The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
By Wije Dias, 26 September 2018
This is the second in a series of articles published by the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka to mark the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in June 1968.
By Saman Gunadasa, 25 September 2018
The statements are a warning to the government and international finance capital that the worsening living conditions of the working people in Sri Lanka will produce a social explosion.
The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018
This series of articles published by the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka marks the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in June 1968.
80th anniversary of the Fourth International and 50th anniversary of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
David North to address meetings in Sri Lanka on the lessons of the history and contemporary struggle for socialism
19 September 2018
Understanding the historic fight waged by the Fourth International and the SEP for the revolutionary leadership of the international working class is vital for the emerging class struggles.
By Saman Gunadasa, 10 September 2018
Wickremesinghe’s comments are part of the escalating global censorship of the internet and social media, and other attacks on democratic rights.
By W.A. Sunil, 8 September 2018
All the plantation unions are collaborating with the employers to impose the burden of the tea industry crisis on workers.
By Rohantha De Silva, 3 September 2018
The US, Japan and India are continuing to publicly voice their concerns over Colombo’s relations with Beijing.
By Naveen Dewage, 30 August 2018
The MVOA appealed to the government to lower fuel prices, but it responded by police armed with batons and water cannons, who set up barricades to block the march.
By W.A. Sunil, 13 August 2018
Railway workers must reject the unions’ betrayal of their longstanding salary demands and build action committees of rank-and-file workers on an alternative socialist program.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 August 2018
Over 4,000 workers, including engine drivers, guards, station masters and supervisory managers, walked out on Wednesday to demand higher pay.
By Steve James, 28 July 2018
Paisley has been suspended for 30 days for omitting to register holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government in the aftermath of the 2009-11 massacres of Tamils.
By Pani Wijesiriwardane and Gamini Karunatileka, 24 July 2018
Our basic objective was to examine Peries’s general contribution to Sri Lankan cinema and how he came to be known as its father.
By Max Newman, 23 July 2018
The treatment of Gnaneswaran and his family is akin to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy by which children have been ripped away from their parents.
By Wimal Fernando, 19 July 2018
Retired bank worker Chandrasiri will always be remembered for his selfless dedication to Trotskyism, the rights of the working class and the building of the SEP.
By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018
The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.
By our correspondents, 4 July 2018
“WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange courageously exposes the criminality of the US, its machinations, lies and cover-ups.”
By Max Newman, 2 July 2018
A campaign by the people of a small rural Queensland town has brought to light the horrors of Australia’s anti-refugee regime.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2018
The article is a warning to the politically divided Sri Lankan ruling elite not to deviate from Washington’s military-strategic script.
By W.A. Sunil, 28 June 2018
The unions called off the indefinite walkout after accepting vague promises from government authorities.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 June 2018
The following resolution was unanimously endorsed at the Sri Lankan Socialist Equality Party’s 50th anniversary meeting, held in Colombo this month.
By our correspondents, 27 June 2018
The meeting began by paying tribute to the party’s founding general secretary Keerthi Balasuriya, Wilfred Pereira and all those who gave their lives to the fight for Trotskyism in Sri Lanka and South Asia.
By David North, 27 June 2018
For a half century, the party that was founded in 1968 by an extraordinary group of young revolutionaries has upheld the banner of the International Committee of the Fourth International.
By our correspondents, 26 June 2018
While postal workers are determine to continue their fight, the trade unions are seeking ways to sabotage the campaign.
By our correspondents, 25 June 2018
More Sri Lankan academics, writers and workers have spoken out in support of the International Committee of the Fourth International’s campaign in defence of the WikiLeaks editor.
By our correspondents, 23 June 2018
Four thousand postal workers protested in central Colombo on Monday to oppose government-imposed salary cuts and changes in recruitment policies.
By our correspondents, 20 June 2018
The campaign to free Assange “is inseparably bound with the struggle for the defence of democratic rights and against the repression of the basic rights of the working class.”
16 June 2018
Lakshman Mendis, Bertie B. Kudahetti, Ratnasiri Paranawithana and Bartholameuse Wimalaratne endorse the international campaign to free Julian Assange.
Arm the working class with the program of socialist internationalism and with revolutionary leadership!
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 16 June 2018
The fulcrum of the 50-year struggle of the RCL/SEP has been the fight for the political independence of the working class and the program of permanent revolution.
By our reporters, 14 June 2018
The SEP lecture series will discuss the significance of the party’s half-century struggle for Trotskyism.
7 June 2018
The SEP and supporters of the ICFI will demonstrate in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, and Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Sri Lanka: Filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage and author Aruna Premarathne endorse Julian Assange campaign
7 June 2018
“Only those who are anti-democratic or against humanity could say what Julian did is a crime.”
By our correspondents, 7 June 2018
Many of those who spoke to the WSWS compared the attacks on WikiLeaks to the Sri Lankan government’s measures against journalists.
