Monthly Archives: August 2014

Defying the UN inquiry will also prepare the ground for future conflict.

Defying the UN inquiry will also prepare the ground for future conflict.

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a grave miscalculation in insisting that only his own country is competent to investigate allegations of war crimes in the final days of the Tamil Tiger insurrection in May 2009, when it is estimated that some 40,000 civilians died. He …

Australia’s highest court to hear test case on asylum seekers

Australia’s highest court to hear test case on asylum seekers

Australia’s highest court set a date on Thursday for a full hearing into how a group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers were detained at sea, a case that will test the government’s authority to pursue its secretive immigration policies. Lawyers for the group of Tamil …

TNA to meet Modi

TNA to meet Modi

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will urge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj to push for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution. TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that the party will look to several key issues with …

Kachatheevu: SC to hear Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha’s petitions together

Kachatheevu: SC to hear Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha’s petitions together

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear together the petitions filed by the DMK President M. Karunanidhi and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa seeking a direction to the Centre to retrieve Kachatheevu Island from Sri Lanka. A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and …

UN Secretary‑General fully supports UNHRC, High Commissioner and her leadership

UN Secretary‑General fully supports UNHRC, High Commissioner and her leadership

“The Secretary‑General encourages Sri Lanka to cooperate with the inquiry led by the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, that was established by the Human Rights Council, Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesperson for the Secretary-General Office said at the daily press briefing of 19 August 2014. …

TNCC questions Swamy’s Sri Lanka visit

TNCC questions Swamy’s Sri Lanka visit

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan on Tuesday asked the Centre to clarify in what capacity did BJP leader Subramanian Swamy visited Sri Lanka recently. While welcoming dialogue with Sri Lanka to facilitate the post war rehabilitation and resettlement of Tamils there, …

The real reason why India scuttled Pakistan talks

The real reason why India scuttled Pakistan talks

Despite Modi’s high-flown rhetoric about good-neighbourly relationships in South Asia, he lacks a road map how to proceed — be it with Bangladesh or with Sri Lanka and Pakistan… But a deeper question arises here: Did he duck on his own accord or under the …

Sri Lanka says will refuse entry to UN war crimes investigators

Sri Lanka says will refuse entry to UN war crimes investigators

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island’s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday. Sri Lanka has refused to accept the authority of the UN Human Rights Council, which voted in March to investigate …

Evidence for investigation is being clandestinely collected

Evidence for investigation is being clandestinely collected

Prof G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs in his presentation at the Defence Seminar – 2014 on ‘Defining the Nation’s Success: a Critical Examination of the ascension of Sri Lanka,’ queried the wisdom of ill-treatment towards Sri Lanka by some foreign powers while exerting relentless pressure …

Pope to visit Madhu

Pope to visit Madhu

Pope Francis would visit the historical Madhu Shrine during his stay in Sri Lanka in January next year, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo announced in Madhu. The Pope will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 13th of January 2015, and celebrate mass at …