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‘All Are Welcome In Democracy’

Calls to ban hate speech intensified recently following the incidents in Aluthgama.   National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has called for the introduction of laws against hate speech. Speaking to The Sunday Leader last week, the Minister also called for the arrest of the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the Venerable Galabodaatte Gnanasara [...]

Economic Cost Of The Aluthgama Incident

By Waruni Karunarathne The recent violence in Aluthgama and Beruwala has left many Muslims in the area without homes and livelihoods. Divisional Secretary of the Beruwala Divisional Secretariat Janaka Sri Chandraguptha told The Sunday Leader that according to the details collected by the Gramasewa Officers, 153 businesses were damaged. He added, “According to the reports, 23 houses [...]

Another Mass Grave Another Investigation

By Binoy Suriarachchi With investigations still continuing into the Matale and Mannar mass graves, focus has now shifted to yet another grave which the Police claim, based on information they have received, contains the bodies of over 100 Muslims killed by the LTTE. In an effort to support disclosure regarding missing persons in Sri Lanka [...]

Gl And Namal To Troubleshoot

“The government has now come under immense pressure from various parties to ban the Bodu Bala Sena and several other extremist organizations” The entire country, except the government, thinks that the Bodu Bala Sena and similar extremist ethno-religious organizations are causing trouble for the country, not only locally, but also in the international domain. Ganansara [...]

‘The AG Failed To Take Action Against The BBS’

President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Attorney at Law Upul Jayasuriya told The Sunday Leader that although the BASL on two occasions requested the AG to instruct the police to take action against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the AG did not act swiftly on the [...]

Shyam Selvadurai Telling His Own Stories

Shyam Selvadurai is one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated writers, with his exquisite debut Funny Boy cementing his status as an important literary figure in the country. Funny Boy won the W.H. Smith/ Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the US. He is the author of Cinnamon Gardens and [...]

Putting ‘Em In Their Place

By N Sathiya Moorthy Even as the Aluthgama episode  has hurt the sensibilities of almost every Sri Lankan as it did in the long run-up to the anti-Tamil ‘Pogrom-‘83’, the conspiracy of political silence has hurt the average citizenry even more. They understand it’s all about vote-bank politics, but do not comprehend how it works. [...]

Whither The Wildlife Department?

By Nirmala Kannangara With the release of the committee report of the investigation conducted by the Ministry of Wildlife Resources Conservation to find out the frauds that are taking place at the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) which has come in the limelight that several elephants have been registered in contravention of the law, environmentalists [...]

Report To UN

By Waruni Karunarathne UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco is to prepare a report on his recent visit to Sri Lanka and submit it to the UN. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Suresh Premachandran said that Fernandez-Taranco had communicated this to the TNA at his meetings with the party in Sri Lanka. [...]

Call For Banning Hate Speech

The idea of banning hate speech is welcomed by many as Aluthgama was recently in fire as a result of a speech made by the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the Ven. Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thero inciting violence and hatred against the Muslim minority. However, there are also concerns among others that measures [...]

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