By our correspondent, 6 June 2018
The legal action against the May Day meeting ban seeks to further expose the government’s anti-democratic attacks on working people.
By our correspondents, 1 June 2018
Industrial action has erupted across the subcontinent against government austerity measures.
By K. Nesan, 1 June 2018
Tamil National Alliance officials were thrown out of the memorial of the May 18 massacre that ended of the Sri Lankan Civil War, as mass anger rises against the TNA.
By Pani Wijesiriwardane, 29 May 2018
Gotabhaya Rajapakse is appealing to the ruling elite in preparation for the establishment of an even more authoritarian government.
By K. Ratnayake, 26 May 2018
President Sirisena used his addressing to an official celebration of the 2009 defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to eulogise the military and issue Sinhala chauvinist appeals.
By Pani Wijesiriwardane and Gamini Karunatileka, 23 May 2018
Peries’s best films, like the great dramas directed by India’s Satyajit Ray and Japan’s Akira Kurosawa, have left their mark on Asian and world cinema.
A sweatshop for Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein
By R. Sudarshan and Vimal Rasenthiran, 22 May 2018
The MAS Holdings factories are sweatshops, established after the government’s bloody war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tami Eelam.
By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 18 May 2018
Thousands of people around the world are gathering today to mark the anniversary of one of the most infamous massacres of the 21st century.
By Saman Gunadasa, 17 May 2018
The deeply-divided government has become a virtual prisoner of the IMF and its social austerity demands.
By our correspondents, 17 May 2018
Boycotts and strike action by fishermen are another expression of a growing anti-government movement of Sri Lankan workers and the poor.
16 May 2018
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 14 May 2018
The campaign is a ploy to divert the growing social opposition of workers, rural poor and youth to the government and the capitalist system.
By K. Ratnayake, 9 May 2018
Sirisena’s speech was a response to deep divisions within his unstable government and deepening working class opposition to its social austerity measures.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Sri Lanka), 8 May 2018
The legislation is a further move toward the privatisation of higher education and increased militarisation of the country.
By Wije Dias, 7 May 2018
Wije Dias, general secretary of the Sri Lankan section of the ICFI, and a veteran Trotskyist of more than 50 years standing, spoke from Colombo to the ICFI’s International Online May Day Rally.
By our correspondents, 3 May 2018
Workers, youths, professionals and housewives, as well as Tamil-speaking residents from Jaffna and plantation workers from the central hills, attended the meeting.
By Saman Gunadasa, 2 May 2018
Despite rising discontent, the IMF has threatened to stop a scheduled loan payment.
By our correspondents, 30 April 2018
Almost one hundred SEP and IYSSE members and supporters participated in Friday’s picket, denouncing the government ban and other anti-democratic attacks.
By our correspondents, 27 April 2018
SEP and IYSSE members are winning important support for their campaign against the government’s prohibition on celebrations of the international workers’ day.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 April 2018
The SEP calls on all workers, oppressed people, youth, students and intellectuals to join it in protesting against this blatant attack on the democratic rights of the working class.
By our reporters, 23 April 2018
The number of industrial accidents across South Asia has grown substantially over recent decades as a result of lax safety practices and super-exploitation.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 April 2018
In holding its public meeting on May 1, the SEP is opposing the government’s efforts to sabotage May Day celebrations.
By our correspondents, 12 April 2018
The Meethotamulla disaster, which claimed at least 32 lives, was a social crime, created by capitalism and its political servants.
By K. Ratnayake, 6 April 2018
The principal concern of the ruling elite is a growing financial crisis and the mounting working-class opposition to austerity measures.
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2018
A WSWS journalist and photographer was violently attacked by union officials at a meeting of striking non-academic employees in the Colombo suburbs on March 27.
By Saman Gunadasa, 28 March 2018
The IMF is insisting on an austerity program to further slash social and living conditions.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 20 March 2018
The Sri Lankan government is working with the giant social media corporation to establish greater political control of the Internet.
By the Independent Workers Inquiry Committee, 17 March 2018
The meeting will discuss the political reasons for last April’s tragedy that killed more than 30 residents from Meethotamulla, a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Colombo.
By Minusha Fernando, 17 March 2018
A Human Rights Watch report reveals that torture and other brutal methods are still in use in Sri Lanka under President Maithripala Sirisena.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 March 2018
While the strikers have shown their determination to expand their industrial action, the University Trade Unions Joint Committee is limiting the strike.
By Rohantha De Silva and K. Gamini, 13 March 2018
Successive governments have promoted anti-Tamil and anti-Muslim chauvinism in order to divide the working class and defend the power and privileges of the Sri Lankan ruling elite.
the Socialist Equality Party, 10 March 2018
The government and the ruling elite are using anti-Muslim communalism to divert and divide the working people.
By K. Ratnayake, 7 March 2018
The national unity government, which is in a sharp crisis, is exploiting the racist provocations to strengthen its hand by imposing the state of emergency.
By Saman Gunadasa, 6 March 2018
The trade unions were compelled to call the industrial action as workers’ unrest grew.
