About Us : The Sri Lanka Guardian (www.slguardian.org and www.slguardian.org/si) is a non-profit web portal founded in August 2007 by a group of concerned Sri Lankan citizens including journalists, activists, academics and retired civil servants. This portal is currently a platform for over fifty regular writers from around the world. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Nilantha Ilangamuwa is the editor and the founder of Sri Lanka Guardian. During his ten years of journalism, he worked as defence correspondent (2006-2007) for the Sunday Standard, as foreign news editor (2006-2007) for Mawbima, writer (2004-2006) for Divaina and writer (2003-2004) for Siwdesa, all in Sri Lanka. His articles have been published in various newspapers and websites around the Globe including, Sunday Times ( Sri Lanka), Daily News (Sri Lanka), Daily Star ( Bangladesh), Counter Currents ( India), South Asia Analysis Group ( India), Scoop (New Zealand) The News ( Pakistan), Counter Punch ( USA). He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Sociology and Political Science from the University of Kalaniya in Colombo in 2006. He is the author of the non-fiction books, “Nagna Balaya” (The Naked Power), published in Sinhalese, and “The Conflation”, published in English.
|Eric Bailey is an Associate Editor of Sri Lanka Guardian. He is a historian based in Texas, USA. He writes on Sri Lanka and International affairs.|
|Harshi C. Perera is an Associate Editor of Sri Lanka Guardian. After graduated in law she started working with the Janasansadaya, a local rights group in Sri Lanka.|
|Osita Ebiem is our special correspondent on African Continent. He is a rights activist based in New York City. He writes about and calls attention to the Biafran genocide. From time to time he writes critical analysis of issues in Africa south of the Sahara. Osita is the author of “Nigeria, Biafra and Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides through Multistate Solution” and the forthcoming “Biafra Genocide: The Crime and Pending Justice.”|
|Saman Sandaruwan is our special correspondent based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He writes on literature, history and social issues. He is studding for bachelor in the University of Kelaniya.|
|Sunalie Ratnayake is our social correspondent. She is a Sri Lankan journalist. Though her yearning and adoration for “poetry” from her tender years have kept her occupied in writing her own “poetry” almost all her life, as means of pure pleasure, thus far, she has seldom shared her “sonnets” with the public.|
|Laksiri Fernando, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, is a specialist on human rights having completed his PhD on the subject at the University of Sydney. His major books include, Human Rights, Politics and States in Burma, Cambodia and Sri Lanka; A Political Science Approach to Human Rights; Academic Freedom 1990; Police Civil Relations for Good Governance; Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict in the Global Context among others. Having served as Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS Colombo), he is a promoter of post graduate studies. He teaches ‘Research and Research Methodology’ and ‘Internal Conflict and Conflict Resolution’ for undergraduates among other subjects. He is a Visiting Academic at the University of Sydney (Summer School) teaching ‘ Ethnicity, Nationalism and Citizenship.’ His current research areas are: ‘Nationalism under Globalization’ and ‘Constitutional Solutions for Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict.’|
|Ron Jacobs is the author of the just released novel All the Sinners, Saints. He is also the author of The Way the Wind Blew: a History of the Weather Underground and Short Order Frame Up and The Co-Conspirator’s Tale. Jacobs’ essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch’s collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. His third novel All the Sinners Saints is a companion to the previous two and is due out in April 2013. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, published by AK Press.|
|S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Michigan State University. Before fled the country due to the political reasons, he was severing as the vice chancellor of the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Read more about him here.|
Daya Somasundaram is a senior professor of psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, and a consultant psychiatrist working in northern Sri Lanka for over two decades. He has also worked in Cambodia for two years in a community mental health programme with the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation. Apart from teaching and training a variety of health staff and community-level workers, his research and publications have mainly concentrated on the psychological effects of disasters, both man-made wars and natural tsunami, and the treatment of such effects. His book Scarred Minds: The Psychological Impact of War on Sri Lankan Tamils describes the psychological effects of war on individuals. He has co-authored The Broken Palmyra: The Tamil Crisis in Sri Lanka: An Inside Account. Currently on an extended sabbatical in Australia, he is working as a consultant psychiatrist at Glenside Hospital, supporting Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS), and is a clinical associate professor at the University of Adelaide.
|Lionel Bopage is a passionate and independent activist, who has advocated and struggled for social justice, a fair-go and equity of opportunity for the oppressed in the world, where absolute uniformism, consumerism and maximisation of profit have become the predominant social values of humanity. Lionel was formerly a General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP – Peoples’ Liberation Front) in Sri Lanka, and he now lives in exile in Australia. As a professional engineer and administrator, he firmly believes that advances in science and technology, globalisation and improvements in productivity and competitiveness need to be holistically used for the benefit of the world and not for its destruction, and for the betterment of its people and not to disadvantage them. Lionel is currently working for the Australian Federal Public Service. He is also actively involved in several organisations working for social justice, inter-communal harmony, human rights and good governance.|
|Lauren Glenmere is a British human rights researcher and writer. She has conducted research activities throughout the world on the respect for human rights and the rule of law. Her work primarily focuses on the use of torture, women’s rights policies and social justice. She holds a M.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.|
OUR LEGAL ADVISORS
|Priyantha Gamange is An Attorney-at-Law by profession, with over eighteen(18) years of practical experience in the Private Bar of Sri Lanka from 1994, doing Civil and Criminal work in both Original and Appellate Courts of the Island. In 2004, was awarded the LJRP Scholarship sponsored by the World Bank to read for a LL.M. at Kings College, London, U.K., out of over 10,000 lawyers in the Private Bar of Sri Lanka, by the Government, the World Bank and Bar Association of Sri Lanka. Actively involved with Human Rights Activities of the country by way of court representation including argument of cases; Advocacy programmes including delivering Lectures and Research and writing.|
|Sergei Golubok is Partner with Iusland Law Offices in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association with specialization in international human rights law. He has appeared before the Russian courts, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, and litigated successfully before the European Court of Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee, and the Committee against Torture against the Russian Federation and other post-Soviet States. Sergei has Ph.D. in International Law awarded by the St. Petersburg State University and LL.M. in International Human Rights Law awarded by the University of Essex. Before joining the Bar Mr Golubok worked at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He has a number of publications on international human rights law, international criminal law, and constitutional law in both Russian and English.|