Monthly Archives: December 2013

Permanent People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka’s underway in Bremen

Permanent People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka’s underway in Bremen

   The Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT), an international body based in Rome, is currently underway in Bremen, Germany. The tribunal, headed by Secretary General Gianni Tognoni, is hearing the case for genocide against the Tamil nation by the Sri Lankan state. “Like in the first …

India, Lanka enjoy unbreakable bonds, Indian envoy says

India, Lanka enjoy unbreakable bonds, Indian envoy says

  India and Sri Lanka are linked by an unbreakable historical bond as they share a common religion in Buddhism, the Indian high commissioner here said on Sunday. Y K Sinha was addressing a gathering at the opening of the Indian Gallery at the Temple …

Sri Lanka needs to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela: Ranil

Sri Lanka needs to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela: Ranil

    I join my Colleague, the Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, in expressing the condolence of our House and of this country on the passing away of Nelson Mandela. The prisoner from Robben Island became a beacon of hope to the whole world. As …

World Trade Organisation agrees historic deal to boost global trade

World Trade Organisation agrees historic deal to boost global trade

   The WTO’s Bali Ministerial Conference concluded a day later than scheduled on 7 December 2013 with agreement on a package of issues designed to streamline trade, allow developing countries more options for providing food security, boost least developed countries’ trade and help development more …

US says has long urged the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments,

US says has long urged the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments,

   Marie Harf Deputy Spokesperson addressing the daily press briefing at the US State Department said : QUESTION: Recently, there was a Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka in Colombo. According to the president there, what he told the leaders – and also to the international community, including …

Sri Lanka warned by IMF on negative effects of import substitution

Sri Lanka warned by IMF on negative effects of import substitution

      Sri Lanka’s drive towards trade restrictions and import substitution may hurt the country, as autarky has consistently failed elsewhere, an International Monetary Fund official has warned. “It is not a matter of opinion. It is not a matter of IMF doctrine,” IMF …

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander calls for Inquiry

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander calls for Inquiry

  British Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander met Friday with a delegation from various UK-based Tamil organisations, including Global Tamil Forum, Tamils against Genocide, Tamils for Labour, Tamil information Centre, and the Tamil National Alliance (UK). Outlining Labour’s position on Sri Lanka at the end …

Chief Minister of the NPC called for international action

Chief Minister of the NPC called for international action

    The Chief Minister of the NPC called  for international action against the Sri Lankan government’s program of settling Sinhalese families on Tamil-owned land forcibly appropriated by the military. He said he had done everything possible to appease the Sinhalese and win back Tamil rights …

DMK for probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka

DMK for probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka

   The DMK has issued a notice seeking a discussion, under Rule 193 in the Lok Sabha, against the human rights violations and war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan defence forces against Tamils during the civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam …

Hijacked justice? Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Hijacked justice? Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

    As the dust settles on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, the press has reported that Sri Lanka may be considering the establishment of a South Africa style Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the assistance of the Commonwealth and South African …