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Rs.720 Million Unresolved Elephant-Human Conflict

Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi According to information obtained from the Department of Wildlife under the Right to Information Act, Rs.722 million worth of firecrackers (6,468,750 individual crackers) were distributed from 2014 to 2020 to stem the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict is mainly derived from habitat loss for wild
Right to Information Transparency and corruption in public service

An Order From the Information Commission to the Police Against Withholding Information

Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi In Sri Lanka, many public authorities inadvertently block the public’s right to information guaranteed by the Right to Information Act. Therefore, the right to information, a hallmark of a democratic society, is under serious threat. Integrity, which is dependent on the efficiency of a country’s public authorities, is a distinctive
Transparency and corruption in public service

The Transparency and Prioritization of the Covid Vaccine Rollout

Skandha Gunasekara The transparency and prioritization of the Government’s Covid-19 vaccine inoculation program have been called into question by many quarters, including professional medical bodies and international watchdog organizations, voicing their concerns.  The National Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (NACCD), which also acts as the National
Freedom of expression and fundamental rights Transparency and corruption in public service

UNHRC Resolution 30/1, OHCHR Report and international accountability – Part 1

Harindrini Corea In September 2015, the United Nations released a report on human rights violations committed in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the civil war and the surrounding period (2002-2011) in the aftermath of an international investigation. The government of Sri Lanka responded through the co-sponsoring of Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 (UNHRC […]
Freedom of expression and fundamental rights Transparency and corruption in public service

The Conspiracy of Myanmar Thathmada and Restriction of Facebook

Asanka Abeyrathna Myanmar is the most controversial state which attracted international attention in recent history. Myanmar has been taken as an example to illustrate the characteristics of the military regime prevailing in the world. At the same time, the progressive forces in Myanmar are engaged in the attempt of establishing a democratic ruling system instead […]
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Military Dictatorial Regime or Radical Democracy? (Part 2)

Asanka Abeyrathna “Just started the next presidential election campaign with a black Sunday” has been my Facebook status after few minutes of the Easter attack on 21st April 2019.  The idea of most social media platform users was the same. They thought such a thing would not have happened if Gotabhaya Rajapaksha was ruling the […]