LEAD NEWS

Govt. gazettes Enforced Disappearances Bill

By Dharisha Bastians The Government has proposed draft legislation to criminalise disappearances in line with its international obligations, even as the country grapples with the legacy of 65,000 people still missing after two insurgencies and a civil war. The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance Bill was gazetted by order

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Sri Lanka RTI laws become world’s third best

Following the announcement of rules and regulations on Right Information Act by Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunatilleke last week, Sri Lanka has reached third best place in the RTI global ranking. Mexico and Serbia are in the first and second places. Simultaneously Sri Lanka becomes the best in South Asia, by

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CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM TO THE FORE AGAIN –Jehan Perera

The constitutional reform process appeared to be on track with the presentation of the report of the Public Representations Committee in June last year followed by the reports of the six parliamentary subcommittees in November.  However, time tables and road maps are necessarily contingent.  Whether the time frames or the targets to meet are realistic

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China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

NEW DELHI – If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their country’s geostrategic interests. Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often by extending huge loans to their governments. As

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My country is not truly free until all its citizens feel at home

Independence Day marks the freeing of our country of the shackles of the colonisers. Our country won her freedom through the sweat of our predecessors who united in driving away the occupiers. As a Sri Lankan, I love my country and feel that I belong here and nowhere else. As I join my fellow sisters

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The perils of ‘traitorisation’

“Amirthalingam was called a traitor and killed. Neelan Thiruchelvam was called a traitor and killed. Over 30 years we have lost all these people.  And after killing them, what have we achieved?  So now you call Sumanthiran a traitor and kill me also. Tell me, what are we going to do after that?” – TNA

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CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January. The Consultation Task Force (CTF) had Zonal Task Forces operating in all the districts, gathered views from the people and prepared a detailed report elaborating on

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The guilty should be punished: Sarath Fonseka

Those who had been accused of war crimes must be punished irrespective of their posts and statuses if found guilty, Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today. While speaking to the media at the Malwatte Maha Viharaya after meeting the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters at their respective temples in

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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE OF THE CONSULTATION TASK FORCE REPORT–Jehan Perera

The disquiet about the government’s commitment to deliver on its promises is now extending itself to those sections of the international community that gave their support to the government on the basis of its commitment to human rights and reconciliation. The sense of disenchantment amongst the general population is also getting more pronounced. The common

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Super minister, Development Bill and the second economic revolution

Those who oppose this Bill, provincial councils and the parties which govern those provincial councils, should keep in mind that they do not have any moral authority to oppose further devolution of power to the provinces under the new constitution The proposed new constitution will come into the limelight in near future. The main components

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OTHER NEWS

Should State protect Buddhism as a Constitutional provision?

For a long time as a nation we have been talking about a new constitution in place of the existing Constitution of 1978. During the time of President Kumaratunga, a new constitution was drafted and she was not able to get it approved by the Parliament. Recently the United National Party also has proposed the

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President steps in to break deadlock in constitutional negotiations

By Dharisha Bastians President Maithripala Sirisena has stepped into break a deadlock in constitutional negotiations, holding a round of tripartite talks with the United National Party (UNP), the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) late last month. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the tripartite discussions, together with UNP Chairman

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Right to Information: Excitement in the air!

By Mathuri Thamilmaran As citizens take their first steps towards obtaining information from Public Authorities (PA) with the operationalising of The Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016 (RTI Act) on February 3rd 2017, there are many hiccups that are bound to arise. This is inevitable as other countries around the world take as

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Application to receive Information under Rights to Information Act

Given below is the format of the application to receive information under the Rights to Information Act. Please note that completion of this Form is not a compulsory requirement to make a request for information and that any written letter, e-mail or a verbal request with the essential information to identify the requested information is

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AHRC TV: UN publishes new report of rape and other abuses against Rohingya and other stories in JUST ASIA, Episode 158

This week’s episode of Just Asia begins with the UN’s new report detailing mass gang rape, killings and other human rights abuses against the Rohingya by the Burmese military. A team of UN investigators interviewed over 200 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, who told how their children, including a newborn, were trampled or cut to death.

