Author Archive for Dharshan Weerasekera

The Interim Report of the Constitutional Steering Committee of Sri Lanka:  A Brief Analysis, Part 3

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Dharshan Weereasekera, Attorney-at-Law  In this third and final installment, I turn to what I think is the most diabolical and dangerous aspect of the plan of the writers of the Interim Report (‘IR’) to replace the term ‘Unitary State’ in Article 2 of the Constitution with the term ‘aekiya rajyaya/orumiththa nadu.’  In Part 1, I […]

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UNHRC RESOLUTION 30/1 AND THE TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA I have been involved in some of the actions that a number of Sinhala organizations have been taking in Geneva to counter resolution 30/1, so I hope I have some credibility to speak on the related issues.  To the best of my knowledge, there are at present two schools of thought on how […]

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The Interim Report of the Constitutional Steering Committee of Sri Lanka:  A Brief Analysis, Part 2

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law In this installment, I turn to the recommendation by the Interim Report (‘IR’) that the ‘Principle of Subsidiarity’ should guide centre-periphery relations in Sri Lanka.  Chapter Two of the IR is titled, ‘Principles of Devolution,’ and Section One of that chapter is titled, ‘Principle of Subsidiarity to Apply.’  This is the section […]

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The Interim Report of the Constitutional Steering Committee of Sri Lanka:  A Brief Analysis, Part 1

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law [Author’s note:  A portion of the present paper was presented at a side-event during the recently concluded 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva] On 9th March 2016, the Parliament of Sri Lanka converted itself by resolution[1] into a Constitutional Assembly in order to draft a new Constitution […]

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POHOTTUVA VOTERS ARE BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE

Monday, February 19th, 2018

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA As a Pohottuwa voter I am appalled by what is happening, to wit:  the attempt by certain Pohottuva bigwigs to set up or back an SLFP Government under Sirisena.  I can’t speak for others, but as far as I am concerned I didn’t vote for the Pohottuva in order to get Ranil ousted […]

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SIRISENA IS FINISHED!  LONG LIVE SIRISENA!

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA ‘[For it is written] Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord’ – (Romans, 12:19) In September 2015, Maithripala Sirisena pulled a fast one on the UPFA voters who had voted in the August-2015 elections.  He got 45 SLFP MP’s elected under the UPFA banner to join the UNP and carry on […]

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The Pros and Cons of Over-reliance on Lord Naseby’s Revelations

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Dharshan Weerasekera, Attorney-at-Law One can hardly open a newspaper these days without seeing something on Lord Naseby’s revelations about the number of civilians that may have been killed during the last phase of the war, and their significance to countering UNHRC Resolution 30/1 of October 2015.[1]  I am informed on good authority that a group […]

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