Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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 election results foreshadow political upheavals

By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015

Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.

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 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.

Tamil nationalist groups adopt pro-imperialist policy in Sri Lankan elections

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 15 August 2015

The Tamil National People’s Front and the Crusaders for Democracy are aligned with the Sirisena government and US imperialism against Tamil and Sinhala workers.

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.

The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) replies to the United Socialist Party

By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 August 2015

Pseudo-left organisations in Sri Lanka such as the USP are preparing to play no less treacherous a role than Syriza in Greece.

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: 110 unions and NGOs back right-wing, pro-US UNP

By Saman Gunadasa, 12 August 2015

The organisations are not only campaigning for the United National Party but are also a “colour revolution” in waiting if the party loses.

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.

SEP campaign receives support in northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondent, 10 August 2015

The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.

Sri Lanka: Pseudo-left NSSP prepares to support US-backed “colour revolution”

By K. Ratnayake, 8 August 2015

NSSP leader Karunaratne is playing a particularly sinister role in the election campaign as a propagandist for the right-wing, pro-US UNP which is in power

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.

Tamil National Alliance presents pro-imperialist manifesto in Sri Lankan elections

By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015

The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.

Sri Lanka: JVP election manifesto woos big business

By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015

Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.

Manifesto of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) for the 2015 general election

Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015

The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.

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.

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns against evictions in Colombo

By our correspondents, 31 July 2015

SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.

Sri Lankan SEP General Secretary Wije Dias interviewed on national election channel

By our correspondent, 30 July 2015

Dias explained the SEP’s socialist and international program in an hour-long interview on the state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network.

The international significance of the Sri Lankan general election

By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015

The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.

Socialist Equality Party campaigners win support in Sri Lanka’s plantation district

By our correspondents, 27 July 2015

SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.

Sri Lankan SEP holds inaugural election meeting in Colombo

By our correspondents, 25 July 2015

Speakers explained the crisis of bourgeois rule in Sri Lanka, its roots in global geo-political tensions and the socialist program that must be taken up by the working class.

Sri Lankan plantation workers must oppose wage struggle betrayal

By M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015

The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.

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.

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting defends victimised plantation workers

By our correspondents, 15 July 2015

Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.

SEP to stand in Sri Lankan general election

By the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015

The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

Victimised Sri Lankan plantation workers speak to the WSWS

By our correspondents, 3 July 2015

Tea estate management targeted Deeside workers because of their leading role in a three-day strike against increased production demands.

Support grows for victimised Sri Lankan tea estate workers

By our correspondents, 1 July 2015

Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.

Sri Lanka SEP calls public meeting to defend victimised plantation workers

30 June 2015

The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.

SEP public meeting assesses political turmoil in Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 26 June 2015

A successful meeting in Colombo examined the turmoil confronting President Sirisena’s government.

SEP/IYSSE public meetings to discuss Sri Lankan political crisis

25 June 2015

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Reinstate victimised Deeside plantation workers!

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

What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.

South Asia, the US “pivot” and the perspective of permanent revolution

By Wije Dias, 5 May 2015

This speech was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio

The political struggle against war and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

Perspective resolution of the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

30 April 2015

The resolution was unanimously adopted by the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) held on March 27–30, 2015.

Sri Lanka: Campaign for International May Day wins warm response

By our correspondents, 24 April 2015

University students and workers in Colombo are signing up for the May 3 global online rally.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) holds first national congress

By our correspondents, 21 April 2015

Delegates from across the island unanimously adopted two resolutions on socialist internationalism and the political fight against war.

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.

More evidence of US involvement in Sri Lankan regime-change

By K. Ratnayake, 16 February 2015

The installation of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan president via the January 8 election was the outcome of a carefully orchestrated operation in which the US was intimately involved.

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.

Evidence of India’s involvement in regime change in Sri Lanka

By K. Ratnayake, 21 January 2015

Reuters reported that an Indian intelligence agent was expelled before the Sri Lankan presidential election, following complaints that he assisted the opposition parties.

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.

Who is Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena?

By Sujeewa Amaranath and W.A. Sunil, 16 January 2015

Sirisena is not a “common man” but a bourgeois politician devoted to imperialism and big business.

SEP wages powerful campaign in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015

The SEP alone fought for the political independence of the working class from all the pro-capitalist candidates.

