In 2014 a data dissemination policy was introduced by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) in Sri Lanka. The DCS is the primary agency responsible for the collection, compilation and dissemination of official statistics.
This is the second report in a series of two reports on Sri Lanka’s central government budget for the year 2021. The report assesses whether the expenditure allocations and taxation policies are in line with the government’s policy.
This is Verité Research’s latest study on the Sri Lanka government’s progress in fulfilling the commitments on reconciliation and accountability in UNHRC Resolution 30/1. At the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in February 2020, Sri Lanka informed of its decision to withdraw from co-sponsoring Resolution 40/1 of 2019, and its preceding Resolutions 34/1 of March 2017, and 30/1 of October 2015.
Ethno-religious violence is an enduring feature of Sri Lanka history regardless of changes to the country’s political leadership. This study offers insights in key trends and drivers of religious violence from September 2019 to September 2020. A total of 63 incidents of violence against Christians as well as episodes of discrimination against Muslims and Hindus are analysed.
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.
On 22 October 2020, the Twentieth Amendment (20A) to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was enacted.[i] The 20A reversed much of the reforms introduced by the preceding Nineteenth Amendment (19A) to the Constitution, with the primary effect of the 20A being the consolidation of power in the office of the executive president. This article explores the 20A and is divided into two main sections. Firstly, it will briefly set out the background to the passage of the 20A. Second, the features of the 20A will be discussed in respect of their implications on governance and the constitution.
The 2019 Civil Society Organization (CSO) Sustainability Index for Asia was published in December this year. This index has been assessing the civil society sector in Sri Lanka since 2014. The sixth edition of the Index reports on the state of CSO sectors in nine countries in Asia.