Monthly Archives: December 2013

EU calls on  Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Reconciliation Committee in full

EU calls on Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Reconciliation Committee in full

   The European Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday 12 Dec 2013, asking for an immediate end to the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China; calling on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Reconciliation Committee in …

Ban ki-moon says the UN had learned from the war in Sri Lanka

Ban ki-moon says the UN had learned from the war in Sri Lanka

    UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon says the UN had learned from the war in Sri Lanka and as a result an action plan has been put in place to ensure a similar situation does not occur in any other country. Speaking at his …

US Congress creates Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka

US Congress creates Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka

    Congress recently created the Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka. The Caucus was initiated by efforts of Congressmen Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Danny Davis (D-IL). The objective of the Caucus is to bring the attention of the American public …

The Coming Confrontation

The Coming Confrontation

    By Dayan Jayatilleka  Mr Akashi was absolutely right when he urged flexibility and reform on the Sri Lankan government and sounded the alarm of serious consequences in Geneva March 2014 (that’s 75 days away, folks) if it failed to shift in the right direction. …

Sampanthan writes to President

Sampanthan writes to President

His Excellency President Rajapaksa, President, Democratic Socialist Republic of SriLanka, Presidential Secretariat, COLOMBO – 1. Your Excellency, ATTACK ON PEACEFUL PROTESTORS ON 10th.DECEMBER 2013, HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AT TRINCOMALEE. A  peaceful demonstration was held at  Trincomalee in close proximity to the  main Bus Stand around   …

DMK: Move UNHRC for probe on Sri Lanka

DMK: Move UNHRC for probe on Sri Lanka

      The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general council meeting on Sunday urged the Government of India to move a resolution in the United Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seeking a credible international inquiry into killing of Tamils, war crimes and human rights violations in the …

India should substantially develop the strategic partnership with the US

India should substantially develop the strategic partnership with the US

    Inclusive and people-centered dialogues on all outstanding issues with India’s neighbours should be the top priority in the pursuit of country’s goals in its foreign policy, while maintaining  eternal vigilance, said Nirupama Rao, ex-Foreign Secretary, here on Saturday. “India should substantially develop the …

Sri Lanka’s widows: Four years after war

Sri Lanka’s widows: Four years after war

   They arrived suddenly on her doorstep pretending to be friends of her dead husband. Faceless men she suspects were security agents, they physically abused her and threatened to come again. Scared and alone, Gowry did what she always does — she packed in a …

Most politicians in Sri Lanka including those in the Government listen to the Cardinal

Most politicians in Sri Lanka including those in the Government listen to the Cardinal

   The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) says most politicians in Sri Lanka including those in the Government listen to the Cardinal more than they listen to the Chief Prelates. Bodu Bala Sena general secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara said that politicians in Sri Lanka pretend to …

Not only the International Community but also Sri Lankans who are anxiously “waiting for action and not just sound and fury”.

Not only the International Community but also Sri Lankans who are anxiously “waiting for action and not just sound and fury”.

   Visiting Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi said today that it was not only the International Community but also Sri Lankans who are anxiously “waiting for action and not just sound and fury”. Responding to a question on corruption, good governance, the adherence to the …