Monthly Archives: February 2015

Vigneswaran tells  nothing racist about demanding truth

Vigneswaran tells nothing racist about demanding truth

Criticising the Sri Lankan prime minister’s statement that a resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) calling for an international investigation in genocide as “racist”, adding that the UN Human Rights council’s decision to defer the publication of a report examining mass atrocities against …

UN defends decision to defer probe report

UN defends decision to defer probe report

The UN Human Rights Council today defended its move to defer the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war as a “very rational” decision taken in a “relatively unique” case. The President of the UN Human Rights Council …

NPC will support Memorial in Mullivaikkal

NPC will support Memorial in Mullivaikkal

Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran said the Northern Provincial Council will offer its full cooperation for erecting of a memorial at Mullivaikkal, in memory of people killed there in 2009 replying to a question raised by NPC Member T. Ravikaran at the 25th sitting of the NPC . The …

The independence of judicial institutions in Sri Lanka was compromised

The independence of judicial institutions in Sri Lanka was compromised

Amnesty International released its 2014/15 Annual Report on 24 February 2015. The Report  documents the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2014. Some key events from 2013 are also reported. It represents Amnesty International’s key concerns throughout the world, and is essential …

Protest in Jaffna against domestic probe and release of UN report

Protest in Jaffna against domestic probe and release of UN report

 Members of the Tamil community protested in Jaffna on 24 February 2015, calling on the UN Human Rights Council to release the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) report in March. Tamils from the Northern and Eastern Provinces converged in Jaffna insisting that UN Human Rights Council’s …

PM Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit to push soft power

PM Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit to push soft power

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Sri Lanka’s ancient capital Anuradhapura during his trip to the island nation next month, a move aimed at pushing India’s soft power and projecting the country’s Buddhist links in the region. Officials said that Modi could reach …

Mahinda Rajapaksa invokes God of War before comeback bid

Mahinda Rajapaksa invokes God of War before comeback bid

Defeated Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is harnessing supernatural as well as temporal forces in a determined bid to come back to power through the June parliamentary elections. On Monday, he made a ceremonial offering of a gold plated trisulam (a trident associated with Lord …

Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes for comeback

Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes for comeback

Supporters of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have their eyes set on the upcoming parliamentary elections, hoping to bring him back into Sri Lankan politics, a move that could pose a serious challenge to new President Maithripala Sirisena’s agenda for democratic reforms. Rajapaksa, who …

The World Bank reaffirms its commitment to support Sri Lanka

The World Bank reaffirms its commitment to support Sri Lanka

World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Annette Dixon said the Bank would partner with the government to help shape and implement policies aimed at reducing poverty, improving shared prosperity and promoting sustainable growth. During her visit, Dixon met with President Maithripala Sirisena, …

Sri Lanka mulls future of Rajapakse’s white elephants

Sri Lanka mulls future of Rajapakse’s white elephants

From a multi-million dollar airport ignored by airlines to a lavish cricket stadium rejected by players, Sri Lanka’s new government is mulling the future of a string of white elephants. Former president Mahinda Rajapakse ordered the state-of-the-art facilities built in his southern home town of …