Monthly Archives: November 2014

Rohana Wijeweera: The killing of Sri Lanka’s Stalinist icon

Rohana Wijeweera: The killing of Sri Lanka’s Stalinist icon

Twenty-five years ago, on 13 November 1989, the Sri Lankan government announced that Rohana Wijeweera, an extreme-left Sinhalese nationalist leader of two failed insurrections, had died in police custody – in unclear circumstances. “I heard about the death. Of course it was not unexpected, I …

Australia verifying asylum claims

Australia verifying asylum claims

Australia is verifying the genuineness of the asylum claims of the 157 Sri Lankan Tamils who had left Puducherry by boat, Australian Consul-General to South India Sean Kelly has said. The boat was intercepted by Australian authorities in June. The migrants are now lodged in …

Refugees ready to return, but need a clear plan

Refugees ready to return, but need a clear plan

The overwhelming feeling among the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in India is to return home, but the repatriation process should be well-structured with the backing of a Memorandum of Understanding among India, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, according to S.C. Chandrahasan, founder, Organisation for Eelam …

UNP leader writes to EU on ruling over LTTE

UNP leader writes to EU on ruling over LTTE

Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has written to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini urging the to file an appeal against the EU court order on the LTTE. Wickremesinghe said that he had sent the letter after he found that the Government was …

OHCHR rejects submissions ?

OHCHR rejects submissions ?

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has rejected submissions as regards accountability issues in Sri Lanka on the basis the complainants couldn’t provide English, French, Spanish or Russian translations of all supporting documents.  Petitions and Inquiries Section of the OHCHR …

The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid

The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid

Speaking at the daily press briefing on 10 November 2014 Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General said “The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid, and he agrees with High Commissioner Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate.  And we will continue to …

Wigneswaran wants Tamil refugees sent back

Wigneswaran wants Tamil refugees sent back

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran, made a strong case on Monday for the return of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu to their homeland, saying it was necessary to prevent the government’s “design” to settle the Sinhalese in the …

UK condemned over arms sales

UK condemned over arms sales

The government has been accused of dishonesty over arms sales as new figures reveal that the value of British weapons sales to “countries of concern” has already hit £60m this year. Former Tory defence minister Sir John Stanley, who chairs the Commons committees on arms …

Questions Raised On The Transparency And Integrity Of The OISL

Questions Raised On The Transparency And Integrity Of The OISL

Serious concerns regarding the credibility of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) being carried out has arisen, due to the recent discovery of signatures being obtained in blank forms, from the families of those affected by …

Anandasangaree: TNA spell fading

Anandasangaree: TNA spell fading

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V. Ananda Sangaree, who accused the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of misleading the Tamil people, said today that the leader of the LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran could have become the Chief Minister of the Northern Province had his …