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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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Recent elections in the context of state formation in Sri Lanka – some thoughts – Sunil Bastian

These are a few thoughts on the recently concluded elections in Sri Lanka. Elections can be studied in various ways. The underlying interest in...

Some Reflections on the Twentieth Amendment Bill – Asanga Welikala

As the Twentieth Amendment Bill is brought before Parliament – and challenged in the Supreme Court – there are two critical sets of questions...

The 20th Amendment should not pass – Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu

In November 1936, during the Battle for Madrid in the Spanish Civil War, Dolores Ibarruri or La Pasionaria as she came to be known,...

The 20th Amendment will make free politics, fair elections and non-partisan justice impossible in Sri Lanka – Thisarnee Gunasekara

“If history is continuity and discontinuity, resolution and catastrophe, it is also surprise and unanimity; a total fascist state that in January 1933 was...

Installing a constitutional monarch as the president – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

(Image courtesy of www.slideshare.net) Constitutions of democratic Republics should not be tailor made for individuals. Yet, Sri Lanka’s constitutional practice has been stubbornly reflective of...

Constitutional changes create dynastic rule – Dr Ameer Ali

With all the debates, controversies and rigmarole surrounding the issue of abolishing 19A with 20A, and the demand from certain quarters for a new...

20A, Sovereignty of the people and the need for approval at a referendum – Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, President’s Counsel

The Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution Bill (20A) has been published. If I were to describe it in one sentence—20A seeks to take the...

Sri Lanka: Governance without accountability at the core of 20th Amendment – Javid Yusuf

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution has been criticised and demonised on the basis that it created two centres of power that prevented 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...

Which way Sri Lanka? – R.K. Radhakrishnan

 Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resurgence has smothered the hopes and aspirations of the Tamils and signals the beginning of an era that is not in India’s...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

Preconditions for Sri Lanka’s sustained economic development – Nimal Sanderatne

(Image courtesy of blogs.worldbank.org) Although the immediate task of the Government is to resolve the present economic crisis and stabilise the economy, people’s expectations are...

Sri Lanka: President’s address: Reading between the lines – Dr. Ameer Ali

Once the 19th Amendment is abolished or seriously revised, and GR acquires dictatorial powers under a new constitution, will he push through draconian measures...

Sri Lanka should not undo democratic gains or roll back devolution in the Constitution – The Hindu

A two-thirds majority in the legislature is indeed a mandate for constitutional change, but the winner ought to decide whether the proposed change would...

Our first task will be to remove 19th Amendment – President Rajapaksa

Full text of President’s inaugural address of the 9th Parliament. The election held on August 5th marked a turning point in the history of Parliamentary...

Sri Lanka: Economy, human rights key challenges facing Rajapaksas

Image: Gotabaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka; Several members of Rajapaksa family are now part of the government, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, and...

Sri Lanka: Landslide win for the Rajapaksa puts democracy and pluralism at risk – Alan Keenan

Image courtesy of https://theprint.in. Wednesday, 5 August saw the landslide general election victory of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa...

General Election, Sri Lanka: So close, yet so far What if they got a few more votes…

Nuwan I. Senaratna. Many expected Sunil Handunnetti of the JJB to win a seat in Matara. In fact, he did come tantalizingly close. If the JJB won...
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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...