By K. Ratnayake, 11 May 2013
Salley’s arrest signals a new political witch-hunt against opponents of the Sri Lankan government.
By our correspondents, 9 May 2013
The May Day meeting in Colombo was held under the banner: “Fight for international socialism to defeat US imperialist war drive.”
By Gamini Karunasena and Evan Weerasinghe, 29 April 2013
An estimated 60,000 youth were killed or “disappeared” during the 1988-90 repression.
By Saman Gunadasa, 25 April 2013
The government has helped boost profits by keeping the maximum corporate tax rate low and imposing austerity measures on working people.
By M. Thevaraja and W. A. Sunil, 16 April 2013
The agreement was the result of a coordinated effort by the unions, employers and the government to pre-empt any struggle of workers for a wage increase.
By Subash Somachandran and S. Jayanth, 15 April 2013
The attack on Uthayan is part of a wave of violence against the government’s political opponents and media critics.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 13 April 2013
The NSSP has joined the right-wing UNP to appeal to the Rajapakse government to implement the recent UN resolution on human rights abuses.
By W.A. Sunil and Dehin Vasantha, 2 April 2013
The Rajapakse government is fostering provocative Sinhala-Buddhist organisations in an attempt to divide the working class.
By K. Ratnayake, 23 March 2013
The resolution is part of the diplomatic manoeuvring by the US and other major powers to advance their interests in South Asia, particularly against China.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 19 March 2013
The Indian government is under pressure from Tamil Nadu parties over its stance on a US-backed resolution at UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 12 March 2013
New photos confirm that LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s 12-year-old son was not killed in crossfire, as the military claimed, but shot in captivity.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 March 2013
The HRW report examines one aspect of the gross abuses of democratic rights and crimes for which the government and military are responsible.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 1 March 2013
A UN Human Rights Commissioner’s report last month criticised the Sri Lankan government and called for an international investigation into war crimes.
By Saman Gunadasa, 27 February 2013
The IMF has rejected the government’s request for a new $1 billion loan to cover the budget deficit.
By W.A. Sunil, 18 February 2013
The attack on the Sunday Leader journalist is another attempt to intimidate anyone who makes even limited criticisms of the government.
By our correspondents, 14 February 2013
Around 200 workers, youths and professionals attended the meeting held to discuss the enduring significance of Keerthi’s life and work.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 11 February 2013
The Obama administration’s concern is not with democratic rights in Sri Lanka, but with undermining Chinese influence in Colombo.
By Sarath Kumara, 8 February 2013
The report is a bid by the military for a greater political role as social and economic tensions on the island sharpen.
By Vilani Peiris and Sarath Kumara, 2 February 2013
Throughout this political crisis, the NSSP and USP have intervened to subordinate workers and youth to the United National Party, a right-wing bourgeois party.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 January 2013
The SEP calls for the broadest campaign by workers, the rural poor and youth to defend democratic rights on the basis of a revolutionary socialist program.
By our correspondent, 25 January 2013
The advertised venue had been closed by the management, citing “an order of the defence ministry”.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 January 2013
The SEP organised a public meeting in Jaffna to introduce its perspectives, The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party, published recently in book form.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 January 2013
Escalating public debt will intensify the government’s austerity measures.
By W.A. Sunil, 18 January 2013
Peiris’s appointment was clearly a political selection, aimed at ensuring that the country’s top judge would be no obstacle to government policy.
By W.A. Sunil and S. Jayanth, 14 January 2013
The president’s action, which flouts court rulings, has set the stage for a constitutional and political crisis.
By Vilani Peiris, 11 January 2013
The execution exposes the callous indifference of the Sri Lankan government toward its migrant workers, as well as the reactionary character of the Saudi regime.
By K. Ratnayake, 10 January 2013
The government and the Supreme Court are at loggerheads over the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
By Gamini Karunasena and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 9 January 2013
Given a free hand by the government, Buddhist groups are fomenting attacks in various parts of the country.
By M. Aravinthan, 7 January 2013
The Tamil National Alliance indicated last month that it would no longer demand a complete military withdrawal from the North and East.
By K. Ratnayake, 3 January 2013
The president is concentrating power in his hands amid a growing economic crisis and explosive social tensions.
25 years since Keerthi Balasuriya’s death
By Wije Dias, 28 December 2012
The second part of a two-part series about the political struggle waged for proletarian internationalism by the Sri Lankan RCL’s founding general secretary.
25 years since Keerthi Balasuriya’s death
By Wije Dias, 27 December 2012
This article is the first part of a two-part series about the political struggle waged by the RCL’s founding general secretary for proletarian internationalism.
