The Sunday Leader

Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims


by Meenakshi Ganguly The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past year Civil society groups are once again able to speak out safely on issues of concern There has been no tangible progress in setting up courts with international involvement to [...]

Trump’s Sri Lanka?


by N. Sathiya Moorthy  Rather than fighting American wars elsewhere, if only to secure the ‘homeland’ from military/militant attacks, and/or its economy, he seems keen to protect and strengthen that protection from within Sooner than later, Trump would come to understand that trust of nations is not built on shouting the other one down, and [...]

The Profound Impact Of Caste In Contemporary Sri Lanka


by Basil Fernando  The social organisation in pre-colonial Sri Lanka was based on the caste system Every person was made to stay within their prescribed status At the time, it was not an obligation of the Sri Lanka state to create opportunities for people to improve their prospects It is a basic tenet of social [...]

CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law


by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Judges are notoriously scared and take political decisions, or are corrupt and at times communal Killers need to be punished and not celebrated as heroes Douglas Devananda and EPDP MP Chandrakumar, admitted to the massacres of and use of cluster bombs on civilians during the last phase of the war [...]

Parliament Polarised On Constitutional Reforms


by  Lionel Guruge Political will or lack thereof of the coalition Government was miscalculated by the majority who elected them Limited public participation due to the lack of awareness among the general public Voices of those such as Ven. Athuraliye Rathana are now taking the forefront with extremist views regarding devolution of power Sri Lanka [...]

Lobbying Begins Ahead Of UNHRC 34

Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein

Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri Lanka to get UNHRC backing. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is to address the UNHRC during the 34th session An interactive dialogue will be held on Sri Lanka on March 22 during the 34th session. by Easwaran Rutnam Attempts to lobby support against Sri Lanka ahead of the 34th session [...]

Targeting The TNA, Testing The Nation?

M. A. Sumanthiran, Mangala Samaraweera, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka
M. A. Sumanthiran, Mangala Samaraweera, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Sarath Fonseka

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Sumanthiran has also emerged as the moderate voice of post-war Tamil polity and society Rehabilitated cadres may have been trained and are skilled in trades, but did not have a job or any other source of income Definitely LTTE re-grouping of the terrorist-kind was/is a real possibility The TNA walked the [...]

Breaking The Ice For The Big Party, Or Breaking The Party, Too?

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Rajapaksa’s expectation is an open secret. He cannot become President again. But he can still become Prime Minister There is no indication, if, how and when Rajapaksa is at all going to carry-out his threat to topple the incumbent Government Rajapaksa cannot win Sirisena’s position anymore. But Sirisena can retain his [...]

Revive Or Revisit Chandrika Package, But…

President Maithripala Sirisena
, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
, Minister Rajitha Senaratne
 and Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Those proposing a second term for Sirisena are possibly floating a trial-balloon of their own By taking the constitutional route the present government has cleverly side-stepped one-on-one negotiations with the Tamil leadership Today, the government of the day has not said anything about what the constitutional package and provisions are At [...]

International Judges ‘Dilemma’: CTF Report And Political Stance

Two members of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF)

by Anushka Kahandagama The report, was handed over to the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga Report close to 600 pages Media coverage shed  light on the involvement of international judges in the Judicial Mechanism The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) has handed over the final report, which is a product of months of [...]

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