Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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.

Sri Lanka: Police attack Hanwella villagers protesting against water pollution

By our correspondents, 18 March 2014

The police assault underscores the necessity of building the independent workers inquiry into the Weliweriya water pollution.

Sri Lanka: SEP election campaign explains danger of war

By our correspondents, 15 March 2014

War, water pollution and the impoverished conditions of rubber plantation workers were among the issues discussed by SEP campaigners in Awissawella.

Sri Lankan SEP election campaign receives wide hearing

By our correspondents, 6 March 2014

Colombo workers denounce the false promises of the government and the candidates of the political establishment.

Sri Lanka: Police intimidation against SEP workers inquiry on industrial pollution

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 27 February 2014

The SEP warns that the police surveillance is in preparation for a witch hunt against its members and supporters.

SEP manifesto for the Western Provincial Council election

Vote for the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)!

Fight for a socialist program against war, austerity and police state methods!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2014

The SEP is the only party that advances a socialist and internationalist program to mobilise and unite workers against the growing threat of war, austerity and the suppression of democratic rights.

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on workers inquiry into water pollution

By Rohantha de Silva, 12 February 2014

Weliweriya residents and students discussed the significance of the Independent Workers Inquiry.

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial election

By Socialist Equality Party, 8 February 2014

The SEP is fielding 43 candidates for Colombo District on the basis of a socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.

Sri Lanka: Support grows for workers’ inquiry into Weliweriya water pollution

By Vilani Peiris, 12 December 2013

Local residents and workers are providing vital evidence to the Independent Workers Inquiry Committee.

Workers’ Inquiry on Weliweriya water pollution

Venigros owners demand reopening of Sri Lankan factory

By Vilani Peiris, 4 December 2013

Venigros has threatened to move its production facilities to Malaysia if the Rajapakse government does not create the conditions for the factory to resume production.

Sri Lankan SEP rejects Frontline Socialist Party invitation for a “dialogue of lefts”

By the Socialist Equality Party, 23 November 2013

The FSP was formed in 2012 in a factional split from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, falsely claiming to have broken from the JVP’s “opportunism.”

Sri Lankan SEP announces workers’ inquiry into Weliweriya water pollution

By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 November 2013

A workers’ inquiry will be an important first step in the fight to end industrial pollution and guarantee decent jobs and living standards for all.

Sri Lanka: TNA wins northern provincial council election

By K. Ratnayake, 23 September 2013

While the results reflect mass hostility to the Colombo government, the Tamil National Alliance’s political perspective poses great dangers for working people.

Vote SEP in Sri Lankan Northern Provincial elections

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 September 2013

Support the SEP and its socialist and internationalist program to fight imperialist war, the government’s sweeping austerity agenda and its intensifying police-state measures.

Sri Lanka: The JVP’s sham support for democratic rights

By K. Ratnayake, 18 September 2013

Behind its false display of sympathy for Tamils, the JVP’s program is a strident defence of the capitalist state dominated by the Sinhala bourgeoisie.

Sri Lankan SEP holds meeting in Jaffna—No to war against Syria

By Rohantha De Silva, 17 September 2013

The SEP made opposition to the US war drive against Syria central to its election campaign.

SEP campaign team discusses US war threat to Syria

By our correspondent, 13 September 2013

Workers and youth who spoke to the SEP drew from their experience of the protracted civil war in Sri Lanka.

SEP candidate in Sri Lanka denounces US war threat

Hands off Syria!

By Paramu Thirugnanasambanthar, 4 September 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) denounces the US war plans against Syria and calls on the international working class to oppose imperialist war.

SEP campaign team discusses socialist program in Jaffna

By our correspondents, 4 September 2013

Socialist Equality Party campaigners in Sri Lanka explained the party’s program to workers, farmers, youth and fisherman in war-torn areas in the Jaffna district.

TamilNet criticises WSWS article for opposing separatist program

By K. Ratnayake, 31 August 2013

TamilNet can only keep peddling the lie that “self-determination” is the sole solution for Tamils by maintaining silence on the political lessons of the war

Sri Lankan SEP holds its first election meeting in Jaffna

By our correspondents, 28 August 2013

The public meeting revealed a growing interest by workers, young people and women from the war-ravaged Jaffna in the SEP’s socialist program.

Sri Lankan military harasses SEP candidates for northern provincial election

By W. A. Sunil, 26 August 2013

Military intelligence officers visited the homes of candidates in a calculated attempt to intimidate the party.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold election meeting in Jaffna

22 August 2013

The meeting will address the pressing issues of the US drive to war against China and the government’s onslaught on living standards and democratic rights.

Socialist Equality Party manifesto for Sri Lankan provincial election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 20 August 2013

The SEP is the only party fighting for a socialist and internationalist program in the September 21 elections for the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.

Australian SEP election candidate addresses Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 16 August 2013

SEP assistant national secretary James Cogan explained that the party’s election campaign is aimed at building an international antiwar movement against the US war preparations for war on China.

India: NLC contract worker and WSWS supporter Sivakumar dies at 42

By Arun Kumar, 14 August 2013

Sivakumar belonged to the most abused and exploited section of the working class in India.

Military crackdown on Sri Lankan protesters: A warning to the working class

By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 August 2013

This was a calculated attack, carried out on the Rajapakse government’s orders, to intimidate workers, young people and the poor throughout the island.

Australian SEP candidates to address meetings in Sri Lanka and New Zealand

6 August 2013

The meetings will discuss the socialist and internationalist perspective on which the working class throughout the Asia-Pacific region and internationally must build a new anti-war movement

Sri Lankan SEP to contest provincial council election in Jaffna

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 August 2013

The SEP will advance an international socialist program to oppose militarism and defend the democratic rights and living standards of working people.

SEP/IYSSE meeting in Colombo: Defend Edward Snowden!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 4 July 2013

The SEP is holding a public meeting in defence of the NSA whistleblower who has exposed the vast surveillance operations of US intelligence agencies.

Sri Lankan SEP holds May Day meeting

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.”