Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 12

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 7 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 11

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 6 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 10

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 5 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 9

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 8

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 3 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing its publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 7

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 April 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 6

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 5

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 30 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 4

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 29 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 3

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Sri Lankan SEP calls plantation workers’ congress

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The Plantation Workers’ Congress will be held on May 20 to discuss and adopt a socialist program to defend basic democratic and social rights.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 2

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is continuing publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)—Part 1

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 26 March 2012

The World Socialist Web Site is publishing The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) which was adopted unanimously at the party’s founding congress in Colombo, 27–29 May 2011.

Sri Lanka: Oppose the government’s price hikes!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 22 February 2012

Workers and the rural masses in Sri Lanka confront a common struggle with their counterparts globally against the austerity agenda being imposed by governments around the world.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns government attack on the party’s rights

By our correspondents, 20 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka held a public meeting last Monday against the military’s banning of a meeting and the intimidation of SEP members in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka: SEP open letter to the defence minister

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 11 February 2012

The Socialist Equality Party demands that the Rajapakse government immediately ends the harassment and threats by the military against party members in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka: Military continues intimidation of SEP in Jaffna

By our correspondent, 10 February 2012

After banning an SEP public meeting in Jaffna, the military has intensified its threats against party members.

Sri Lanka: Colombo meeting to defend SEP’s democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party, 6 February 2012

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka are holding a public meeting on February 13 against the government’s attack on the party and its members in Jaffna.

Hands off the SEP! Defend SEP members in Jaffna!

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 31 January 2012

The decision to block the SEP public meeting, called to demand the release of all political prisoners, was taken by the highest level of the Rajapakse government.

Sri Lankan army instigates violence against Jaffna SEP members

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 28 January 2012

The attack on the SEP is a warning of the police-state measures being prepared by the government against the working class as a whole.

Sri Lanka: SEP/ISSE meeting to demand release of political prisoners

By the Socialist Equality Party, 24 January 2012

The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Jaffna on January 29 to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.

Sri Lanka: Support the struggle of plantation workers against higher workloads

By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 January 2012

Workers at the Welioya and Bogawantalawa tea estates are engaged in a fight against an attempt by management, assisted by the unions, to increase productivity targets.

Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage supports SEP campaign for release of political prisoners

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 9 December 2011

“The military machine and repressive laws developed during the war are being used against people throughout the whole country.”

SEP-ISSE meeting to demand release of Sri Lankan political prisoners

2 December 2011

The Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE is holding a public meeting in Colombo on December 8 on their campaign for release of political prisoners.

Sri Lankan SEP/ISSE holds public meeting on JVP crisis

By our correspondents, 29 November 2011

In a well-attended meeting in Colombo, the SEP and ISSE explained the roots of the JVP’s political break-up and the necessity for a Trotskyist party.

JVP dissidents in Sri Lanka: a new political trap

By K. Ratnayake, 19 November 2011

The JVP critics are desperately attempting to prevent a further erosion of the party’s standing among workers and youth disgusted with its repeated betrayals and foul communal politics.

SEP campaigns at J’pura University for release of political prisoners

By our correspondents, 9 November 2011

The SEP and ISSE warned that the detention of Tamil youth by the Sri Lankan government is part of a wider assault on the democratic rights of workers and youth.

The JVP crisis and the SEP’s struggle for Marxism in Sri Lanka

By the International Students for Social Equality, 8 November 2011

The ISSE will hold a public lecture in Colombo on November 17 on the internal crisis of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and its implications for workers and youth.

Sri Lankan NSSP repudiates socialism and the October Revolution

By Socialist Equality Party Sri Lanka, 25 October 2011

The NSSP of Sri Lanka has declared its hostility to Trotskyism and socialist revolution.

SEP launches campaign to release Sri Lankan political prisoners

By Statement Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 October 2011

The SEP’s campaign is inseparable from the broader struggle to defend the democratic rights of the working class and rural masses from the attacks of the government.

A socialist perspective for Sri Lankan workers

18 August 2011

The SEP and ISSE will hold a public meeting in Colombo on August 22 to discuss a socialist program for the rising wave of working class struggles.

