Monthly Archives: March 2013

The latest resolution is unlikely to have any immediate impact in Sri Lanka

The latest resolution is unlikely to have any immediate impact in Sri Lanka

The second resolution requesting the Sri Lankan government to do more to address alleged wartime rights violations, but observers question whether such resolutions can create meaningful change. The new resolution calls on Sri Lanka to formally respond to UN “Special Rapporteurs” – investigators working on …

Raj Rajaratnam brother charged with insider trading

Raj Rajaratnam brother charged with insider trading

          Raj Rajaratnam’s younger brother was indicted on charges of conspiring in the insider-trading scheme for which the founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund was convicted nearly two years ago, U.S. prosecutors announced on Thursday. Prosecutors said Rengan Rajaratnam, 42, …

Kerry says Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability

Kerry says Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability

         US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US sponsored resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council today reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward. He says the vote in the …

Government has encouraged an increasing sense of lawlessness

Government has encouraged an increasing sense of lawlessness

          The UN’s human rights body has angered Sri Lanka by voting on a new resolution that calls on the island’s government to fully investigate civilian killings in its recent conflict and expresses growing concern over continuing atrocities. But while officials …

Sri Lanka to take back IOC oil facilities

Sri Lanka to take back IOC oil facilities

         Sri Lanka today announced plans that it would partially take over a strategic oil storage depot in Trincomalee from the Indian Oil Company’s local arm after India voted in favour of a US-sponsored resolution against Colombo at the UNHRC. There had …

US resolution adopted by UNHRC

US resolution adopted by UNHRC

           The US sponsored resolution was adopted at the UNHRC with 25 countries voting in favour of the US resolution whilst 13 countries voted against the resolution and in favour of Sri Lanka with 08 countries abstaining from voting. The Pakistan …

Stop Sri Lankans from playing in Chennai IPL

Stop Sri Lankans from playing in Chennai IPL

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–            A students’ organisation spearheading ongoing protests against Sri Lanka on Wednesday warned that it would go to any extent to stop Sri Lankan cricketers from playing in IPL matches in Chennai. Urging the Board of Control …

House of Karunanidhi’s son raided

House of Karunanidhi’s son raided

          Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials raided the residence of DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s son M K Stalin today (21) in a case of alleged tax evasion of imported cars. The raids comes close on the heels of DMK pulling …

Internatio​nal community comments on SriLanka at General Debate

Internatio​nal community comments on SriLanka at General Debate

         The General debate of the 45th meeting on the 22nd regular session of Human Rights Council commenced last morning. The United Nations Human Rights Council will vote on resolutions for two days – Thursday and Friday. The US resolution on Sri …

Oral revisions to resolution

Oral revisions to resolution

         The final draft of the United States-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 18 March, will be taken up for voting on Thursday, still with possible minor oral revisions. Highly placed diplomatic sources …