By the Independent Workers Inquiry Committee, 17 March 2018
The meeting will discuss the political reasons for last April’s tragedy that killed more than 30 residents from Meethotamulla, a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Colombo.
By Minusha Fernando, 17 March 2018
A Human Rights Watch report reveals that torture and other brutal methods are still in use in Sri Lanka under President Maithripala Sirisena.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 March 2018
While the strikers have shown their determination to expand their industrial action, the University Trade Unions Joint Committee is limiting the strike.
By Rohantha De Silva and K. Gamini, 13 March 2018
Successive governments have promoted anti-Tamil and anti-Muslim chauvinism in order to divide the working class and defend the power and privileges of the Sri Lankan ruling elite.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 10 March 2018
The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.
By K. Ratnayake, 7 March 2018
The national unity government, which is in a sharp crisis, is exploiting the racist provocations to strengthen its hand by imposing the state of emergency.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 March 2018
The trade unions were compelled to call the industrial action as workers’ unrest grew.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 February 2018
The ruling coalition was on the point of breaking up before the US and India intervened to demand that the national unity government continue.
By Max Newman, 22 February 2018
Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 February 2018
The US and Indian ambassadors met the president and prime minister to reverse a publicly-announced termination of the coalition agreement that underpins the Unity government.
By K. Ratnayake, 12 February 2018
The vote is another indication of the mounting opposition of workers, rural poor and the youth to the country’s coalition government.
By our correspondent, 9 February 2018
SEP candidates explained why an international socialist program is necessary to fight the government’s social austerity measures and attacks on democratic rights.
Seventy years after Sri Lankan independence: The record of capitalist decay and the necessity for socialism
By Vijith Samarasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 3 February 2018
Throughout the Indian subcontinent, there is no real independence from imperialism and the ruling classes have failed utterly to provide democratic rights and decent living standards for all.
By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2018
Sirisena’s cabinet walkout demonstrates the government’s crisis and points to preparations for dictatorial rule.
By our correspondents, 19 January 2018
Speakers explained that growing social unrest in Sri Lanka, including strike action by key public sector workers, was part of an international radicalisation of the working class.
Local government election in Sri Lanka: Support SEP campaign against austerity and war! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 January 2018
The SEP is campaigning for the international socialist program needed by workers, youth and the poor, who are increasingly coming into struggle against the government’s attacks on their democratic rights and living standards.
By Saman Gunadasa, 30 December 2017
Mounting government debt has forced the Colombo government to turn to China for financial help.
By our correspondents, 23 December 2017
The SEP is the only party contesting the elections on an internationalist and socialist program against the looming threat of a world war, social counter-revolution and dictatorial rule.
By our correspondent, 20 December 2017
Balasuriya’s untimely death in December 1987 “cut short an invaluable and devoted service to the cause of international socialism.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By David North, 19 December 2017
Keerthi’s death on December 18, 1987 was an irreplaceable loss to the International Committee of the Fourth International and its Sri Lankan section.
By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017
Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 December 2017
The government’s intervention against the stoppage is part of a broader crackdown on social and political opposition.
By Saman Gunadasa, 25 November 2017
Colombo’s socially regressive budget, which will heavily impact on the working masses, is to repay debt and interest to global finance capital.
By our correspondents, 22 November 2017
“It’s very important to organise the working class on an international basis.”
By Ratnasiri Malalagama and Nandana Nanneththi, 21 November 2017
Extreme-right Sinhala-Buddhist groups are operating under the patronage of the Sri Lankan government.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 20 November 2017
The ban on LeN is a direct attack on basic democratic rights and a warning to all sections of the media that the Sri Lankan ruling elite cannot tolerate any criticism.
By our correspondents, 18 November 2017
About 150 workers, students, youth, professionals and housewives attended the event and around 300 watched it live via the Internet.
By our correspondents, 11 November 2017
SEP/IYSSE members campaigned extensively at the university and in neighbouring areas prior to the meeting provoking animated discussions on the political lessons of the October Revolution.
By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017
While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.
By Naveen Devage and K. Ratnayake, 30 October 2017
Senior military figures from Washington and New Delhi warned against any threat to the US-dominated “rules-based order” in the Indo-Pacific.
By Vilani Peiris—convenor of the Committee of the Independent Workers Inquiry, 28 October 2017
The Meethotamulla disaster was the result of criminal negligence by successive Colombo governments and finds its parallels in similar catastrophes around the world.
27 October 2017
The Colombo meeting will discuss the political and theoretical lessons of the October Revolution for workers, students and young people being propelled into social and political struggles today.
By K. Ratnayake, 24 October 2017
For all its claims to be establishing a democratic constitution, the government is taking repressive measures against workers and preparing dictatorial rule.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 14 October 2017
Colombo has increasingly integrated Sri Lanka behind Washington’s war preparations against China and North Korea.
