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120 State-owned companies will be exempt from Government audit under the proposed 20th Amendment

By Namini Wijedasa. Nearly 120 State-owned companies including the debt-ridden SriLankan Airlines will be exempt from Government audit under the proposed 20th Amendment to the...

Why is the draft 20th Amendment hostile to greater public accountability? – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

As public concern over Sri Lanka’s draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution increases exponentially since this amendment was gazetted on 2nd September 2020, so do the...

Sri Lanka: 20th Amendment causes great damage to the independence of the Auditor General – Audit Inspectors’ Association

The Sri Lanka Audit Inspectors’ Association claims the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution causes great damage to the independence of the Auditor General. The...

The End of Free and Fair Elections in Sri Lanka – Sanjana Hattotuwa

The proposed 20th amendment will be the death of free and fair elections in Sri Lanka. The study of political communications and digital propaganda for...

‘The Return Of The Executive President’: Outlining The 20th Amendment To The Constitution – Kris Thomas

The first draft of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution is here and to no one’s surprise. Although the first version of the...

Sri Lanka: Four key ways in which accountability is compromised by proposed 20 amendment – TISL

Operationality of RTI at risk  Removal of Audit Commission impairs monitoring of public spending  CIABOC’s investigative powers compromised  Election Commission restricted from acting against public property misuse  Transparency International...

As a nation we have failed to Deliver Justice to the Disappeared: Visakesa Chandrasekaram

Image: A scene from the film ‘paangshu’ Human rights issues related to enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka still continue. The grievances and the anxieties of...

TNA leader alleges Presidential Task Force for EP Archaeology member threatened Kuchchaveli area farmers

Alleges Buddhist monk member of Task Force stopping farmers from cultivating on around 1000 acres of land in Thiriyai area Writes to President...

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Imperial Presidency: The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill – Asanga Welikala

On 2 September, the Sri Lankan government gazetted the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill. The Bill reverses key aspects of the Nineteenth amendment that sought to tame...

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...

20th Amendment presents special challenge in a plural sociaty- Jehan Perera

Image courtesy of http://fgulen.com. The draft 20th Amendment to the constitution is a tribute to the faith placed in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the members...

How far can India go on the Tamil question? – The Hindu

Image: The 13th amendment was brought up as part of Indo-Sri Lanka accord in 1987 and provincial councils were set up as part of...

JVP leader backs abolition of Sri Lanka’s Provincial Council system

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake reportedly supported the abolition of the Provincial Council system in Sri Lanka in remarks made this...

Whither 13 Amendment and power devolution in Sri Lanka after 20th Amendment?

File photo courtesy of the Toronto Star. Armed with a two-third majority in Parliament, the Rajapaksas may not be content only with bringing in the...

Sri Lanka: From lofty ‘vistas of prosperity and splendour’ to ‘elected autocracy’? – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

When Justice AP Shah remarked recently that, ‘India is moving towards some form of elected autocracy’, he may have been speaking for the entire...

Proposed 20 Amendment to the Sri Lanka constitution: Impact on the PM, the cabinet and parliamentary process

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution makes several significant changes to the present Constitution, altering the dynamics of the separation of powers between...

Proposed 20 Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka: Impact on the Law making Process and Independent Commissions

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution makes several significant changes to the present Constitution, altering the dynamics of the separation of powers between...

Sri Lanka Media Associations say that they are paying attention to the arrest of web editor Chathuranga de Silva

Media Associations are paying attention with regard to the arrest of web editor Chathuranga de Silva. Desmond Chathuranga de Silva, the editor of the lankanewsweb.org website, who...

What Gotabaya’s Presidency Will Mean for Tamil Politics and Development in Sri Lanka

Mario Arulthas and Madura Rasaratnam. The Rajapaksa family’s recent resounding electoral successes appear at first sight to mark a decisive break in Sri Lanka’s post-war...

Sri Lanka: The Twentieth Amendment – Centre for Policy Alternatives

4th September 2020: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by the changes proposed by the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill gazetted on...

Sri Lanka: All-powerful Executive returns via 20A

 Chandani Kirinde. The 20th Amendment (20A) will restore all Executive powers of the President which were scaled down by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution,...

20th Amendment at a glance

Basically, brings back 18A, except the reduction of the terms of President and parliament to five years, 2-term limit for the President and...

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...

Sri Lanka: families of the disappeared face police harassment on the UN Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances – Ruki Fernando

In different parts of Sri Lanka, families of the disappeared came together to hold events to commemorate the UN Day of the Victims of...

Sri Lanka: Rejected Votes: An Unintended Disenfranchisement- Indrawansa de Silva, Ph.D.

Universal suffrage is a democratic right that we must all respect and uphold. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all...

Amending 19th Amendment: Are we slashing the nose to spite the face?- Austin Fernando

Recently, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to amend/repeal (?) the 19th Amendment to the Constitution (hereinafter referred to as 19). The media divulged that...

Lack of commitment on the part of the [Ranil-Sirisena] Government hindered the transitional justice programme in Sri Lanka – Pablo De Greiff

"Despite having been presented with important opportunities for genuine change and reform starting in early 2015, the Sri Lankan authorities have failed to adopt...

Sri Lanka: “Make a pledge to talk across lines of dis-empowerment”, urge Jaffna People’s Forum for Co-existence

The general elections of 2020, conducted in the midst of the ongoing crisis of COVID-19 and a global economic recession imminent, marks yet another...

Internal Strife Within Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) Takes Disturbing Turn – D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The “Mathiya Seyal Kuzhu” (central working committee) of the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) also known as the Federal Party will be meeting today (Aug...

Tamil families of disappeared rally across North-East of Sri Lanka

Tamil families of the disappeared rallied across the North-East today to mark International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Families demonstrated in districts...
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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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