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Are justiciable socio-economic rights worth including in the Constitution?

Jul 4th, 2017 | By

outh Africa is the poster child for inclusion of socio-economic rights such as rights to housing and education in the Constitution. The retired judge who came to discuss the South African experience at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute concluded by saying he hoped there would not be a question about the relation between South Africa’s rising

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In support of religious minorities, rule of law and Lakshan Dias

Jun 22nd, 2017 | By

Religious minorities in Sri Lanka – particularly Muslims and Evangelical Christians – faced serious persecution under the Rajapakse Government, which has continued even under the Sirisena-Ranil Government. The Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, who has been hostile towards Evangelical Christians (a numerical minority amongst Christians), now appears to be assisting this Government’s approach of denying the

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Broad agreement on power devolution

Apr 3rd, 2017 | By

The Steering Committee working on Constitutional proposals had broadly agreed on power devolution and the interim report based such concluded matters would be presented soon, it is learnt. The party leaders met with last Monday to discuss the way forward in this regard. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran, who is privy to the

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JOINT DECISIONMAKING TO OVERCOME SENSE OF DRIFT THAT HARMS COUNTRY’S PROSPECTS–Jehan Perera

Apr 3rd, 2017 | By

In the public perception there is a sense of drift in the constructive activities of the government on all fronts. President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to overcome this sense of drift by political means. He has been having public programmes that enhance his own visibility. An example would be the SLFP Youth Convention where

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Education is not a commodity: but it is and it should be negotiable

Mar 28th, 2017 | By

Students claim that education is not a commodity ‘Education is not a commodity’ has been a popular view almost universally held by Sri Lanka’s student community in higher learning institutions. For them, it is non-negotiable. Even some university academics at the country’s state universities have been ardent proponents of this view. This view held by them

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No foreign judges, only foreign observers: PM

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

The Government is agreeable to the presence of foreign observers and not to foreign judges to view the judicial procedures on human rights violations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today. He was responding to a question asked by joint opposition parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane as to how the Foreign Affairs Minister was to

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Zeid continues to underscore ‘hybrid court

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al-Hussein told the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva today that they continue to underscore the concept of hybrid court to Sri Lanka to utilize an accountability mechanism. Following the resolution debate of the member countries on Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner said

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SL co-sponsors new resolution

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Harsha De Silva a short while ago told the 34th session of the UNHRC that Sri Lanka will be co-sponsoring a Resolution with the United States and the other main co-sponsors of previous resolution (30/1) on the country for a two-year extension of the timeline for fulfilment of commitments made in

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Lanka’s UN mission hosts panel talks on gender empowerment

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

UNITED NATIONS— The Sri Lanka Mission to the UN hosted two panel discussions last week to coincide with the 61st annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) focusing on the themes: “Empowering Women’s Economic Leadership” and “Women in Post-Conflict Reconciliation.” In her opening address, Minister for Women & Child Affairs

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Yet another imaginative proposal to privilege the police

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

The tortuous dance of some in Government to ensure that a suspect in police custody is not allowed legal counsel at the earliest opportunity is indeed painful to observe. The latest amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act suggested by the Ministry of Justice reflects this reluctance exceedingly well. Now, instead of the earlier

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