Monthly Archives: April 2014

Questions to Government of Sri Lanka from UN Human Rights Committee

Questions to Government of Sri Lanka from UN Human Rights Committee

United Nations Human Rights Committee has requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide answers to wide ranging set of questions with regard to the human rights situation in the country. The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil …

India refuses to rock Sri Lanka’s boat on human rights issues, but for how long?

India refuses to rock Sri Lanka’s boat on human rights issues, but for how long?

    India has managed to negotiate a dangerous curve in its relations with Sri Lanka, a crucial Indian backyard where China and Pakistan have steadily enlarged their strategic footprints in recent years. As the closest neighbor, with thousands of years of relations with Sri …

The Muslim community writes to President: Ensure that the rule of law prevails and extremist groups are prevented from taking the law into their hands

The Muslim community writes to President: Ensure that the rule of law prevails and extremist groups are prevented from taking the law into their hands

 Muslim organizations have raised concerns over the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)  and comments they continue to make on Muslim related issues.  The Muslim community requests from the President that the rule of law prevails and extremist groups are prevented from taking the law into their …

Tamil community to hold General Assembly to create consensus document

Tamil community to hold General Assembly to create consensus document

   Over 70 Tamil community organizations are coming together in an initiative to create a consensus document outlining their collective position and guiding principles for engagement with all interested parties. The Tamil Community General Assembly will cover topics relevant and of importance to members of …

Heartbleed Bug: Tech firms urge password reset

Heartbleed Bug: Tech firms urge password reset

    Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw. The Yahoo blogging platform Tumblr has advised the public to “change your passwords everywhere – especially your high-security services like email, file storage and banking”. Security …

What the UNHRC was trying to do is beyond its mandate

What the UNHRC was trying to do is beyond its mandate

   In an interview with CNN IBN, India’s Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said that what the UN Human Rights Council was trying to do on the Sri Lankan issue through the resolution adopted recently was beyond its mandate. It is not for the UN to …

The Commonwealth is a consensus organisation says Swire

The Commonwealth is a consensus organisation says Swire

   The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague told the British Parliament on 7 April 2014 that he is not able compel any Government to attend the summit but he has encouraged Sri Lanka to do so. This was in answer …

Truth about our relationship with Sri Lanka

Truth about our relationship with Sri Lanka

   In an article written for the Newcastle Herald, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that in meetings with Sri Lanka’s political leadership, she had urged them to progress reconciliation as quickly as possible. In her article Julie Bishop said: The opinion piece by Gordon Weiss …

HR probe: Govt. won’t cooperate, but wants secret UN report released

HR probe: Govt. won’t cooperate, but wants secret UN report released

   Now that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has received a mandate to inquire into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, it would be imperative that a confidential war time dossier prepared by the UN mission in Colombo was …

Reconciliation will not take place without international intervention, Gajendrakumar

Reconciliation will not take place without international intervention, Gajendrakumar

  The Sri Lankan government’s proscription of 15 diaspora organisations and over 400 individuals proves that reconciliation will not take place without meaningful international intervention that recognises Tamil self-determination, Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the President of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), said yesterday. “The international …