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Civil society position on the declaration of a State of Emergency

Civil society position on the declaration of a State of Emergency

We, the undersigned, as citizens and members of Civil Society write to express our grave concern on the President’s decisions to declare a State of Emergency under Section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance in Sri Lanka.

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LST's Recommendations to the Proposed National Policy on Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Sri Lanka

The Law and Society Trust put forward recommendations to the Proposed National Policy on Environmentally Sensitive Areas in Sri Lanka.

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LST Seeks Information on Procedure Related to Quarantining Protestors

LST seeks information on procedure related to quarantining protestors 

Colombo - 13.7.2021 - Yesterday the Law & Society Trust (LST) submitted two sets of Right-to-Information (RTI) requests to relevant authorities seeking information on the criteria and procedures adopted in forcibly committing citizens to quarantine.

Vaccine Equality for All - Unless all are Safe, No One is Safe!

Vaccine Equality for All - Unless all are Safe, No One is Safe!

Civil Society Collective for Covid-19 Response calls out international community to support vaccine equality for all

CSO’s demand for timely, transparent, scientific, evidence-based, accessible vaccination plan | කාලෝචිත, විනිවිධ පෙනෙන, විද්‍යාත්මක, සාක්ෂි පදනම් කරගත් ප්‍රවේශ විය හැකි එන්නත් සැලැස්මක් සඳහා සිවිල් සමාජයන්හී ඉල්ලීම්  |

CSO’s demand for timely, transparent, scientific, evidence-based, accessible vaccination plan

We, the undersigned, as citizens of Sri Lanka and members of civil society collective, express grave concern in the implementation of the vaccination drive in Sri Lanka. We call for greater transparency and a scientific approach in the vaccination program. 

LST Submissions on the Proposed Constitution - December 2020

The Law and Society Trust, among other organizations have submitted proposals to the Expert committee on Public Consultations. 

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Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province | නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ පුරාවිද්‍යා උරුම කළමනාකරණය සඳහා වූ ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය |

BRIEF NOTE & COMMENTARY
Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province

The President of Sri Lanka established the ‘Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province’ by Gazette Extra Ordinary 2178/17 dated 2nd June 2020.

Civil Society Statement on the Presidential Task Forces

We, the undersigned from civil society express grave concern regarding the establishment of a spate of Presidential Task Forces in the last few months.

Three Task Forces were appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a response to COVID-19. One has extensive powers to direct, coordinate and monitor the delivery of continuous services for the sustenance of overall community life, another relates to Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication and one concerns Sri Lanka’s Education Affairs. Two most recently created are the Presidential Task Force to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society (established by Gazette Extraordinary no. 2178/18) and the Presidential Task Force for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province (established by Gazette Extraordinary no. 2178/17), both dated 2nd June 2020.

Proposals to ensure employee rights and wellbeing within the COVID 19 pandemic situation and recovery process

As the labour unions and organizations that represent the export processing zone employees, firstly we wish to thank you for establishing a Ministerial Task Force with employees’ representation for managing the impact of the present COVID 19 disaster situation on the employers and employees.

Women’s political participation in Sri Lanka’s 2020 Parliamentary Election

As Sri Lanka prepares for Parliamentary elections to be held in the month of April, we urge all political parties to fulfil the commitments they have made nationally and internationally to strengthen women’s political participation in the country.

LST statement on the Presidential pardon for Shramantha Jayamaha

The Law and Society Trust is appalled that the Presidential pardon has been used to release Jude Shramantha Jayamaha – a man convicted of brutally murdering a young woman, Yvonne Jonsson, at the Royal Park apartment complex in 2005. This is the second presidential pardon given in quick succession that has done much to undermine the rule of law and the judiciary in Sri Lanka.

Ampara civil society organisation’s report launched blocked by Election Commission

The Law and Society Trust (LST) is deeply concerned with the decision that impeded the launch event of a report published by the Human Elevation Organisation (HEO) in Addalachchenai, Ampara on October 12th, 2019.

Responding to Easter Attacks: Role of New Social Imaginaries

Panel discussion and launch of the publication “Islamic Extremism: Clash of Civilizations or Clash within Civilization” by Vidura Prabath Munasinghe and Kaushalya Ariyarathne.

Discussion Panel
Malathei de Alwis
Sivagnanam Jeyasanker
Sharmila Seyyid
Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri

Date – May 28, 2019
Time – 3 pm
Venue – ICES Auditorium, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 08

Social Media Declaration 2019

The Law and Society Trust was among 16 organisation that developed a code of conduct for Responsible Social Media use in Sri Lanka, that has now been published as the Social Media Declaration Colombo 2019. The Declaration recognises the inviolable importance of the freedom of expression on or over social media, yet at the same time, encourage and strengthen the ethical, progressive, democratic and pro-social use of social media. LST is also a signatory of the Declaration.

LST requests President to convene the Parliament

The Law and Society Trust is deeply concerned with the current developments in Sri Lanka and we urge the President to resolve this impasse by speedily re-convening Parliament and enabling Parliament to determine which member of Parliament has the support to lead the government.The Law and Society Trust is deeply concerned with the current developments in Sri Lanka and we urge the President to resolve this impasse by speedily re-convening Parliament and enabling Parliament to determine which member of Parliament has the support to lead the government.

LST’s Response to the statement of His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith

The Law and Society Trust is committed to promoting human rights through advocacy and legal research. We are greatly disturbed to hear the statements made by His Eminence, The Most Reverend Malcolm Ranjith on Sunday 23 September 2018, dismissing and discrediting “human rights as the latest religion of the West” and cautioning Sri Lankans not to be deceived by these “tricks”.

‘Waiting for Mahinda mahaththaya’: Part I

Law and Trust Society Review May 2018 says the local government election for 337 local government bodies in Sri Lanka (except Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha), was held on 10 February, 2018. This election and its results captured special attention due to two main reasons:

Waiting for Mahinda mahaththaya: Part II

Reading the Result
Law and Trust Society Review May 2018 says according to the election results, it is clear that – except in the area subject to the Weliweriya – Rathupaswala drinking water controversy and brutal attack on protestors – in Bandarawela, Beruwela and Lahugala, the SLPP has failed to secure the landslide victory depicted by their overall island-wide result. Therefore, it could be assumed that people in these field survey sites still bear a grudge against Mahinda Rajapaksa for the harms to them which took place during his presidency.

Lankan trade unions have lost 60 per cent of their membership in a decade

Trade unions in Sri Lanka have lost 60% of their members during the last decade as unions struggle to adapt to new realities brought about by labour law relaxation, Vidura Munasinghe, a labour rights researcher at the Law and Society Trust (LST) told The Island.

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