While Sri Lankans take pride in being the oldest democracy in Asia, recent events have highlighted the need for the country to create stronger institutions to uphold and protect the rule of law.
Fundamentally, the rule of law ensures that the government’s monopoly over violence will not be used to infringe on the rights and freedoms of its citizens. The recent riots and unrest that followed the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka highlighted the tensions created by rising nationalist sentiment. Given this backdrop, an open conversation regarding the deterioration of the Rule of Law in the country is of timely importance.
About the Speaker
Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu is the founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group and of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International and Strategic Studies. He has presented papers on governance and peace in Sri Lanka at a number of international conferences and is widely quoted in the international and local media. Dr Saravanamuttu is a founder director of the Sri Lanka Chapter of Transparency International and a founding Co- Convener of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), which has monitored all the major elections in Sri Lanka since 1997 and the civil society alliance the Platform for Freedom. In 2004 he was an Eisenhower Fellow and was Chairperson of the Eisenhower Fellows, Sri Lanka till 2017. He is also a member of the Gratiaen Trust.