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Sri Lanka’s state of exception in constitutional governance – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: To combat this, a critical mass of civil society must mount an apolitical challenge to the political establishment . Governance in Sri Lanka today...

Sri Lanka:Protesting for democracy, in their own way

Image: Civil society groups and activists hold placards during a protest demanding that democracy be restored in the country as they gather at the...

When We Marched (30 October 2018) – Subha W.

Image (c)Human Rights Watch 2016.  There is a constitutional coup in Sri Lanka. There is much more about it at Groundviews, but you can start here if you...

New regulations to control Civil society: If enacted it will have a chilling effect on private entities across Sri Lanka – CPA

The Cabinet of Ministers approved on 20 February 2018 a proposal to introduce amendments to the Voluntary Social Service Act (VSSO) No. 31 of...

Crippling civic organising, mobilising and resistance through Draft Amendment to the Act on NGOs

Image: If enacted the act will  make collectives like Purawesi Balaya (Citizens Power) illegal of bring them under control. Ruki Fernando. On February 20, 2018, the Cabinet...

The government has not lived up to expectations & has lost the moral high ground – Dr. P. Saravanamuttu

Image: Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu  ( Lake house photo) The aftermath of the local government election has been fraught with political tension and the uncertainties of coalition...

Joint appeal: Justice and Protection for the children of Darun Nusra Orphanage!

Image courtesy of rtepakistan.org. In light of the recent incidents of alleged sexual abuse of 18 children who were residing in the Darun Nusra Orphanage, situated...

President Sirisena meets representatives & promises to look in to demands of Jaffna black flag protest

Image: The black flag protest was held on 14th Oct calling for the release of Tamil political prisoners. ( Tamil Diplomat) (PMD 19 Oct)A group...

Reprisals against the Human Rights Defenders in Sri Lanka – Report to UNHRC 36

Image:  Andrew Gilmou, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights presented the report. The Human Rights Council, in resolution 12/2, expressed concern over continued reports...

Changing political visions in Sri Lanka – Sunil Bastian

Image (c)s.deshapriya: A fisherman looking at sea anxiously in the eastern city of Batticoloa.  It difficult to ignore the question of justice in the...

Sri Lanka: Campaign for Panama people’s to right to own land tomorrow

A public campaigning event organized by the Peoples Alliance for Right to Land (PARL) will take place tomorrow  to hand over a petition of...

Civil Society Collective calls on govt to investigate war crimes

Image: Sri Lanka War zone May 2019. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana on April 18 the Collective of...

REBOOTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM PROCESS: A CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT

Image: Members of a Sri Lankan civil society organisation participate in a candlelight in memory of the slain editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper...

Sri Lanka- National HR Action Plan 2016-2021: Inclusive nature and integrity of the process questioned

Image: A woman belonging to the Sri Lankan minority Tamil ethnic group lights a candle for people (c) Getty Image. According to a media statement...

Murder is murder, irrespective of who committed the murder, and who is the victim – Manouri Muttetuwegama

Image:Chairperson of the Consultation Task Force for Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) Manouri Muttetuwegama courtesy GV. Interview: Deconstructing the CTF Report by Raisa Wickrematunge/ Groundviews. Excerpts from an...

Civil Society Wants Reforms Agenda In Place – Weliamuna

( Welianuma: Civil society doesn’t want to see a split, if they split, we won’t achieve this reform) Attorney-at-law and Human Rights Lawyer, J.C. Weliamuna...

Report : Voices of Civil Society: Democracy, Human Rights & Justice in Sri Lanka

(10 leading civil society persons speak to SLB on Human Rights in Sri Lanka) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The implementation of pledges made by the new Government to...

The Narrow Window of Opportunity in Sri Lanka Could Fade Away Soon – Activists

Statement on Accountability and the timing of Transitional Justice Mechanisms in Sri Lanka. We, the undersigned Sri Lankan civil society activists and organisations, note with...

We Will Support the Government to Challenge the Extremist Forces – Brito Fernando

By Camelia Nathaniel. Brito Fernando, President of the Families of the Disappeared, says that the government is under the impression that just like the Rajapaksa...

Sri Lanka: Taking Back the Space of Legitimate Public Dissent – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

The regular posturing by the so-called Rajapaksa-led Joint Opposition calling for the upholding of democratic rights in Sri Lanka must be treated with the...

Protest Against Chinese Funded Port City Project in Sri Lanka: Photo Story

(Image: (c) Sunanda Deshapriya) Hundreds of people, including priests, environmental activists and fishermen, protested in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday, demanding the government halt a...

Sri Lanka: Fine-tuning Good Governance – Jayatilleka de Silve

With the result of the Presidential election Sri Lanka began a march toward good governance on January 8, 2015. Several important steps, actually the...

Northern Civil Society Condemns President Sirisena’s BBC Statement

President Sirirsena's  negative foreign participation in the accountability process has been condemned by  a statement drafted by Northern civil society and endorsed by number...

Civil Society Groups to Annul Their Agreements with the President and the Prime Minister ?

( PM Wickremesinghe  and Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero singing the agreement) (SLB) Civil society groups which singed agreements with the Maithipala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe respectively as...

The Experience of Sri Lanka Embodies the Profound Costs of Impunity and Corruption – Samantha Power

(Ambassador Samantha Power at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico City) Finally, I just want to conclude with an example -- a very...

No More Defence Ministry Supervision for NGOs: Deputy Minister

(Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva) Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs Harsha De Silva last week clarified...

Civil Society Demands Urgent Dissolution of House

Leading civil society organizations and actors have called for an urgent parliamentary election to overcome the current political deadlock. * In a joint statement 17...

Sri Lanka: Strengthen Human Rights Protection – Colombo Civil Society Group

Issuing a statement a Colombo based civil society group has called for the government to strengthen human rights protection in Sri Lanka as...

First Rally on 2nd: Purawasi Balaya (Citizen’s Power) Brings Oposition Together

A collective of artistes, academics and civil society activist has come together to provide a joint platform  for all opposition political parties that campaign...

State surveillance of inter-religious work of civil society strikes fear and resentment

By Jehan Perera-- This is a very troubled period for civil society.  The free space for activism that is outside of the government sphere has...
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