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Lanka sledgehammered by UN

  By Shamindra Ferdinando   Ben Emmerson, QC, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, while countering terrorism, is fully cognizant of Sri Lanka’s long and complex history of ethnic tensions and the tremendous security challenges this has generated. For almost 26 years,...

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‘Sangha State behind the State’ – a response

by H. L. D. Mahindapala   Lenin once said that Bernard Shaw was a good man fallen among the Fabians – a group of wishy-washy left-wingers whose airy-fairy politics was neither in capitalism nor in any kind of scientific socialism. It was, at best, a shade of state welfarism within...

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No government in the country or no country in the government?

By Malinda Seneviratne The Mahanayaka Theras of three Nikayas and other Sangha Sabhas, expressing their opinion on constitutional reform, have made it clear that they are opposed to moves “that could generate crises”. While calling for immediate electoral reform, this Sangha Council headed by the Mahanayaka Theras that met in...

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Threats to freedom of speech

By Neville Ladduwahetty  (Courtesy The Island) The fundamental right to “the freedom of speech and expression including publication” in Article 14. (1) (a) of Sri Lanka’s Constitution, as well as the First Amendment to The United States Constitution, and other United Nations instruments, is being seriously undermined by the spate...