20th July 2017

UK Parliamentarians and academics discuss ethnocratic nature of Sri Lanka in Houses of Parliament

20th July 2017 // 0 Comments

British parliamentarians and academics discussed Sri Lanka’s ethnocratic nature at a book launch in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Government and Politics in Sri Lanka: Biopolitics and Security, authored by Dr Sriskanda Rajah was released at the Houses of parliament to a fully packed parliamentary committee room. The book, which focusing on Sri Lanka’s post-colonial policies and democratic structure argues  that Sri Lanka functions as an ethnocracy leaning on authoritarianism, was discussed amongst a panel of academics and Members of Parliament. Speaking at the event the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell stressed the importance of discussing the characteristics of the Sri Lankan state that allow for the oppression of Tamils adding that Tamils must be allowed to determine their own future. Liberal […]

What You Need To Know: Facts on the Enforced Disappearances Bill

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Editor’s Note: The following is a note prepared by the Spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mahishini Colonne. This was in response to an interview conducted with Former External Affairs Minister G L Peiris, in which he made several claims about the bill to give effect to the International Convention to Protect All Persons from Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. The interview made several incorrect assertions, including that the Bill will be subjected to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Below is the full text of Mahishini’s response, addressing some of the concerns flagged, and providing some facts about the bill.  Why is there a need to criminalise ‘enforced disappearances’? Sri Lanka has had a history of allegations of ‘enforced disappearances’, white van abductions etc. This is evidenced […]