The outcome of the Sri Lankan election and its international implications

By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 January 2015

What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation.

Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapakse concedes defeat in election

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 9 January 2015

The result is the outcome of a behind-the-scenes intervention by the Obama administration.

Sri Lankan opposition parties line up behind US regime-change agenda

By K. Ratnayake, 8 January 2015

The opposition parties are seeking to cloak their line-up with US interests via cynical denunciations of “Rajapakse’s dictatorship.”

The international significance of the Sri Lankan presidential election

By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015

Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.

Tamil nationalists support US-backed opposition in Sri Lankan election

By K. Nesan, 7 January 2015

The TNA is backing Maithripala Sirisena, who is just as responsible for the government’s crimes during the civil war and the attacks on the working class.

JVP campaigns for pro-US opposition candidate in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 6 January 2015

Having long ago integrated itself into the Colombo establishment, the JVP has increasingly accommodated to Washington.

Pseudo-left USP plays double game in Sri Lankan presidential election

By Vilani Peiris, 5 January 2015

The USP claims to be running an “independent” campaign, but in reality is providing back-handed support for the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

SEP presidential campaign underway in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 3 January 2015

The SEP has a long history in northern Sri Lanka of fighting for an international socialist program against both successive Colombo governments and the separatist LTTE.

Sri Lankan opposition candidate issues pro-US, pro-business manifesto

By W.A. Sunil, 31 December 2014

One of the central purposes of Sirisena’s manifesto is to send a clear signal that he will shift foreign policy decisively towards the West.

Sri Lanka: NSSP leader campaigns for right-wing, pro-US presidential candidate

By Pani Wijesiriwardena—SEP presidential candidate, 27 December 2014

The NSSP’s election campaign is part of the international line-up of pseudo-left organisations behind US imperialism and its aggressive drive for global hegemony.

Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign reveals widespread disillusionment with main political parties

By our correspondents, 22 December 2014

Socialist Equality Party supporters have launched an intense campaign for the party’s presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena.

Sri Lanka: SEP presidential candidate addresses Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 20 December 2014

The SEP campaign aims to build a socialist and internationalist movement of the working class against imperialist war and attacks on basic rights and living conditions.

SEP statement for Sri Lanka’s presidential election

Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 December 2014

The SEP is the only party fighting for a socialist program against the growing threat of world war and the relentless assault on the living conditions and democratic rights of working people.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meetings to launch presidential election campaign

By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014

The meetings will discuss the socialist program necessary for the working class to fight the growing dangers of world war and the deepening assault on social and democratic rights.

Sri Lanka: Opposition presidential candidate to implement austerity

By K. Ratnayake, 4 December 2014

The opposition platform is a cynical exercise aimed at duping voters into believing that its candidate would end the onslaught on living standards and democratic rights.

Sri Lankan SEP holds press conference to announce its presidential campaign

By our correspondents, 29 November 2014

SEP political committee member Pani Wijesiriwardena is the only candidate representing the interests of the working class.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest presidential election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 26 November 2014

The SEP will campaign on a socialist and internationalist perspective against the growing danger of world war and deepening attacks on living conditions and democratic rights.

ICFI/WSWS supporters in India hold public meeting on danger of world war

By our correspondents, 22 November 2014

Workers and students from various workplaces and colleges came to discuss an alternative socialist perspective.

Sri Lankan SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

18 November 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

Director Carlos Reygadas at the Colombo film festival: But what is cinematic art?

By Saman Gunadasa, 18 November 2014

Several works by the Mexican filmmaker were highlighted at the recent Colombo film festival. The primitive realism and worship of the unconscious in Reygadas’ approach to cinema is considered here.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 4

The political consequences of the LSSP’s betrayal

By Sujeeva Amaranath and K. Ratnayake, 21 October 2014

The final article in the series examines the aftermath of the LSSP’s betrayal and draws the necessary political conclusions for the working class in Sri Lanka and internationally.

The LSSP’s Great Betrayal: Part 3

LSSP enters capitalist coalition government in Sri Lanka.

By Rohantha de Silva and K. Ratnayake, 14 October 2014

The LSSP’s betrayal was not a sudden about-face, but the product of more than a decade of political backsliding, aided and abetted by the Pabloite International Secretariat.

