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Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority has launched a survey to investigate the child sex worker industry in the country as the full extent of child sex tourism and exploitation in Sri Lanka has been difficult to document because of its covert nature.

 

The story goes that in 2011 Sri Lanka’s then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa looked out from the land reclamation site of Colombo’s emerging South Container Terminal and had an epiphany: why not just keep going and build an entirely new city district? The idea was as pragmatic as it was visionary — the area next to the new port was silting up naturally anyway.

The story goes that in 2011 Sri Lanka’s then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa looked out from the land reclamation site of Colombo’s emerging South Container Terminal and had an epiphany: why not just keep going and build an entirely new city district? The idea was as pragmatic as it was visionary — the area next to the new port was silting up naturally anyway.
 

Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa's supporters in the chamber. The law was passed without a vote. It will enable independent investigation of thousands of cases of missing people, measures to trace them and protection of their rights and interests and those of their relatives.

 

There’s talk of constitutional reform. A lot of talk. There’s talk of what should go in and what should be taken out. People were appointed to gather ‘public opinion’ and the gatherers, as always, represent a particular segment of the entire ideological spectrum. A tiny segment, let’s remember. But since it is ‘public opinion’ that is filtered by panels that are essentially made of people who share such slant, it makes it easier to say ‘this is what the people say (not us)’.    

 

This is a necessary assertion when international human rights bodies become an element in a weak state structure. Supranational bodies shall have the authority to take decisive action on matters of human rights if a state party is either unable or unwilling to promote, protect, incorporate, and disseminate international human rights principles. The current framework in Sri Lanka is sclerotic – only a vivid engagement with the UN will usher in the era of human rights dominance in Sri Lanka.

 

Sri Lanka is now making a collective effort to seek national reconciliation. That would require concerted actions, through constitutional and administrative means, to address specific grievances of minorities. However, to begin that process, one should first have to distinguish between real and fictitious grievances. The problem in this country is that genuine grievances have been overwhelmed by a much larger set of perceived and inflated ones. 

 

Since the fall of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in January 2015, reconciliation has propelled to the top of the political agenda with Western governments pushing Sri Lanka to be accountable for alleged war crimes committed at the end of the 30-year war with terror group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

 
If there is a bright spot in Sri Lanka and China’s multi-billion dollar Hambantota debacle it’s that nobody has given up on it yet. “Too big to fail” is a term that’s often been applied to China’s large-scale developments which don’t take off right away or appear to be failures that the government continues pumping with new resources, funding, supporting infrastructure and ideas until they eventually come to fruition.
 

Conflicting nationalist narratives – as adaptations of received history to explain the present and direct the future – have, for each community, its inner logic. This is evident in how the Sri Lankan media has treated the Jaffna University’s first clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students.

  Conflicting nationalist narratives – as adaptations of received history to explain the present and direct the future – have, for each community, its inner logic. This is evident in how the Sri Lankan media has treated the Jaffna University’s first clash between Tamil and Sinhalese students.  
 

A five year economic plan for Sri Lanka is on the anvil, and will be made public in a few weeks, the country’s Central Bank Governor, Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy, told the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 here on Tuesday.

 


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