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Under 20 A Govt is taking arbitrary actions contrary to democratic principles – Karu Jayasuriya, NMJS

The National Movement for a Just Society, over the past few months, held regular press briefings to present various issues. By having regular briefings,...

A pro Rajapaksa politician appointed to lead Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed an active pro-government politician to lead the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. He has replaced the current Commission with...

A Constitution for a Third Republic? Time to Imagine a Better Republic for Sri Lanka – Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda

The government has taken steps to draft a new constitution for Sri Lanka, which is likely to replace the existing constitution in toto, including its...

The 20th Amendment’s increase of judges and consequent concerns – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: File photo of high Court judges in Sri Lanka. Eyebrows are being raised over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution’s inclusion of provisions at...

Sri Lanka’s president is amassing personal power

(Image courtesy The Economist.) Constitutional amendments make Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s authority almost absolute. Never say Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaves things to chance. After decisively winning the presidential election last...

Sri Lanka president tightens grip with constitutional changes

Amendments give Gotabaya Rajapaksa powers to sack ministers and limit oversight. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa delivers a policy speech in the Colombo parliament on 20 August...

20 A: A braver, self-confident Supreme Court could have done more to safeguard the people’s sovereignty – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

According to reports the Supreme Court has cleared the 20th Amendment with minor conditions some of which are analysed below. Now the battle must...

Need is a new constitution; drop the 20th Amendment in its entirety, requests Catholic Bishops Conference

[email protected] lawyers campaign against he 20 A. Arguing that what the country need is a new constitution, the Catholic Bishops Conference has called on the...

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...

“20th Amendment will deal a death blow to democracy” – Amarapura and Ramanna Monks

ECONOMYNEXT – A section of Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist clergy is opposing a Constitutional Amendment proposed by the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa which...

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 rules four 20A clauses require referendum; rest can be passed by 2/3rd majority

In handing down its determination on the 20th Amendment Bill, the Supreme Court has ruled that four clauses need a referendum of the People...

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....

Sri Lanka Supreme Court Approves 20th Amendment ( Judgment in Full)

According to a  document in circulation in the public domain titled Supreme Court determine on 20th amendment, Sri Lanka SC has approved the said...

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....

Sri Lanka: 20A means ‘the only remedy will be to take arms against the State’ says BASL report

Image: From a PLFP poster. The following are the observations of the BASL Committee appointed to study and submit views on the proposed 20th. Amendment to...

20 A weakens the transparency of audit, procurement, and anti-bribery functions in Sri Lanka – Shreen Saroor

Following parliamentary elections, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa wasted no time in obtaining cabinet approval and thereafter gazetting the proposed 20th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution...

The thirst for absolute power, false claims and the 20th Amendment Bill – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Given highly misleading justifications of the draft 20th Amendment advanced by Government Ministers, including those who profess to have some knowledge of the law and...

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...

Five Commonwealth organisations deeply concerned over impact of 20A on independence of judiciary

We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the impact the Sri Lanka 20th Constitutional Amendment Bill (the ‘Amendment Bill’) issued on 2 September...

The 20th Amendment Bill – Lest we forget – Dr. Nihal Jayawicrama

Image: Maithripala Sirisena, he who stood before the casket bearing the remains of the late Rev. Maduluwawe Sobitha, and with his head bowed swore...

Former Provincial Governor Rajith Keerthi files a FR petition against the 20th Amendment

Former Governor of Uva, Southern and Central Provinces and Former Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and Center for Human Rights...

After 20A: A Sinhala-Buddhist Eelam – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Image courtesy of @GotabayaR. The Gotabaya Presidency is nothing like any previous Presidency including that of JR Jayewardene. All previous Presidencies since 1978, and indeed...

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,...

End to Sri Lanka’s Democracy: Shouldn’t it be Resisted? – Jayadeva Uyangoda

The debate on the proposed 20th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s 1978 Constitution is gathering momentum. The proposal which has been published in the Government...

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...

Sri Lanka: Retired Judges’ Association gravely perturbed over proposed 20A

(Image courtesy of www.westchestercomdiv.com) The Retired Judges’ Association (RJA) says it is “gravely perturbed” by the potential impact of the draft 20th Amendment on the...
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