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) holds founding congress

By our correspondents, 21 June 2011

The founding congress of the SEP in Sri Lanka took place in Colombo on May 27-29, adopting a perspectives resolution that reviews the key strategic experiences of the struggle for Trotskyism in the Indian subcontinent.

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on Middle East uprisings

14 June 2011

The Sri Lankan SEP announces a meeting in Jaffna on “Mass uprisings in the Middle East and Permanent Revolution.”

Defend Sri Lankan free trade zone workers

By the Socialist Equality Party, 1 June 2011

The SEP condemns the brutal police crackdown unleashed by the government on thousands of protesting workers in Katunayake free trade zone.

Sri Lankan SEP holds meeting on Libyan war

By our correspondents, 27 April 2011

The SEP’s campaign revealed a growing interest among workers and youth in international developments and particularly the imperialist bombing of Libya.

Sri Lankan SEP meeting discusses Egyptian Revolution

By our correspondents, 2 March 2011

Speakers explained that the convulsions in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrated that the working class internationally was entering into a new period of revolutionary struggles.

SEP/ISSE meeting in Colombo on the Egyptian revolution

16 February 2011

A SEP-ISSE public meeting in Colombo on February 25 will discuss the political implications of the overthrow of the hated Mubarak regime.

Sri Lankan SEP holds a public meeting to defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By our correspondents, 24 December 2010

The meeting unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the campaign against Assange as “a political witch-hunt” and calling for the working class to defend WikiLeaks.

SEP Sri Lanka public meeting: Defend Julian Assange and Wikileaks!

15 December 2010

The SEP is holding a public meeting in Colombo to defend WikiLeaks and Julian Assange and discuss the political significance of the WikiLeaks’ exposures for the Sri Lankan and international working class.

Sri Lanka: SEP meeting in Jaffna on anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination

By our reporters, 2 October 2010

The Socialist Equality Party held a well-attended meeting in the northern town of Jaffna to mark the seventieth anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky.

International condolences on the death of Sri Lankan Trotskyist

By our correspoondents, 14 September 2010

The sections of the international Trotskyist movement in Britain, Germany and Canada sent messages of condolence to the SEP in Sri Lanka.

Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha, a Sri Lankan Trotskyist, dies at 67

By the Socialist Equality Party, 6 September 2010

It is with a great sense of loss that we report the untimely death of comrade Piyaseeli Wijegunasingha, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), the Sri Lankan section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). Piyaseeli was a lifelong Trotskyist, a Marxist scholar, and fighter for the interests of the international working class.

Public meetings in Sri Lanka

Seventy years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky: The return of history and the strategy of the world revolution

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 September 2010

The SEP and ISSE will hold a series of public meetings in Sri Lanka on the historic legacy of Leon Trotsky and its relevance to today’s fight for world socialist revolution.

SEP meeting in Sri Lanka warns of police-state measures

By our correspondents, 9 August 2010

The Socialist Equality Party held a public meeting last week to oppose a recent police-military operation against slum dwellers in the Colombo suburb of Mattakkuliya.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold a public meeting against police-state measures

29 July 2010

The methods used against the Tamil masses during two decades of civil war are being turned against working people as a whole as the government wages its “economic war” to “build the nation”.

Mass roundup in Sri Lankan capital: a sharp warning to the working class

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 13 July 2010

The recent military-police crackdown against impoverished slum dwellers in Colombo is a warning of the police-state methods being used to implement the Rajapakse government’s “economic war”.

Sri Lanka: State-owned newspaper publishes death threat against SEP

By Wije Dias, 8 May 2010

The government-owned Daily News, on its editorial page on April 23, published a highly provocative article against the SEP that contained an explicit death threat against the party.

Sri Lankan SEP holds final election meeting

By our correspondents, 7 April 2010

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka held a public meeting in Colombo on Sunday evening to conclude the party’s campaign for the April 8 general elections.

Sri Lankan SEP holds election meeting in Jaffna

By our reporters, 26 March 2010

Around 100 people attended the meeting, where speakers explained the global dimension of the capitalist debt crisis and the struggle facing the working class.

