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.
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.
‘Condemned but not Deterred: Torture in Sri Lanka’ is the latest study by Verité Research on the issue of systemic torture and deaths in custody in Sri Lanka. The Briefing Note focuses on four of the latest judgments on torture and deaths in custody of the Supreme Court with emphasis on key observations made by the court in condemning the State’s inaction in preventing such acts by law enforcement authorities. It then goes on to identify three crucial issues emanating from the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence, and analyses how these issues impede deterrence and ultimately serve to hinder the meaningful elimination of torture in Sri Lanka.
Verité Research conducted a forum on ” Improving National Budget Practices: Solutions for a Professional Government” on the 27th of February 2020 at Hilton Colombo. At this forum Verité Research discussed how the government can improve its budget process through better formulation, implementation and controls which will lead to effective and efficient management of public finance.