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.
The Election Commission of Sri Lanka is constitutionally empowered to regulate the media during an election period by issuing media guidelines.The present discourse on media regulation during elections focuses on how these guidelines have been used to regulate state-owned media. This briefing note examines how the Election Commission is also constitutionally empowered to regulate the privately-owned media during an election period.
இலங்கையின் அனர்த்த முகாமைத்துவ கட்டமைப்பில் காணப்படும் நிர்வாக இடைவெளிகள் தொடர்பாக வெரிட்டே ரிசர்ச் நடத்திய ஆய்வின் முடிவுகளை இந்த விளக்கவுரை ஆவணப்படுத்துகிறது. தகவல் அறியும் சட்டத்தை பயன்படுத்தி பெறப்பட்ட தகவல்களைக் கொண்டு இவ் ஆய்வு நடாத்தப்பட்டது.