By our correspondent, 7 October 2017
Google’s actions are “a gross abuse of monopolistic power” and related to its close links to the US state apparatus and the Pentagon.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 3 October 2017
The US is planning to slash foreign aid to Sri Lanka this year apparently to underscore its displeasure about the Colombo government’s recent investment deals with China.
By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2017
Behind hypocritical statements on democracy, reconciliation and poverty-alleviation, Sirisena’s government is preparing a dictatorial regime.
By W.A Sunil, 28 September 2017
The JTUA leadership surrendered to the government’s threats, pledging not to take future industrial action over outstanding demands.
By K. Ratnayake, 25 September 2017
The JVP played a key role in the regime-change campaign to remove Rajapakse as president and promote Sirisena’s so-called “good governance movement.”
By M. Thevarajah, 23 September 2017
The protests are another indication of growing working-class opposition to government and company attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Kapila Fernando, 22 September 2017
The tax act is part of a series of social assaults by the government on the directives of the International Monetary Fund.
By our correspondents, 21 September 2017
“We oppose exploitation and inequality. We oppose world war and Google censorship of the WSWS.”
By W.A. Sunil, 19 September 2017
The ongoing stoppage is against the government’s austerity measures being imposed at the behest of the International Monetary Fund.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 September 2017
Factional conflicts deepen within the ruling class amid an explosion of popular opposition to government attacks on living conditions and democratic rights.
By Mike Head, 11 September 2017
The ruling is an indictment of the last Greens-backed Australian Labor government.
By our reporters, 11 September 2017
The speakers explained the necessity for Tamil and Sinhalese workers to build a revolutionary party based on an internationalist socialist perspective.
By Pradeep Ramanayake and K. Ratnayake, 8 September 2017
The geo-strategic conference gave another indication of US and Indian preparations for war against China.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 5 September 2017
SEP member Dehin Wasantha has a three-decade record of fighting for the rights of Sri Lankan workers, students and the poor on the basis of socialist internationalism.
By our reporters, 5 September 2017
Members of the SEP and IYSSE in Sri Lanka campaigned this month to gather support among students and youth for the WSWS’s campaign against Google’s censorship of the Internet.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 30 August 2017
The US has been pursuing a military and strategic buildup against China and wants Sri Lanka kept in its orbit.
By K.Ratnayake, 25 August 2017
Wijedasa Rajapakse’s dismissal is a calculated move by the government to posture as opponents of corruption and undermine political opponents.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 21 August 2017
None of the UNHRC’s resolutions on war crimes in Sri Lanka have had anything to do with concern for the human rights of the victims.
19 August 2017
The meeting will discuss the degeneration of the Tamil bourgeois nationalist parties in Sri Lanka and the necessity for a revolutionary party based on socialist internationalism.
By W.A. Sunil, 16 August 2017
The resignation was a desperate political manoeuvre to avoid a political rift in the government under conditions of growing social unrest.
By K. Nesan, 16 August 2017
Over the last three weeks, police and Special Task Force units have arrested about 100 people in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Jaffna peninsula.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 12 August 2017
The struggle against privatisation and to defend jobs can be waged only through a political fight against the profit system, on the basis of socialist policies.
7 August 2017
The Modi government has effectively transformed India into a “frontline” state in the US-led military war drive against China.
By S. Jayanth, 5 August 2017
The TNA’s anti-democratic and anti-working class statements demonstrate the reactionary character of Tamil nationalism.
By Saman Gunadasa, 4 August 2017
The new tax regime will increase the economic burden on workers, small businesses and the self-employed while providing more concessions to big business.
By our reporters, 1 August 2017
Workers responded enthusiastically to the international defense campaign and related their own experiences of sweatshop conditions and fighting state repression.
By Shree Haran and W. A. Sunil, 27 July 2017
The government’s turn to military repression is aimed at intimidating the entire working class.
By our correspondent, 26 July 2017
The Independent Workers’ Inquiry called by the SEP will expose the class roots of the Meethotamulla disaster and the culpability of successive governments.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 25 July 2017
Public health service cuts have resulted in poor sanitation and preventive measures, creating breeding grounds for dengue fever and other diseases.
By K. Ratnayake, 22 July 2017
NSSP leader Wickremabahu Karunaratne is backing the police repression of protests and strikes by Sri Lankan workers and youth.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 19 July 2017
The government’s callous disregard for the plight of thousands of victims of the Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse is a sharp warning to the working class as a whole.
By our correspondents, 14 July 2017
The shooting is not an accident but another manifestation of the ongoing police and military repression of Tamil residents in the war-torn northern region.
By K. Ratnayake, 11 July 2017
The government is resorting to Sinhala Buddhist supremacism amid a deepening political crisis stemming from widespread opposition to its austerity measures.
