Interviews & Articles

Chinese debt is not Sri Lanka’s biggest problem – Verité Research
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Taken from News1st Written by Staff Writer Colombo (News 1st) – New information has come to light revealing that loans from China are not the main source of the debt trap that Sri Lanka is caught in at present. Director of Verité Research Nishan De Mel speaking to News1st stated that nearly 50%...
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Ex-Presidents contesting for 3rd term
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Compiled by Sulochana Ramiah Mohan In recent weeks the debate on whether former Presidents Chandrika Kumaratunga (CBK) and Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) can contest the Presidency once more has been buzzing in the political circle. This is because the head of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Prof. G L Peries, a...
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Enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka: Past, present and future
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Family members of the disappeared in a protest march - File picture Few countries in the world can rival Sri Lanka’s legacy on enforced disappearance. Simply defined, an ‘enforced disappearance’ takes place when an agent of the state takes a person into custody, and subsequently refuses to disclose the fate...
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The case against anti-terrorism laws
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Jeyakumari Balendran, an activist campaigning for the whereabouts of missing persons in Sri Lanka, was detained by officers of the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) in March 2014. Photo: Vikalpa | Groundviews | Maatram | CPA / Flickr Nearly a decade after the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka’s draconian anti-terrorism...
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Women’s Representation and Participation in Formal Politics
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By Daisy Perry Despite the drive for gender equality promoted at the Beijing UN World Conference on Women in 1995, the Sri Lankan State appears to have taken little responsibility for narrowing the gender gap in political representation. Savitri Goonesekere explains this as a “non-recognition of the problem” while Kumari Jayawardena has observed that...
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