Category: Sri Lanka

National Forum on Parliamentary Best Practices 2012 – Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka hosted the National Forum on Parliamentary Best Practices 2012, on 16th February, in Colombo. The Chief Guests were Honourable D E W Gunasekera (Senior Minister of Human Resources, and Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises) and Honourable Rauf Hakeem (Minister of Justice, and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee), and were joined by several other parliamentarians, human...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka: April-June 2010 (1st Quarterly) Report

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the General Elections of 8th April 2010, by a landslide victory gaining 144 seats in the 225 member parliament1 This victory was largely due to defeating the LTTE in May 2009, a strong performance by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2010 January 26th presidential elections, the promised development drive and the request by...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka – June 2011 Report

Overview June was marked by the government’s continued obstruction to the presentation of a bill on the Freedom of Information (FoI). An Opposition MP presented it as a Private Members’ bill. Sri Lanka’s ruling party lawmakers defeated the tabled Right to Information bill with a majority of 63 votes. According to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, there were 93 absentees in parliament...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka – September 2011 Report

Overview There was a sense of euphoria among government members when Parliament met in September 2011 with the much abhorred emergency regulations being lifted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the previous month. Elated by the positive impact such a move had both in Sri Lanka and overseas, government members decided to bring an adjournment motion to Parliament titled “Acclamation on Withdrawal...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka – 2011 Overview

TOWARDS AN ACCOUNTABLE PARLIAMENT “Parliament Watch” is a program jointly implemented by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) and South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) to collectively advocate for a transparent, accountable and rights-focused Parliament and for the promotion of parliamentary best practices. Implemented by four other South Asian countries in addition to Sri Lanka, (India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh), the...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka – December 2011 Report

Overview In December 2011, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission presented the final report to Parliament. However, based on the findings of the report, zero dialogue was initiated. The Commission report was presented in international forums while the Sri Lankan legislature had no clue of its contents. The law and order in the State was once again questioned in Parliament...

Parliament Watch Sri Lanka – October 2011 report

Overview October 2011 saw the tragic shooting of former parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in a heated political argument that resulted in a shootout in Kolonnawa on the final day of the Local Government elections. Premachandra was known as a loyalist of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and a trade union veteran who has also provided political leadership to the Kolonnawa electorate...

Sri Lanka – November 2011 Report

Overview November saw the submission of the controversial Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Enterprises Act, as an urgent bill by the government. The Act enabled the government to acquire shares of 37 companies, listed in its Schedules, deemed to be underperforming or underutilized. Certain media reports alleged that the government intended using the Act to acquire more businesses and...