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Sri Lanka’s civil resistance awakens, like the phoenix from the ashes – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

Despite the undeniable shock caused to Sri Lanka’s democratic system on October 26th 2018 as a result of President Maithripala Sirisena’s swearing in of...

Sri Lanka: An audaciously conscienceless extra-constitutional gamble – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

If just a quarter of the time reserved by the United National Front (UNF) for juggling with the 19th Amendment by mediocrities of the...

Sri Lanka: Killing of children for ransom and Sri Lanka’s nightmares – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

Image: Navy base, Trincomalee. The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom,...

2018 should not bring us saviours, presidential or otherwise – Kishali Pinto Jaywaradena

As we enter upon a New Year pregnant with hope and foreboding in equal parts, the inglorious epitaph of the past twelve months qualifies...

On misplaced ecstasy and the loss of the ‘Yahapalanaya’ moment – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

Image: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves after appearing before a presidential commission of inquiry into issuance of treasury bonds in Colombo, Sri Lanka,...

A trial-at-bar in Jaffna and a governance muddle in Colombo – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena. 

The Vidhya prosecution differed from the Krishanthi Kumaraswamy prosecution... ( Photo: A protest held against the killing of Krishanthi Kumaraswamyin in Colombo; credit Sunday...

Sri Lanka: Barbaric behaviour [of the IGP] cannot be dismissed as ‘not quite torture’

Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena. That Sri Lanka’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs has chosen to flippantly wave aside the stupefying conduct of the Inspector General of...

Skullduggery, secrecy and the counter-terror draft act – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

In the chaotic merry-go-round characterizing the drafting of Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA), the periodic surfacing of one version followed by another has...

Sri Lanka’s Code of Criminal Procedure Act: An Amendment That Defeats Its Entire Purpose

BY Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena. It is unfortunate that a Bill purporting to amend Sri Lanka’s Code of Criminal Procedure Act made public this week takes...

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...

Minister Kiriella’s Anger is Reflective of a Collective Angst – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

The ‘Rainbow Revolution’s ‘Satakaya’ Infiltration. In a typical twist of Sri Lankan humor, there is a sardonic caricature doing the rounds of Ministers in the...

On Mad Monks and Chaotic Government – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

Several wickedly problematic tragi-comedies are playing on Sri Lanka’s political stage right now, none of which are to the benefit of the country. Why was...

Dispelling Gathering Storm Clouds Over Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

(Gotabhaya at FICD) As former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa emerged smiling into television cameras this week following summons issued by Sri Lanka’s Presidential Commission on...

Learning From Our Past Constitution-making Efforts – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

The Government’s frantic rush towards finalizing a new Constitution for Sri Lanka has, in its path, several formidable obstacles. These include cautions emanating from...

On Great Expectations and Greater Losses – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

It is fittingly ironic that end-of-year debates in regard to Sri Lanka’s future reform agenda on accountability and the Rule of Law have been...

Sri Lanka: In the Alternative, Dangerously Uncertain Times Loom Ahead – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena

At one time, we had women survivors of rape and abuse in Sri Lanka praying that the Goddess Kali may visit their attackers when...
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