By our correspondents, 22 December 2012
Most of those affected are poor farmers, fishermen and workers, who received no official forewarning.
By Mike Head, 19 December 2012
The Australian foreign minister announced closer military cooperation in preventing refugees fleeing Sri Lanka and exercising their right to seek asylum.
By our correspondent, 19 December 2012
SEP members and supporters attended the memorial ceremony in the Colombo General Cemetery.
18 December 2012
The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site today mark 25 years since the death of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya, the general secretary of the Revolutionary Communist League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka.
By our correspondent, 14 December 2012
Jaffna University students have been targeted because they have opposed the suppression of democratic rights and the privatisation of university education.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 December 2012
The rift between the government and the judiciary reflects a hostility among sections of the capitalist elite to the concentration of power in the hands of President Rajapakse.
By W.A. Sunil, 6 December 2012
The TUFPW is being formed not to fight for the interests of plantation workers, but to block an independent movement against the companies and government.
By our correspondents, 4 December 2012
The latest detentions follow a series of police and military provocations against Jaffna students.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 29 November 2012
The lessons drawn from the report are aimed at fashioning the UN into a more effective tool of imperialist intervention.
By our correspondents, 24 November 2012
Workers and students discussed the main perspective resolution adopted at the SEP’s founding congress in 2011.
By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012
On November 8 a leader of the pro-LTTE Tamil Coordinating Committee was assassinated in Paris.
By K. Nesan, 22 November 2012
LTTE cadre Selvarasa Pathmanathan’s career exemplifies how the Sri Lankan government works with Tamil nationalists to police the working class after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.
By Saman Gunadasa, 21 November 2012
The budget is in line with IMF demands for higher taxes, lower social spending and concessions to big business.
By K. Ratnayake, 15 November 2012
The real trigger for the impeachment was a Supreme Court ruling that a major government bill was unconstitutional.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 14 November 2012
From the outset, the teachers were confronted with the necessity of a political fight against the government, but the union was bitterly opposed to this perspective.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 13 November 2012
The US and India want Colombo to distance itself from Beijing in order to advance their strategic and economic interests in South Asia.
By Sampath Perera, 12 November 2012
Friday’s attack inside the country’s biggest jail underscores the government’s reliance on police-state measures.
By K. Ratnayake, 6 November 2012
The conflict with the judiciary reflects concerns within the country’s ruling elite over the political and economic impact of the president’s autocratic methods of rule.
5 November 2012
The lecture will launch the SEP’s new publication—The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party-Sri Lanka.
By W.A. Sunil, 29 October 2012
The TNA has clearly come under pressure from India regards the failure to resolve the Tamil question as an obstacle to New Delhi’s ambitions in Sri Lanka.
By K. Ratnayake, 26 October 2012
The call for constitutional change is aimed at stirring up anti-Tamil sentiment to divide working people amid widespread discontent over the government’s austerity policies.
On the spot report
By our reporters, 22 October 2012
The remaining 1,200 people detained by the army after the LTTE’s defeat have been dumped in a rough clearing in thick jungle.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 20 October 2012
The lecture, “Counterculture or Scientific Socialism,” explained and defended Piyaseeli’s struggle for Marxism, particularly in the field of art.
By Saman Gunadasa, 19 October 2012
Defence spending will rise 26 percent next year, boosting the military amid growing discontent among workers.
By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 16 October 2012
FUTA called off the strike without achieving any of the academic staff’s demands.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 12 October 2012
The conflict reflects growing differences within the ruling class over the government’s flouting of the law, its cronyism and its alienation of the Western powers.
By our correspondents, 5 October 2012
While the teachers’ march gained considerable support, the union called it simply to let off steam before betraying the strike.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2012
Tamil asylum seekers are being coerced to return despite clear evidence of persecution and torture.
By Sanjaya Jayasekera, 1 October 2012
The push to execute hundreds of prisoners on death row is part of the government’s deepening assault on basic democratic rights.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 28 September 2012
Poverty, joblessness, high debt burdens and other social problems are rampant throughout the country.
“Counterculture or Scientific Socialism”
25 September 2012
The SEP speaker will answer the recent post-modernist misrepresentation of Piyaseeli’s writings and explain her revolutionary Marxist standpoint.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2012
The SEP warns that the union leaders are fundamentally opposed to a political struggle against the Rajapakse government and are preparing to sell out the strike.
By Sampath Perera, 24 September 2012
The government’s invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a message to Washington that it wants closer ties to the US.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 September 2012
The share market manipulation has highlighted the parasitic operations of speculators operating in collusion with government.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 10 September 2012
The election result underlines the deepening hostility and resentment, not only to the government but to the Colombo political establishment as a whole.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 September 2012
The burning issues facing working people can be solved only through the struggle for an international socialist perspective.
