Fading Beliefs: Addressing the Lacunae in the Right to Religious Worship in Sri Lanka

Fading Beliefs: Addressing the Lacunae in the Right to Religious Worship in Sri Lanka
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This report delves into the intricate landscape of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) in Sri Lanka, particularly focusing on the challenges surrounding the establishment and maintenance of places of worship. It sheds light on discriminatory practices, including registration requirements...
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A Novel Governance – Linked Bond: As a Pareto Improving Instrument for Debt Restructuring
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This working paper outlines the technical and incentive dynamics for a proposed new sovereign debt instrument designed for countries with high country risk premiums, where this risk is, ceteris paribus, correlated with the quality of present and future governance. We...
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Trend Analysis of Violence Against Christians in Sri Lanka: November 2022 – October 2023
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Ethno-religious violence against minority groups in Sri Lanka is a long-entrenched phenomenon that has persisted, irrespective of changes in the political landscape of the country. This study examines critical trends in religiously motivated violence against Christians between November 2022 and...
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Blueprint for a Rational Government in Sri Lanka
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A 'Blueprint for a Rational Government in Sri Lanka', created by Verité Research and Manthri.lk, seeks to implement the recommendations from the White Paper on "A Rational Method for Cabinet Formation in Sri Lanka", published in 2020. It lists down...
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State of the Budget: 2024
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The State of the Budget 2024 report compiled by Verité Research assesses the financial, economic and fiscal assumptions, the computation of estimates, and reporting standards applied in the 2024 Budget Speech. The state of the Budget is set out in...
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Proposal for a Governance-Linked Bond in Restructuring Sri Lanka’s Debt
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To address the governance risk to debt sustainability and provide incentives for the Government of Sri Lanka to implement governance reforms, this proposal sets out the structure of a novel sovereign debt instrument that can be used for countries with...
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Backwards in Blacklisting: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s Procurement Framework Enable Corruption
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The research brief titled "Backwards in Blacklisting: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s Procurement Framework Enable Corruption" by Verité Research, published in November 2023, critically evaluates Sri Lanka's public procurement system. It highlights two significant gaps: the legal gap, where procurement guidelines...
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Personal Laws – An Analysis on Legal Gaps and Context
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Sri Lanka has specific personal laws applicable to distinct ethnic and religious groups, such as Kandyan law, Muslim law and Tesawlamai law. Critics, both domestically and internationally, have raised concerns about discriminatory provisions in Sri Lanka's personal laws that contradict...
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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace — Overcoming Barriers to Justice
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This report provides a legal gap analysis on sexual harassment through a non-discriminative lens of gender and sexual construct, which compares Sri Lanka’s international obligations against the national laws on sexual harassment at the workplace. International legislative  practices as identified from...
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Sri Lanka: Resolution 30/1 Implementation Monitor — March 2023
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This is Verité Research’s study on the Sri Lankan government’s progress in fulfilling the commitments on reconciliation and accountability in UNHRC Resolution 30/1. At the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in September and October 2022,...
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