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Recommendations made by the Treaty Bodies and Special Procedure Mandate Holders are being implemented, Sri Lanka tells UNHRC 40.

Image: The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky in Colombo. Statement by HE Mr. A. L. A. Azeez Ambassador /...

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights takes up Sri Lanka today

File photo: CESCR in session. The 61st the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights discusses Sri Lanka situation today and tomorrow in Palais Wilson...

Sri Lanka urged to recognise economic, social and cultural fundamental rights

Image: War affected children have become part time street vendors in Jaffna. Two German based INGOs has written to PM Wickremasinghe urging to guarantee Economic,...

FUTA march generates hate attacks: Minister should apologise

Vickramabahu KarunaratneThe FUTA protest march was a success. Its success could be measured from the hate generated in the government camp. Minister...

Terrible fiscal numbers show only hardship to grow; less money for education more for urban development

Construction on the newly repaired A9 road by JAMES MORGANDr. Harsha De SilvaThe very recent fiscal and government borrowing numbers released by the Central...

How the Envisaged GDP 6% Allocation for Education Could be Utilized Concretely

Jayadeva UyangodaThe demand made by the FUTA for increased allocation of annual government expenditure on education has now emerged as a national policy slogan,...

SRI LANKA: Too many jobless youth in former war zone

A young man looks to the camera in Jaffna, .Finding paid work - especially for youths - is still difficult in Sri Lanka’s former...

FUTA and the survival of democratic dissent; The suffocating grasp of an emergent dictatorship

Kumar David"Where they burn books, they will afterwards burn people" - Heinrich Heine (German Poet 1821)The madness fanned by Goebbels and fired by Nazi...

FUTA strike:Key questions about education, trade unionism, policy development and the future of students

 Andi SchubertThe trade union action of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is now about to enter its fourth month. Prior to...

The demand of 6 per cent of the GDP for education is not political but social one

 Laksiri FernandoThis refers to The Island editorial yesterday (26 September 2012) on basically the same title without the question: Who? It may be in...

50% students fail GCE O/L Due to lack of funds for education

The United National Party (UNP) yesterday alleged that nearly 50% of the students who sit the GCE O/L Examination fail due to the government’s...

Large crowds for university teachers’ ‘March’

It is reported that the protest march launched by university teachers commenced from Galle today (24th) morning and reached Ambalangoda in the evening.University teachers,...

It is time for the Long March for Free Education.

futaIt is time for the Long March for Free Education.The long march currently being organized follows a series of  ground-breaking mega events organized by...

Condemn the arrest of IUSF convener – JVP

Sanjeewa BandaraThe Political Bureau of the JVP has issued a statement condemning the arrest of the convener of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF).The...

Prof. Harendra calls for end to silence :4000 children abused in a year

Professor Harendra: "today’s abused child is tomorrow’s abuser,"Professor Harendra de Silva, Professor of Pediatrics, yesterday called on every individual to be active and...

Sri Lanka kidney disease blamed on farm chemicals

 Rhitu Chatterjee  Thousands of people in the Asian island nation of Sri Lanka have been struck by a mysterious...

Students helpless and angry

Hear our voices: Students on a protest march on Thursday in front of the UGC. Pic by Amila GamageThe ongoing strike by university staff...

Reserve at least the civility of not exposing your nakedness to the world – Dr. Devasiri tells Govt.

Dr. Deasiri to Govt: Garbage of history awaits you We ask the government to reserve at least the civility of not exposing its nakedness...

‘No intelligent govt. will harass academics’ Academics are respected; politicians are not – Mendis

Dr. Mahim MendisNamini WijedasaThe Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) last week said it cannot stop striking unless the government produces an “action...

Bringing dons back to universities, Editorial, The Island

The government has reopened universities but without teachers. Students are keeping away and conducting street protests.The university crisis has manifestly got out of hand....

Our Duty as Intellectuals is to Speak Truth to Power

By Liyanage AmarakeethiLast two months have been educational for me as, I am sure, they have been for all of you. During our trade...

There are no medicines in public hospitals. Why? Isn’t it because millions upon millions of tax-payer rupees goes...

A public appeal:Existence of a free public healthcare system in the country for many many years has indeed proved to be a great relief...

Intense police surveillance arbitrary arrests of our men and continuous harassment of women and children must be stopped

Mannar (Uppukulum) Muslim Women’s Collective Appeal to Human Rights Commission We the undersigned affected civilians of Up pukulam village in Mannar Town would like...

Lecturers go on strike, and the government has a drastic response

Maduluwawe Sobitha is an influential figure among Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhala population. He is also a loud critic of the government of...

Riot police descend on undergrads

Police and thier armory The police anti-riot squad yesterday fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse a protest march by undergraduates....

FTZs in dire straits: Workers leaving factories

Workers in the free trade zones (FTZs) are reportedly leaving their jobs since they are not paid a salary in line with the rising...

Why only tourism and roads get a priority, not education? An Interview with FUTA President

Nirmal Ranjith DewasiriThe strike action by the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) started on July 4 is still continued and discussions and efforts...

Closure of Universities – Sri Lanka masks tyranny with selective democracy

Press Release, GTFGlobal Tamil Forum condemns Sri Lankan Government’s indefinite closure of 13 of the 15 state-run universities on the island, in response to...

Editorial – Writing on the blackboard for education

The vital education sector, which decides the future of millions of young people, is facing its gravest crisis since independence, with blunders and a...

Mahinda Chinthana’ and the University Crisis

by Laksiri Fernando 21 August 2012 will go into the history of Sri Lanka as a Black Day for the whole education system. The most...
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