The Sunday Leader

The Public Speaks Out

Pros and cons of a National Govt. By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The most peaceful general election held in this country in recent times ended on August 18. Since the majority of Sri Lankans accepted its mandate, they did not make few complaints against the manner in which the election was held and its results. However, the [...]

White Van Abductors To Meet Justice Soon

Long wait of loved ones to come to an end By Hafsa Sabry Reports on investigations carried out into several high profile incidents of murder, disappearance, and other alleged human rights violations during the former regime are expected to be finalised within the next few weeks. Since President Maithripala Sirisena’s victory at the January 8 [...]

More Than 70 Feared Dead In Migrant Tragedy

The bodies of more than 70 dead migrants are thought to have been been inside a truck found on a highway in Austria on Thursday. The vehicle, which police initially believed contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said [...]

Mahinda Misfires

At the height of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary campaign, footage taken with a mobile phone went viral. It showed Mahinda Rajapaksa, an authoritarian former president running to become an MP, lunging at a member of the public, his fists clenched, before aides pulled him away. The short film suggested that Mr Rajapaksa already knew things were [...]

Rajapaksa’s Loss Spells Victory For Democracy

By Col. Hariharan Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hopes of coming back to power as Sri Lanka’s prime minister crashed when the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which fielded him as a candidate, lost out narrowly to the United National Party (UNP)led coalition in the parliamentary election held on August 17. In the most peacefully conducted [...]

End Of The Road For Sri Lanka’s ‘Warrior King’?

In hindsight the odds were stacked against such a major comeback – even for Sri Lanka’s most powerful politician of the last decade. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa won his seat in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections this week, but his Freedom Party won only 42% of the seats on offer – not enough to give him [...]

Aspirations, Expectations And Disappointments

By Upul Kumarapperuma As expected by the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa has been thrown out from the main political arena of the country by ballot. It is more or less an extension of the decision of the people taken on January 8. Even though the United National Party (UNP) was unable to secure the simple majority [...]

Obama Tells Congress US Will Still Press Iran

In his most comprehensive effort to assure wavering Democrats, President Obama wrote in a letter to Congress that the United States would unilaterally maintain economic pressure and deploy military options if needed to deter Iranian aggression, both during and beyond the proposed nuclear accord. The Aug. 19 letter, obtained by ‘The New York Times’, is [...]

Stain On Clear Canvassing

Grandpass Incident By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Sri Lankans is experiencing an altogether new experience this duration towards the general election, slated for tomorrow since it has been one of the most peaceful pre-election periods in the country when taken into account many of the past elections. Apart from few incidents, that many of violent incidents [...]

Credibility Of ‘Tainted Peace’ Report Questionable

By Waruni Karunarathne Although Freedom from Torture, a UK based charity organisation recently published a report titled ‘Tainted Peace: Torture in Sri Lanka since 2009’ giving a very bleak image of the country and its human rights track record by claiming that state detainees are still being tortured in the hands of the security forces; [...]

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