Category: Sri Lanka

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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...

SRI LANKA: Civil Society Statement on Human Rights

Published in the South Asia Citizens Web on Feb. 05 :: We, the undersigned conveners on behalf of civil society organizations and individuals who have focused on human rights protection through the dark and dangerous days of the Rajapaksa regime, welcome the victory of Mr. Maithripala Sirisena in the 08th January 2015 Presidential Election and the formation of a new government....

SRI LANKA: A Democratic Revolution in the Making?

Published in www.sacw.net on Feb. 02 :: A time for gratitude Two disasters were recently averted in Sri Lanka. The first would have been the re-election of the corrupt and brutal Rajapaksa regime in the presidential election of 8 January 2015. For this we must be grateful, first and foremost, to democracy acitivists across the spectrum – Sobitha Thera, trade...

SRI LANKA: Challenging the West’s Narrative on Sri Lanka’s ‘Victory for Democracy’

Published in www.kafila.org by Devaka Gunawardena on Feb. 06 :: Of the many pieties that have been promoted in the Western media in the aftermath of Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa in the recent Sri Lankan presidential election, none has been more cherished than the notion that Sri Lanka is now on board with “democracy.”[1] This claim is counter-posed...