Category Archives: Sri Lanka

Whatever Trump does, Sri Lanka needs to deliver transitional justice and take the high road

By Ameen Izzadeen In 2012, addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions Sri Lanka’s then Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe questioned the United States’ moral right to bring in a resolution, while it itself was being accused of committing … Continue reading

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Abolish the executive presidency or reduce its powers further

By Ameen Izzadeen For forms of government, let fools contend; whatever is best administered is best, said Alexander Pope. The 18th century poet’s one-liner still rings true, in the context of ceaseless constitutional crises and ubiquitous debates over political reforms. … Continue reading

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Lanka on judicial cliffhanger: A lesson from Pakistan

By Ameen Izzadeen Sri Lanka’s constitutional coup or crisis, as the case may be, has an eerie similarity to a constitutional coup that took place in Pakistan in 1953 – and the evolution of that country’s judiciary – from servility … Continue reading

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Mr. President, be a statesman even at this late hour!

By Ameen Izzadeen As Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis deepens, whatever ways-out political analysts may propose, only a principled solution is desirable and should be called for. This is because the health of the country’s democracy depends on a rule-based order, … Continue reading

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Checks and balances: Lanka’s Magna Carta moment

By Ameen Izzadeen On a positive note, the current political crisis in Sri Lanka can be the country’s Magna Carta moment to chart a course to the pinnacle of democracy. The developments since President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26 sacked … Continue reading

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MPs’ defections a betrayal of the voters

By Ameen Izzadeen An elderly gentleman, a United National Party supporter, cast his preference vote for a teledrama actress who contested the 2010 parliamentary elections from the UNP, for he felt she was being unfairly vilified by the then government … Continue reading

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Media freedom: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Ameen Izzadeen How free are Sri Lanka’s media and how responsible are they socially? Experts, media activists and senior journalists expressed their views within the scope of this question at a landmark symposium to mark the 20th anniversary of … Continue reading

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