More on the SEP in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan residents demand removal of military armouries following explosion

By W.A. Sunil, 18 June 2016

Angry protests following the huge June 5 Salawa armoury explosion reflect growing opposition to the government.

India: Tamil Nadu chief minister tries to exploit issue of Sri Lankan Tamils

By Athiyan Silva, 16 May 2016

Jayalalithaa’s promises have nothing to do with any concern about the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils.

Sri Lanka: A socialist program to fight evictions and defend the right to housing

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2016

The eviction of slum dwellers and low-income families cannot be separated from the government’s attacks on thousands of urban and rural workers.

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds public meeting on 75th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination

By our correspondents, 30 December 2015

Well aware that World War II would produce revolutionary upheavals, neither Stalinism nor imperialism could tolerate Trotsky’s continued existence.

Sri Lanka: “National unity government” to implement harsh austerity measures

By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015

During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.

The significance of the SEP’s vote in Sri Lankan elections

By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015

The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.

Sri Lankan general election signals deepening political instability

By our correspondent, 17 August 2015

Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.

Paris public meeting discusses world significance of Sri Lankan elections

By our reporters, 17 August 2015

International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.

Sri Lankan general election 2015

Vote for the Socialist Equality Party!

For a socialist program against war, austerity and to defend democratic rights! For a workers and peasants government!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 August 2015

The SEP is standing 43 candidates in three of the country’s 22 electoral districts—Colombo, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya.

Sri Lankan president to block Rajapakse as prime minister

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 August 2015

Sirisena’s letter, aimed at bolstering the UNP’s electoral prospects, underscores the deep political crisis surrounding the whole election.

Sri Lankan election: UNP uses murder scandal to smear opponents

By Saman Gunadasa, 14 August 2015

Whether the US had a hand in it or not, the latest scandal is indicative of the methods that will be employed should Rajapakse win the election.

Sri Lanka: Big business parties issue false pledges on unemployment

By Minusha Fernando, 13 August 2015

The problems facing the youth are an indictment of these parties and the capitalist system they maintain.

Sri Lankan election: Pro-US UNP appeals to big business

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015

The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.

Former Sri Lankan president mounts chauvinist election campaign

By W.A. Sunil, 7 August 2015

In his bid to become prime minister, Rajapakse is posing as the “defender of the motherland” and making populist promises that he has no intention of keeping.

Sri Lankan irrigation department residents discuss SEP policies

By our correspondent, 6 August 2015

Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.

Socialist Equality Party holds first election meeting in Sri Lanka’s north

By our correspondent, 1 August 2015

Hundreds of shoppers and passers-by listened to the SEP’s open-air election meeting in Kayts.

Socialist Equality Party fields 43 candidates in Sri Lankan general elections

By our correspondent, 16 July 2015

The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.

Enthusiastic response in Sri Lanka to online May Day rally

By our correspondents, 12 May 2015

Workers and students explain why they participated in the ICFI’s international May Day event.

UN delays war crimes report on Sri Lanka

By Manusha Fernando, 23 February 2015

The delay is a clear concession to the new Sri Lankan government in return for its rapid realignment of Colombo’s foreign policy away from Beijing towards Washington.

New Sri Lankan government brings down election budget

By Saman Gunadasa, 9 February 2015

Behind false claims of budget “concessions,” the government is preparing new attacks on the working class and the poor.

Sri Lankan government discusses phony “100-day work program”

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 January 2015

The measures are nothing but a smokescreen for the new government’s right-wing agenda, including its pro-US foreign policy.

Sri Lankan SEP anti-war campaign receives support among workers

By our reporters, 11 October 2014

The SEP and IYSSE are holding public meetings tomorrow in Hatton and Gampaha against the drive to war.

Sri Lankan provincial election: Oppose the drive to war and austerity

By the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2014

The government and opposition parties are engaged in a nationalist and chauvinist campaign to blind workers and youth to the real political issues they face.

SEP public meeting in Sri Lanka

The international financial crisis and its implications for South Asia

15 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Socialist Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting on October 18 to discuss the global financial crisis and its implications for the working class in South Asia and internationally.

Arrested SEP member speaks to the WSWS following his release

By Nanda Wickramesinghe, 1 October 2008

Speaking to the WSWS, Kamalthasan explained the circumstances of his arrest: “We had sufficient legal documents to prove our identity even according to the government’s rules... There were political reasons for our arrest."

Sri Lankan police continue to detain SEP member

By K. Ratnayake, 20 September 2008

Sri Lankan police have refused to release Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member Velummailum Kamalthasan and his relative Santhiralingam Ilancheliyan, who have now been held without charge for five days in the Negombo police station lock-up.

Sri Lankan SEP demands release of arrested member

By the the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka is demanding the immediate and unconditional release of party member Velummailum Kamalthasan and his brother-in-law Santhiralingam Ilancheliyan, who were arrested by Sri Lankan police on Monday in Negombo, about 40 kilometres north of Colombo. The two men have been kept illegally inside a police lock-up for the three days since.