This report assesses the extent to which the government has implemented 12 gender-related Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs were developed by the former Ministry of Women and Child Affairs towards achieving Goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
As social media becomes more involved in personal, business, and political relations, it has become increasingly important to prevent the spread of hate speech and disinformation on social media. At present, hate speech and disinformation is moderated on social media by: (1) voluntary self-regulation by service providers, and (2) government regulation that imposes obligations and liability on users and service providers. In light of the numerous lapses in content moderation and the ever present of risk of censorship through government regulation of social media, several questions have arisen on how content moderation can be improved.
There is a surge in public agitation against environmental destruction caused by ongoing development projects in Sri Lanka. The surfacing of environmental issues after construction has commenced is highly problematic for two reasons. First, the construction may have already caused damage to the environment, which may be irreversible in certain cases. Second, the revising of original project plans to mitigate environmental damages can result in delays and increased costs.
கொவிட்-19 நோய்த்தொற்று காலப்பகுதியில் இலங்கையின் நீதி முறைமை சந்திக்க நேரிட்ட சவால்கள் காரணமாக உரிய செயன்முறை மீது ஏற்பட்ட தாக்கங்கள் தொடர்பில் இந்த அறிக்கையில் ஆராயப்படுகின்றது. கொவிட்-19 கட்டுப்பாடுகளின் காரணமாக கடுமையாக பாதிப்புக்குள்ளாகிய உரிய செயன்முறையின் இரண்டு பிரதான உரிமைகளை இவ்வறிக்கை அடையாளங்கண்டுள்ளது: (1) நியாயமான விளக்கமொன்றினை பெற்றுக்கொள்வதற்கான உரிமை மற்றும் (2) சட்ட பிரதிநிதித்துவம் மற்றும் சட்;ட உதவிகளை பெற்றுக்கொள்வதற்கான உரிமை.
Verité Research’s latest study explores the due process implications of the challenges faced by Sri Lanka’s judicial system during the COVID-19 pandemic. It identifies two key due process rights which are adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, namely the right to a fair trial, and access to legal representation and assistance.
The published information on debt underestimates Sri Lanka’s overall external public debt burden and its distribution amongst external lenders. This problem arises because Sri Lanka’s reporting of external debt is limited to debt held directly by the central government and excludes debt held by state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This reporting problem is especially evident when estimating Sri Lanka’s overall debt obligations to China, since much of Sri Lanka’s debt from China is placed on the books of Sri Lanka’s SOEs. It also exposes a loophole by which debt statistics can be manipulated, and even miscounted, in the midst of such manipulations.