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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...

The Hejaaz I know – Amal de Chickera

Image: Hijaaz Hizbulla, November 2018 at a protest against President Sirisena's constitutional coup. On 16 April, I heard that my former classmate Hejaaz Hisbullah had...

A constitutional solution to the impending constitutional crisis – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda.

Image: The President could perhaps respond positively to the joint opposition statement offering ‘responsible cooperation’. The threefold crisis The threefold crisis that our country faces—...

Sri Lanka: An attorney’s arrest as democracy sleeps amidst a pandemic – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene.

(Image courtesy of www.dw.com) It is no coincidence that the increasingly not-so-insidious growth of Sri Lanka’s anti-democracy virus, first reflected on in these column spaces...

Sri Lanka: Arrest and Detention of Attorney-at-law Hejaaz Hizbullah is Arbitrary & interference of his legal practice – Joint statement

Image courtesy of slideplayer.com. Statement on the Arrest and Detention of Attorney-at-law Hejaaz Hizbullah. We are writing with deep concern about aspects of the arrest and...

Sri Lanka’s spread of the ‘anti-democracy’ virus – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image (edited) courtesy of www.demdigest.org. The anti-democracy virus infecting law enforcement officials in Sri Lanka today appears to have proceeded belligerently to the point that...

Sri Lanka Brief Up Date – 16 April 2020. Covid-19 Pandemic & Freedom of Expression Rights.

Sri Lanka has been under an unofficial health emergency, since mid March 2020. State of emergency if declared it needs to be endorsed by...

The present ‘police curfew’ does not have an adequate legal status to meet constitutional requirements.

Image courtesy of  the Economy Next/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP. By Asanga Welikala and Suren Fernando. When a grave crisis like the coronavirus pandemic occurs, citizens expect...

Joint statement, Sri Lanka: Mirusuvil Massacre – Accused Pardoned; No Reparations for Victims’ Families

Image courtesy of Amnesty International. On March 26, 2020, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa granted a presidential pardon and released convicted death row prisoner and mass murderer,...
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