Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wigneswaran on Good Governance

Wigneswaran on Good Governance

    “Democratizing the North : A Dialogue on Governance, Development and Vulnerability.” By  C.V Wigneswaran. New Year 2014 is starting well for us. The War had got us into a cocoon in which we  managed howsoever we could, not really appreciating the changes taking …

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office releases  report on human rights situation in Sri Lanka

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office releases report on human rights situation in Sri Lanka

    The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) released   its quarterly human rights report for the last quarter of 2013. In its report it states  that the Human rights situation in Sri Lanka had not improved in the last 3 months despite the …

Ananthi seeks UN monitored investigation into disappearances

Ananthi seeks UN monitored investigation into disappearances

   Northern Provincial Councillor and Tamil National Alliance Member Ananthi Sasitharan has written to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressing mistrust in local mechanisms to address enforced disappearances and seeking a UN monitored international inquiry into forced disappearances and abductions. Writing on …

Anandi Sasitharan goes to Presidential Commission on disappearances

Anandi Sasitharan goes to Presidential Commission on disappearances

    The wife of former LTTE Trincomalee district political head S. Elilan met the Presidential Commission on disappearances today and lodged a complaint about her missing husband. Anandi Sasitharan told the Colombo Gazette that she shared details about her husband with the Commission and …

Clarify stand on fishermen meeting

Clarify stand on fishermen meeting

   DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday said the State government had to clarify the reason behind the delay in convening a meeting between fishermen of Sri Lanka and India since Union Minister V. Narayanasamy held it responsible for the postponement. In a statement here, …

America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

   They operate in the green glow of night vision in Southwest Asia and stalk through the jungles of South America.  They snatch men from their homes in the Maghreb and shoot it out with heavily armed militants in the Horn of Africa.  They feel …

Talks with SL could prevent arrest of TN fishermen

Talks with SL could prevent arrest of TN fishermen

  The talks between fishermen’s representatives of Tamil Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka on January 27 be an opportunity to prevent arrest of fishermen from this state and seizure of their boats by the island nation’s naval personnel, Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy …

War and peace in Sri Lanka – UK Parliament Report Reveals Geneva Efforts On War Crimes

War and peace in Sri Lanka – UK Parliament Report Reveals Geneva Efforts On War Crimes

  By Dayan Jayatilleka. While a credible domestic inquiry into specific allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity as recommended by the LLRC and/or a structured dialogue mechanism with the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council for the full implementation of the 13th amendment would …

We adopt a common position with other European Union countries and by no means stand alone in our assessment.

We adopt a common position with other European Union countries and by no means stand alone in our assessment.

     Interview with Dr. Jurgen Morhard, Ambassador for Germany in Sri Lanka. Q: 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Sri Lanka were celebrated on 9 December 2013 by the German Embassy in Colombo: how significant is the milestone for the two countries …

India-Sri Lanka: Conflict Over Fishing Rights

India-Sri Lanka: Conflict Over Fishing Rights

     The conflict between the Sri Lankan and Indian Tamil fisher communities resonates with the larger ethnic struggles of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. The civil war which ran into three decades stifled Sri Lankan fishing activity, and this created a vacuum for …