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Sri Lanka: A new chapter

The people have spoken. President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been given a mandate by the people to govern the country for the next five years....

A week that will shake Sri Lanka’s future – Jayadeva Uyangoa

Who is winning? This seems to be the question many people these days are keen to find an answer to. Whenever this question is put...

Presidential Election and the China factor in Sri Lanka’s politics – G Parthasarathy

The winner of Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential elections could change the nature of India’s relationship with its neighbour. India’s Buddhist neighbours, Sri Lanka and Myanmar,...

Sri Lanka: Reparations. Timely, and necessary- Shivani De Zylva

Image: Tamils being attacked in 1958 ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. Since then ethnic violence has been permanent feature in post independent Sri Lanka. The...

Sri Lanka: The absurdity of the argument that President can dissolve the Parliament any time- Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne,

 (Dr) Jayampathy Wickramaratne, President’s Counsel and Member of Parliament. There is speculation that Parliament will be dissolved. Arguments have been made for and against the...

Politically speaking, ‘a plague on both your houses’ – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Continuing his swift disastrous strike last Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena has taken a familiar problem of public fury with an inept and malfunctioning Government...

Prez won’t succumb to foreign pressure says Rajapaksa’s former HR minister.

Ports and Shipping Minister and SLFP spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe Thursday (Oct 4) insisted President Maithripala Sirisena wouldn’t give in to Western pressure under any...

Disappearance of 11 youth: Ex Navy commander’s secretary points finger at him

Former Secretary to the then Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda, has held him and Lt. Commander Sumith Ranasinghe accountable if 11 children had gone missing...

Jaffna: ‘No democracy when people live under military rule’

by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole. The Anti-Mahaweli Tamils’ Heritage Forum submitting a petition to Mullaitivu District Secretary Ms. Ketheeswaran on ‘Colonization’ The Anti-Mahaweli Tamils’ Heritage Forum...

How the UNP Came to Adopt Maithripala Sirisena

January 8 is remembered for change. First there was the brutal killing in broad daylight of Journalist and Editor Lasantha Wickramatunga who stood out...

IDPs Trapped in ‘Model Village’ Fear Permanent Exile

By S. Rubatheesan. Meant to be a temporary stop, Keppapilavu feels like the end of the line. Three years after Thiruchelvan Ketheeswaran arrived in Keppapilavu village...

Chinese Company Transfered Rs. 149 M. For Rajapaksa Election Campaign

CID bust massive money transaction during Presidential election; Rs. 149 million transferred from Chinese company’s accounts; Money used for T-shirts and caps sporting MR...

A new Sri Lanka? – Alan Keenan

Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule...

Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil

(EconomyNext) The much awaited talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and his arch rival predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa ended without a deal Wednesday, but the...

An Earnest Request to the Sri Lankan Parliamentarians- Lional Bopage, AAGGSL

To: All Honourable Members of Parliament. An earnest request to the Sri Lankan Parliamentarians:Support the passage of the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution As you...

Measuring Change in Sri Lanka – Yardstick After 100 Days

At the conclusion of the 100 day programme of Sri Lanka's new Government we thought it would be timely to issue an update to...

Presidential Election Abuses by Rajapaksas

It is amidst an impending parliamentary election that more details of abuses and irregularities at the January presidential election are now emerging. A shocking...

Video: Maithri Behind Attempts Against 19A: Anura

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today charged that President Maithripala Sirisena was behind the statements made by Minister Patali Champika...

general Daya Ratnayake : Gota’s Main Man..!

Daya Ratnayake was Gota's main man. Gota's wish was Daya's command. Daya really was just what Gota needed. There wasn't a thing Daya wouldn't...

Finally CBK Gets What She Wanted

Fulfilling her wish to come back to her political home, President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed  Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga as the chair of the...

Sri Lanka: Huge Foreign Bank Accounts Exposed

Ravi says moves underway to recover plundered billions, names to be revealed. Billions of rupes enough to bridge 75 per cent of the Budget deficit...

Beyond RTI: Towards Open Government in Sri Lanka

by Nalaka Gunawardene - After many years of advocacy by civil society, Sri Lanka is set to adopt a law that guarantees citizens’ Right to...

Next Election Under a New Electoral System

Speaking at the Cabinet media briefing today, Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne elaborated on a new electoral system. The Minister added that a...

After Nugegoda – What?

By Izeth Hussain- The recent Nugegoda rally in favour of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would of course have been meticulously organized, but all the same...

The Fear Has Gone’ – Sri Lankans Hope for Peace and Reform Under New President

the guardian./ason Burke in Colombo Maithripala Sirisena’s election victory in January has brought optimism to Colombo after nine years of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s controversial and divisive...

Seven Measures To Move Towards Good Governance – Rajiva Wijesinha

By Rajiva Wijesinha - After Rev Sobitha’s very inspired remarks about the need to fulfil our promises rather than think about elections, I had a...

Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report

GENEVA (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government won a six-month delay on Monday in the publication of a report on alleged war crimes, after...

Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera Meets Ban Ki-moon, Urges War Crimes Report Delay

Sri Lanka's foreign minister met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and U.N. diplomatic sources said he pressed his government's desire to delay...

Sri Lanka: Tamil Civil Society Group Writes to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Writing an open letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein Tamil Civil Society group headed by Rev. Bishop Rayappu Joseph ask him not...

Sri Lankan President Assures Domestic Mechanism to Probe War Time Rights Violations

Feb 13, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today assured the diplomatic community that his government will not hesitate to punish the offenders of...
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Comtempt of Court in Sri Lanka and Ranjan Ramanayake case – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

A ‘slip of the tongue’ and a celluloid crusader’s unfortunate downfall Confusion has been worse confounded in the public mind following the conviction this week...
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Sri Lanka Prisons dept to recruit 200 ex-servismen for ‘Intelligence and Security Division’

The Prisons Department has called for applications to recruit 200 male Prison Guards from those who have retired from the defence services after completing...

Human Rights Council Elects Nazhat Shameem Khan of Fiji to serve as its President for 2021

GENEVA, (15 January 2021) - The Human Rights Council today elected Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations Office...

Tamil parties and civil society write to UNHRC: “No scope for a domestic accountability mechanism within Sri Lanka; International mechanism needed”.

In a letter to 47 Member States represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva Tamil political parties and civil society groups...