A sound electoral justice system for Sri Lanka

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Electoral Justice Defined I was privileged to represent Sri Lanka at the International Roundtable Meeting on Electoral Justice, 2-3 May, 2018...

Caste, the Sangha and theocracy

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   We are supposedly living in a secular country, notwithstanding Buddhism being the foremost religion sponsored by the state. And yet, when...

Jointly building the Belt And Road

By Cheng Xueyuan, the Ambassador of China   In January 2018, I arrived at Colombo and assumed the office as the 21st Chinese Ambassador to Sri...

In defence of international values

By Tom Burn On a quiet Sunday in one of Britain’s most beautiful cathedral cities, a father and daughter were struck down by the first...

Opportunity to achieve gender equality

By Shamshad Akhtar In 2018, we have an opportunity to accelerate progress towards gender equality. Movements such as #MeToo have shone the spotlight on an...

LG polls show extremism gaining strength

By Easwaran Rutnam   The recent local government elections and statements made by the government as well as some of their actions have been seen as...

Looking beyond the current political gridlock

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to...

Where does a diplomat draw the line?

By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for...

Anti-terror laws and British hypocrisy

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyankara Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London...

Winter Olympics a cornerstone for peace

By Shamshad Akhtar All eyes are on the 23rd Olympic Winter Games and 12th Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang this February. Top athletes will carry their...

We can’t abandon things, says Sampanthan

By Meera Srinivasan R. Sampanthan, leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, is also the country’s seniormost politician, having been in politics for more...

China-Sri Lanka Lanka Friendship unstoppable

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka I am going to complete my assignment and return to my motherland today. On February 24, 2015,...

Towards safe, orderly and regular migration

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar In 2017, Asia and the Pacific will be home to 62 million international migrants.  That’s a population larger than the Republic...

The need to support conflict prevention

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Over the past three decades, regional cooperation and integration (RECI) has benefited Asia and the Pacific, powering trade, economic growth and stability....

Development begins with reconciliation

By Prasad Kariyawasam - Foreign Secretary (Speech made at the UN Peacebuilding Commission) I am not sure how many of you have visited my country. Of course...

No hidden agenda in China-Lanka cooperation

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka   Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with...

My vision for a pollution-free planet

By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was considered...
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Breaking down the Interim Report

October 30 marked the beginning of a Parliamentary debate around the recently released draft interim report on constitutional reform by the Steering Committee in the Constitutional...

Returning to my roots in Sri Lanka

By Mohamed Hussain Shareef  - Ambassador of Maldives to Sri Lanka Among my most vivid childhood memories is a scene of horror involving an apartment inferno...

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first...