Monthly Archives: February 2015

Restoring balance

Restoring balance

For many Sri Lankans the most remarkable feature of Maithripala Sirisena’s four-day trip to India this week, his first as president after a stunningly unexpected election victory in January, was that he took a commercial flight. His predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa—who, with his family, had given …

Sri Lanka and India are “important and friendly neighbours of China

Sri Lanka and India are “important and friendly neighbours of China

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will pay an official visit to China from February 27 to 28. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told media on 17 February, both Sri Lanka and India are “important and friendly neighbours …

Decision to delay the publication of Inquiry report a disappointment

Decision to delay the publication of Inquiry report a disappointment

By Callum Macrae.                              The decision to delay the publication of the UN Human Rights Council Inquiry until September was a bitter disappointment for many. For the brave individuals who took the …

War crime probe resurfaces after Sri Lanka election

War crime probe resurfaces after Sri Lanka election

A UN report into alleged human rights abuses during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s war against separatist Tamil Tigers has been delayed for six months – a move the world body said will help bring a credible investigation to fruition. Sri Lanka’s new Justice …

TNPF: Government must be made to ratify the Rome Statute

TNPF: Government must be made to ratify the Rome Statute

The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) said the delay in the publishing of the findings of the UN inquiry into mass atrocities against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka could only be justified if the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights collected evidence …

UN remains committed to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the post war agenda

UN remains committed to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to address the post war agenda

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon answering a question at the daily press briefing on 17 February 2015 “stressed the importance of Sri Lanka to show firm and clear commitment to accountability, reconciliation and human rights”. Question:  On the …

UK MP want UN inquiry report released

UK MP want UN inquiry report released

The UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils Chaired by Parliamentarian Lee Scott has written to the British Foreign Secretary on 16 February 2015 demanding the OISL report be released in March 2015 stating that “Tamil people in the UK and around the world, and most importantly the victims and …

Permanent solution on Tamil fishermen possible only by restoring India’s sovereignty over Katchatheevu.

Permanent solution on Tamil fishermen possible only by restoring India’s sovereignty over Katchatheevu.

The State government on Tuesday said that any meeting to discuss voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees was premature and should be deferred in view of the prevailing atmosphere of fear and intimidation, the presence of the Army in Tamil areas, non-settlement of internally …

Sri Lanka must use extra time to work with UN – Hugo Swire

Sri Lanka must use extra time to work with UN – Hugo Swire

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire urged the Sri Lankan government to use the time gained by the deferral of the Sri Lanka inquiry report to work with the OHCHR to ensure the investigation is “thorugh and consistent”. Speaking the day after the …

TNA to take up Ministership in the EPC

TNA to take up Ministership in the EPC

For the first time in the seven-year history of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC), the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will be taking up ministerships in the multi-ethnic province. TNA MP from Batticaloa district, P Ariyanenthiran, told Express on Tuesday, that the party has accepted an …