Monthly Archives: March 2014

Vasan Expresses Reservation on India Not Voting at UNHRC

Vasan Expresses Reservation on India Not Voting at UNHRC

   Shipping Minister G K Vasan today joined his cabinet colleague P Chidambaram in expressing reservations over India not voting in favour of a resolution at UNHRC against Sri Lanka for alleged human rights violations, saying it has resulted in “agony and shock for majority …

Sri Lanka Proscribes 15 Suspected LTTE Front Organizations Abroad as Foreign Terrorist Entities Under UN Resolution 1373

Sri Lanka Proscribes 15 Suspected LTTE Front Organizations Abroad as Foreign Terrorist Entities Under UN Resolution 1373

  The Sri Lankan Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has in a decisive move with far reaching implications proscribed as foreign terrorist entities several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the Liberaton Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). The Government of Sri Lanka against which …

Ruling coalition wins local  election with reduced majority

Ruling coalition wins local election with reduced majority

  The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), coalition led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, retained the country’s Western and Southern provinces after the provincial council elections held on Saturday. In the Western Province, covering Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts, the UPFA secured 53.35 per cent of …

Abstention louder than any vote

Abstention louder than any vote

   Sometimes, the loudest sound can emanate from the sidelines. At the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva last week, India’s abstention vote — in a United States sponsored resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka for an international probe …

India doesn’t leave Tamils in the lurch, it will responds soon for its neutrality: V.Mahalingam

India doesn’t leave Tamils in the lurch, it will responds soon for its neutrality: V.Mahalingam

   Indian Consul General in Jaffna maintained it could not be construed as India has veered off from the  Sri Lankan Tamils as a result of India’s neutrality at the United Nations Human Rights Commission session, stated  Consul General V.Mahalingam at a farewell function organized by …

UN probe can’t bring Sri Lanka communities together

UN probe can’t bring Sri Lanka communities together

   On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for a UN-led investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the last stages of that country’s 30-year civil war. Five years ago, Sri Lanka’s armed forces decisively defeated the …

UK welcomes action on Sri Lanka

UK welcomes action on Sri Lanka

  Senior Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi of  The Foreign & Commonwealth Office said in a  Press release that: ” The UK very much welcomes the action taken by the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka, which has established an international investigation into allegations of …

Lanka Must Build on Indian Goodwill at UN Vote: Rights Envoy

Lanka Must Build on Indian Goodwill at UN Vote: Rights Envoy

  Sri Lanka must build on the goodwill shown by India at the UNHRC where it abstained from voting on a resolution against Colombo, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s human rights envoy said today. Mahinda Samarasinghe, who is also a minister, said that India had been with …

US disappointed with India on vote on US resolution

US disappointed with India on vote on US resolution

   Marie Harf Deputy Spokesperson speaking at the US state Department Daily press briefing on 28 March 2014 stated that the “It is disappointing to us that India abstained from voting on this resolution when they voted yes for the last two years. We have made …

U.S.bullied several countries to vote for the UNHRC proposal against Sri Lanka: G L Peiris

U.S.bullied several countries to vote for the UNHRC proposal against Sri Lanka: G L Peiris

  It is significant that India which supported the U.S. proposals against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council on the two previous occasions remained absent from voting in the election held on Thursday (March 26).  India said that the US proposal was not …