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Sri Lanka: Press Council Revival Controversial

(July 16, 2015) On July 2, 2015, Sri Lanka’s government announced that the Press Council, which had given authorities a great deal of control over the media in the past, is being revived. The decision followed by only six months the election of President Maithripala Sirisena, whose rise to power brought with it hope for […]

Sri Lanka: Small Political Parties Object to Proposed Constitutional Amendment

(June 24, 2015) A number of small political parties in Sri Lanka have stated that they are opposed to a constitutional amendment on the electoral system proposed by the Prime Minister. They are concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to democracy in the country, by providing for less representation of non-majority parties, and […]

Sri Lanka: President Campaigns for Amendment on Electoral Reform

(June 12, 2015) On June 8, 2015, President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka spoke at a rally in support of a proposed amendment of the country’s Constitution that would change the electoral system. It would be the 20th amendment of the document. (Sri Lankan President Campaigns for Passage of Electoral Reforms, COLOMBO PAGE (June 8, […]

South Africa; Sri Lanka: Cooperation Agreements in Tourism, Zoo Management

(Mar. 2, 2015) Sri Lanka and South Africa concluded two cooperation agreements on February 24, 2015. The agreements are: 1) Draft Declaration of Intent between the National Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism and Sports on Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Tourism Development for […]

Sri Lanka: Amnesty for Illegal Holding of Elephants

(Feb. 5, 2015) Sri Lanka recently announced a two-week period of amnesty for those illegally keeping elephants, if they hand the animals over to the government voluntarily. The decision, designed to save the lives of the elephants in question, was announced by Wasantha Senanayake, the Deputy Minister of Tourism. The policy follows a crackdown involving […]

Sri Lanka: Constitutional Amendment to Be Implemented

(Jan. 23, 2015) Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, stated on January 21, 2015, that the country will implement the 13th amendment of its Constitution. The amendment has been long pending, and the Tamil National Alliance, a political party of the Tamil people, a minority located largely in the Northern Province, has demanded that it […]

Sri Lanka: Warning Labels on Cigarette Packages

(Jan. 5, 2015) In accordance with a July 11, 2014, Supreme Court order that came into effect on January 1, 2015, the leading tobacco manufacturer in Sri Lanka now must print health warnings on packs of cigarettes. (Sri Lanka to Have Graphic Package Warnings – Finally!, Framework Convention Alliance website (July 16, 2014).) The Ceylon […]

European Union; Sri Lanka: Plan to Contest Decision to End Ban on Tamil Tigers

(Oct. 23, 2014) On October 16, 2014, the European Court of Justice annulled the European Council’s 2006 listing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers) as a terrorist organization. The step was taken on procedural grounds and left intact the freeze on LTTE assets. According to the Court, […]

Oman; Sri Lanka: MOU on Employment and Training Signed

(July 2, 2014) This month Sri Lanka and Oman concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on employment and training. The document was signed in Muscat, Oman, by Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera of Sri Lanka and Manpower Minister Shaikh Abdullah Al Bakari of Oman, during bilateral talks. The MOU is designed to […]

Sri Lanka: Amendment Planned for NGO Funding Rules

(Apr. 29, 2014) According to Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country plans to amend laws on funding for non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The changes would give authorities the right to review the funding received by NGOs. (Sri Lankan Government to Amend Laws Related to Funding of NGOs, COLOMBO PAGE (Apr. 25, 2014).) Rajapaksa was answering […]