Monthly Archives: March 2014

Ban Ki Moon says High Commissioner Pillay has been a fearless defender of the most vulnerable

Ban Ki Moon says High Commissioner Pillay has been a fearless defender of the most vulnerable

 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, welcomed UN Human Rights High Commissioner, Navi Pillay’s report on Sri Lanka  in his opening remarks at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today,saying “I welcome the High Commissioner’s report on promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.”  He said …

Karunanidhi hits out at PM over plans to meet Sri Lanka president

Karunanidhi hits out at PM over plans to meet Sri Lanka president

       DMK today hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the Centre’s “indifferent” approach toward Sri Lankan Tamils issue and came down on his reported plans to meet the island nation’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa for bilateral talks at the upcoming BIMSTEC summit. …

Jayalalithaa demands release of fishermen before talks in Colombo

Jayalalithaa demands release of fishermen before talks in Colombo

   While giving her nod for the second round of talks between fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka on March 13 in Colombo, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday demanded the release of 121 Tamil fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy before the talks. …

Assistant Secretary Biswal to India

Assistant Secretary Biswal to India

  The US State Department said that Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Bangalore and New  from 4-6 March. During her visit, Assistant Secretary Biswal will seek to further broaden and deepen the US India relationship, which President …

Putin’s move could be costly to the US

Putin’s move could be costly to the US

  Ukrainian sovereignty won’t be the only casualty of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to assert Russian influence and interest in Crimea.It is too early to see how this crisis will end and what its consequences will be but it’s a fair bet that whether …

TNA adopts resolution denouncing Presidential Commission to Probe Disappearances and support  the US resolution

TNA adopts resolution denouncing Presidential Commission to Probe Disappearances and support the US resolution

   The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) adopted a resolution denouncing the Presidential Commission to Probe Disappearances and supporting the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva this month. The resolution was adopted at a …

A commission is also likely to uncover evidence of abuses by the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

A commission is also likely to uncover evidence of abuses by the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

 In early 2009, as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the final days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, having been herded into an area about the size of Central Park and subjected to relentless shelling. No one has been held accountable for these crimes, …

Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka: UNHRC action remains crucial

Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka: UNHRC action remains crucial

  The government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has failed to comply with two successive Human Rights Council (HRC) resolutions. Failure is most obvious with respect to accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the final phase of the civil war, but also …

Seeing both sides: Sri Lanka after the war

Seeing both sides: Sri Lanka after the war

   The end of their bitter war, nearly five years ago, has done little to unite Sri Lanka’s divided communities. In their modest way, a photographer and an anthropologist are working together to try bridging the distance that separates the country’s two largest ethnic groups—by …

Government won’t join counter resolution at UNHRC – GL

Government won’t join counter resolution at UNHRC – GL

  External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said that Sri Lanka will not join friendly countries to present a counter resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in support of Sri Lanka. The Minister has made this statement at a meeting between President …