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.
Investment into infrastructure is vital for development. However, in the context of weak governance, public investment into large and complex infrastructure can become a fertile ground for corruption and results in unsustainable, costly, and poor-quality infrastructure that fails to meet the intended objectives.
உட்கட்டமைப்பில் முதலீடு செய்வது அபிவிருத்திக்கு இன்றியமையாதது. எவ்வாறாயினும், பலவீனமான ஆளுகையின் பின்னணியில், பெரிய மற்றும் பல்கூட்டு உட்கட்டமைப்பிற்கான அரச முதலீடு ஊழலுக்கான வளமான களமாக மாறி, விளைவாக நீடுறுதியல்லாத, செலவுகூடிய மற்றும் குறைதரமான உள்கட்டமைப்பை ஏற்படுத்துவதோடு உத்தேசித்த நோக்கங்களை நிறைவேற்றத் தவறிவிடுகிறது.
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.
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.
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.