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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...

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...

Sri Lanka: Presidential accountability is what the 20th Amendment is about – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

Despite the Government appearing to step back from the planned decimation of the improvements made to the Constitution in 2015, it is likely that...

The proposed 20th Amendment poses a serious threat to freedom of expression & media freedom in Sri Lanka – Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement is deeply concerned about the impending threat and the serious challenges posed to the freedom of expression and to the...

The 20 A represents a clear danger to Sri Lanka’s fragile constitutional democracy & has the potential to reignite the violence of the past...

The Basic Structure Doctrine as developed by the Indian Supreme Court has not found favour in Sri Lankan constitutional law. However, the Sri Lankan...

Rajapaksa – JVP pact, 2005: The Executive Presidential System is destructive and harmful to the democracy of Sri Lanka

JVP- PM policy agreement Following is the 12-point policy plan agreed by the JVP and PM Rajapakse: 01. It is hereby declared that the Post-Tsunami Operational Management...

Sri Lanka: 20th A may negatively impact on the independence of key institutions, including the National Human Rights Commission – Rights Commissioner

Screenshot:   Michelle Bachelet making her statement this morning at HRC 45. In her opening statement at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council,  UN High...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...
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