Monthly Archives: September 2014

Australian plan broke refugee convention: UN

Australian plan broke refugee convention: UN

Australia would have breached the refugee convention if it had returned more than 150 asylum seekers to India after they were intercepted at sea, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says. The UNHCR has made a submission in the High Court case involving the detention …

Prime Minister Modi will meet President Rajapaksa  in New York.

Prime Minister Modi will meet President Rajapaksa in New York.

Shri Syed Akbaruddin Official Spokesperson of the  External Affairs Ministry of India speaking on the Indian Prime Minister’s Forthcoming Visit to USA said that Prior to his address to the United Nations he will meet the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon. Subsequent to his address to the …

People who do not have a genuine need for our protection must return to their home country.

People who do not have a genuine need for our protection must return to their home country.

The UK continues to deport Tamils seeking political asylum to Sri Lanka, despite strong evidence that the security forces systematically use torture against those suspected of dissident activity five years after the end of the country’s civil war. A new report by the Freedom From …

Central bank moves to make commercial banks lower interest rates

Central bank moves to make commercial banks lower interest rates

Sri Lanka’s central bank announced moves on Tuesday to make commercial banks lower their interest rates and increase lending to support an economy expected to grow 7.8 percent this year, while keeping its own policy lending rate unchanged. The central bank held its reverse repurchase …

UNHRC firmly believes that a more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past and ongoing violations, is absolutely necessary

UNHRC firmly believes that a more fundamental and far-reaching accountability process in Sri Lanka, addressing both past and ongoing violations, is absolutely necessary

Advance Version, 22 September 2014: Oral update of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A/HRC/27/CRP.2) On behalf of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, I am pleased to provide this oral update on the implementation of …

Recognise Tamil right to self-determination, Diaspora Tamils tell Labour Party

Recognise Tamil right to self-determination, Diaspora Tamils tell Labour Party

Tamils for Labour have called on the British Labour Party to acknowledge the Tamil people’s right to self-determination. Addressing the annual Labour Party Conference on 22 september 2014, Tamils for Labour’s Chair Sen Kandiah, reflected on the Scottish independence referendum, saying “hundreds of thousands of …

Protest against land acquisition

Protest against land acquisition

A protest was staged in Puthukkudiyiruppu on 22 September 2014, against acquisition of land belonging to the Tamil community by the military.The protest commenced at 10.00 am from the Puthukkudiyiruppu market and the protesters marched up to the Pradeshiya Sabaha. Protesters demanded that the military vacate …

‘Japana Hapana’ And ‘Cheena Patas’ will test our diplomatic capacity

‘Japana Hapana’ And ‘Cheena Patas’ will test our diplomatic capacity

By Charitha Ratwatte.                                                             The Treaty came into force on 28 April 1952. This Treaty served officially …

ITAK andTNA tells Supreme Court no aim for establishment of a separate state within Sri Lanka

ITAK andTNA tells Supreme Court no aim for establishment of a separate state within Sri Lanka

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) today 22 Sept 2014 informed the Supreme Court that the neither the ITAK nor the TNA can be said to have as it aims the establishment of a separate state within Sri Lanka. Filing an affidavit before Supreme Court bench …

Full implementation of the 13th Amendment in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka requires mutual trust and patience

Full implementation of the 13th Amendment in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka requires mutual trust and patience

Notwithstanding whether the model suitable for political devolution in Sri Lanka is what is contained in the 13th Amendment to the 1978 constitution, if it’s proponents wish it to be fully implemented, there is one essential ingredient that is needed to make it happen, and …