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Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...

FTZ Workers Rights and Militarised Approach to Covid-19 Prevention in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Brief update

1. On 4 October Sri Lanka’s newest Covid-19 cluster spreading within the Brandix-owned factory in Minuwangoda, Gampaha came to be known by an accident....
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The Second Wave and who decides the health policy? – Ranga Jayasuriya

Image: Army commander and police spokesperson brief media regularly on Covid 19 situation. The largest cluster of corona patients in the country might not have...

Lankan Supreme Court allows basic structure of 20A to remain without a referendum

Image: Activists campaign against the 20th A. By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express. Colombo, October 11 (newsin.asia): In the determination on the 20th Constitution Amendment Bill leaked to the Sunday...

Sri Lanka Report: Repression of Dissent in August 2020

(INFORM) This report provides some general trends and details of some significant incidents related to the repression of dissent in Sri Lanka in the...

COVID-19 runs riot in Sri Lanka as big business hunt profits- Editorial, Daily Mirror

When on September 28 the news broke that a new case of coronavirus was discovered in the Gampaha district, the country’s health authorities were...

Thirty sections of the 20th amendment are against democracy and freedom of expression – Ermiza Tegal, Attorney-at-law

Rights activist Ms. Ermiza Tegal, Attorney-at-law, pointed out that 30 sections of the 20th amendment to the constitution are contrary to democracy while three...

SC determination : A gingerly cautious approach to the 20th Amendment Bill – Kishali Pinto jayawardene

With the Supreme Court’s Determination on the 20th Amendment Bill being made available in the public domain, some aspects of the ruling warrant immediate attention....

Technology and the Future of Democracy: Challenges, growing threats & potential policy options

Yuval Noah Harari with Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, and Kristen Davis, CEO and Founder of CinqC on a panel discussing technology and the...

All Sri Lankans must oppose 20th constitution amendmend – Ruki Fernando

Image: Security personnel on duty at a checkpoint in Minuwangoda of Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Oct. 4, 2020. (Photo...

20th Amendment to the Constitution: A Draconian Law In The Making? – Lal Wijenayake

What were the main weaknesses of the 19A? The 19A was brought to democratize the state. This was an underlying necessity because from 2005-2015, especially...

20A and rapid development: Where is the link? – Dr. Ameer Ali

In an interview with a journalist, the Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Pieris argued that a strong executive presidency is necessary for rapid development....

The 20A: A Very Wrong Approach to Constitution-Making – Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda

The proposed 20th Amendment has several major defects. One of its key faults is that its sponsors and framers have chosen a very wrong approach...

Sri Lanka: The Fearful President – Sanjana Hattotuwa

Image courtesy of City News (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena). “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” — Ramsay, Game of Thrones Articles...

Sri Lanka: 20A requires approval at referendum – Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne

The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill (20A) is in the public domain. If I were to describe it in one sentence — 20A...

SLB Update: Gazetted 20th Amendment to the Constitution: Some Salient Features

Sri Lanka Brief Update /04 September 2020 The government of Sri Lanka gazetted its proposed 20th amendment to the constitution on 2nd September 2020. It...

The speaker, rights of parliamentarians and the clash of power – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Scarcely having sufficient time to properly settle into his Chair as Sri Lanka’s Parliament opened for business this week, the Speaker faced down two...

A Gap Unbridgeable, Part I: The Necon and Neoliberal in Sri Lankan Politics – Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana‍

The ideas on a progressive and pluralist populism raised by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, have been critiqued by Mark Salter. This is an exchange of ideas that anyone with...

Whither Sri Lanka’s opposition? Interview with Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Himal Kotelawala. ECONOMYNEXT – Political scientist Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda likens Sri Lanka’s powerful ruling party to a house with a very wide roof and no...

Sri Lanka Brief Update: General Election 2020- Stats and Trends

12 August 2020 ( PDF document is attached at the end) 1. Elections for Sri Lanka’s 9th Parliament were held on 5 August 2020 and the...

Covid-19 and Sri Lanka : Issues and challenges – Sunil Bastian

Image Courtesy fo  IANS. When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective...

Sri Lanka Briefing Note No 17: A Deadly Combination – Militarisation, Sinhala Buddhist Supremacy and Absence of Rule of Law

BACKGROUND Sri Lanka is slowly emerging from the lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and heading towards the General Elections that is scheduled to...

Extraordinary Gazette notice is truly extraordinary for giving authority to the military as a significant agent of civil governance – Prof. Savitri Goonesekere

During the last few weeks, the media has paid a great deal of attention to fundamental rights cases filed in our Supreme Court. The...

Sri Lanka: Friday Forum calls on all democratic forces to urge the President to withdraw the military Task Force.

The Rule of Law and Democratic Governance. At the Annual National law Conference 2020 organised by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka 2020, President Gotabaya...

Black Lives Matter: It is primarily about institutional racism – Dr.Radhika Coomarawamy

In the first few days, as America burned, the world looked on amazed and bewildered, wondering what this would mean for the immediate and...

Sri Lanka Brief Fact Sheet: Militarisation and Securitization of Government and Governance in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Brief Fact Sheet: Militarisation and Securitization of Government and Governance in Sri Lanka. June 2020. Here is the list of military appointments made by...

Government without Parliament and Government by the Military? – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

The distinguishing feature of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and indeed, at the same time the cause for concern with regard to him, is that he was...

Update: Rights of the Sri Lanka migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic

Sri Lanka Brief Up Date/ 03 June 2020 Rights of the migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic 1. The estimated number of...

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...

Sri Lanka: Doctrine of Necessity: Can it be invoked to govern without Parliament? – Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne

My article, ‘Necessity: Doctrine That Destroyed Pakistani Democracy’ published in The Island on 08 May has evoked interest in the subject and I have...

Necessity: Doctrine that destroyed Pakistani democracy – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne.

Image: Pakistani-military-ditators-Gen.Ayub-Khan-Gen.Yahya-Khan-Gen.Zia-ul-Haq-Gen.Pervez-Musharraf (NewsinAsia) The doctrine of necessity was first expounded in the 13th century by English jurist Bracton, who stated ‘that which is otherwise not...
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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...
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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...

Sri Lanka and Covid 19: MP M. Sumanthiran presents a “Public Health Emergency Act” as a Private Member’s Bill

Member of Parliament, TNA MP M. Sumanthran has presented a Private Member's Bill for the enactment of the "Public Health Emergency Act". One week earlier...

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...