Monthly Archives: October 2014

UN Committee accused of being biased

UN Committee accused of being biased

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has been accused of being biased by the Government. Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Committee had failed to note murders carried out by the LTTE in its review of Sri Lanka. Responding to …

SL court verdict: Pro-Tamil groups protest in Chennai

SL court verdict: Pro-Tamil groups protest in Chennai

Minutes after a Sri Lankan court sentenced five Indian fishermen to death on charges of smuggling drugs, fishermen from Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu went on rampage — burning buses, damaging railway tracks and public properties. Police sources from the headquarters here said that one …

Legal action against  Provincial Councillors seeking “Genocide Probe” dismissed

Legal action against Provincial Councillors seeking “Genocide Probe” dismissed

The Court of Appeal today dismissed a writ application filed by a resident of Nugegoda who sought a writ of mandamus order directing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the attorney General (AG) to take legal action against 33 members of Northern Provincial Council …

Concerns raised by UN Human Rights Committee

Concerns raised by UN Human Rights Committee

The UN Human Rights Committee’s concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka, released on 30 October 2014, outlined several concerns on the state of freedom of expression and participation in the political process, freedom of assembly and freedom of association, rights of …

Landslide horror

Landslide horror

At least Ten people have died and over 150 have been reported missing at a Sri Lankan tea plantation after a monsoon-triggered mudslide buried scores of workers and washed away their homes on a plantation, disaster officials said. Officials initially said that over 100 people had …

Elections Commissioner not fully independent.

Elections Commissioner not fully independent.

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma says the Office of the Commissioner of Elections is not fully independent. Addressing the media in Colombo today, Sharma also said that the Commonwealth will monitor the next national elections in Sri Lanka. “Commonwealth election observers in Sri Lanka have drawn attention …

The fraught future of democracy in Sri Lanka

The fraught future of democracy in Sri Lanka

Even as the Sri Lankan nation inches closer towards national elections scheduled for 2015 – almost two years before the due date – the prospects for democracy in the island nation appear bleak. The seeds of impending unrest have already been sown in the country, and …

Reasons for extending LTTE ban not valid: Vaiko

Reasons for extending LTTE ban not valid: Vaiko

MDMK general secretary Vaiko said on Monday that the reasons cited for extending the ban on the LTTE were not valid. He was making a presentation before the Justice G.P. Mittal-led Special Tribunal, constituted by the Delhi High Court under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act …

SLMC to decide on Friday on Presidential Polls

SLMC to decide on Friday on Presidential Polls

SLMC will meet on Friday to decide on their stand in regard to the forthcoming Presidential Elections. “We are currently gathering comments from the people. On Friday (31), the Party’s high command will meet at our party headquarters to decide on our stand vis-à-vis the forthcoming …

Tamil Nadu fishermen call off fast

Tamil Nadu fishermen call off fast

Twenty-four fishermen from Tamil Nadu today called off their hunger strike in a prison in Sri Lanka after the island nation’s officials assured a fishermen’s body in the state that they would be set free in a week. The fishermen started fast in the Lankan …