The Mangala-Chandrika-TNA Constitution


Would you undergo or put a loved one through an unnecessary but quite drastic, risky surgery? This is precisely what the UNP leadership and Chandrika Kumaratunga are trying perpetrate on the Sri Lankan body politic, through a new Constitution. They ...

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The people discuss the film Usawiya Nihandai


The film by Prasanna Vithanage titled “Usaviya Nihandai” (“Silence in the Courts”), is being shown not in cinema halls only, but also at popular gatherings. I had the privilege of attending four such gatherings in different parts of the country, ...

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Draconian law cripples Sri Lanka’s reconciliation hopes The country’s leadership needs to act on commitment to repeal Prevention of Terrorism Act


n March 2014, my colleague, Father Praveen and I were arrested and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act by the Terrorist Investigation Department, under Sri Lanka’s authoritarian government of former president Mahinda Rajapakse. Three months ago, under the new ...

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‘Silenced Shadows’: A fine presentation of compassionate resistance Poetry in Sri Lanka


The Amnesty Intentional has published a collection of poems titled ‘ Silenced Shadows’. It’s a collection of 15 poems and translations of the said poems into all three languages, Sinhalese, Tamil and English. Originally, Amnesty International called for poems on ...

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Six Police Officers Sentenced to Death


Last week, in the High Court of Badulla five police officers and a security officer were sentenced to death for causing the murder of Sadun Malinga, a 17-year-old boy. The boy and four of his relatives had gone to the ...

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The job of a judge is to do justice, regardless of nationality


Concerns have been raised about the preliminary report of the Consultation Task Force (CTF), particularly about hybrid courts and foreign judges. It should be remembered that this report and its recommendations have not been finalized. Additionally, at the very beginning ...

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Beginning of a New Peoples’ Movement Targeting Large-Scale Membership


I have had the privilege of witnessing the birth of an initiative to create a people’s movement not affiliated to any political party, which targets a minimum of one million memberships. It will be entirely locally funded and independent. The ...

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The sound of the dengue mosquito was heard louder than the national anthem


The neglect of the right to life within the country is quite symbolically expressed in the failure to address the spread of dengue in any significant manner. While the deaths due to dengue fever reached over 88,000, a number of ...

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UNCAT Committee recommends the Government appoint independent investigating body to inquire into torture


United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT Committee) has published its concluding observations after considering the 5th Periodic Report of Sri Lanka. A high level delegation from Sri Lanka met the members of the CAT Committee on 15th and 16th November ...

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A few practical suggestions for police reforms


“A History of Ceylon Police” by late A.C. Depp, former Inspector General of Police, is a book consisting of three volumes that gives a good insight into the manner in which the police system came about in Sri Lanka. Reading ...

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