New policy to protect rights of IDPs

By Easwaran Rutnam A new National policy on war displaced, which was approved by the cabinet last week, will ensure the rights of internally displaced...

Land acquisition in the North creates a stir

An attempt to acquire private land in the North has created a stir with Tamils in the area raising strong objections and accusing the...

Ex President’s statement against OMP a blatant attack on rule of law

By Basil Fernando The statement made by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa the former head of state in Sri Lanka, that ‘establishing the Office of the Missing...

Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

By Easwaran Rutnam The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message...

Uproar over Paranagama’s ‘panditha katha’ on cluster bombs

By Easwaran Rutnam The controversy over the alleged use of cluster bombs during the war took a different turn last week as a result of...

A rightful fight for education

By Harsha Subhashana As an administrative professional working for SAITM and even before joining SAITM, I have been observing the SAITM saga going on for...

Gnanasara reignites anti-muslim sentiments

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has reignited anti-Muslim sentiments after he warned that another “Aluthgama” was in the offing. The...

Why UNHRC must stay engaged in Sri Lanka

By Alan Keenan | @akeenan23   As the United Nations Human Rights Council meets in Geneva this month, it’s time to assess how far Sri Lanka...

Widening the STI Net for sustainable development

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Investment in science, technology and innovation (STI) needs to be the backbone of productivity-led economic recovery and sustainable development. Despite significant...

Seven years on: Fresh challenges ahead

By Easwaran Rutnam As the country, this week, celebrates seven years since the end of the war the government has fresh challenges ahead. One key challenge...

Questions raised in search for the missing

Questions have been raised on the efforts taken to address the issue of missing persons, particularly on the transparency of the process and the...

Increasing productivity key to revive growth

By Shamshad Akhtar The Asia-Pacific region’s successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development needs to be driven by broad-based productivity gains and rebalancing...

Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

By Brad Adams January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change...

Post war trauma leads to increase in drug use

Post war trauma has led to an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol consumption in the North, officials said. Northern Province Health Minister...

Time for Asia and Pacific to lead on SD

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Asia and the Pacific is recognized for its leadership in global output, trade and development. The region has a new opportunity...

Outrage as President insists no foreign judges

A public statement made last weekend by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not agree to inviting foreign judges to get involved in the...

Tackling Asia-Pacific’s inequality trap

by Shamshad Akhtar Rising inequality threatens to derail,from the start, successful implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. Stronger, more...

Disappearances and role of civil society

This is an expanded text version of a talk at a forum organized by the Law & Society Trust (LST) on “Recognizing the Struggle: State’s responsibilities...

Replacing a toothless Constitution

By Easwaran Rutnam The process to form a new Constitution took a big step forward last week with Parliament unanimously adopting a Resolution to convert...

White flag killings raised again

By Easwaran Rutnam The much talked about and possibly most controversial incident related to the war known as the “white flag” incident has been brought...