Monthly Archives: March 2014

Weak UN resolution will endanger justice

Weak UN resolution will endanger justice

   Language in the draft resolution now before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an investigation into past and ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka lacks teeth say critics. A resolution that establishes a weak investigating body will only render ineffectual what the …

Peace will come when Army leaves North, NPC  Chairman tells French Ambassador

Peace will come when Army leaves North, NPC Chairman tells French Ambassador

   The Northern Provincial Council chairman S Sivagnanam met the French Ambassador earlier this week, where he discussed militarisation in the North and asserted that normality could not return while the army occupied the region. Meeting with the French Ambassador Jean Paul-Monchau on Monday, Sivagnanam discussed militarisation …

Sri Lanka’s top tea experiences: Sips of history

Sri Lanka’s top tea experiences: Sips of history

 By Cynthia Rosenfeld, for CNN. Sri Lanka’s tea industry started with one Camellia Sinesis plant brought from China in 1824 by the British. It has since grown into a $1.5 billion export industry — the world’s second biggest by value. The country’s tea plantations offer incredible scenery. One …

Activists and international NGOs reiterate calls for COI

Activists and international NGOs reiterate calls for COI

   The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) held an event held on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council on the sidelines of the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva. The event saw speakers from the …

TNA meets British and US Diplomats

TNA meets British and US Diplomats

   A Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation led by R. Sampanthan met US and British envoys in Colombo on Monday and discussed the US-led resolution to be submitted at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, sources said. The resolution calls …

‘Hands off’ says Sri Lankan group to Cameron

‘Hands off’ says Sri Lankan group to Cameron

   The Sri Lankan British Union is held a protest on Saturday condemning Britain’s ‘policy of assuring rights to terrorists’ through its support for a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on accountability for mass atrocities in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankans protested against the …

Demonstration outside UNHRC, demanding international investigation

Demonstration outside UNHRC, demanding international investigation

  Tamils from across Europe demonstrated in front of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, calling on the international community to launch an independent, international investigation into mass atrocities in Sri Lanka. Traveling from the UK, Germany, France, Norway and Switzerland, demonstrators called on …

We need a Commission of Inquiry

We need a Commission of Inquiry

   Northern Province Councillor, Ananthi Sasitharan’s addressed a side event on Sri Lanka organised by IMADR (International Movement Against all forms of Discrimination and Racism) at the UN Human Rights Council on March 11th. Speaking at the event she said “My name is Ananthi Sasitharan, I am …

Sri Lanka stocks down despite foreign inflows

Sri Lanka stocks down despite foreign inflows

  Sri Lankan shares fell for a second straight session on Tuesday despite foreign inflows as a proposed United Nations resolution, which may have an impact on the country’s economy, dented sentiment, brokers said. Analysts said most investors were waiting for direction ahead of voting …

Reconciliation cannot come about overnight

Reconciliation cannot come about overnight

  By Dr Sridhar Krishnaswami. In the run up to the March 28 Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, three things are taking place in South Asia and elsewhere. First, a major political party in Tamil Nadu (India), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam …