Monthly Archives: August 2014

In Jayalalithaa’s letters to Narendra Modi, no love lost with Sri Lanka

In Jayalalithaa’s letters to Narendra Modi, no love lost with Sri Lanka

It began with a headline, one that got Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to send an angry letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and almost torpedoed India-Sri Lanka ties. On August 1, an article appeared on the Lankan defence ministry website, blaming Jayalalithaa for …

Missing persons figure exaggerated

Missing persons figure exaggerated

A Sri Lankan government-appointed panel, probing cases of missing persons during the country’s civil war, on Tuesday claimed that the numbers cited by groups on alleged disappearance of individuals have been grossly exaggerated. “We have seen figures presented by various organisations which claimed that over …

Examine root causes for US perception of anti-Western sentiment: Ministry of External Affairs

Examine root causes for US perception of anti-Western sentiment: Ministry of External Affairs

The External Affairs Ministry rejected a security message issued by the United States last week, which had warned its citizens about increased anti-Western sentiments and violent demonstrations in Sri Lanka, stating that the US should itself examine the root causes of the widening gap in …

Navi Pillay says access not a must for Sri Lanka Probe

Navi Pillay says access not a must for Sri Lanka Probe

The United Nations can conduct an effective investigation into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka without visiting the country, said U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, reacting to a government decision to deny investigators entry. Sri Lankan government forces have been accused of widespread …

Indian on Sri Lanka probe panel

Indian on Sri Lanka probe panel

The Sri Lankan government has invited an Indian activist to a panel advising its Presidential Commission on missing persons, it is reliably learnt. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to expand the panel of international experts, according to Presidential spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake. “Some names are being …

UNHRC war crimes probe: TNA conduit for evidence

UNHRC war crimes probe: TNA conduit for evidence

Those who wish to testify before the UN Human Rights Council sanctioned war crimes investigation panel on Sri Lanka, can submit their evidence through the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran informed the people in Jaffna residents, recently. He has said the UNHRC-led international …

Going back in time in Sri Lanka

Going back in time in Sri Lanka

Two Sri Lankan cities at the  heart of a 25-year civil war are creeping back onto a tourist trail  from which they were blocked until peace came to this South Asian  country five years ago. The island that sparked the word ”serendipity” – describing  happy discoveries …

Commissions have provided to be eye washers for the Government in power

Commissions have provided to be eye washers for the Government in power

The Bishop of Mannar Rev Rayappu Joseph in a letter to the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons said he would not contribute to the commission due to Sri Lanka’s historic failure of domestic inquiries in addressing injustices faced by Tamils. The Bishop’s submission follows: The Chairman and Commissioners, …

Indian Expert to be Included in Disappearance Panel

Indian Expert to be Included in Disappearance Panel

An Indian human rights activist will be included in the disappearances commission set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the cases of missing persons during the three-decade war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE . Avdash Kaushal is to be …

Probe on into K.P.’s role in Rajiv killing: CBI

Probe on into K.P.’s role in Rajiv killing: CBI

The CBI is investigating the role of Kumaran Pathmanathan, who had allegedly been the chief arms procurer of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The agency made the submission before the Madras High Court …