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Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears

It is only with a great degree of caution and circumspection that the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka can be welcomed. The panel, chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has done creditably by producing a forward-looking proposal …

Proposals reveal concern about threat of secession

Proposals reveal concern about threat of secession

The Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly which was submitted on Thursday, suggested stringent constitutional provisions to stem separatism. This, despite the fact that Sri Lanka had crushed a long standing armed separatist movement with overwhelming military might eight years ago. …

Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation

Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, asked the international community to support Sri Lanka’s “slow but steady progress’ towards post-war ethnic reconciliation as well as economic progress and decried ‘haste’ in the matter. …

US commends national reconciliation and rebuilding efforts

US commends national reconciliation and rebuilding efforts

A high-ranking U.S. diplomat has lauded Sri Lanka’s efforts for national reconciliation and development and the current government’s friendly foreign policy during a meeting with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon met Thursday with …

Unit of devolution: District or Province?

Unit of devolution: District or Province?

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka                                                           It is old news that those who regard themselves as Sinhala nationalists always …

25% seats for Women in Provincial Councils

25% seats for Women in Provincial Councils

The Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday passed the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill to give 25% reservation for women in the  Provincial Councils in the country, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran said. Currently, women’s representation in the nine provincial councils is only 4.1%, although …

Much need to be done

Much need to be done

Although war is over in Sri Lanka, many still face discrimination and hate and much need to be done for peace building and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley says. In a message to mark the International Day of …

Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

Taylor Dibbert:                                                                      Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) became operational …

Disappearances bill to have no retrospective effect

Disappearances bill to have no retrospective effect

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the proposed ratification of a bill that criminalises enforced disappearance in the country will have no retrospective effect. Wickremesinghe was responding to Opposition’s accusations that the real aim of the Office of Missing Person (OMP) was to target the …

EU raises concerns

EU raises concerns

The  European Union, on Wednesday raised concerns with the Sri Lankan government about continued discrimination against women and girls and against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Sri Lankans. The European Union office in Colombo, in a statement said that while the EU praised the Sri Lankan …