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Jehan Perera Stokes Fires Of Tamil Racism Again

By H. L. D. Mahindapala – Velupillai Prabhakaran, the sociopathic Rottweiler unleashed by the Tamil Vellahla leadership to fetch their bone of Eelam, is no longer there to bark, bite, or grab Tamil children on their way to school. In the absence of any one else surfacing to replace ruthless Tamil racism and hate politics, […]

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Vihanga Perera Wins 2014 Gratiaen Prize

Vihanga Perera is the winner of the 2014 Gratiaen Prize and the H A I Goonetileke Prize for Translation is awarded to Vijitha Fernando. The Gratiaen Prize for the best work of creative writing in English was awarded to Vihanga Perera for his collection of poetry Love and Protest last night at Park Street Mews, Colombo. […]

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The LLRC And Devolution: Jehan, Paikiasothy And Politics Of Skipping The caveats

By Malinda Seneviratne – When the Government proposed setting up a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), there were howls of protests from the likes of Jehan Perera and Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu.  Many of these I/NGO operators didn’t even appear before the LLRC perhaps fearing that the commissioners would ask them to submit in full their various comments […]

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WikiLeaks: Full implementation of the 13th Amendment is something of a "red herring" – Perera and Saravanamuttu to US

By Colombo Telegraph – “Perera and Saravanamuttu believed that raising the issue of full implementation of the 13th Amendment was something of a “red herring” used by the GSL to avoid discussing reconciliation and a long-term equitable political solution.” the US Ambassador Patricia A Butenis wrote to Washington after a meeting with members of the […]

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The Opportunity In Geneva For A Fresh Start

By Jehan Perera – The draft resolution on Sri Lanka that is currently before the UN Human Rights Council gives Sri Lanka the additional two years that the government sought to deliver on commitments made 18 months ago. The extended time frame to be granted to Sri Lanka reflects the confidence that the international community […]

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Realistic Assessment Needed Of International Intervention As An Option In Sri Lanka 

By Jehan Perera – In a change from the past the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is no longer generating political passion at it did in the past. There is a sense amongst most people that the present government is on good terms with the international community unlike the previous […]

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The Politics Of Foreign Judges in The Geneva Process 

By Jehan Perera – The weekend after the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, I went to the public library to exchange books. While standing in line to return the borrowed books, I was approached by one of the other library members standing in line. He had seen me on television […]

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Influencing The Polity For Constitutional Reform 

By Jehan Perera – Constitutional reform is once again on the front burner of the national agenda. The election manifestos of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2015 gave high priority to it. The government started strongly with passage of the 19th Amendment through parliament. In an unprecedented act of statesmanship […]

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Renewed Commitment Required To Overcome Present Gloom 

By Jehan Perera – A year ago a contractor whom I spoke to rejoiced that corruption was much reduced under the new government. He said that the minister in charge of his area of work had merely asked for a donation to be made to support a public institution. Though this donation had nothing to […]

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Going Back To An Alliance That Can Win Elections 

By Jehan Perera – The government has been dogged by negative public opinion on its failure to tackle what it promised during its election campaigns of two years ago. In the public perception it has yet to satisfactorily tackled corruption, bring about visible economic development or ensure the correction of war-related injustices. It has been […]

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