Some Reflections on the Twentieth Amendment Bill

As the Twentieth Amendment Bill is brought before Parliament – and challenged in the Supreme Court – there are two critical sets of questions we need to seriously consider. These are, firstly, how will the Bill once passed change the nature of Sri Lanka’s constitutional democracy, and secondly, does the government have a mandate to make these changes? There reflections build upon the preliminary assessment of the Bill I have offered elsewhere. A comprehensive comparison of the current provisions of the Constitution with those of the Bill is found here. How will…

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‘Tamil MP’s who split and contested the election’ was the master piece of Rajapakshe!

An operation has been launched to unite all Tamil MPs in the current parliament into one organization. Political sources say that discussions are underway regarding this. But Dougles, Pillayan, Viyalendran and Angajan Ramanathan, the first ever Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP elected from the Jaffna electorate will not join and they will work for the Rajapakshes and support the 20th amendment. It has also been proposed to name the new organization ‘Tamil Parliamentarians’ Union’. It is reported that the Tamil National Alliance, the Tamil National Front, the political parties…

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Who was the intelligence officer who went to meet the terrorist half an hour before the Dehiwala blast?

Former IGP Pujith Jayasundara testified for the third day yesterday (24) that the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter attack had yet to uncover many undisclosed facts. Accordingly, Jayasundera requested the Commission to find out who was the intelligence officer who went to meet the terrorist about half an hour before the bomb was detonated at the Dehiwala Tropical Inn lodge belonging to the series of attacks. “Where was that Islamic terrorist named Jameel who was about to detonate the bomb?” What happened at the Tropical Inn lodge? What…

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Former President solely responsible for Easter Sunday carnage

Former President Maithripala Sirisena has to take the sole responsibility of the coordinated terror attack that took place on April 21, 2019, and the tragic incident was a well planned attack, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara yesterday informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks. Testifying before the Commission Mr. Jayasundara added that after he had received the report about the April 9 intelligence alert from State Intelligence Service (SIS) Director Nilantha Jayawardena, he had forwarded it to SDIG of Western Province Nandana Munasinghe, SDIG Crimes, STF Chief M. R. Latif, DIG…

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SLFP admits 20A proposals require improvement

Party to compile report  Discussions will take place in next two weeks, will consider different opinions among party members  Says there is time to discuss and make decision Condemns all Easter Sunday attacks opinions targeted at former President Sirisena  By Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will decide its stance on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution following discussions with party members, SLFP media spokesperson and parliamentarian Weerakumara Dissanayake said yesterday. Addressing members of the media at the party headquarters, Dissanayake at first stated the party…

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The TNA Wakes Up To Challenge Centralization & Autocracy

By Yogan Yoganathan – If anything, the TNA may be blamed for resting on its laurels. The party was so sure that Tamils would march to their tune that they hardly campaigned for the vote at the last general election. They even engaged in backbiting. In bed with the UNP, they hardly challenged the UNP when it neglected the people. Party leaders turned on each other for the preferential vote. The electoral reverses of the TNA were telling, when the TNA vote went down and Mahinda Rajapaksa was able to boast that…

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PEARL condemns Sri Lanka’s latest assault on Tamils’ right to remember

(Washington D.C.; September 24, 2020) — PEARL is deeply concerned by reports that a Sri Lankan court has banned commemorations of Lt. Col. Thileepan, who died while conducting a hunger strike for Tamil rights in 1987. PEARL condemns the arrest, pursuant to the ban, of those involved in organizing remembrance activities and stands in solidarity with the protests planned in response.  This is an alarming escalation in the state’s continuing efforts to block Tamils from commemorating significant days in the Tamil struggle. Although security forces have consistently surveilled and harassed…

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