Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wingneswaran wants government to take action on disappeared

Wingneswaran wants government to take action on disappeared

     Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V.Wingneswaran has requested the government to take action on the disappeared people in this country at the monthly meeting of the Northern Provincial Council.  Addressing the meeting CM went on to say that Government should release information …

5 years after the War no Water nor Electricity in Northern and Eastern villages

5 years after the War no Water nor Electricity in Northern and Eastern villages

      By  Gotamini Hathurusinghe   It can be safely said that 5 years after the war many villages, well over 60% have no basic utilities supplied to them by the government. There are huge implications for the well being and safety of these …

The risk of Atrocities in Sri Lanka

The risk of Atrocities in Sri Lanka

   Taking into account the recent history of the conflict, the current risk assessment gives an account on the main sociocultural and political factors that constitute a threat to peace and mass human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Assessing the risk of  atrocities in Sri Lanka, …

Hugo Swire meet Non- Governmental Organizations

Hugo Swire meet Non- Governmental Organizations

   Britain Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire met several Non- Governmental Organizations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Thursday and held discussions on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. In a twitter post, Swire stated “Met NGOs @HRW @AmnestyUK @freedomfromtorture @SLcampaign this …

Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake to be appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force

Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake to be appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force

    Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake is to be appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force with effect from February 28 the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday. He was educated at Royal College Colombo and St Thomas’s Mt Lavinia. He joined the Sri …

Catholic bishops in former war zone  call for an international  investigation

Catholic bishops in former war zone call for an international investigation

    Roman Catholic bishops in Sri Lanka’s former war zone have called for an international war crimes investigation into the country’s civil war including whether government forces used cluster munitions and chemical weapons in densely populated areas. Rev. Rayappu Joseph and Rev. Thomas Saundaranayagam …

Wigneswaran briefs NPC on meeting with President

Wigneswaran briefs NPC on meeting with President

    Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran briefed the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today on the recent meeting he had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wigneswaran briefed the Council when it convened today for the first time in the new year. The Northern Province Chief …

Have you ever addressed accountability issues in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan

Have you ever addressed accountability issues in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan

   Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the US was undermining the post-war reconciliation process by strengthening the hands of those who had been propagating unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka. The US had made common cause with them for some strange reason …

Stephen Rapp visits No Fire Zone

Stephen Rapp visits No Fire Zone

   Stephen Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues at the State Department, and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison met Tamil activist cum Provincial member and wife of Tamil Tiger Eastern Politician Elilan (Sasitharan) and discussed about issues faced by  Tamils of Sri lanka …

Sri Lankan economy looking good, but in need of long game

Sri Lankan economy looking good, but in need of long game

    By Dushni Weerakoon Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development aspirations have been fashioned on a simple but socio-politically persuasive argument: sustain growth at high levels and extend its benefits to more people. In this, the government that swept into power in 2010 has delivered both a …