Monthly Archives: January 2014

Rehabilitating Ananthi

Rehabilitating Ananthi

   The Defence Ministry is seriously considering accommodating Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member Ananthi Sasitharan at a rehabilitation facility to prevent her from propagating separatist sentiments. She represents the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), the dominant partner of five-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by …

UK war crimes under spotlight ahead of Geneva session 2014

UK war crimes under spotlight ahead of Geneva session 2014

     A prominent British law firm, Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) on Friday (January 10) lodged an unprecedented formal complaint with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. …

Navi Pillay report on Sri Lanka to UNHRC session on 26 March

Navi Pillay report on Sri Lanka to UNHRC session on 26 March

     The 25th regular session of the Human Rights Council will be held from 3 – 28 March 2014. The Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three …

A rival Tamil coalition to take on TNA

A rival Tamil coalition to take on TNA

     Moves are afoot by several Tamil political parties in the North to form another Tamil coalition as an alternative to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led by Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) leader R. Sampanthan. A discussion on the matter was held on …

TNA will hold discussions with 24 nations

TNA will hold discussions with 24 nations

  Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Suresh Premachchandran speaking to journalists  on Monday in Jaffna, to brief them on the present political situation in the country said that TNA will hold discussions with 24 nations to strengthen the resolution to be brought against SriLanka at the United Nation Human Rights …

Democratising the North

Democratising the North

   The Northern Provincial Council is attempting to carry out a comprehensive and professional needs assessment, C.V. Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province said here on Friday. Speaking at a conference titled ‘Democratising the North: A Dialogue on Governance, Development and Vulnerability’, organised …

Mikhail Kalashnikov asks “if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon”

Mikhail Kalashnikov asks “if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon”

  In a regretful letter penned a few months before his death, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, asked the head of the Russian Orthodox Church if he was to blame for the deaths of those killed by his weapon. The Russian …

The international community fails to understand the realities of Sri Lanka

The international community fails to understand the realities of Sri Lanka

    “If you take countries like England, for example, the parliament has very close connections with the church. Kings and queens take their vows in the church. Why can’t Buddhists of Sri Lanka have the same power?” The revered bhikkhu tucks in his saffron-coloured …

Monks deny attacking church

Monks deny attacking church

    The ‘Hela Bodu Pawura’ consisting of a group of Buddhist monks refuted reports that they had attacked the Calvary Free church and Assembly of God (AOG) Church in Hikkaduwa yesterday. While claiming that the media had distorted what actually took place, the monks said …

How Internet freedom continues to slide

How Internet freedom continues to slide

   Revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in June about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance activities grabbed headlines across the globe. But while the world’s attention has been focused on the United States, prompting important discussions about the legitimacy and legality of …