By Max Newman, 11 July 2017
Six asylum seekers were captured by the Australian Navy and forcibly deported to face possible torture and imprisonment.
By our correspondents, 5 July 2017
The meeting discussed the recent catastrophe, which killed at least 300 people, and the other social disasters created by the capitalist class.
By Shantan Kumarasamy and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 3 July 2017
A photo essay on the conditions of life for the many thousands living in makeshift housing around Colombo.
By Kapila Fernando, 24 June 2017
On the orders of the government, police severely beat and baton-charged demonstrators inside the health ministry building.
By our correspondents, 23 June 2017
Workers at Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest free trade zone condemn the frameup and jailing of Indian autoworkers and call for a united international campaign.
By K. Ratnayake, 21 June 2017
Factional clashes within the Tamil elite have nothing to do with defending democratic rights but are tactical differences over how best to advance their own interests.
By M. Thevarajah, 17 June 2017
The so-called revenue-sharing system will slash plantation workers’ already poverty-level living conditions and hard-won social rights.
By K. Ratnayake, 16 June 2017
Muslim-owned shops, houses and places of worship have been attacked by extreme-right Buddhist formations for two months.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 12 June 2017
Colombo’s planned “anti-terror” laws are even more repressive than the country’s notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act.
By our correspondents, 8 June 2017
Flood and landslide survivors say they have not received adequate emergency food supplies and fear destitution.
By our correspondents, 7 June 2017
Kelaniya University students denounced the jailing of the Indian autoworkers and supported the international campaign to free them.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 June 2017
The deaths and human suffering are results of the callous disregard for the lives of ordinary people by successive governments dedicated to defending the profit system.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 3 June 2017
Prasanna Vithanage’s documentary deals with the sexual assault of two village women by a magistrate and the subsequent cover-up.
By Rohantha De Silva, 2 June 2017
Thousands of Sri Lankans face the threat of dengue fever, cholera, diarrhea and dysentery due to the lack of basic sanitary and health facilities.
By Saman Gunadasa, 1 June 2017
The GSP+ will not resolve the problems facing the economy, but will result in further attacks on workers’ wages, conditions and basic rights.
By our correspondents, 29 May 2017
While flooding and landslides are annual events, successive governments have failed to develop any serious mitigation measures or emergency responses.
By our correspondents, 27 May 2017
Plantation workers, youth and housewives from Hatton and plantation estates participated in the SEP campaign.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 25 May 2017
At last week’s Beijing forum, Sri Lanka’s prime minister Wickremesinghe tried to appease Washington and New Delhi by declaring that Colombo is only interested in the project’s “economic benefits.”
By R. Shreeharan, 23 May 2017
The Sri Lankan government spent about 20 million rupees on buses and other expenses to transport workers from the central hills plantations to a meeting with Modi.
By M. Thevarajah, 20 May 2017
Sri Lankan plantation workers in the hill country spoke to the WSWS, condemning the frame up of Maruti Suzuki workers and describing their own increasingly difficult working conditions.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 19 May 2017
Modi arrived after India and the US expressed concerns about the Colombo government’s economic ties with Beijing.
By Saman Gunadasa, 17 May 2017
The IMF has delayed a scheduled loan payment until the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government fully implements the bank’s austerity demands.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 11 May 2017
Despite seeking Chinese investment, the government remains committed to the provocative US-led military build-up in the region.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 May 2017
The Socialist Equality Party will initiate an independent working class investigation into the April 14 catastrophe that killed 32 people and displaced over 150 families.
By K. Ratnayake, 6 May 2017
The government’s proposal for Field Marshal Fonseka to “take responsibility for disciplining the country” is a recipe for a police state to suppress working people.
By our correspondents, 4 May 2017
The central theme of the Colombo meeting was the struggle to mobilise the working class on the basis of socialist internationalism against the drive to war.
May Day 2017
By Wije Dias, 2 May 2017
The region is caught up in the whirlpool of geo-political tensions produced by the drive towards another imperialist war, amid rising class struggle.
By our correspondents, 1 May 2017
Jaffna workers, youth, fishermen and housewives joined an SEP/IYSSE picket and public meeting to protest the witch-hunt and jailing of Indian autoworkers.
By K. Ratnayake, 28 April 2017
The government has linked the move to reinstate Sarath Fonseka as military chief commander to the need to suppress a growing movement of the working class.
By our correspondents, 28 April 2017
Despite the anti-democratic intervention of student union leaders, most Jaffna University students supported the campaign.
By our correspondents, 27 April 2017
Residents in the small town of Chavakachcheri, near Jaffna, said social conditions for Tamil workers were like those confronting the persecuted autoworkers in India.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 25 April 2017
The move to outlaw protests against garbage dumps has broader implications for all basic democratic rights.