Mutiny in the ranks over dilution of 13A

“It is necessary that we give to these people the freedoms that are the right of people in all others parts of our country....

Northern Polls vs. 13 Minus

By Easwaran Rutnam From 13 plus the government is now proposing 13 minus in order to pacify the allies in the government on the 13th...

Debate over 13A resurfaces

By Easwaran Rutnam With the elections for northern Provincial Council scheduled to be held in September the debate over the 13th Amendment to the constitution...

Abuse Of Power Under PTA ?

The recent arrest of former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Salley under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) sent shockwaves in the political arena reminding...

To CHOGM or not to CHOGM

By Easwaran Rutnam Canada remains the sole country threatening to boycott or send a low level delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)...

The CHOGM trade-off!

In what feels like a repeat of Geneva 2012, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring by New Delhi may have tipped the scales in Sri Lanka’s favour in...

North: To poll or not to poll?

The prospect of elections for the Northern Provincial Council by September 2013, now a Sri Lankan Government promise cemented in a UN Human Rights...

The battle for sacred ground

The misty mountain village of Kuragala, just off Balangoda, came alive on Monday when a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter landed in the area...

Urgent need for visible rights reform

By Meenakshi Ganguly President Mahinda Rajapaksa's recent Walk the Talk on the Indian news channel NDTV was illuminating. He claimed that the now-defeated Liberation Tigers...

The ticking clock of extremism

Whipped up by hard-line groups, the anti-Muslim frenzy sweeping the country reached a pivotal moment last Thursday. Under the cover of darkness, an angry...

The reconciliation gap

A swashbuckling opening for the country’s second airport ahead of a vote on a US backed resolution against Sri Lanka could not quite take...

“Goni Billa” Hate Speeches Cause Rise in Attacks

There is much concern among members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka over the increasing number of unprovoked attacks on Muslim women wearing...

Losing the ideas battle

The heavy Police guard at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo early Monday morning created the impression that there would be VIP movement at the hotel...

Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate in papal race

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith heads the Catholic church in a predominantly Buddhist nation, but a stint in the Vatican has made him a...

A cry for justice

The quote “Justice delayed is justice denied” is very near to the family of British national Khuram Shaikh after he was killed in Tangalle...

Foot soldiers of the Empire

Hard-line Sinhala groups like the Bodu Bala Sena essentially have a singular objective. They aim to spread fear and suspicion about communities and people...

Delegates At London Conference Call For Probe

As the United States pushed for accountability in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, another meeting was underway in...

UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

The beautiful Palais des Nations building in Geneva, once the home of the Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, will host a screening of the...

Pressure mounts as D-day nears

Pressure has been mounting on Sri Lanka during the past week as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins its 22nd session in Geneva...

Rushing to ignite a religious war

By Tisaranee Gunasekara That last refuge of the persecuted might be vanishing. Faraz Shauketaly of The Sunday Leade was shot in his place of residence. The...