Archive for July 2017

“Respect public opinion” -Ven. Galkande Dhammananda

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

Venerable Galkande Dammananda thera, the Priest-in-Charge of  Walpola  Rahula Institute and lecturer of the University of Kelaniya, in an interview with the Dailymirror ‘’ said that religious leaders must first respect public opinion. Dhammananda Thera affirmed that Buddhist religious leaders  must focus on ensuring the betterment of the entire society and empower people to think right. “Changing

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International convention for the protection of all person from enforced disappearances bill

Jul 18th, 2017 | By

Spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Mahishini Colonne has sent the following letter to the Editor of Daily Mirror:  Your kind attention is drawn to the interview published in the Daily Mirror newspaper of 12 July 2017, titled “New Enforced Disappearances Bill: Sri Lanka will be submitted to jurisdiction of ICC”. It is riddled with

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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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Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis: Not losing an opportunity to lose another opportunity

Jul 4th, 2017 | By

Image courtesy Asian Mirror By Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda  Is the Yahapalanaya (‘good governance’) regime jointly led President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe slowly abandoning its political reform commitments made during the Presidential and Parliamentary elections of 2015? Are the government leaders working towards their own political downfall, leaving the space for the return to illiberal and authoritarian politics? 

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Govt. must assure democratic space and freedom….

Jul 3rd, 2017 | By

Freedom of expression, right to a religion and attacks on minority religions have been in discussion within the last couple of days. It has raised a heated public debate, unending discussions among academics of various fields. Following the interviews with Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe and Attorney-at-law Lakshan Dias, the ‘Daily Mirror’ contacted different professionals and leaders

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