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Sri Lanka’s lesbian-hating justice minister under fire

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha is no stranger to controversy. His May 2000 ruling as the head of the quasi legal...

Sri Lanka Govt Urged Not to Cut Social Spending

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s main business lobby, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, has urged the government to improve tax revenues and public sector efficiency...

Fake War Crimes Report To Be Released Before Election

Fifty names to be included as 'war heroes'; Moves afoot to create public sympathy. The government has received information that plans were afoot to release...

Food insecurity, debt rise in Sri Lanka’s north

Many families struggle to put food on the tableAdd caption;Photo: Contributor/IRIN COLOMBO, 23 September 2013 (IRIN) - In two northern districts of Sri Lanka,...

Where is the national education policy every govt. since 1990 promised?

Eric J. de Silva (Former Secretary, Ministry of Education) Every government that we have had since the Youth Commission of 1990 has acknowledged...

Govt. needs to shift economic policy, says citizen group

* Too much attention on infrastructure development, urbanisation, tourism* Much more can be done for rural economy, poorA network of citizen groups has...

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...

SL tops SAARC region in Human Development

An UNDP Human Development report said yesterday the country secured first place in terms of Human Development among SAARC countries. According to the report,...

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,...

Wages in the Central Bank and universities – Academics deserve a fair deal

''We have learnt from Professor Amal Kumarage of Moratuwa that from October 2012, a Senior Professor, the highest level of employment...

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...

Sri Lanka suicide rate one of the world’s highest

Niroshini Amarsinghe and her three children with photo of Milton Rupes Nonis Sujeewa AmaranathNew official data shows that Sri Lanka still has one of highest...

The academics are marching. The students are marching. The Muslims are marching.

Dharisha BastiansThe academics are marching. The students are marching. The Muslims are marching.Every day hundreds images of throngs of people shouting slogans and demonstrating...

The government, the LLRC and what civil society can do

Mahinda Rajapaksa at a Hindu religious ceremony. (File photo) Dr. Jehan Perera “The entire section of the LLRC Report that deals with the issue...

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...

India wants Sri Lanka to accept TNA as interlocutor

Rajapaksha and Singh: who tells what ( File photo)With Sri Lanka’s human rights record coming up for review towards the end of the year,...

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...

Nightmares of Sri Lankan journalists in asylum in Europe

File photo by UNHRC Frances HarrisonThe war may be over in Sri Lanka, but it is still not safe for journalists thereI recently received...

FUTA Strike and the Conspiracy Stories

Prof. Uyangoda:allegations are malicious, absurd and totally untrue

‘Victorious’ government and the defeated masses…

 Vigitha Herath Abortion is legally banned in Sri Lanka. Despite the ban, it is common knowledge that these illegal activities prevail in the country,...

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...

The anatomy of a regime: Unstoppable in elections, dysfunctional in governance, indefensible against protests

SLFP: Rajapaksha party today by Rajan PhilipsThere cannot be much disagreement about how to read the current political situation. On the one hand, the...

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...

4,000 Lankans take their own lives every year, nearly 500 over love affairs

 More Adolescents between 15 and 30 years of age are found to be committing suicide in Sri Lanka than any other group and at...

FUTA Statement regarding Right to engage in Trade Union Action

link to the story Dr. Nirmal Ranjith DewasiriWe wish to register our disappointment regarding media reports on the 7th of September quoting H.E the...
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Leaked UN Rights Commissioners Report on Sri Lanka: Summary, Conclusions & Recommendations

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