Sri Lanka: Condemn the EPDP attack on SEP members in Jaffna

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 20 March 2010

The SEP urges all workers and youth to oppose the physical attack and threats by EPDP thugs on our members in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, on March 19.

Sri Lankan SEP press conference condemns government’s anti-democratic measures

By our correspondent, 20 February 2010

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held a press conference in Colombo on Thursday to oppose the government’s anti-democratic crackdown, including the arrest of opposition candidate General Sarath Fonseka.

Sri Lankan SEP replies to the United Socialist Party

By Wije Dias, 4 February 2010

While the USP boasts that its “united front” with the right-wing UNP defended democratic rights, the SEP insists that the USP’s class collaboration undermined the ability of workers to defend their rights through independent action.

Sri Lankan SEP condemns EPDP thuggery on Kayts

By the the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 1 February 2010

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) condemns the attacks of pro-government Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP) thugs on villagers on the island of Kayts following the government’s poor local showing in the January 26 presidential election.

SEP concludes presidential election campaign with successful Colombo rally

By our correspondents, 25 January 2010

The Socialist Equality Party concluded a powerful six-week campaign in Sri Lanka’s presidential election with a meeting last Saturday in Colombo. The main speaker was the party’s general-secretary and presidential candidate Wije Dias.

Sri Lankan election: General Fonseka’s anti-working class agenda

By Wije Dias, 16 January 2010

General Sarath Fonseka’s emergence as a presidential candidate represents a shift by significant sections of the political establishment towards police-state rule amid the country’s deepening economic and social crisis.

Sri Lankan election: The two faces of the United Socialist Party

By Wije Dias, 14 January 2010

Amid a deepening crisis of Sri Lankan capitalism, the relationships between the ex-radical parties and the bourgeois parties are on open display. Last Friday the USP leader mounted a platform with the right-wing United National Party.

SEP manifesto for the 2010 Sri Lankan presidential election

A socialist program to fight for social equality and democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 4 January 2010

The SEP calls on workers and youth to support our candidate Wije Dias and participate in our campaign for the January 26, 2010 presidential election in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan SEP to hold election meetings

30 December 2009

The SEP has organised public meetings throughout Sri Lanka as part of its campaign for the January 26 presidential elections.

Sri Lanka: Election meeting participants speak to the WSWS

By our correspondent, 15 December 2009

Audience members at the SEP’s election meeting expressed disgust at the entire political establishment and responded positively to the socialist alternative outlined by the SEP’s presidential candidate Wije Dias.

Sri Lankan SEP launches presidential election campaign

By our correspondent, 15 December 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held the first public meeting of its presidential election campaign in Colombo on December 12.

Sri Lanka: Vote SEP in the Southern Provincial Council election

By Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 October 2009

The SEP calls on workers, farmers and youth in the Galle district to vote for its slate of candidates in the Southern Provincial Council elections on Saturday.

Sri Lanka: SEP election team campaigns among cinnamon peelers

By Ratnasiri Malalagama and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 3 October 2009

Cinnamon workers and small producers are among poorest section of the rural population in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan army fires on Tamil detainees

By Sarath Kumara and Subash Somachandran, 30 September 2009

Sri Lankan soldiers last Saturday shot at unarmed Tamil civilians being held in the country’s huge military-run internment camps.

Sri Lankan SEP public meeting on the struggle of plantation workers

23 September 2009

The Socialist Equality Party will hold a public meeting on “The World Economic Crisis and the Plantation Workers’ Struggle” in Hatton on September 27.

Sri Lankan provincial election

SEP campaigns among Free Trade Zone workers

By Panini Wijesiriwardena, 19 September 2009

As part of its campaign for the Southern Provincial Council elections on October 10, the SEP spoke to workers from the Koggala Free Trade Zone near Galle. The SEP is standing a slate of 26 candidates for the Galle district.

A socialist program for Sri Lankan plantation workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 9 September 2009

The SEP warns plantation workers that the trade unions are preparing to impose a poverty-level wage deal in collaboration with employers and the government. Workers need to mobilise independently to defend their pay and conditions on the basis of socialist policies.