By K. Ratnayake, 27 February 2018
The ruling coalition was on the point of breaking up before the US and India intervened to demand that the national unity government continue.
By Max Newman, 22 February 2018
Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 17 February 2018
The US and Indian ambassadors met the president and prime minister to reverse a publicly-announced termination of the coalition agreement that underpins the Unity government.
By K. Ratnayake, 12 February 2018
The vote is another indication of the mounting opposition of workers, rural poor and the youth to the country’s coalition government.
By our correspondent, 9 February 2018
SEP candidates explained why an international socialist program is necessary to fight the government’s social austerity measures and attacks on democratic rights.
Seventy years after Sri Lankan independence: The record of capitalist decay and the necessity for socialism
By Vijith Samarasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 3 February 2018
Throughout the Indian subcontinent, there is no real independence from imperialism and the ruling classes have failed utterly to provide democratic rights and decent living standards for all.
By K. Ratnayake, 23 January 2018
Sirisena’s cabinet walkout demonstrates the government’s crisis and points to preparations for dictatorial rule.
By our correspondents, 19 January 2018
Speakers explained that growing social unrest in Sri Lanka, including strike action by key public sector workers, was part of an international radicalisation of the working class.
Local government election in Sri Lanka: Support SEP campaign against austerity and war! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government!
the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 January 2018
The SEP is campaigning for the international socialist program needed by workers, youth and the poor, who are increasingly coming into struggle against the government’s attacks on their democratic rights and living standards.
By Saman Gunadasa, 30 December 2017
Mounting government debt has forced the Colombo government to turn to China for financial help.
By our correspondents, 23 December 2017
The SEP is the only party contesting the elections on an internationalist and socialist program against the looming threat of a world war, social counter-revolution and dictatorial rule.
By our correspondent, 20 December 2017
Balasuriya’s untimely death in December 1987 “cut short an invaluable and devoted service to the cause of international socialism.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By David North, 19 December 2017
This letter was sent by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a gathering of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Keerthi Balasuriya.
By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017
Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 December 2017
The government’s intervention against the stoppage is part of a broader crackdown on social and political opposition.
By Saman Gunadasa, 25 November 2017
Colombo’s socially regressive budget, which will heavily impact on the working masses, is to repay debt and interest to global finance capital.
By our correspondents, 22 November 2017
“It’s very important to organise the working class on an international basis.”
By Ratnasiri Malalagama and Nandana Nanneththi, 21 November 2017
Extreme-right Sinhala-Buddhist groups are operating under the patronage of the Sri Lankan government.
By Vijith Samarasinghe, 20 November 2017
The ban on LeN is a direct attack on basic democratic rights and a warning to all sections of the media that the Sri Lankan ruling elite cannot tolerate any criticism.
By our correspondents, 18 November 2017
About 150 workers, students, youth, professionals and housewives attended the event and around 300 watched it live via the Internet.
By our correspondents, 11 November 2017
SEP/IYSSE members campaigned extensively at the university and in neighbouring areas prior to the meeting provoking animated discussions on the political lessons of the October Revolution.
By Saman Gunadasa, 3 November 2017
While millions of people lack basic food security, governments are cutting social spending and allocating billions to the military.
By Naveen Devage and K. Ratnayake, 30 October 2017
Senior military figures from Washington and New Delhi warned against any threat to the US-dominated “rules-based order” in the Indo-Pacific.
By Vilani Peiris—convenor of the Committee of the Independent Workers Inquiry, 28 October 2017
The Meethotamulla disaster was the result of criminal negligence by successive Colombo governments and finds its parallels in similar catastrophes around the world.
27 October 2017
The Colombo meeting will discuss the political and theoretical lessons of the October Revolution for workers, students and young people being propelled into social and political struggles today.
By K. Ratnayake, 24 October 2017
For all its claims to be establishing a democratic constitution, the government is taking repressive measures against workers and preparing dictatorial rule.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 14 October 2017
Colombo has increasingly integrated Sri Lanka behind Washington’s war preparations against China and North Korea.
By our correspondent, 7 October 2017
Google’s actions are “a gross abuse of monopolistic power” and related to its close links to the US state apparatus and the Pentagon.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 3 October 2017
The US is planning to slash foreign aid to Sri Lanka this year apparently to underscore its displeasure about the Colombo government’s recent investment deals with China.
By Saman Gunadasa, 29 September 2017
Behind hypocritical statements on democracy, reconciliation and poverty-alleviation, Sirisena’s government is preparing a dictatorial regime.
By W.A Sunil, 28 September 2017
The JTUA leadership surrendered to the government’s threats, pledging not to take future industrial action over outstanding demands.
By K. Ratnayake, 25 September 2017
The JVP played a key role in the regime-change campaign to remove Rajapakse as president and promote Sirisena’s so-called “good governance movement.”
By M. Thevarajah, 23 September 2017
The protests are another indication of growing working-class opposition to government and company attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.