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Why A Leaked Counterterrorism Policy Has Civil Society Spooked
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“It’s not something one easily forgets,” says Ruki Fernando, as he recalls his arrest and detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), in 2014. Fernando was on a fact-finding mission in Kilinochchi, investigating a spate of PTA-related arrests in...
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The Objectification of Women in the Sri Lankan Press
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This post by Deepanjalie Abeywardana originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices. Sri Lanka’s media continues to deviate from established standards of...
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Implications for Office on Missing Persons from Presidential powers: Verite
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Sri Lanka’s nineteenth amendment (19A) to the constitution which placed limitations on the powers of the President have implications on the operation of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), a research report showed. Research conducted by the head of legal...
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Changes to Electronic Transactions Act Soon
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Amendments to the Electronic Transactions Act of 2006 that are to be gazetted shortly will boost online as well as cross-border trade by providing greater clarity for e-commerce, according to Director and Legal Advisor at the Information and Communication Technology...
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Advancing access to information and open government in Sri Lanka
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In February 2017, Sri Lanka’s Right to Information (RTI) Act entered into force. The inclusive process through which the Act was crafted represents an exemplar of law-making in Sri Lanka, while the law itself constitutes a leading example of access to information...
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What Mangala Said (And Didn’t Say) At The UNHRC
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Last week, during the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and a full 17 months since Sri Lanka’s co-signing of Resolution 30/1, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivered a speech at a high-level segment in Geneva. Kicking off on an...
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Remove Obstacles to agricultural exports
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Excessive checks, delays and unwanted procedures serious drawback to export growth West Asia is a potentially large market for our agri-products, but Lanka losing competitiveness The sluggish export performance of recent years has been one of the main reasons for...
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Call to change existing Sri Lanka laws to better apply RTI
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Proactive disclosure is a key obligation of the Sri Lankan government under its new Right to Information (RTI) law and existing laws preventing publication of information from public authorities should be changed, a new study said. The study by the...
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Au Sri Lanka, la cité fantôme de l’omnipotente famille Rajapakse
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Président de 2005 à 2015, battu lors des dernières élections, Mahinda Rajapakse tente de revenir sur le devant de la scène. Il prépare aussi l’arrivée de son fils, Namal qui a repris sa province d’Hambantota. Reportage Petite ville perdue dans...
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