Sri Lankan SEP stands in the Southern Provincial Council election

By the Socialist Equality Party, 5 September 2009

The Socialist Equality Party is contesting the Southern Provincial Council elections to campaign for an end to the military occupation of the North and East, the defence of democratic rights and a socialist program to end social inequality.

Sri Lanka: ISSE-SEP meeting in Colombo on Karl Marx and Charles Darwin

1 August 2009

The ISSE and the SEP in Sri Lanka are holding a public meeting on the contributions of two great revolutionary thinkers of the 19th century—Karl Marx and Charles Darwin.

Sri Lankan SEP and ISSE hold May Day meeting in Colombo

By our correspondent, 2 May 2009

The SEP and ISSE in Sri Lanka held a public meeting in Colombo yesterday to mark May Day, attended by around 150 workers, students, young people and housewives.

Sri Lankan SEP holds final election meeting

By Sujeewa Amaranath, 25 April 2009

The Socialist Equality Party and International Students for Social Equality held their final public meeting in Colombo for today’s Western Provincial Council elections.

Sri Lanka: Vote for the SEP in the provincial election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 April 2009

The Colombo District election takes place as the government is perpetrating terrible crimes against tens of thousands of Tamil civilians still trapped in the northern no-fire zone. A vote for the SEP is a vote against the government’s communal war and its assault on democratic rights and living standards.

Sri Lanka: Vote for the SEP in the provincial election

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 April 2009

The Colombo District election takes place as the government is perpetrating terrible crimes against tens of thousands of Tamil civilians still trapped in the northern no-fire zone. A vote for the SEP is a vote against the government’s communal war and its assault on democratic rights and living standards.

Sri Lankan SEP campaigns at hard-hit industrial estate

By Panini Wijesiriwardane and Iranganie Silva, 4 April 2009

A Socialist Equality Party election team visited the Katuwana industrial estate in Homagama to meet workers and discuss the party’s policies. Katuwana was once regarded as a model “small scale industrial estate” but since 2008 thousands of jobs have been destroyed.

Sri Lankan election: SEP campaigns among railway workers

By W.A. Sunil, 30 March 2009

As a part of its campaign for the Colombo district in the Western Provincial Council election, the Socialist Equality Party visited the quarters of railway workers in Ratmalana—a major industrial zone 15 kilometres south of Colombo city.

SEP public meeting launches provincial election campaign

By our correspondents, 27 March 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held its first public meeting on March 24, as part of the party’s campaign for the Colombo district in the Western Provincial Council election on April 25.

Protest letters against LTTE threats

23 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has received more letters in response to the March 9 statement “Oppose LTTE campaign of threats and violence against SEP supporters in Europe!”

SEP candidate addresses power workers in Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 21 March 2009

A meeting of power workers in Sri Lanka called to discuss legislation that sets the stage for privatisation has highlighted the political gulf between the Socialist Equality Party’s perspective and that of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

More protest letters against LTTE threats

21 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has received further letters in response to the March 9 statement “Oppose LTTE campaign of threats and violence against SEP supporters in Europe!”

Further protest letters against LTTE threats

20 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has received more letters in response to the March 9 statement “Oppose LTTE campaign of threats and violence against SEP supporters in Europe!”

More protest letters against LTTE threats

13 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has received further letters in response to the March 9 statement “Oppose LTTE campaign of threats and violence against SEP supporters in Europe!”

SEP media conference in Sri Lanka announces election campaign

By our correspondents, 11 March 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held a media conference at Nippon Hotel on March 9 to announce its campaign for the Colombo district in Western Provincial Council elections to be held on April 25.

Protest letters against LTTE threats

11 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site has received the following letters in response to the March 9 statement “Oppose LTTE campaign of threats and violence against SEP supporters in Europe!”.

Oppose LTTE campaign of threats and violence against SEP supporters in Europe!

9 March 2009

All those who defend democratic rights should demand that the LTTE immediately cease its attempts to suppress political debate within the Tamil community and end all threats and harassment against members and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party.

A socialist perspective to end the war in Sri Lanka

Troops out of north and eastern Sri Lanka!

