Monthly Archives: February 2014

India may vote against Sri Lanka again

India may vote against Sri Lanka again

    India is most likely to vote against Sri Lanka when its human rights record comes up for evaluation before the United Nations Human Rights Council in March, according to a senior official who did not want to be named. Sri Lanka had an …

Britain wants long-term political settlement

Britain wants long-term political settlement

    Answering a question in the UK parliament on 13 Feb 2014 Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Mr Hugo Swire said: We continue to monitor closely civil and political rights as well as land issues in Sri Lanka. We welcomed the Northern Provincial …

Wigneswaran on Post War Socio – Economic Development And Constructive Engagement

Wigneswaran on Post War Socio – Economic Development And Constructive Engagement

   I am indeed flattered that the Sri Lankan academia, under the leadership provided by the University Grants Commission, has thought it fit to invite me today to deliver the keynote address on “Accelerated Provincial Development – The Way Forward”. The theme of the conference …

Poll to Impact Stand on Lanka at UN: Khurshid

Poll to Impact Stand on Lanka at UN: Khurshid

   Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid has said that the Indian parliamentary elections this year will cast a shadow on India’s stand on the Sri Lankan human rights issue at the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. “We …

Australian Senate wants international investigation

Australian Senate wants international investigation

  The Australian Senate has passed a resolution calling for the establishment of an international investigation into crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka, this week. The motion, which was proposed by the Labour Party and co-sponsored by the Greens went on to call on Australia …

After War Comes Peace, Not Prosperity

After War Comes Peace, Not Prosperity

By Amantha Perera Sri Lanka’s war-battered Northern Province had reason to celebrate when the results of a countrywide exam were announced last December. Of the 16,604 students from the province who sat for the exam, 63.8 percent secured the required marks for entry into prestigious …

India will take a stance after seeing text

India will take a stance after seeing text

   Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh told a group of visiting Sri Lankan journalists in New Delhi yesterday that the Indian Government has not taken a decision on the resolution as the final text of the document has not yet been made available. Refusing to state …

Report released by TAG on rehabilitation camps

Report released by TAG on rehabilitation camps

   A programme of physical and psychological torture in Sri Lanka’s “rehabilitation” camps for former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has been revealed in a report by an NGO, Tamils Against Genocide (TAG)who  gathered evidence from former detainees. The author of the …

Amnesty wants UNHRC to act on Lanka

Amnesty wants UNHRC to act on Lanka

   Amnesty International in as written statement to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council has said that the Human Rights Council must help Sri Lankan victims of human rights violations. It highlights issues of disappearances, Implementation of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission,Harassment and arrest …

Salman Khurshid: Sri Lanka cannot isolate itself from the world.

Salman Khurshid: Sri Lanka cannot isolate itself from the world.

   India today urged Sri Lanka to engage with the world on the human rights issue and find a via media which satisfies the world. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, speaking to a group of Sri Lankan journalists in New Delhi today, said that Sri …