Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

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.”

Sri Lankan SEP meeting marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

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.

Sri Lankan ex-lefts and the impeachment crisis

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.

Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis: The way forward for workers

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.

Sri Lankan SEP to mark 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 29 January 2013

The memorial meeting to be held February 10 will discuss Keerthi Balasuriya’s political and theoretical contribution to the struggle for socialist internationalism and its significance for the working class today.

SEP holds meeting in Jaffna despite military threats

By our correspondent, 25 January 2013

The advertised venue had been closed by the management, citing “an order of the defence ministry”.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns defence ministry ban on Jaffna meeting

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.

25 years since Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

South Asia’s foremost Marxist of the second half of the 20th century

Part two

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

South Asia’s foremost Marxist of the second half of the 20th century

Part one

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.

Sri Lankan SEP marks 25th anniversary of Keerthi Balasuriya’s death

By our correspondent, 19 December 2012

SEP members and supporters attended the memorial ceremony in the Colombo General Cemetery.

The enduring significance of the life and work of Comrade Keerthi Balasuriya

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.

In Memory of Keerthi Balasuriya

By David North, 18 December 2012

This article was originally posted on the WSWS in two parts on December 18-19, 2007.

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on Historical and International Foundations document

By our correspondents, 24 November 2012

Workers and students discussed the main perspective resolution adopted at the SEP’s founding congress in 2011.

Lecture on Sri Lankan SEP’s historical and international foundations

5 November 2012

The lecture will launch the SEP’s new publication—The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party-Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: SEP holds Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha memorial lecture

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.

D.N. Wickremaratne 1950—2012

Sri Lankan Trotskyist dies

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 October 2012

Wickremaratne joined the party in 1990 and was well known for his firm, principled commitment to the struggle for Trotskyism.

“Counterculture or Scientific Socialism”

Sri Lankan SEP to hold Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha commemorative lecture

25 September 2012

The SEP speaker will answer the recent post-modernist misrepresentation of Piyaseeli’s writings and explain her revolutionary Marxist standpoint.

Sri Lanka: US SEP presidential candidate speaks in Kegalla

By our correspondents, 31 August 2012

The candidate’s speech provoked an important and lively discussion in the question-and-answer session.

US SEP presidential candidate speaks with Sri Lankan plantation workers

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.

US SEP presidential candidate declines to meet LSSP

29 August 2012

The WSWS publishes a letter from the Lanka Sama Samaja Party in Sri Lanka and the reply by US presidential candidate Jerry White.

Lively discussion with US presidential candidate at Colombo meeting

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.

Sri Lanka: Colombo public meeting hears US SEP presidential candidate

By our correspondents, 27 August 2012

US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a well-attended meeting in Colombo yesterday.

US SEP presidential candidate begins international tour

By our correspondents, 25 August 2012

Jerry White received a warm welcome from the Sri Lankan SEP on his arrival in Colombo yesterday.

Colombo press conference announces US SEP presidential candidate’s visit to Sri Lanka

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.

Sri Lankan SEP meeting discusses socialist policy for fishermen

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.

India: The lessons of the NLC betrayal

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 July 2012

The Stalinist unions deliberately blocked any political fight against the state and central governments, and a turn to other sections of workers.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold meeting on fishermen’s struggle

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.

Sri Lanka: SEP holds plantation workers’ congress

By W.A.Sunil, 25 May 2012

The SEP plantation workers congress in Hatton last Saturday reflected important political shifts in the Sri Lankan working class

India: WSWS team attacked as NLC strike enters second month

By Arun Kumar, 22 May 2012

The assault on WSWS supporters, who were distributing a leaflet exposing the role of the government and the unions, is a clear sign that a betrayal is being prepared.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns attack on WSWS supporters in India

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 May 2012

The assault by AIADMK thugs is a warning to workers of the methods that governments and employers will use to suppress opposition to the deepening assault on jobs and living standards.

Sri Lanka: SEP and ISSE hold May Day meeting

By our correspondents, 9 May 2012

Over 200 workers and youth attended the SEP and ISSE May Day meeting held in Colombo last week.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold plantation workers’ congress

By Socialist Equality Party, 7 May 2012

The plantation workers’ congress on May 20 will discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend the democratic rights, jobs and living conditions of estate workers.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold May Day meeting

By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 April 2012

An SEP and ISSE public meeting in Colombo on May 1 will to mark international workers’ day.

SEP campaigns for plantation workers’ congress

By Panini Wijesiriwardane, 17 April 2012

A campaign team visited the Shannon Tea Estate near Hatton, where workers are fighting the company’s increased tea plucking targets.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 12

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 11

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 6 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 10

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 9

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 8

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 7

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 6

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 5

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 4

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 29 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 3

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Sri Lankan SEP calls plantation workers’ congress

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The Plantation Workers’ Congress will be held on May 20 to discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend basic democratic and social rights.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 2

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 1

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 26 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Sri Lanka: Oppose the government’s price hikes!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2012

Workers and the rural masses in Sri Lanka confront a common struggle with their counterparts globally against the austerity agenda being imposed by governments around the world.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns government attack on the party’s rights

By our correspondents, 20 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka held a public meeting last Monday against the military’s banning of a meeting and the intimidation of SEP members in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka: SEP open letter to the defence minister

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 February 2012

The Socialist Equality Party demands that the Rajapakse government immediately ends the harassment and threats by the military against party members in Jaffna.