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Sri Lanka: Supreme Court Rules Against New Tax Law

(Aug. 28, 2017) On August 4, 2017, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, announced that he had been informed that the Supreme Court would not approve the proposed new Inland Revenue Act. (Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Shoots Down Tax Reforms, DAILY STAR (Aug. 6, 2017).)  Under the Constitution of Sri Lanka, the […]

Sri Lanka: New Tax Law Designed to Facilitate Investment

(July 20, 2017) Sri Lanka’s parliament recently adopted new tax legislation. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance and Media, Mangala Samaraweera, described the new Inland Revenue Act as designed to make the country attractive to investors. Provisions that will broaden the tax base and simplify the system, he says, will create an investor-friendly atmosphere.  (Sri Lanka’s […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Act to Be Implemented

(Jan. 6, 2017) Sri Lanka’s Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka, recently announced that arrangements have been made to implement the country’s 2016 Right to Information Act.  The Act will come into force on February 4, 2017, and a central Information Officer will be appointed to provide information services to every state […]

Sri Lanka: Debate on New Constitution Scheduled

(Dec. 14, 2016) On December 10, 2016, the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s Parliament decided to ask the entire Parliament for its views on proposals for a new Constitution.  In order to accomplish this, a debate has been scheduled for January 9-11, 2017.  (Sri Lanka Parliament to Debate on New Constitution Next Month, […]

Sri Lanka: New Terrorism Law Being Drafted

(Nov. 22, 2016) The Sri Lankan government is formulating new anti-terrorism legislation to replace the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act.  (Sri Lanka Works on Draft Counter Terrorism Legislation to Replace PTA with Technical Assistance from UN, COLOMBO PAGE (Nov. 15, 2016); Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979 (July 20, 1979, as […]

Singapore/Sri Lanka: Development Agreement Signed

(July 26, 2016) On July 18, 2016, Singapore and Sri Lanka concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on investment by Singaporean businesses in Sri Lanka. The pact was signed by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, a government agency, and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development of Sri Lanka; it is the first MOU signed between Sri […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Legislation Considered

(June 28, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Right to Information Law, with amendments, passed its second reading in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, following a debate that began the day before. The draft legislation had been introduced in the legislature on March 24 by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathileka. (Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka: Two Laws on Wages Adopted

(June 21, 2016) In March 2016, Sri Lanka adopted two laws on wages designed to guarantee a minimum income level for workers. The National Minimum Wages Act, No. 3 of 2016, mandates a national, minimum monthly wage of Rs10,000 (about US$67.56), and the Budgetary Relief Allowance of Workers Act, No. 4 of 2016, establishes that […]

Sri Lanka: Proposal to Raise Minimum Age of Criminal Liability

(May 23, 2016) It was announced on May 19, 2016, that the Cabinet of ministers of Sri Lanka has approved a proposal to amend the country’s Penal Code, to change the age of criminal responsibility. (Sri Lanka to Amend Penal Code to Increase Minimum Age for Criminal Responsibility, COLOMBO PAGE (May 19, 2016).) At present, […]

Sri Lanka: Criticism of Ongoing Use of Torture

(May 13, 2016) In a statement following a nine-day trip to Sri Lanka, Juan E. Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, claimed that criminal and terrorism investigators in Sri Lanka still use torture against detainees, even though the use has declined since the end of the country’s civil war seven years ago. While […]