By M. Thevarajah, SEP election candidate for Kegalla District and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, 4 September 2012
These discredited unions have come together to divert the opposition of workers to the government into the reactionary dead-end of communal politics.
By our correspondents, 1 September 2012
Socialist Equality Party (US) presidential candidate Jerry White concluded his tour of Sri Lanka on Thursday with a meeting in the southern port city of Galle.
By our correspondents, 31 August 2012
The candidate’s speech provoked an important and lively discussion in the question-and-answer session.
By our correspondents, 30 August 2012
Visiting presidential candidate Jerry White discussed the necessity for the unity of the American and Sri Lankan working class.
By our correspondents, 28 August 2012
The questions pointed to an understanding among workers and youth that the political situation in Sri Lanka is intimately bound up with broader international processes.
By Kapila Fernando, 28 August 2012
Even as the government is threatening striking university teachers, their trade union FUTA is preparing to betray the struggle.
By our correspondents, 27 August 2012
US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a well-attended meeting in Colombo yesterday.
By our correspondents, 25 August 2012
Jerry White received a warm welcome from the Sri Lankan SEP on his arrival in Colombo yesterday.
By our correspondents, 24 August 2012
Sri Lankan workers and youth expressed keen interest in the US presidential candidate’s tour.
By our correspondents, 23 August 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidate, will address public meetings in Colombo, Kegalle and Galle.
By W. A. Sunil, 20 August 2012
The unions have ended the strike with nothing but vague promises and, in doing so, have opened the door for a further assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Kapila Fernando, 18 August 2012
The Socialist Equality Party is campaigning for a public meeting in Yatiyanthota, where about 1,000 workers were retrenched last year at the Ranmalu Fashions garment factory.
By our reporter, 11 August 2012
The first in a series of public meetings for the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections was attended by workers, youth and students.
By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 August 2012
“Though the LSSP leaders abandoned us, those revolutionary days still echo in our mind.”
By our reporters, 4 August 2012
Together with tea and coconut plantation workers, rubber workers have been hit hard by the government’s austerity measures.
By Vilani Peiris, 1 August 2012
The new regulations are part of an intensifying attack on media and democratic rights by President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government.
By Panini Wijesiriwardene, 31 July 2012
Ananda Daulagala has a record of more than three decades of fighting for the program of international socialism.
By Athiyan Silva, 30 July 2012
The WSWS recently interviewed a former Tamil political prisoner, beaten and tortured in so-called rehabilitation centres by the Sri Lankan army and intelligence.
By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 July 2012
The Socialist Equality Party will contest the Kegalla District of Sabaragamuwa Province in provincial council elections to be held on September 8.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 23 July 2012
Former presidential candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, has appealed for Western support for a campaign to overthrow the present government.
By Sanjaya Jayasekara, 13 July 2012
The doubling of the detention period is another step to entrench the police-state measures adopted during the country’s civil war.
By our correspondent, 12 July 2012
The SEP and ISSE campaign dealt with the issues raised by protests by fishermen earlier this year against fuel price hikes.
By Saman Gunadasa, 11 July 2012
S&P became the second ratings agency to warn of Sri Lanka’s exposure to the deepening financial crisis unfolding in Europe.
By Dehin Wasantha, 4 July 2012
The IUTUJC ended the campaign on the basis of an empty promise over salary anomalies.
By Sujeewa Amaranath and Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2012
The murders are part of the anti-democratic methods being used to stifle any opposition to the government’s imposition of IMF austerity measures.
By Socialist Equality Party, 26 June 2012
The public meeting in the western Sri Lankan port of Chilaw will discuss a socialist program for fishermen and their families.
By Sarath Kumara, 23 June 2012
Sri Lankan officials secured military assistance from the US and India at the recent Singapore security summit.
By Saman Gunadasa, 18 June 2012
Of the Asian countries, Sri Lanka is “most at risk” from any global financial shocks because of its high external borrowing needs and weak balance sheet.
By M. Vasanthan, 8 June 2012
Hundreds of Park Estate tea plantation workers have begun strike action to defend jobs and oppose cost-cutting measures.
By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 7 June 2012
The strikers are demanding an immediate 25 percent pay rise as part of their protracted campaign to rectify salary anomalies.
By Wije Dias, 28 May 2012
This year’s “victory” parade only underscored the degree to which his government rests on the country’s huge military apparatus.
By Sampath Perera, 26 May 2012
Rajapakse announced Fonseka’s release in a bid to ease tensions with the US, just days after Sri Lanka’s foreign minister visited Washington.