The Sunday Leader

Promoting Human Rights, Peace And Development

Geneva is the place for issues related to Human rights The OHCHR supports the work of the UN human rights mechanisms Diaspora Tamils, talk about holding a referendum by S. V. Kirupaharan, General Secretary, Tamil Centre for Human Rights The general understanding is that the term, “diaspora” comes from Greek, meaning “Scatter or scattered.” In some [...]

Practicality In Code Of Ethics For MPs Questioned

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Code of ethics adopted after  studying expert opinions Code of ethics could be used as a guideline for Parliamentarians MPs would be expected to carry out their tasks efficiently Parliament recently adopted a code of ethics for Members of Parliament. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the code was adopted after studying the opinions [...]

New Constitution Is Still More About Power-Politics, Not Power- Devolution

by N. Sathiya Moorthy UNP cannot be blamed for surprising the nation with its sticking to the Executive Presidency and ‘unitary State’ If Mahinda goes his own electoral way, it could be a further gain to the UNP If however, Sirisena decides not to seek re-election, then it could be an easy walk-through for the [...]

Looking To Build The Hearts And Minds Of People

Minister Ganesan stressed the importance of getting involved in peace building and reconciliation  NPC’s project was implemented with the support of FOKUS in nine districts  The project mobilised women to take an active part in community healing  As the country looks to fast pace development, the need to build the hearts and minds of the [...]

For Whom All Does The Bell Toll, When, Why And For How Long?

For the Tamils, the celebrations would go on until the annual ‘Thai Pongal’ Maithri-Ranil dual leadership continues to shy away from taking the bull by the horns Within the Government too, there can be serious differences over power-devolution   by N. Sathiya Moorthy  The Holiday Season sets the mood for rejoicing and relaxing, but anyone [...]

No Timeline To Complete Counter Terror Legislation

by Our Political Correspondent Scope of terrorist offences on par with TFC Alternative views and perceptions on some clauses Document still a white paper The government has not set a timeline to complete the deliberations and produce the draft of the new Counter Terrorism Legislation. The government informed the UN last week the new legislation [...]

Ten Years: On Populism And Counterfeit Democracy

by Jayantha Dhanapala A watershed transition took place in 2015 with a National Unity Government being elected on a liberal platform that promised political, economic and social reforms. That platform has yet to be implemented. Indeed, it is being jeopardised by the combined action and inaction of those in power. The global situation has also [...]

A Constitution Which Assures The Right To Live

by Hafsa Sabry The process to draft a new Constitution saw considerable progress being made last weekend with the presentation of six reports to Parliament The sub-committee on Fundamental Rights headed by Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has emphasised in its report on the need for the new Constitution to ensure the right to live. In early [...]

Stop This ‘Coup Talk’ Nonsense!

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The man who kicked off the ‘coup row’ is none other than former Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, head of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), identified with Sinhala-Buddhist politics Clearly, all other men in uniform, and their respective commanders share their collective commitment to stand by democracy and the nation’s democratically-elected and constitutionally-assigned [...]

Fears Of Racism Raising Its Head

by Easwaran Rutnam Fears of racism raising its head once again has spread fear in the country and raised concerns among civil society and human rights groups. The concerns stemmed from the behavior of two Buddhist monks in the North and East over the past two weeks. The two monks had behaved in an aggressive [...]

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