Constitution

Yahapalana foot soldiers intensify campaign for new Constitution : By Shamindra Ferdinando

Mar 18th, 2017 | By

Civil society groups that campaigned for Maithripala Sirisena at the January 2015 presidential poll, have stepped up their campaign for a new constitution. The project gets underway against the backdrop of members of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) reaching consensus as regards a new resolution to give space for Sri Lanka to

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Geneva: Be substantive, not combative

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

Slowly but surely, the dreaded United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions have stealthily crept up. A resolution against Sri Lanka — sponsored by the US and promoted by Britain and India — is on the cards this month. With the solitary backing of China from among the big and powerful nations, it would be

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When a Dynasty Read the Future

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

By Nirupama Subramanian In Sri Lanka, the Bandaranaike dynasty cut itself away from politics through a combination of political circumstances and personal choices Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the former President of Sri Lanka, has among her photographs a collector’s item taken when she was an 11-year-old girl. Crowded into the frame are no less than five

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Sri Lanka: IBAHRI backs Navi Pillay’s call for United Nations inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

  The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the UN Human Rights Council(UNHRC) to establish an independent and international inquiry into alleged war crimes and past violations of human rights law in Sri Lanka as called for by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a recently published

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The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva

Feb 13th, 2014 | By

By Archana Arul The setting in the run up to the Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council is getting increasingly clear, not just with Washington letting Colombo know that a third successive resolution against the island nation for alleged war crimes and accountability is very much on the cards. If US Assistant

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An Important Friday Forum Press Release- Re: Authoritarianism or Democratic Governance?

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

The Friday Forum                                                                        2, Greenlands Avenue, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka E-Mail; chandraj111@gmail.com                                                    Telephone; 0773634444   Fax; 2504181   PRESS RELEASE 27th January 2014. Authoritarianism or Democratic Governance? There has been, in recent times, public discussion in regard to whether our country is moving towards an authoritarianism that undermines democratic governance. The President, Ministers and government spokespersons have consistently denied this

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Chief Minister of the NPC called for international action

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

The Chief Minister of the NPC called  for international action against the Sri Lankan government’s program of settling Sinhalese families on Tamil-owned land forcibly appropriated by the military. He said he had done everything possible to appease the Sinhalese and win back Tamil rights and he had reached the end of his journey. Now he calls for

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South Africa: Nelson Mandela’s Death a Tremendous Loss

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela at a meeting in central London on June 24, 2008. © 2008 Reuters Life Epitomized Brave Struggle for Freedom, Equality, Justice (Johannesburg) – The death of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, is a tremendous loss, not only for South Africa, but for the world. Mandela, who led the

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Sri Lanka: Victims coerced to produce false affidavits on controversial birth control in Vanni

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Colombo has instructed Tamil health officials in Ki’linochchi district to obtain ‘affidavits’ from women who were subjected to a controversial coercive population control in three coastal villages of the district. The women are being approached to sign a document stating that they received subdermal implants on their own request for contraceptive protection. The latest move

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Accountability Issues Must Not Displace Devolution

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Prior to the Commonwealth Summit there were several positive signals from both the government and TNA.  It was the government that led the way by boldly deciding to conduct the Northern Provincial Council election, campaigning at the polls with enthusiasm and accepting its verdict with an appearance of good grace.   However, after CHOGM there has been

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