Monthly Archives: February 2015

TNA Lobbying in Geneva for Release of UN Report

TNA Lobbying in Geneva for Release of UN Report

M.A.Sumanthiran, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, is currently in Geneva lobbying at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for  release of the UN’s investigative report on allegations of war crimes committed in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV in  North Sri Lanka. …

ICET urges International community to demand Sri Lanka allow UN investigators

ICET urges International community to demand Sri Lanka allow UN investigators

Underlining the new government’s claim of restoring democracy in Sri Lanka, International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) has urged the international community to demand new Sri Lankan regime to allow UN Investigators into the country. “We urge the international community to utilize the change in …

Report should not be delayed

Report should not be delayed

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran who met officers of Human Rights Council, including Sandra Beidas head of the UNHRC investigation Committee, investigating the War Crimes that occurred in Sri Lanka, in Geneva on 06 February said that he had insisted,  that under no …

Sri Lanka seeks US – UN backing for domestic probe

Sri Lanka seeks US – UN backing for domestic probe

Sri Lanka’s newly-installed government, which has pledged to set up its own domestic tribunal to investigate war crimes charges, is seeking political and moral support both from the United States and the United Nations to stall a possible international investigation. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is …

US security adviser Rice pledges help for Sri Lanka ‘transition’

US security adviser Rice pledges help for Sri Lanka ‘transition’

The United States pledged on Friday to assist Sri Lanka’s new government in creating a more open and democratic society. In a speech laying out President Barack Obama’s updated national security strategy, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice included Sri Lanka alongside Myanmar – which …

Independence Day Participation’ is a great betrayal says Tamil Arasu Kachchi Vice President

Independence Day Participation’ is a great betrayal says Tamil Arasu Kachchi Vice President

The Senior Vice President of the Federal Party, Professor C. K. Sittampalam condemned, the participation of Iillankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) at the Independence day celebration held in Sri Lanka yesterday is a great betrayal done to Tamil people and their struggle, and has said that …

BTF cautions the international community

BTF cautions the international community

The British Tamils Forum in a press release expressed their concern about Sri Lanka’s new President’s intention to set up a local investigation with or without UN assistance. “The new leader is trying to hoodwink the international community, by promising to set up a local investigation with or …

Sri Lanka approves Chinese port project to avoid ‘misunderstanding’ with Beijing

Sri Lanka approves Chinese port project to avoid ‘misunderstanding’ with Beijing

Sri Lanka’s new government will go ahead with a $1.5 bn Chinese-funded port city project planned by the previous president to avoid misunderstandings with Beijing, an official said Thursday. Chinese President Xi Jinping officially launched the city’s development on an artificial island during a visit …

Mixed signals worry Delhi

Mixed signals worry Delhi

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India this month on his first foreign trip in office but his attempts at also assuaging Chinese concerns have sparked worries in New Delhi of a fresh tug-of-war underscored by two greetings Colombo received 45 minutes apart yesterday. …

Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation to beappointed

Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation to beappointed

The Sri Lankan cabinet has decided to appoint a Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation (PTFR) to inquire into issues related to ethnic reconciliation and suggest remedial measures. Announcing this on Thursday, cabinet spokesman, Dr.Rajitha Senaratne, said that said that the PTFR will focus on the …