Monthly Archives: February 2015

Investigate “Secret Camps”

Investigate “Secret Camps”

The Organisation for finding Missing persons has stated that, the current regime should re-open the investigation regarding 07 secret camps at several locations, somewhere in  North Central Province and elsewhere, which were mulled by the former Government on the guise of lack of evidence, and that several matters  will …

Decision to release land in Palali a welcome development

Decision to release land in Palali a welcome development

Laura Davis.                                                                    Earlier this week, the UN Human Rights Council agreed to …

‘Right to Information’ to become a fundamental Right

‘Right to Information’ to become a fundamental Right

The Right to Information Bill, which will be presented in Parliament soon, will have constitutional status, Media Ministry Secretary Karu Paranawithana said on Thursday (19). He said the Bill is being drafted to enable the public to have access to information from public institutions and …

Justice and accountability must  be realised

Justice and accountability must  be realised

In a statement released on Friday, the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) has urged the international community to judge Sri Lanka’s new government by its words and not by its actions.  The statement said: On 16 February, the Human Rights Council followed recommendation of …

Tamil Civil Society Forum dismayed over postponement

Tamil Civil Society Forum dismayed over postponement

The Tamil Civil Society Forum, said it was “extremely disappointed” by the UN Human Rights Council decision on Monday to delay the publication of the findings of a UN inquiry into mass atrocities committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka by six months. Tamil Civil Society …

Expedite implementation of discussed matters

Expedite implementation of discussed matters

The Second of the meetings between the TNA and the Government was held on 20 February 2015. TNA leader R. Sampanthan, M.Senathirajah,  S. Premachandran, P. Selvarasa and M. Sumanthiran participated on behalf of the TNA. Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe,and Re-settlement Minister Swaminathan  along with their …

Foreign Minister to brief UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister to brief UN Human Rights Council

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will travel to Geneva to attend the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to be held on 2nd March 2015. Over 65 Foreign Ministers from around the world will participate in this year’s High-Level Segment. He is …

New Delhi’s help to set up a Financial Intelligence Unit

New Delhi’s help to set up a Financial Intelligence Unit

Sri Lanka has shared more information with India on the billions of dollars that its new government alleges members of the previous regime headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa had stashed abroad, to support the island nation’s request for New Delhi’s help to set up a Financial …

PM Modi to visit Jaffna during visit

PM Modi to visit Jaffna during visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Sri Lanka next month, the first bilateral visit to the country by an Indian premier in over 25 years, and is likely to go to Tamil-dominated Jaffna amid signs of growing amity between the two neighbours. “Prime Minister …

Maj. General A.W.J.C De Silva appointed  Commander of the Army

Maj. General A.W.J.C De Silva appointed Commander of the Army

Major General A.W.J.C De Silva RWP USP ndu psc has been appointed as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, effective from February 22, 2015 by President Maithripala Sirisena the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defence announced on Friday (20 …