Statement

SL Govt – Stop Labeling Student Protestors and Activists as Terrorists!

We are a group of feminists writing to call urgent attention to the extra-constitutional attempts of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to suppress dissent. Lacking a popular mandate, hunting down student protestors and activists, including a LGBTIQ activist has become a central strategy of the political Ă©lite to retain power. The latest move by …

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“Illegitimate Government, Immediately Halt Repression!” FUTA Statement on the Current Situation

As a professional trade union which has historically stood for social justice in Sri Lanka, FUTA is appalled by the massive repression unleashed on leading Aragalaya activists by the illegitimate Wickremasinghe-Pohottuwa government. FUTA as an organisation identifies itself with the spirit of the Aragalaya. We stand by the brave youth and activists drawn from all …

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“We condemn the violent assault on peaceful protestors” — Academics Abroad

We, the undersigned academics who work on Sri Lanka and South Asia more broadly, fully condemn the violent assault on peaceful protestors in Colombo by the Sri Lankan security forces on 22 July 2022. We are aghast at reports that five of the protestors were abducted and tortured by security force personnel; violently beaten, forced …

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The Solution to the Current Crisis is to Establish a Government Conscious of Workers’ and Farmers’ Rights – Ceylon Plantation Workers’ (‘Red Flag’) Union

[i]The Sri Lankan nation is facing the worst financial, economic, and socio-political crisis in 74 years since independence. The entire world is aware of the extreme economic, financial, social, and political turmoil that the citizens and working people of Sri Lanka are going through and the extreme difficulties they are facing. Following the resignation letters …

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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 …

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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 momentWe 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 imminent …

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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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