Category: Sri Lanka

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Gang-rape prompts protests in Sri Lanka’s north

Protesters demanded that authorities hand over nine men who were facing Jaffna court over the murder [Minelle Piet Fernandez / Al Jazeera] More than 100 people have been arrested during protests against the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, in the biggest public demonstration recorded in Sri Lanka’s north. Police fired tear gas and shops, banks and schools were...

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Special Rapporteur to brief UNHRC on Lanka

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will brief the UN Human Rights Council next month on his mission to Sri Lanka last year. The 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will be held from June 13 to July 3 in Geneva. Crépeau is to present his annual report to the Council at...

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India v. China in Sri Lanka: Lessons for Rising Powers

John Kerry’s visit to Sri Lanka, the first by a U.S. Secretary of State in 11 years, recognizes country’s geopolitical importance. It also highlights the outcome of the recent tussle over the island state by two emerging global powers. This is a contest in which India has now gained the upper hand over China, offering important lessons for rising powers...

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Electoral reforms: What about women?

Electoral reforms have become the hottest topic in debate at present. Despite the various promises the good governance regime has granted or is willing to, there are certain shortcomings in this new initiative. Women’s rights have been an issue that has needed consistent attention from those in power.  Although many women’s rights activists and organizations worked in favour of the...

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Sri Lanka journalists in exile in Nepal to return

AP A file photo of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.   TOPICS World Nepal Sri Lanka disaster and accident natural disasters natural disasters earthquake disaster and accident Mr. Samaraweera told parliament that journalists who are in hiding in Nepal would be allowed to return to Sri Lanka after the devastating earthquake. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Monday...

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SRI LANKA: Lanka Report On The Agenda

Published in The Sunday Leader by Easwaran Rutnam :: The Sri Lankan Government has been pushing for the report on the investigations over the war, scheduled to be submitted at the UN Human Rights Council on March 25, to be deferred, but the report is still on the agenda. The Council will hold its twenty-eighth session from 2 to 27...

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SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka’s Political Moment – II

Published in The Colombo Telegraph on Feb. 16 by Harendra Alwis :: A transformation of the political agenda Despite many detailed analysis of Sri Lanka’s present political moment by a myriad experts, two of its significant aspects have so far been all but overlooked. It is perhaps to be expected that the visible change of regime that took place on...

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SRI LANKA: Online Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka

Published in The Ground Views on Feb. 13 :: Introduction The tension between the burgeoning technological capacities for bothexpression and repression online is a global phenomenon, compounded by the absence of a dedicated international legal framework that sets out obligations for states with regard to the protections of freedom of expression online. Within this context, Sri Lanka is particularly vulnerable:...

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SRI LANKA: Rebuilding Institutions in the Transition from Soft Authoritarianism

Published in The Island on Feb. 09 by Jayadewa Uyangoda :: A political goal that warrants sustained attention of the new Sri Lankan government as well as the democratic reform constituencies is the rebuilding of public institutions of democratic governance, accountability, autonomy, and checks and balances. Democratic governance requires the presence of institutions of governance that are strong enough to...