Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sri Lanka: a nation at peace

Sri Lanka: a nation at peace

    Sri Lanka is no longer a story of conflict. It is now a story of development. So Mahendra Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s President, tells me in a stately sitting room in his presidential compound in Colombo. As if to bear out his message, I open …

“I’m deeply concerned” Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Sri Lanka visit

“I’m deeply concerned” Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Sri Lanka visit

   This beautiful island, where – despite the problems I have listed – I have been greeted with great warmth and hospitality. “I’m deeply concerned that Sri Lanka, despite the opportunity provided by the end of the war to construct a new vibrant, all-embracing state. The UN …

Navi Pillay’s Speech At International Day Of The Disappeared In Colombo

Navi Pillay’s Speech At International Day Of The Disappeared In Colombo

    International Day of the Disappeared was commemorated by the ‘Families of the Disappeared’ and coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Sri Lanka on 30th August, 2013, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 7. Hundreds of family members of the Disappeared from North …

Sri Lankan expatriates write to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Sri Lankan expatriates write to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    Following is the full text of the letter written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights by a group of Sri Lankan expatriates: We write you as Sri Lanka’s large and diverse expatriate community based in the United Kingdom, United States …

Fresh protest against the gloves factory

Fresh protest against the gloves factory

    Tensions is reported again in the Rathupaswala, Weliweriya after a group of villagers led by the venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero launched a protest against the gloves factory which was at the center of controversy early this month. The venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thero has launched a …

UN rights chief called on the country’s youth to set aside differences

UN rights chief called on the country’s youth to set aside differences

   Addressing the third session of the Sri Lanka Youth Parliament, UN rights chief called on the country’s youth to set aside differences and play a transformative role in society while urging the government to take up the pressing issues of youth suicide , unemployment …

India says Katchatheevu belongs to Sri Lanka

India says Katchatheevu belongs to Sri Lanka

    The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has opposed the DMK’s attempt to force a discussion on the sensitive issue of India’s agreement with Sri Lanka on the Katchatheevu island.India had recognised the territorial rights of Sri Lanka over the island in 1974, which was a disputed land until …

Families of missing after surrendering file Habeas Corpus in Vavuniya

Families of missing after surrendering file Habeas Corpus in Vavuniya

    A new set of Habeus corpus applications were filed in the High Court of Vavuniya by the families of persons who are missing after surrendering to the Sri Lankan Military. It was alleged by the Petitioners that after their harrowing trek to the …

Sinhalese groups brief Navi Pillay

Sinhalese groups brief Navi Pillay

    Sinhalese civil organizations had talks with the UN High Commissioner for human Right Navi Pillay in Trincomalee today. The Eastern Province Sinhalese Civil Organization met Pillay as part of the scheduled meetings Pillay had in Trincomalee this morning. A source at the Civil …

Northern UNP candidates to withdraw from election

Northern UNP candidates to withdraw from election

     The 19 UNP candidates who are contesting for the Northern Provincial Council Election are preparing to withdraw from the election due to concerns over their security. The UNP chief ministerial candidate of the Northern Province Thyagarajah Thuwar-gesh-waram stated that candidates are preparing to …