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Language Rights in Sri Lanka

Enforcing Tamil as an Official Language

by Law & Society Trust (LST) , 11 December 2008

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(2008, 188pp Price SLR 350/ US$ 7)
- ISBN: 978-955-1302-14-6

Contents
- Part I: Tamil as an Official Language

  1. Opening Remarks
    - Hon. D. E. W. Gunasekera, M. P.
  2. Reality Check and Recommendations on Language Rights
    - Mr. N. Selvakkumaran
  3. Bilingualisation of the Public Service
    - Mr. Raja Collure
  4. Civil Society’s Role in Enforcing Language Rights
    - Dr. Kumar Rupesinghe
  5. Opening the Door to Tamil/s? Linguistic Minority Policy and Rights
    - Mr. B. Skanthakumar
    - Part II: Annexes
  6. Ceylon (Constitution) Order-in-Council of 1946, Section 29
  7. Official Language Act, No. 33 of 1956
  8. Bandaranaike – Chelvanayakam Pact of 1957
  9. Tamil Language (Special Provisions) Act, No. 28 of 1958
  10. Senanayake – Chelvanayakam Pact of 1965
  11. Tamil Language (Special Provisions) Regulations of 1966
  12. Constitution of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) of 1972, Chapter III
  13. Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka of 1978, Chapters III (extracts) and IV
  14. Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist -Republic of Sri Lanka of 1987, Article 2
  15. Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka of 1988, Articles 2 - 5
  16. Official Languages Commission Act, No. 18 of 1991
  17. Public Administration Circular No. 03/2007
  18. Public Administration Circular No. 07/2007
  19. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, Articles 2, 14, 26 and 27
  20. Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities of 1992
  21. European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of 1992
    - Part III:Complaints
  22. Contact Information

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