Monthly Archives: March 2019

Looking for a new lease of life

Looking for a new lease of life

The political crisis that gripped Sri Lanka for nearly two months towards the tail end of 2018 had different costs for different political actors, depending on who they were and what they did during that time. But if there was a chief casualty of the …

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

Being a woman, mother, sister, aunt – name it, it’s something women wake up to daily and they love it.  None of them question about being enumerated for these roles.  We marvel and revel in the roles.  But make no mistake. Women want to work, …

Bouquets and brickbats

Bouquets and brickbats

Ahead of a resolution on Sri Lanka set to come up for procedural extension at the end of the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet released a wide-ranging report on the Government’s efforts and …

Report must be implemented

Report must be implemented

Responding to the publication of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, Amnesty International’s South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, said: “The report importantly stresses the need to press ahead with …

Free Expression and Terror Laws?

Free Expression and Terror Laws?

Rights activists and journalists have condemned the Sri Lankan government’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and planned Counter Terrorism Act (CTA). They claim that all terror laws are generally used against journalists, rights activists, union leaders and opposition politicians as tools of oppression. Under the …

Ensure Sri Lanka remains on UNHRC agenda

Ensure Sri Lanka remains on UNHRC agenda

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) calls on the international community and the members of the UNHRC, to ensure that Sri Lanka firmly remains on the UNHRC agenda until all aspects of resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, are fully implemented without exceptions the GTF said in a …

Companies reap profits while workers wages are unaffordable

Companies reap profits while workers wages are unaffordable

When over 100,000 estate workers went on strike last December to demand a 1,000-rupee ($US5.50) daily basic wage, the Planters Association of Ceylon, the representative body of the Sri Lankan plantation companies dismissed the demand, declaring it unaffordable. The plantation companies made this claim amidst …