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Reconciliation and constitutional reform

Aruna Lakshman Fernando Drafting the constitutional reforms of Sri Lanka is postponed with no date. In 2015, the Good Governance government appointed a committee headed by Lal Wijenayaka to consult the public to draft a constitution. The present government has also appointed a draft committee headed by PC Romesh de Silva. The time given to […]
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A Constitution for Reconciliation

Aruna Lakshman Fernando Sri Lanka is now free from the civil war that was dragging for decades. Many structural changes were required to avoid the recurrence of such a humanitarian catastrophe. Constitutional reform that addresses the issues is one of them. However, the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime did not focus on such a constitutional reform from […]
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Social Justice and Health Rights

Asanka Abeyrathna The United Nations and member countries commemorated International Health Day on April 7th 2021. The theme of this year’s event was “Building a Fairer, Healthier World.” Each country has endorsed at least one treaty on the rights of patients. The Right to Healthcare is a human right for all, and access to health […]
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Are Sri Lankan newspapers neutral?

Jemsith The newspaper sector is service based.  Without being submissive to anyone, it should function independently; express its views bravely, condemn the injustices, law-breaking and human rights violations in the country and stand by the law. This sector is considered the fourth pillar of a democratic society.  Does the media, who are supposed to be […]
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The Army, The Police and Torture

Asanka Abeyratne During the recent past, there were two separate incidents related to law and order that gained notoriety in both mainstream and social media. One incident was the appointment of Presidential Council Saliya Peiris as the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Bar Association. Not only local lawyers but also human rights activists and civil […]