Right to Information – GoSL website

The Right to Information website of the Government of Sri Lanka was established in 2017. The site contains resources related to RTI, forms and other content pertinent to the RTI Act.

Download the complete site archive, taken on 9 September 2017, here.


Memory Map Sri Lanka

The Community Memorialization Project began in 2015, based on the experiences and the methodology of the Herstories Project, which was a memorialization project focusing on mothers from across Sri Lanka. The Community Memorialization Project goes beyond its predecessor to include, men, women, children, youth and elders as individuals and groups with the overall objective of facilitating an environment that acknowledges and preserves multiple histories in order to create the conditions for reconciliation, justice and non-recurrence of violence by :

  • encouraging empathy and compassion through inter-generational transfer and inter-regional sharing of memories
  • supporting reconciliation and non-recurrence of conflict in Sri Lanka through village-based dialogue on value-based understanding of conflict and value-based visioning for the future
  • facilitating a process of common understanding on policy outlooks and programs on managing, and using historical memories for peace building and transitional justice

Read more about the project at http://www.memorymap.lk/index.php

Download a complete archive of the site here, taken on 28 July 2017.

Right to Information Commission of Sri Lanka

The website of the Right to Information Commission of Sri Lanka went live today, and in all three languages.

The site design isn’t the best, but there’s a ton of valuable material in the website. The Sinhala version of the archive, for some reason, doesn’t render the script on macOS, but all the PDFs, Word docs and other content including infographics in the Sinhala version of the site are contained in it. Just download, unzip, and search the archive for the relevant material, using the search feature built into any modern OS. No issue with the Tamil and English versions.

Download the archive of the site, taken in 22 June 2017, in English here, in Tamil here and in Sinhala here.

Sarath Weerasekara

Sarath Weerasekara made the news in 2017 for going to Geneva to hand-over all manner of petitions against the OHCHR head, as well as earlier in the year with dossiers. He also took it upon himself to defend war crimes allegations.

A Google search brings up this recording, allegedly between journalist Wasantha Chandrapala and Weerasekara, conducted in Sinhala. Weerasekara openly threatens Chandrapala.

Weerasekara has a dedicated website, at http://www.sarathweerasekara.com.

The site archive was taken on 14 June 2017. Download it here.

Corridors of Power

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) launched a dedicated website for the international award-winning ‘Corridors of Power’, a path-breaking project marrying constitutional reform and theory with architecture. The project was selected as a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas 2017 awards, under the Urban Design category.

Access the website at http://www.corridorsofpower.org

Access the archive of the site here.

As noted online, “Fast Company sifted through more than 1,000 truly impressive entries to find the ones our panel of judges thought were the best combination of creative problem solving and potential to change our world for the better.”

Conceived of and curated by Sanjana Hattotuwa working in close collaboration with leading constitutional theorist Asanga Welikala and renowned architect Channa Daswatte, ‘Corridors of Power’ through architectural drawings and models, interrogates Sri Lanka’s constitutional evolution since 1972.

The exhibition depicts Sri Lanka’s tryst with constitutional reform and essentially the tension between centre and periphery. The exhibits include large format drawings, 3D flyovers, sketches and models reflecting the power dynamics enshrined in the the 1972 and 1978 constitutions, as well as the 13th, 18th and 19th Amendments.

The exhibition premiered late 2015, was taken around Sri Lanka in 2016 and will also be taken to key cities over the course of 2017. To our knowledge, nothing along these lines has ever been attempted or created before. The idea is also a model for other country’s to interrogate, through participatory design and visualization, what their citizens think of constitutional rule.

More details here.

Kamal Gunaratne

Kamal Gunaratne is a colorful character (Facebook profile here). The author of ‘The Road to Nandikadal‘ was also flagged as a murderer by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, in Parliament.

As noted in news reports,

Former army major general Kamal Gunaratne is under investigation over the murder of an employee at the Sri Lankan embassy in Brazil, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament today.

Gunaratne, who was sent to Brazil as deputy ambassador by then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, murdered an embassy employee Nimal Rupasinghe with the support of two other embassy staff members, the minister said.

What appears to be a fan page of Gunaratne exists on the web at http://anojaw.tripod.com/kamal.htm. Access the archive of this page here.