A Look at Language Rights in Sri Lanka

International Mother Language Day

by Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo, February 22, 2016

When asked about what the official language in Sri Lanka is, a majority of Sri Lankans said that it is Sinhala only while only 15% gave the correct answer of Sinhala and Tamil.

CPA has a long history of work in the field of language rights, one that speaks of great success for minority communities living in Sri Lanka. Through sustained advocacy on the part of Outreach teams and the Citizen Council initiative, the government has ensured the printing of the National Identity Card in all 3 languages, the provision of trilingual bus signs and pharmaceutical packaging as well as appropriate signage for newly-named roads in the estate sector.

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