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News: Controversy over constitutional reforms and gains that need to be protected
Posted Date: 10/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The government has proposed that the report of the steering committee on constitutional reform will be debated in parliament at the end of the month. A member of the Steering Committee spearheading the constitutional reform project, Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne said that the Constitutional assembly would take up proposals over a three-day period beginning October 30. Finalisation of the process would depend on the outcome of the three day talks, Dr. Wickramaratne said, explaining measures proposed to further strengthen the
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Events: Mental Health Support and Refugee Community Organisations: World Mental Health Day Conference
Posted Date: 10/10/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Share powers with ethnic communities It’s the only way to solve this problem
Posted Date: 09/10/2017 (Monday)
Member of Parliament and Constitutional Lawyer Dr. Jayampathi Wickremaratne says that some people think this country must belong to Sinhalese or rather the Sinhala-Buddhists only. Separatism brews in such countries. "In all such countries, mechanisms were developed to share powers with ethnic communities. That is the only way to solve this problem".
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News: Northern Ireland police cover up RUC report by ‘racist’ officer PSNI criticised over refusal to release report on policing reform during the Troubles
Posted Date: 09/10/2017 (Monday)
By: Phil Miller The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has refused to release a report on policing reform during the Troubles which was written by a British intelligence officer who held racist views. John Morton wrote an “ambitious” report recommending an increase in the size of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) special branch in 1973 as paramilitary violence was reaching a height.
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News: A shepherd of the oppressed, the poor and the people on the run Bishop Rt.Rev.D.J.Ambalavanar
Posted Date: 09/10/2017 (Monday)
D.J. Ambalavanar, the second Bishop of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India (American Ceylon Mission), whose twentieth death anniversary falls on October 10, rose to great heights of spirituality and intellectual stature to become a humble servant of God and a man for others.
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News: New Constitution and some confusions…
Posted Date: 08/10/2017 (Sunday)
Almost all politicians are more or less focused on the Constitutional reforms, with the focus slowly shifting towards the upcoming budget proposals that are to be presented to Parliament next month. The Constitutional reforms form a key step in Sri Lankan politics and have the potential to solve the longstanding ethnic problem which had plagued the country for over 30 years. Even the process is underway and the Steering Committee had released its interim report, there are voices that oppose this move. Nevertheless, the Tamil political leaders, at
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News: Political feasibility of a referendum for the constitution
Posted Date: 08/10/2017 (Sunday)
The interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly is now on the table and there seems to be a stand off developing between the UNP and the pro-Sirisena SLFP over its contents. President Sirisena is being furiously assailed in pro-UNP websites like Lanka e News. Simultaneously we see the noose tightening around the UNP in relation to the bond scam. This is not to suggest that anybody is stage managing the events taking place in the Bond Commission – such a thing is not possible but it can be seen that the Bond
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Photos: Chronicles of a carnage foretold
Posted Date: 08/10/2017 (Sunday)
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Events: Meeting with Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne MP Chairman of the Committee providing Technical support to the Constitution making
Posted Date: 08/10/2017 (Sunday)
Ghana Restaurant, 15 Village Way E, Harrow HA2 7LX
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News: Democracy forever
Posted Date: 07/10/2017 (Saturday)
Foremost among the key objectives of the present Constitution making process is the abolition of the Executive Presidency, it was the demand of everybody. Many explained the corruption and fascistic terror as a result of Executive Presidency. Finding a durable political solution as an answer to the long-standing Tamil question was rejected by the Sinhala racists, but almost all agreed that Executive Presidency is very dangerous as it may result in a dictatorship.
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News: Police use tear gas at protest near Indian Consulate in H’tota
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters opposite the Indian Consulate Office in Hambantota. The protest was organized by members of the ‘Joint Opposition’ including MP Namal Rajapaksa, against the agreement to handover operations of the Hambantota port and Mattala airport to two foreign companies.
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News: JO warned: stop dilly-dallying, quit constitutional making
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
Breakaway JVP faction, the National Freedom Front (NFF) yesterday reiterated its call for the Joint Opposition (JO) to quit the UNP-led constitutional making process immediately or face the consequences. NFF spokesperson Mohammed Muzammil yesterday told The Island that a desperate government was taking advantage of the JO’s continuing involvement in the Geneva-led process meant to introduce a new Constitution.
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News: Show me a leader who has not supported federalism
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
First govt. to suggest removal of ‘unitary state’ was one led by CBK UNP, LTTE agreed to explore solution to ethnic problem within framework of federalism Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara says 13A, which brought in federal structure, should be revoked Almost all political parties in the country or the leaders of them had at least once in their history been supportive of the federal system The proposals for Constitutional reforms prepared by that government in 1995 and popularly called ‘package’ described Sri Lanka as “a union of regions.”
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News: UN expert on transitional justice to review progress in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 23 October 2017, to examine the progress made in redressing the legacies of massive past violations and abuses, including those that resulted from a conflict that spanned more than 25 years. In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka committed itself to designing and implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy.
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News: TNA takes up NE re-merger with UK ...promises ‘constitutional protection’ to prevent separation
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
TNA leader R. Sampanthan has called for re-merger of the Eastern and Northern Provinces during talks with visiting UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field at Westminster House in Colombo. Supreme Court de-merged the Eastern Province from the North in Oct 2006. The two provinces were linked in accordance with the Indo-Lanka Accord of July 1987 pending a referendum that was never held.
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Photos: Media Freedom: Perspective from Jaffna
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
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Photos: Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
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Events: Dr.Arunasalam Sivapathasunderam Memorial Lecture: "Tarnished children of Northern Sri Lanka"
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
Kailasapathy Auditorium, University of Jaffna
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Videos: Interview with Vasudeva Nanayakkara
Posted Date: 06/10/2017 (Friday)
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News: OPINION: Sri Lanka's attempt to revive Enforced Disappearances Bill
Posted Date: 05/10/2017 (Thursday)
The enthusiasm shown by Sri Lankan government to get this controversial bill passed should be a matter of grave concern. How is it that the government is so interested in pushing this legislation when they show scant interest in everything else? Sri Lanka had planned to take up the ‘Bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance’ for debate in Parliament in July
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