanka

Image: Protest against killing of Sandun Malinga. On the May 7, 2014 Sandun Malinga, a 17 year old boy and four others with him were...