Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Last Phase film shows a different perspective on Sri Lankan war in UK Parliament

The Last Phase film shows a different perspective on Sri Lankan war in UK Parliament

   Lord Naseby, Chair of The All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka, supported by Conservative Friends of Sri Lanka, held a very successful screening of the documentary film, ‘The Last Phase’ in the Westminster Houses of Parliament on Monday, February 24th to a distinguished …

IBAHRI backs Navi Pillay’s call for United Nations inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations

IBAHRI backs Navi Pillay’s call for United Nations inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights violations

   The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) urges the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish an independent and international inquiry into alleged war crimes and past violations of human rights law in Sri Lanka as called for by the United Nations (UN) …

The government still has not answered basic demands for accountability and reconciliation,

The government still has not answered basic demands for accountability and reconciliation,

     Releasing the annual human rights report for 2013, by the US State Department, US Secretary of State John Kerry commenting on Sri Lanka said, “We will do it in Sri Lanka, where the government still has not answered basic demands for accountability and reconciliation, where attacks …

Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

  An investigation carried out by a social research and advocacy group based in the North East, The Social Architects (TSA), concluded that there were significant concerns in relation to ‘continued militarisation, the concomitant culture of fear which pervades the North and East and the …

Home minister skips Sri Lanka Honorary consulate inaugural

Home minister skips Sri Lanka Honorary consulate inaugural

  Home minister Ramesh Chennithala has decided not to attend the inaugural of the honorary consulate of Sri Lanka to be held here on Wednesday. Chennithala has decided to play safe after coming to know that the honorary consul of Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram, Joemon …

Human Rights now a political tool

Human Rights now a political tool

  A Coffee Table book titled “1975- 2014 Sri Lanka” was launched on Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) in Colombo, attended by diplomats, academics, media, government officials and members of the armed forces. The …

Manmohan Singh to meet Sri Lankan President

Manmohan Singh to meet Sri Lankan President

  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa next week in Myanmar, three months after skipping a visit to the island nation to attend Commonwealth heads of government meet due to pressure from Tamil parties and within government. Foreign …

Baroness Warsi says this resolution,  goes further and calls for an independent investigation,

Baroness Warsi says this resolution, goes further and calls for an independent investigation,

  The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Warsi), responding to questions in the House of Lords on  26 February 2014 stated that the UK co-sponsored the resolutions in 2012 and 2013. On this resolution, which …

US company to beam free wi-fi to entire world from space

US company to beam free wi-fi to entire world from space

     A US company is planning to build an ‘Outernet – a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to all the people on the planet – for free. The idea is to offer free Internet access to all people, regardless of location, …

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

    A major diplomatic rift has emerged between the United States and Sri Lanka over the island nation’s human rights record. The dispute focuses on possible war crimes that occurred during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war against the Liberation Tamil …