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Switzerland SC: Tigers financiers not guilty

Switzerland SC: Tigers financiers not guilty

Switzerland’s supreme court today ruled that 13 alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers were not guilty of supporting a criminal organisation and let them walk free. Bringing to an end a nine-year process, the court found that prosecutors had not proved the accused …

Address issues relating to religious and ethnic hatred

Address issues relating to religious and ethnic hatred

The third meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in Brussels on 5 June 2018. The meeting took place in the context of Sri Lanka being granted better access to …

TNA deserves a positive response

TNA deserves a positive response

In a recent interview to a Tamil newspaper, M A Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian and international spokesman, has made an offer that sections of the Sinhala polity truly desirous of a political solution to the ‘ethnic issue’ cannot resist. Unless the idea of a new Constitution …

Leaders lack courage to solve ethnic issue

Leaders lack courage to solve ethnic issue

R.Sampanthan, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lanka parliament has told the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Committee delegation led by McClellen Thornberry, that the island nation’s leadership lacks courage to solve the Tamil issue …

US lawmakers visit to see Chinese investments

US lawmakers visit to see Chinese investments

Amid the global concern over China’s ‘debt trap diplomacy’, a bipartisan group of influential US lawmakers has visited Sri Lanka to gauge the ground-level situation. Cash-rich China has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure since the end of a brutal civil war in …

High debt burden to limit uplift from tax reforms

High debt burden to limit uplift from tax reforms

Sri Lanka’s high debt burden is likely to limit the benefits of recent tax reforms, rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has said in a new report. “For many sovereigns, measures to broaden the tax base are unlikely to boost fiscal strength unless accompanied by enhanced …

Extremism gains ground ?

Extremism gains ground ?

Nine years after the war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May 2009, reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils still appears to be a far cry. And most disturbingly, the logjam is …

India must help in the development of Northern and Eastern Provinces

India must help in the development of Northern and Eastern Provinces

The discourse on fundamental issues concerning Sri Lankan Tamils continues to revolve around political settlement, the two key components of which are greater devolution of powers to provinces and the merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces. These two aspects featured in the 1987 Indo-Sri …

Sri Ranga uses ‘poison gas’

Sri Ranga uses ‘poison gas’

Former UNP MP and media personality J. Sri Ranga has accused the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and other Tamil MPs of conveniently remaining silent on the possible use of ‘poison gas’ on the Vanni east front in 2009. The then government brought the war …

Educational facilities as instruments of “soft power”

Educational facilities as instruments of “soft power”

In 1990, Harvard Professor Joseph S Nye, called such an approach to building up support as the use of “soft power”. The aim of “soft power” is to create, in another country, a favourable impression of the “power” in question, modifying the impact of military …