Law and order
Former president misunderstands democracy as unconstitutional
Irrespective of who is there [in positions of power], an unconstitutional event has already taken place in the country… The other thing is that none of the 225 MPs, the current president or prime minister can take the required decisions about the country. The public has rendered their power void… the public has come to Colombo and demonstrated the people’s sovereignty outside of the constitution and have declared that “it is we have who have the power now, not you”.
Pathikada on Sirasa TV | July 11, 2022
Posted on: 21 July, 2022
Justice Minister Rajapakshe does injustice to constitutional interpretation
“The executive presidential system can only be abolished by enacting a new constitution. This is because the president’s powers extend throughout the constitution.”
Sunday Lankadeepa | May 28, 2022
Posted on: 23 June, 2022
Two strikes for Namal on need for chief government whip
If we are to convene parliament, the chief government whip and other key positions must be sworn in as cabinet ministers, if they are to remain in those positions. It was due to this that Hon. Johnston Fernando and Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena were sworn in as minister of highways and minister of education respectively.
Daily Mirror Online | April 5, 2022
Posted on: 21 April, 2022
Half-mast for minister Weerasekera’s statement on the National Flag
No one will be allowed to distort & disrespect the national flag of our Motherland. Anyone found so shall be thoroughly investigated and charged accordingly under the provisions of our Penal Code.
Official Twitter Page of Sarath Weerasekera | February 4, 2022
Posted on: 24 March, 2022
SSP Thalduwa: Critically wrong on criticism of the president
It is prohibited to publish and exchange statements that insult the president on social media or any other media. The police is vested with the authority to take legal action against those who do so.
Divaina | January 3, 2022
Posted on: 5 January, 2022
MP Bandara correct on tax amnesty being not an amnesty for money laundering
…noteworthy is the fact that [the Finance Act No. 18 of 2021] will not invalidate the Prevention of Money Laundering Act or any other finance law in the country.
Divaina | September 10, 2021
Posted on: 21 October, 2021
NFF: Accurate on attrition of auditor general in proposed 20A
The provision under which companies registered under the Registrar of Companies and of which the government is the majority shareholder, have been removed from the audit process of the Auditor General
Statement from the NFF | October 2, 2020
Posted on: 22 October, 2020
Minister Peiris misrepresents effect of 19A on presidential immunity
As long as 19A is in force, the president has to waste his time in courts… That is why immunity is needed…
Aruna | September 8, 2020
Posted on: 7 October, 2020
Minister Peiris correct: Pre 19A the president had unbridled power to dissolve parliament.
Before the 19th Amendment, when a new president was elected, he had the power to dissolve parliament and to call for an election to elect a parliament that would be in alignment with his policies… [After the 19th Amendment] parliament cannot be dissolved for four and a half years. It is only with...
Lankadeepa | August 10, 2020
Posted on: 16 September, 2020
Minister of Justice Ali Sabry: Misrepresents safeguards as gaps in the 19th Amendment.
The then IGP may not have been at fault for the Easter attack. However, if the president wants to remove him, he cannot do so under this constitution.
Lankadeepa | August 16, 2020
Posted on: 10 September, 2020
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa: Missing facts on Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Act
In August of 2016, without even allowing for a parliamentary debate on the matter, the Yahapalana government forcibly enacted the Office on Missing Persons Act.
Aruna | June 29, 2020
Posted on: 9 September, 2020
Co-cabinet Spokesperson Bandula Gunawardana: right on private deposit security
When money is deposited in a financial institution, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is only responsible for up to LKR 600,000.
Department of Government Information Facebook Page | June 4, 2020
Posted on: 25 June, 2020
Udaya Gammanpila Gives President Sirisena False Immunity Boost
“…Even if [former President Sirisena] has committed a crime, he cannot be prosecuted as he enjoys immunity in terms of Article 35(1) of the Constitution…
Udaya Gammanpila's Official Twitter | May 23, 2020
Posted on: 13 May, 2020
MP Gamlath feeds false fears on the UNHRC Resolution
The other dangerous consequence of co-sponsoring [UNHRC Resolution 30/1] is that this country’s ‘war heroes’ can be taken before an international court at any instance.
Divaina, Aruna | February 25, 2020
Posted on: 18 March, 2020
MP Gammanpila out of tune on national anthem
[According to Article 7 of the constitution] Sri Lanka's national anthem is "Sri Lanka Maatha"… if anything other than the words of "Sri Lanka Maatha"
Ada | January 1, 2020
Posted on: 30 January, 2020
MP Bandara partly overstates the reduction in crime
During the last four years, the rates of all forms of crime […] declined drastically […] under this government compared to the previous Rajapaksa regime.
Daily News | October 30, 2019
Posted on: 18 December, 2019
MP Anura Kumara Dissanayaka correctly quotes statutory rape statistics
1,600 [young] girls are raped every year.
Divaina | October 25, 2019
Posted on: 6 November, 2019
MP Gunawardana raises false alarm on borrowing limits
This government passed an act to obtain annual loans from foreigners without limitations.
Mawbima | August 4, 2019
Posted on: 26 September, 2019
MP Gammanpila incorrect on 19th Amendment
…there has been no major change from the Presidency before the 19th Amendment to the current office of the president. Only three powers of the presidency were removed by the 19th Amendment.
Divaina | June 18, 2019
Posted on: 4 September, 2019
Udaya Gammanpila: right on imprisonment, not quite right on costs
Today, most people in prisons are those imprisoned for being unable to pay fines...
Lankadeepa | April 2, 2019
Posted on: 1 July, 2019
Minister Thalatha Athukorale: wrong on prison population, right on prison sentences
There are close to 22,000 inmates in prisons.
Dinamina | April 10, 2019
Posted on: 23 May, 2019
PM wrong on local law to arrest terrorists
“To take part in a foreign armed uprising is not an offence here…. there is no law to prevent you from that.”
Interview with SkyNews | April 26, 2019
Posted on: 7 May, 2019
Official data supports President Sirisena’s claim about homicides but not about rape cases.
The number of murders in Sri Lanka in 2008 was 1,378. In 2010, the number was 741; in 2013, it was 586; in 2014, it was 548; and in 2015 it was 476.
Lankadeepa, Divaina | July 12, 2018
Posted on: 28 September, 2018
President’s statement: true if he said “South” Asia
A recent survey on independence of the judiciary shows that Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the highest among Asian countries.
Daily News | July 28, 2018
Posted on: 17 September, 2018