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The Sri Lanka government announced on Wednesday that a special parliamentary committee is to be established to probe allegations made by UK media outlet Channel 4 regarding the complicity of Sri Lanka’s top intelligence official in the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings, which had killed more than 200 people.  The 2019 Easter Sunday attacks involved six [...]

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Sri Lanka’s parliament passed on Wednesday an anti-corruption bill designed to strengthen governance and fight corruption in the country’s government. With the passage of the bill, the government is also hopeful to receive economic assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which previously denied Sri Lanka assistance based on their lack of compliance with international [...]

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Four Sri Lanka activist organizations accused former Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday of obstructing police investigations into mass graves discovered in an area where he served as a military officer during a Marxist rebellion in 1989. Activist groups the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP), the Center for Human Rights and Development, Journalists [...]

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For years, Sri Lanka has occupied the international spotlight for one of its contentious laws—the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The PTA was introduced in 1979 during the Sri Lankan Civil War using the emergency law provisions in Part II of the Public Security Ordinance. While similar laws exist in other nations, showing widespread acceptance [...]

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The Canadian government announced Tuesday that it had placed sanctions on four Sri Lankan officials, including former Presidents Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa, in response to the Sri Lankan government’s crackdown on human rights during the Sri Lankan civil war between 1983 and 2009. The sanctions impose restrictions under Section 2 of the Special Economic [...]

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Sri Lankan law students are reporting for JURIST on the situation in that country since mass protests in July that forced the ouster of sitting Sri Lanka president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the imposition of emergency rule and the parliamentary election of current president Ranil Wickremesinghe. Sandun Batagoda, a final year law student at the Faculty of [...]

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A human rights group Sunday filed a criminal complaint with the attorney general of Singapore, accusing former Sri Lankan President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa of perpetrating war crimes and human rights violations during the country’s civil war. Rajapaksa fled to Singapore earlier this month as Sri Lankans gathered in protest over alleged government corruption and economic [...]

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On 20 July 2022, a man who had recently lost a parliamentary election was appointed President of Sri Lanka. A closer look at what led to Ranil Wickramasinghe’s presidential reign highlights an array of Constitutional quirks that threaten to continue to undermine democracy in the island nation. Wickramasinghe was hoisted into the presidency after obtaining [...]

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