South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights


October 2011 saw the tragic shooting of former parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in a heated political argument that resulted in a shootout in Kolonnawa on the final day of the Local Government elections. Premachandra was known as a loyalist of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and a trade union veteran who has also provided political leadership to the Kolonnawa electorate for nearly two decades. This occurrence led to a spirited debate in Parliament.

October also saw strong words emerging from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) regarding the failure of meaningful development in the North and East following the end of the war in May 2009. Again, the debate was spirited but the outcome was limited.

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