Improving Public Transport As A Solution For Traffic Congestion: Attitudes First

by  G.S Samarakoon, W.M.J.P Weerasinghe, K.M.D.L Kosgoda and H.K.M Vimarshani Traffic congestion has become the main transport problem in major cities of Sri Lanka. The Government statistics shows that the total vehicle population has increased from 3.39 million in 2008 to 6.33 million in 2015. A study done by W.J. Weerawardana about Colombo states that 65% of the [...]

The Story Behind The Coup

by Tunca Özçuhadar On the night of July 15, 2016, Turkey witnessed the most violent anti-state activity in her recent history. Turkey’s democracy was at stake. People in Turkey were on tenterhooks trying to grasp what is taking place in their country. Those who lived in Ankara were taken aback by the strange noise of [...]

Constitution, Equality And Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

by  By Devanesan Nesiah I’m responding to one aspect of the article by Dr Rohan Wickramasinghe published in The Island of 17th July, 2017. He poses the question as to what the aristocratic farmers of the Indian and Sri Lankan Constitutions would have to say about the wish expressed in “Lyrics to Ludwig van Beethoven’s [...]

Sooka Continues Her War On Sri Lanka

A former member of a UN panel appointed to make inquiries on Sri Lanka, is continuing her campaign to push for justice for the victims of the brutal war. In a new report made public last week Yasmin Sooka ‘s International Truth and Justice Project says President Maithripala  Sirisena should start prosecuting alleged war criminals [...]

Human Rights Still An Issue

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The country is once again preparing to celebrate the liberation of the country by defeating the LTTE terrorists after a war that devastated the country for nearly 30 years. However, it is still questionable as to how much freedom we still enjoy despite the war  coming to an end. This is a [...]

Is International Criminal Court Action Possible On Sri Lanka?

by S. V. Kirubaharan France Those who are for justice and impartiality will fully agree that the Tamils in Sri Lanka, especially Tamils from the hereditary land in the North and East have been taken for a ride since independence in 1948 by every government in power. The cheating tactics vary and would take pages [...]

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform: New Wine In Old Wineskin?

by Annahl Anbini Hoole The current 1978 Constitution even after the 19th Amendment, has a powerful president, making degeneration into tyranny all the easier as seen by the last ruler Although Mr. Pathiraja called for transparency, he also disregarded the need for foreign judges saying “we don’t need outsiders to interfere with our matters” Unless [...]

Muslim Matters…

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Hakeem is more to the point that any merger of the North and the East would require the nation to address the expectations of other ‘ethnic minorities’ too The current leadership of the Upcountry Tamils are as vocal as any other, and as ‘demonstrative’ as any other, give or take a [...]

Whither Human Rights In Sri Lanka?

by Ahilan Kadirgamar If only the spotlight on Geneva could be turned towards the ground situation, it will make evident the emptiness of these campaigns That Sri Lanka will get its extension, that foreign judges will never be allowed to enter the country and that the U.S. will shield Sri Lanka at the UN, are [...]

Weerasekera And Tamil Diaspora Go Head To Head

by Easwaran Rutnam Former head of the Civil Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara and the Tamil diaspora went head to head in Geneva last week Earlier, at a side event, the TGTE called for the arrest of Weerasekara An investigation was later launched into alleged intimidation of members of Sri Lankan civil society in [...]

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