Monthly Archives: April 2014

President Rajapaksa Should Bring Sinhalese, Tamils Closer

President Rajapaksa Should Bring Sinhalese, Tamils Closer

   As expected, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Freedom Alliance Party has won the recent Southern and Western provincial council elections. However, the lower margins of victory suggest he is no longer the undisputed leader in the two regions, considered the heartland of the ethnic-majority …

There is a lack of will and lack of understanding on the part of those that matter in Sri Lanka with regard to the National Question

There is a lack of will and lack of understanding on the part of those that matter in Sri Lanka with regard to the National Question

   Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran  delivering a speech at the Bernard Soysa Centenary Commemoration Meeting on 31 March 2014.said that there is a lack of will and possibly a lack of understanding on the part of those that matter in Sri Lanka with regard to the National Question. The …

India’s abstention at UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka ‘a political decision’

India’s abstention at UNHRC vote on Sri Lanka ‘a political decision’

  India’s decision to abstain from voting on the U.S.-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC against alleged war crimes by Sri Lanka was taken at the “political” level for the welfare of the Tamils in that country, the External Affairs Ministry said on Friday. “Any decision …

Tamils Worldwide want investigation to cover IPKF period

Tamils Worldwide want investigation to cover IPKF period

   Issuing a Joint Statement Tamils Worldwide welcomed the establishment of an International Investigation and urge UN to support political space for Tamil aspirations. It said; We welcome the establishment of an international investigative mechanism to establish the facts and circumstances pertaining to “serious violations and abuses …

Ambassador Sison speaks to Foreign Correspondents

Ambassador Sison speaks to Foreign Correspondents

 The US Ambassador Sison who met Colombo-based foreign correspondents yesterday at the Colombo American Centre, said: “I have heard the claim that the resolution sparked divisions in the country. Sadly, those divisions existed long before any UN resolutions. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J. …

Diaspora orgs proscription should not be used to stifle free speech and legitimate criticism, UK tells Sri Lanka

Diaspora orgs proscription should not be used to stifle free speech and legitimate criticism, UK tells Sri Lanka

  The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has raised the proscription of Tamil diaspora organisations with the Sri Lankan government, “making clear that proscription should not be used to prevent or stifle free speech and legitimate criticism”, a spokesperson for the FCO told Tamil …

Groups warn of backlash as U.N. calls for probe into Sri Lanka civil war abuses

Groups warn of backlash as U.N. calls for probe into Sri Lanka civil war abuses

   Rights groups are warning of a backlash against activists in Sri Lanka following a landmark United Nations resolution calling for an international inquiry into abuses at the end of the country’s civil war. The U.N.’s Human Rights Council passed a resolution Thursday calling for …

Proscription of diaspora orgs is to demoralise Tamils in homeland – K. Guruparan

Proscription of diaspora orgs is to demoralise Tamils in homeland – K. Guruparan

    Sharing the concerns raised by Tamil diaspora activists over the Sri Lankan state’s proscription of 15 Tamil diaspora organisations, Kumaravadivel Guruparan, a lecturer of law at the University of Jaffna, and member of the Tamil Civil Society Forum, told Tamil Guardian, “the overarching …

Sri Lanka aims to cut us off from the diaspora – TNA’s Shivajilingham

Sri Lanka aims to cut us off from the diaspora – TNA’s Shivajilingham

    The TNA member and Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Shivajilingham condemned the Sri Lankan government’s move to proscribe 15 Tamil diaspora organisations as a deliberate attempt to divide the diaspora and the homeland. “The Sri Lankan government is trying to cut us off …

Ban Ki-moon has underlined the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka

Ban Ki-moon has underlined the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka

   Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, answering questions at the Daily Press Briefing at the UN on 1 April 2014 stated that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed on the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka after the UN Human Rights Council had …