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TGTE wants UK assist with bringing justice to Tamil people

TGTE wants UK assist with bringing justice to Tamil people

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) invites Mr. Mark Field, the Minister of State for Asia, Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to seek a deep understanding of the plight of Tamil victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as he …

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?

Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. I know how deep the scars from decades of conflict …

China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

Citing the example of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, an influential US senator and a senior Trump administration official said they believe China is engaging in “neocolonial hardball tactics” through its development activities. “China’s neocolonial hardball tactics and use of debt to force Sri Lanka …

Reforms need to bring transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency

Reforms need to bring transparency, accountability and cost-efficiency

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Manuela Goretti visited Colombo during September 13-27, 2018 to hold discussions on the fifth review of the Sri Lanka’s economic program supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF). The mission said after a …

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war. The Government …

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s. Speaking at The Economic Club of Washington, …

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

Delivering a statement at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group  comprising  Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and …

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Three years on, what’s your broad take on the coalition government’s performance? Where does the reform agenda currently stand? Some reforms have happened since 2015 to varying degrees, …

Strategic centre of Geo-Politics will be the Indian Ocean

Strategic centre of Geo-Politics will be the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been in and out of power since the 1990s. In 2015, he teamed up with Maithripala Sirisena and Chandrika Kumaratunge to oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power. Since then however, Wickramasinghe and the President have had a rocky relationship, …

NPC wants UN  to appoint Special  Rapporteur

NPC wants UN to appoint Special Rapporteur

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) called on the UN Human Rights Council to ensure Sri Lanka was referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly and to the UN Security Council in order “to be referred to the …