In the last few months of 2010 the Sri Lankan parliament passed several important legislations that would have an immediate and direct impact on the lives of Sri Lankans. September saw the passing of the 18th amendment in great secrecy while the Local Government Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill was passed in October with little discussion in both parliament and outside.

This legislative lethargy became more evident in November when several incidents of violence against political and civil society actors who were fighting for the rights of Tamils and the detained LTTE cadres in Jaffna and in December when much publicized illegal financial transactions which tarnished the image of many legislators went virtually unspoken during parliamentary sessions.

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