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Former Minister Mervyn Silva has often stirred controversy if not scandal by saying or doing something outrageous such as tying up an official to a tree. But last Sunday, in announcing he was forming a new party, he made an exhortation which every political party should follow.

 

The singular focus on international rights intervention is killing a once-vibrant local rights movement

 
Featured image is of my friend Sineen's nikah signing in India. The registrar, and two witnesses approach the groom in his section. The registrar says the brides name and asks him for his consent to marry her. He says khabool hai three times, and signs the certificate.   
 
The debate during the last lap of the war between the Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the same period over the death squads allegedly used against many including journalists seems to be a mere coincidence with the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions.   
 

The constitutional status of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights has been the subject of intense debate among scholars and practitioners in Sri Lanka. 

 

Hafeel Farisz confuses what I have said about Gotabaya and Gunaratnam, both of whom are the most interesting figures I find in the Sri Lankan public arena today, because they come from two different streams of struggle of our conflicted contemporary history—two different civil wars. 

 
On Tuesday, March 21 the world marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, with this year’s theme being racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration.   
 

Ceylon’s colonization by the British rule had a sizeable impact on what we now deem as cultural and social norms in Sri Lanka today. When the British established themselves in this country, they brought in their morals and culture which contrasted dramatically with what we Sri Lankans practised pre-colonization. 

 

In terms of article (2) (h) of Chapter VI under the title “Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Duties” of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, State is pledged to establish in Sri Lanka a Democratic Socialist Society the objective of which includes the complete eradication of illiteracy and the assurance to all persons of the right to universal and equal access to education at all levels. The educational policy of Yahapalanaya is based on above principle. 

 
The lack of decisive progress  reflects a lack of capacity or willingness of the State to prosecute and punish perpetrators when they are linked to security forces. 
 


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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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