Statement

Our broken nation lies before us: ‘The People’s Command’ – From the Galle Face Aragalaya bhoomi

Our broken nation lies before us, caught up in an unprecedented social and economic tragedy of incomparable historic proportions. Young and old spend hours and days queuing for petrol, gas, medicine.  Some have even died in these queues. The cost of food skyrockets before our eyes, and our beloved farmers, unable to tend their fields, …

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An Undemocratic Political Deal: FUTA on Ranil Wickremesinghe Appointment

As the national trade union representing university academics, which has stood firmly behind the ongoing people’s struggle for democracy and economic stability, the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) strongly condemns the non-consultative and self-serving appointment of Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on 12 May 2022. On …

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Call for Urgent Action by the Sri Lanka Women’s NGO Forum (SLWNGOF) to alleviate the suffering of the people of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is in the grip of a collapsing economy causing immense suffering to its people. Acute food, medicine, and fuel shortages are crippling the day-to-day lives of the people, giving way to despair and frustration and driving them to the streets to express their dissent against a government that has failed them. This crumbling …

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Federation of University Teachers’ Association speaks up on current crisis

The current moment We are witness to an unprecedented happening in the postcolonial history of this country. Countrywide protests are calling for a change in governance and economic undertakings, including the management of public and social goods like education, health and utilities. The protests are a result of the severe shortages brought on by an …

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Statement from the Social Scientists’ Association on Sri Lanka’s Current Crisis

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing the worst economic crisis in its post-independence history. Foreign reserves of the country have dangerously dwindled, incapacitating the government to import essential supplies such as fuel, cooking gas, fertiliser, and medicine, among other things. As a result, Sri Lankans are going through unprecedented suffering. Severe shortages of almost all essential …

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The democratic moment today: A call for action and reflection

We are witness today to events that are unprecedented in our postcolonial history. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets spontaneously in protest; in an extraordinary demonstration of democratic fervour. The calls for change are loud and spectacular. They are driven by anger at a small elite group —the Rajapaksas, who have …

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Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis: a feminist response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis – Feminist Collective for Economic Justice

A history of failed economic policies and continued mismanagement Sri Lanka is currently facing the worst economic crisis in its post-independence history. The country is short of foreign exchange reserves to pay for imports for many essentials, including fuel, which is affecting the functioning of the economy and crippling the lives of its people. Sri …

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A call to action against the detention of Hejaaz Hizbullah and Ahnaf Jazeem, anti-Muslim violence, and attacks on democracy

Decades of majoritarian politics, and the more recent descent towards authoritarianism and militarisation, have eroded the foundations of our democracy. They have numbed us to the violence in our daily lives and desensitised us to how sections of our citizenry are targeted. Over a year has passed since Hejaaz Hizbullah and Ahnaf Jazeem were arrested, …

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