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 4 February 2009

This statement is being distributed by supporters of the World Socialist Web Site and the International Committee of the Fourth International at international demonstrations called to protest the attack by the Sri Lankan military against Tamil regions in the East and North of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan SEP takes election campaign to Puttalam

By our reporters, 31 January 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held a public meeting at Puttalam’s Town Hall as part of its Provincial Council election campaign.

SEP holds election meeting in Sri Lankan plantation district

By our reporters, 27 January 2009

The Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka held the first public meeting of its provincial election campaign at Hatton in the Nuwara Eliya district on January 17.

SEP opposes Sri Lankan government’s ban on LTTE

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 24 January 2009

The Socialist Equality Party warns that the Sri Lankan government’s ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is the preparation for a crackdown on political opponents and more broadly the working class, young people and the oppressed.

Sri Lanka: SEP and ISSE hold meeting in Colombo to launch election campaign

By our correspondents, 17 January 2009

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality in Sri Lanka held a public meeting on January 8 to launch the party’s campaign in two provincial council elections on February 14. The SEP is standing 38 candidates in the districts of Nuwara Eliya in Central Province and Puttalam in North-Western Province.

Sri Lankan SEP stands in provincial elections to oppose war and attacks on democratic rights

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 January 2009

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka is contesting two provincial council elections to be held on February 14. In opposition to all other political parties, the SEP candidates will emphatically oppose the war being waged by the Sri Lankan government and its abuse of basic democratic rights.

Sri Lanka: SEP and ISSE public meeting to launch provincial election campaign

7 January 2009

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP), the Sri Lankan section of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), is contesting two provincial council elections scheduled to be held on February 14.

Sri Lankan government and Supreme Court clash over fuel pricing

By Wije Dias, 23 December 2008

A Sri Lankan Supreme Court order to reduce petrol prices is turning into a confrontation with the government. The cabinet has failed to cut the price of fuel sold by the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), even though the court’s deadline expired days ago.

Wije Dias addresses Sri Lankan university students on global economic crisis

By our correspondents, 12 December 2008

SEP general secretary Wije Dias delivered a public lecture at Colombo University on December 3 on “The inherent crisis of capitalism and the socialist alternative”.

War, poverty cause high rates of mental illness in Sri Lanka

By Sampath Perera, 9 December 2008

A recent World Health Organisation report and a survey conducted by the country’s health ministry reveal the high incidence of mental illness in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan SEP marks 70th anniversary of Fourth International

By our correspondents, 1 December 2008

The Socialist Equality Party and International Students for Social Equality public meeting in Sri Lanka addressed the necessity of an international socialist perspective derived from the struggles of the Fourth International to overcome the current global breakdown of capitalism.

Sri Lankan SEP to commemorate 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

22 November 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting on November 27 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International.

Sri Lankan police re-arrest relative of SEP member

By Nanda Wickramasinghe, 12 November 2008

Sri Lankan police last month re-arrested Santhiralingam Ilancheliyan, who was detained along with Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member Velummailum Kamalthasan in September.

Sri Lankan president at the UN seeks to justify communal civil war

By Wije Dias, 6 October 2008

Like other leaders at the recent annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse had his moment at centre stage when, on September 24, he addressed the gathering.

Arrested SEP member speaks to the WSWS following his release

By Nanda Wickramesinghe, 1 October 2008

Speaking to the WSWS, Kamalthasan explained the circumstances of his arrest: “We had sufficient legal documents to prove our identity even according to the government’s rules... There were political reasons for our arrest."

Sri Lankan police release arrested SEP member

By the the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 25 September 2008

Sri Lankan police have finally released Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member Velummailum Kamalthasan and his brother-in-law Santhiralingam Ilancheliyan. The release took place at the office of the Negombo area magistrate on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan police detain SEP member for over a week

By K. Ratnayake, 23 September 2008

Sri Lankan police are still holding Socialist Equality Party (SEP) member Velummailum Kamalthasan and his brother-in-law Santhiralingam Ilancheliyan in the police lock-up at Negombo after more than a week, in spite of vigorous objections by the SEP.