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An election in Sri Lanka will boost the Rajapaksa family – They talk of making big changes to the island’s constitution

On the eve of an election, what might a political party wish for? A strong brand, an effective party machine, plenty of money, a...

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will shape its political future—likely for the worse

Image: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa wearing a protective mask gestures at his party candidates as he arrives at a campaign rally ahead...

Police warned Atheist and social media activist Indika Rathnayake not to write on religion, especially Buddhism

Atheist, rationalist and social media activist Indika Rathnayake has been questioned by Organized Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) for three hours today (29 July 2020)....

Sri Lanka: The two-thirds mania and Rajapaksa irrationality – Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Have you learned nothing from history?” – Freud (The Future of an Illusion) This day, 27 years ago, Sri Lanka was burning. During Black July, Sinhala...

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Under Attack: Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated

Lawyers, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Arrested, Threatened, Intimidated 29 July 2020: The Sri Lankan government should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats...

Sri Lanka:The return Chinese influence with a much stronger footprint in the new Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime – Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

Alfred Dundas Taylor, a civil architect to the Admiralty in the UK, Head of the Marine Survey Department was the first to have proposed the Sethusamudram...

Sri Lanka General Election 2020: CMEV lists notable cases of hate speech; OPPP and SLPP at the top

This report provides an account of the incidence of hate speech and divisive language observed by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) in...

Sri Lanka:Ignorance causes fuss over format of birth certificates – Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

The Registrar General’s Department, established by the colonial government in 1864, maintains a low profile. Unusually, it found itself in some controversy in recent...

Gotabaya’s response to most major challenges has been of military orientation – Gamini Weerakoon

War is a continuation of politics by other means’ is a saying of a Prussian general, Karl Von Clausewitz around two centuries ago. In recent...

Sri Lanka: Identity checks installed at Nallur temple festival

Devotees will be required to present proof of identity to enter the Nallur Kandasamy temple in Jaffna, the Sri Lankan police announced as the...

Women nominees: Poor showing from major parties in run-up to Sri Lanka’s polls – Tharumalee Silva

ECONOMYNEXT – Since Sri Lanka produced the first-ever woman Prime Minister of the world in 1960 with Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s landslide victory, and one the...

Militarising prisons: Quick fixes over long-term change? Part II – Ambika Satkunanathan

Image: Due to the increased involvement of the Ministry of Defence in the prison system, the approach to ‘reform’ is rooted in a military...

Civil Defence Force to implement the programme of conserving archaeological sites and antiquities

File photo of Civil Defence Force, Sri Lanka. During the fourth meeting held bu the president Rajapaksa with the Buddhist Advisory Council held at the...

Go to the polls & vote for a fair, respectful, equal and inclusive Sri Lanka – Voice for Democracy

Image from the protests against October 2018 constitutional coup in, Sri Lanka. Media Release – Appeal – Sri Lanka General Elections 2020. For any country to...

Sri Lanka: CoA overturns life sentence handed into ex LTTE cadre turned lecturer accused of child conscription

The Court of Appeal today overturned a life sentence handed in to a former LTTE cadre turned university lecturer for his alleged role in...

Militarising prisons: Quick fixes over long-term change? (1) – Ambika Satkunnanathan

Image courtesy Daily FT/ by Ruwan Walpola. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa placed ‘prison reform’ on the government’s public policy agenda following an unannounced visit to the...

Over 90% of districts are estimated to have more than a 60% health risk in election campaigning, says CMEV

Image: Using the indicator explained in the report, the above COVID-19 Risk Map in election campaigns has been developed.  Based on the information received by...

Sri lanka: ‘River of blood will flow in the North and East’ warn Sinhala Buddhist monks

If Tamils demanded devolution then “a river of blood will flow in the North and East,” warned a group of extremist Sinhala Buddhist monks...

I was transferred to jeopardize the sensitive, complex and high-profile investigations, argues Sharni Abeysekara in his FR petition.

The 18  investigations that have been commenced against the Petitioner   to find materials to justify the transfer and the interdiction of the Petitioner...

Ahead of Sri Lanka elections, lawyers, journalists and activists arrested, threatened and harassed – CIVICUS

In the last few months, human rights lawyers and journalists have faced arrests, threats and harassment. A report by the Special Rapporteur on the...

Democracy or a Police State? Prof. Ratanjeevan H. Hoole

We have the Police to uphold law and order, and to support democratic institutions. Unfortunately, there are dangerous signs that they, the Police, are...

TNA backs federal solution through non-violent and peaceful negotiations

TNA releases 12-point election manifesto Says constitutional arrangement on federal model meets legitimate aspirations of Tamil people Advocates power-sharing as they existed earlier...

CMEV is alarmed by the changes introduced to election related health guidelines.

Image: President Rajapaksa campaigning today (19) and no social distancing or face masks among the participants. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV)  says that...

Perspectives for a Bonapartist Gota regime in Sri Lanka – Kumar David

Image courtesy of NYT: GR surrounded by military & political bodyguards  (Eranga Jayawardena/AFP) Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been winner on four counts out of five in...

Sri Lanka: Petition challenging pardon to Army officer Sunil Ratnayake fixed for support in September

A petition challenging the Presidential pardon granted to an Army officer convicted for the massacre in Mirusuvil, has been fixed for support on 24...

Mr. Nissanka Senadhipathi, does not fall within any categories of persons comes under CoI mandate – Attorney General

Image: AG Dappula De Livera, P.C. In his letter to the "Presidential Commission of Inquiry to inquire into and obtain information in relation to the...

Complaint by a Monk: Summons issued on social media-based online commentator

Summons has been issued to social media based online commentator, Indika Rathnayaka, to be present at the Organised Crimes Prevention Division, on 29 July,...

Sri Lankan police assault on Tamil youths prompts village protest

Sri Lankan police officers assaulted two Tamil youths despite them insisting “they did not commit any crimes”. The head of the Vavuniya Echchankulam police station...

Journalist harassed by Sri Lankan police again – Free Media Movement

Image: A file photo. The Free Media movement strongly condemns the obstruction by police officers outside the court premises, to the attempt made by Chamal...

40 Sri Lankan migrant workers die of COVID-19

Forty Sri Lankans who had migrated abroad for employment have died of COVID-19, according to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). Chairman of...
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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...