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THE SAITM  PROBLEM

As medical academics, trained in medical education and its many issues, and possessing a considerable experience in all such matters, we feel we have a responsibility and are duty- bound at this crucial time, to offer our views on this controversial SAITM  problem, which is getting more and more contentious. We would also state that

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One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising… “Let us Celebrate Lives Without Violence Against Women”                 ART EXHIBITION by Artists for Non-violent Living Place: Auditorium, Mulliyawalai Vidyanantha College, Mullaithivu  Dates: 12, 13, 14 February 2017, from 9.30am to 4.30pm   One third of women in the world are subjected to violence. This means that one billion of the three billion

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LOLC to introduce microfinance model to Pakistan

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Sri Lanka’s leading non-banking financial institution, Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC), saw its unique microfinance model being accepted to be applied in yet another regional market. Having recognized the microfinance business model of LOLC as ‘uniquely effective’ due to its success in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Cambodia, Pak Oman Microfinance Bank

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The Good Governance Government should not ignore Sri Lanka’s slipping down on the World Rule of Law Index

King Elara’s observance of the Rule of Law to the letter According to a story in Sri Lanka’s great chronicle, Mahavansa, a Tamil usurper named Elara of the Uju tribe had invaded Lanka in the 2nd century BCE and ruled the northern part of the country from his seat at Anuradhapura for 44 years. He

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The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

Is the essentially combative tone adopted by the Government to the Juan Mendez report finding that a “culture of torture” is still being practised in Sri Lanka quite wise, one might ask? Of course, we live in an age where, confounding his own advisors and despite solid evidence to the contrary, the President of the

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Will Norway handover diaspora Tiger leader “Nediyavan” to Sri Lanka?

By D. B. S. Jeyaraj “What was your first military operation”? was a question posed to Veluppillai Prabhakaran in a media interview many years ago. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader replied “ Alfred Durayappah”. Prabhakaran was of course referring to the popular former Mayor and ex-MP Alfred Thangarajah Durayappah who was gunned

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Taxi driver wins case without lawyer

A trishaw driver who defended himself  in the Gampola Magistrate Court was acquitted of all charges levelled against him, by Magistrate Chandani Meegoda. Gampola Police had filed action against him on charges of driving under the influence of liquor and obstructing the duty of the police on April 20, 2014. The case had had first

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Right to Information Act comes into force

Right to Information Act came in to force on February 3, 2017. According to the Act any person could request information on Government Ministries, Departments and Corporations. If the Information Officers are not yet appointed, the Heads of such Departments were tasked with providing such information. Director General of Government Information said that Information Officers

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Freedom from Secrecy

  RTI comes into effect  Media Minister warns of teething problems, encourages public to use RTI Act TISL files six public interest RTI applications Applicants must show persistence in desire to unlock state info, says TISL Information Officers to be appointed for all public authorities by Monday By Dharisha Bastians The Right to Information (RTI) Act came

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Confidentiality is Essential in order to keep the Integrity of the investigation on Sri Lanka

The oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (Part 01) In his oral update on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. the the High Commissioner for Human Rights says that ”Notwithstanding the commendable progress the Sri Lankan

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W’pola girl seeks compensation from police

The girl who was allegedly harassed by a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminus filed a fundamental rights petition against the police officers seeking one million rupees as compensation.Petitioner Thilini Amalka cited Chandra Kumara alias Selva, Woman Police Constable Abeysinghe, Wariyapola Police OIC, Kurunegala SSP, the DIG, the IGP and the Attorney General as respondents.The

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My Tribute: Comrade Bala Tampoe, The Legend Is No More!

Some of the comments made here are historically inaccurate, economically illiterate, and politically untenable and the personal invective against me is erroneous. For those who are not pretending to be asleep, I will state some political and economic facts first, about Sri Lanka in the 1940s. Sri Lanka was a plantation economy dominated by the

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