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Sri Lanka: The CTA bill needs to be comprehensively overhauled; Timelines set in Geneva should not dictate the process.

Kishali Pinto Jayewardena. (Sunday Times/03.3.19) Verbal gymnastics indulged in by Sri Lankan politicians in respect of the draft Counter Terrorism Act (CTA), now before Parliament...

A scandalous quid pro quo alleged against prosecutors? – Kishali Pinto Jayawaraden

Returning from Malaysia this week, correspondence with a now retired and respected diplomat focused on the ravages that the Malaysian people has had to...

On (political) mad dogs and quicksands ahead – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

(08 July 2018/Sunday Times) When mad dogs bark at the moon, the wise would probably advocate just a shrug and a sigh. However in a country...

That powerful reconciliation strategy which Sri Lanka missed – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

In retrospect, one of the greatest missed opportunities of the now doomed Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Unity Government was its failure to grab Sri Lanka’s legal system...

A rude but entirely predictable electoral shock: The alternative is too catastrophic to contemplate.

Image: Rajapaksa  is waiting to capture the power to establish autocratic family rule in Sri Lanka. Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. Those who are bewildered by the results...

Sri Lanka: Tensions unravelling across the reform road-map – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

Image: This year, the mood of the visiting European delegation is certainly more irritable. ( photo credit: FT) There appears to be a brisk uptick in...

Dangers of unseemly ministerial outbursts to free speech – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

However much they may genuflect to the concept of free speech, Sri Lanka’s politicians are quite unable to shake off a constitutional dislike of...

Sri Lanka: Constitutional reforms stagnating like garbage

Image: White flag being hoisted on the top on the Meetotamulla Garbage dump after the tragedy in April 2017. Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. It is a typical...

The draft CTA is of concern to all Sri Lankans, without exception – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene.

Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. The perception that Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA) will affect only those of one community or another engaging in ‘terrorist’ activities...

More (legal) Horrors of the Counter-Terror Draft

Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. The Government’s proposed draft on a new counter-terror law for Sri Lanka is rather like a thoroughly unpleasant case discovery. Each time...

Sri Lanka: New Faces But The (hauntingly) Old Mindset

By Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. Governments may come and go in Sri Lanka but the anti-reform and anti-liberties mindset seems firmly entrenched. This is now proven...

Propose Act To Replace PTA Is A Classic Case Of The Cure Being Far Worse Than The Disease

(Anti PTA protest in Sri Lanka) By Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene. A draft policy and legal framework aimed at a new law on counter-terrorism to replace Sri...

Advocating a Sensible Strategy for the OMP Bill – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradene

( Disappeared in Sri Lanka; Image courtesy Amnesty International) Even from a fairly prosaic standpoint, the Unity Government’s proposed Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Bill...
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