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 SEP/IYSSE public lecture series: Fifty years since the LSSP’s betrayal

4 October 2014

The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Galle, Gampaha and Hatton

4 October 2014

SEP/IYSSE meetings will discuss the threat of a third world war and the international socialist program to fight it.

Bala Tampoe (1922–2014): Socialist revolutionary turned class traitor

By Nanda Wickremasinghe and Wije Dias, 13 September 2014

Tampoe’s political degeneration was bound up with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s backsliding, which culminated in its 1964 entry into a bourgeois government.

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 (Sri Lanka) to hold antiwar meetings in Jaffna and Kandy

2 September 2014

The SEP and IYSSE will hold meetings on the US “pivot to Asia” and the threat of another world war.

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on world war threat

By our correspondents, 25 August 2014

Today, 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, imperialism is pushing the world’s population towards another genocidal world war.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold public meeting in Colombo on world war threats

9 August 2014

The SEP meeting will discuss the imperialist war drive and the fight for socialism.

Sri Lanka: Workers and youth speak about Workers Inquiry

By our correspondents, 28 July 2014

”Through the meeting’s reports, I understood the root cause of industrial pollution is capitalism.”

Sri Lanka: Independent Workers Inquiry presents findings on Weliweriya water pollution

By our reporters, 24 July 2014

The investigation revealed that the Dipped Products Company, the government, the military and the police worked together to suppress mass opposition to industrial pollution.

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on Independent Workers Inquiry into Water Pollution

14 July 2014

The meeting will present the inquiry’s report into the water pollution in Weliweriya. Please note the change in venue.

Australian minister whitewashes Sri Lankan repression

By Mike Head, 12 July 2014

As immigration minister Morrison praised President Rajapakse’s government, 153 Tamil asylum seekers remained incarcerated on an Australian Customs vessel.

Oppose Australia’s handover of refugees to Sri Lankan navy

By the Socialist Equality Parties of Sri Lanka and Australia, 8 July 2014

The Socialist Equality parties of Australia and Sri Lanka call on working people in both countries and internationally to oppose the joint military operation in the Indian Ocean.

Oppose police sabotage of SEP workers’ inquiry in Sri Lanka

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 June 2014

The decision to prevent the SEP delivering the findings of the Independent Workers Inquiry into Water Pollution was taken at the top levels of the government.

Oppose the attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 23 June 2014

The communal violence against Muslims is a warning to all workers of the methods that will be used against any resistance to the government’s austerity program.

Fifty years since the LSSP’s Great Betrayal in Sri Lanka

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

11 June 2014

For the first time, a party claiming to be Trotskyist entered a bourgeois government—a historic betrayal with immense consequences for the working class.

Wije Dias: The international struggles of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution

By Wije Dias, 7 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Wije Dias, national secretary of the SEP of Sri Lanka, to the International Online May Day Rally.
Link to audio

Sri Lankan public meeting discusses significance of online May Day rally

By our reporters, 3 May 2014

Workers and youth in Colombo signed up for the World Socialist Web Site’s International May Day event.

Greetings to Australian congress from Sri Lankan SEP

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 April 2014

“The whole of South Asia, including Sri Lanka, is being dragged into the maelstrom of geo-political tensions as a consequence of the US ‘pivot’ to Asia.”

SEP meeting in Colombo to campaign for International May Day online rally

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 April 2014

A century after the eruption of World War I, the international working class once again confronts the danger of global conflagration.

Oppose the government crackdown on Sri Lankan Tamils

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 April 2014

The SEP warns that the government’s increased repression against Tamils is the preparation for a deepening assault on the basic rights of the working class.

Sri Lanka: SEP campaigns among villagers protesting water pollution

By our correspondents, 28 March 2014

A Socialist Equality Party team wins support in Thunnana village, which is under siege from government security forces.

Sri Lankan government revives terror campaign against Tamils

By Subash Somachandran and W. A. Sunil, 27 March 2014

The real target of the anti-Tamil communal campaign is the working class as a whole.

Sri Lankan SEP speaks to Colombo residents about austerity and war

By our correspondents, 24 March 2014

Colombo workers and youths denounced the government’s attacks on living conditions and democratic rights while voicing their concerns about the danger of a third world war.

SEP/IYSSE to hold final election meeting in Colombo

20 March 2014

Sunday’s meeting will discuss the urgent task of building an anti-war movement of the working class based on international socialism.