Monthly Archives: September 2013

Approach Of Each State To Reconciliation Must Be Context-Specific

Approach Of Each State To Reconciliation Must Be Context-Specific

   Sri Lanka highlighted the need to adopt “a pragmatic, context specific approach in addressing issues of transitional justice” and noted that “the approach of each state to reconciliation must be context-specific, taking into account the particularities of each state and the aspirations of its …

Vote To Send A Message To The World About The Problems In The North

Vote To Send A Message To The World About The Problems In The North

    The people of the north should vote at the September 21 Provincial Council election in order to send a clear message to the Government and the world about the issues faced by people of the region, including the ongoing militarisation and lack of …

TN politicians exploiting Lankan Tamils issue: C.V. Wigneswaran

TN politicians exploiting Lankan Tamils issue: C.V. Wigneswaran

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Tamil Nadu politicians use the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue for their own gains, much to the detriment of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, said Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, the chief ministerial candidate of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the …

Sri Lanka’s path to peace: The Americans were very, very helpful

Sri Lanka’s path to peace: The Americans were very, very helpful

   Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Selvarasa Pathmanathan used to be the deadliest of enemies. Now they have the same message. I meet the two within a period of 24 hours in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city. Pathmanathan, or KP as he’s widely known, was for several …

Nisha Desai Biswa: If Sri Lanka does not address through its own internal processes that there will be increasing calls for international processes to address these issues

Nisha Desai Biswa: If Sri Lanka does not address through its own internal processes that there will be increasing calls for international processes to address these issues

    Nisha Desai Biswal, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian affairs, addressing the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee at her confirmation hearing said “We believe that if Sri Lanka does not address (this) through its own internal processes, …

C4 steps up Sri Lanka campaign

C4 steps up Sri Lanka campaign

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–         Channel 4 News and documentary maker Callum Macrae are to travel to Sri Lanka to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) as they continue to highlight war crimes committed against the country’s minority Tamil population. Macrae’s …

Commonwealth to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections

Commonwealth to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       The Commonwealth is to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections, Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced today. A Commonwealth Observation Mission will be deployed for the 21 September elections. Former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka of Kenya will lead the …

Petition seeks release of fishermen

Petition seeks release of fishermen

     An organisation to protect the interests of fishermen has moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the Centre to take diplomatic steps to secure the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails. It also sought a further direction …

UK refuses to boycott CHOGM

UK refuses to boycott CHOGM

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      A Westminster Hall Debate in the UK Parliament took place yesterday (11)on ‘Human Rights in the Commonwealth’, with Sri Lanka and CHOGM being a focus of discussions. The British government has rejected calls during the debate to boycott the Commonwealth …

Dhammadeepa Council to formulate national plan to end religious tension

Dhammadeepa Council to formulate national plan to end religious tension

     The newly-formed Dhammadeepa Council led by the Venerable Mahanayake Theras of the three Nikayas and the Diyawadane Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa said today it would formulate a national plan to end religious tension in the country in a manner that was …