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Sri Lanka: Bitter homecoming for West Asian workers

Image: Sri Lankan migrant workers have been sending billions to Sri Lanka to boost its foreign exchange resources. But now with the coronavirus pandemic,...

Sri Lanka’s Other COVID-19 Crisis: Is Parliamentary Democracy at Risk? -Alan Keenan

The Sri Lankan government has declared its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight for the first time in the country’s modern history, potentially sparking...

Sri Lankan government responds to rising COVID-19 infections by abandoning expatriate workers – Saman Gunadasa

File photo of Sri Lankan migrant workers arriving home. This week, the Sri Lankan government stopped planned air flights to bring Sri Lankan migrant workers...

Report: Repression of Dissent in Sri Lanka before and during curfew (1 st February 2020 – 30th April 2020)

Executive Summary. This report records 95 incidents that had been reported during the 90 days period. The average number of incidents per day reported...

Sri Lanka: 10 Political mistakes that shouldn’t have been committed during the pandemic. – Sunanda Deshapriya

1. President Rajapaksa dissolved the Parliament on 2nd March 2020– six months before the due date, amidst the growing danger of COVID-19 pandemic. By this...

Military, monks, militant racists – the new trinity? – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: Army Commander visited violently anti-minority monk Amapitiye Suman on his trip to East. “We’ll leave behind an iron scrap And the hollow, mocking laugh of...

Financial transparency during the pandemic: TISL makes 3 key recommendations to PM Rajapaksa

Transparency International Sri Lanka wrote to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 22 May 2020, highlighting an opportunity for Sri Lanka to take global leadership...

FAST FACTS: Nine things you didn’t know about menstruation

Image courtesy of independent.co.uk. Menstruation is stigmatized all over the world. Menstruation is a normal and healthy part of life for most women. Roughly half of...

SriLanka: FMM condemns harassment of journalist Bimal Shyaman

Obstructing and Intimidating the work of regional journalist Bimal Shyaman is a violation of media freedom - Free Media Movement Media reported an incident where...

Though Sri Lanka has no Minster of Defence, President Rajapaksa takes over 6 more institutions under the ministry.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has brought six institutions under the Ministry of Defence issuing an extraordinary gazette on 22 May 2020. Sri Lanka does not have...

Parliament is also the repository of judicial power – Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne

There has been a very useful discussion in the public domain about the relationship between the three organs of government, especially in the present...

Sri Lanka: Tamil National People’s Front reports continuous Police & Military harassment in Jaffna.

Image: on 20th May heavily armed Sri Lanka military patrolled outside TNPF office for the 3rd straight day, tweeted @TnpfOrg. In a series of tweets...

Wickremesinghe highlights economic & financial perils facing Sri Lanka & calls for a plan of action

Image: Slippers left after the stampede on 21 May at Maligawatta, Colombo that killed 3 poor women who gathered to collect a few hundreds...

Behind Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s threat to quit global bodies -N. Sathiya Moorthy

(Image courtesy of www.orfonline.org) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s declaration that Sri Lanka won’t hesitate to quit international organisations that are relentlessly attacking the nation over ‘unsubstantiated war crimes...

Justice for Easter Sunday and Justice for Hejaaz: A Christian perspective – Ruki Fernando

Most of the victims of horrific Easter Sunday bombings were Christian, majority killed inside three churches, and the bombers were Muslims. Immediately after the...

Sri Lanka’s war 10 years on: Finding Father Francis

It's been 10 years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. For thousands of people, missing family members and friends are...

Sri Lanka: 20 Muslim groups call on Health Minister to rescind Gazette on mandatory cremation

Image courtesy of Al Jazeera. A group of 20 Muslim associations have written to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchchi expressing serious concern on the continuation of...

Sri Lanka: Defence re-defined: The military as first resort

Dayan Jayethilleke. The footage on TV news was straight out of my favourite Netflix series. A long convoy of glossy black four-wheel drives coming down...

Muhudu Maha Viharaya & Misuse of land acquisition laws and the military

PARL Statement on recent developments in Pottuvil Muhudu Maha Viharaya: Misuse of land acquisition laws and the military. The People’s Alliance for Right to Land...

Sri Lanka: UN Declares Detention of Author Shakthika Sathkumara a Violation of International Law

Washington, D.C. – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued an opinion finding the Government of Sri Lanka to be in contravention of...

Sri Lankan Officials Stoke Covid-19 Communal Hate; 11 Years After Civil War’s End, No Reconciliation Efforts

Image: A Sri Lankan firefighter sprays disinfectants near a mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 10, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena By Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia...

Covid, Constitution and Confusion Constitutional necessity or mere hesitance? – Priyalal Sirisena, Attorney at Law

The Covid 19 pandemic has for sure become a challenge for the regular administration to deal with, in any country. Sri Lanka is no...

Sri Lanka: Eleven Years on, Still No Justice

Image: Memorial stones for the Tamil victims of the war and dead LTTE career. July 2017, Mullivaikal.© sunanda deshapriya සුනන්ද දේශප්‍රිය Today we commemorate all...

Unitedly and strategically working for the betterment of the Tamil people is the need of the hour – GTF

Image courtesy of www.epilepsy.com. (Press release/GTF) The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) joins Tamils worldwide in commemorating the 11th anniversary of the end of civil war in...

Sri Lanka: “Postpone the election until the risk of the pandemic has receded & re-summon the parliament” – Friday Forum

Friday Forum: AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT. Mr President, the coronavirus pandemic has been declared a national and global public health emergency by the WHO....

Sampanthan stands by Sumanthiran & appeals for unity among the Tamils to achieve a political solution.

R.Sampanthan. My attention has been drawn to the interview said to have been given to the media by Mr. M. A. Sumanthiran, President’s Counsel, former...

Sri Lanka: Three children allege “CID Officers” tried to coerce them to implicate madrassah in arms training

ECONOMYNEXT – Three minors, all students of the Al-Zuhairiya Arabic School in Karaitivu have filed Fundamental Rights petitions before the Supreme Court alleging that...

Hejaaz Hizbullah & the trial by media: False and diabolical stories about Hejaaz are spun and planted by his captors.

Image courtesy of the Medium Statement from Family of Hejaaz Hizbullah, Attorney at Law.  We have been greatly disturbed by a vile and vicious media campaign...

The coronavirus slayer! How Kerala’s rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19

Image: ‘Our clinics for respiratory disease meant we could look out for community transmission’: KK Shailaja, health minister. by Laura Spinney./The Guardian. On 20 January, KK...

14 days of Quarantine : A journey brimmed with intrigue, suspense & heart-pounding memories…

Yamini Perera. “Life doesn’t battle you because you’re weak, it battles you because you’re strong. Growth takes place when you are challenged, not when you...
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Constitution-making – here we go again! – Sakuntala Kadiragamer

The Ministry of Justice issued an invitation to the public to submit proposals for consideration by an expert committee established to draft a new...
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Sri Lanka president tightens grip with constitutional changes

Amendments give Gotabaya Rajapaksa powers to sack ministers and limit oversight. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivers a policy speech in the Colombo parliament on 20 August...

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka

Public Statement on the Government management of the COVID-19 response The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, that is still evolving. Despite early efforts that...

Killing of M. Madush in police custody: Police version is a pure fabrication, the lawyer writes to BASL

Calling of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to condemn the police action in the strongest possible terms, the attorney representing...