Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sri Lankan Tamils Distressed Over UN Probe Report

Sri Lankan Tamils Distressed Over UN Probe Report

Sri Lanka’s main Tamil political party Tuesday expressed distress at a decision taken by the Human Rights Council in Geneva to postpone the submission of a report based on war crimes. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which has been pushing for the report to be …

Justice has been delayed: Suresh Premachandran

Justice has been delayed: Suresh Premachandran

The United Nations’ top human rights official agreed Monday to delay the release of a long awaited report on alleged atrocities during the Sri Lankan civil war, saying the country’s new government has offered “clear commitments” on cooperating with his office for the first time. …

Sampanthan neither happy nor disappointed with UN’s decision

Sampanthan neither happy nor disappointed with UN’s decision

Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan was quoted as saying to BBC Tamil Service that he was neither happy nor disappointed about the Human Rights Council’s decision to delay the UN report on Sri Lanka by six months. He highlighted the Sri Lankan government’s announcement to …

Deeply disappointed by UN inquiry delay says TAG

Deeply disappointed by UN inquiry delay says TAG

The rights group, Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) said witnesses would be “deeply disappointed” by the UN Human Rights Council’s decision on Monday to delay the publishing of the findings of a UN inquiry into mass atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka. “We are deeply disappointed …

Govt seeks cordiality with Northern Province

Govt seeks cordiality with Northern Province

Local Government Minister Karu Jayasuriya has stated that the new government seeks to establish cooperation with the northern province not only to solve people’s problems and but more than that to build national unity. We believe in a consensual approach. Minister Jayasuriya was addressing the …

One lakh war widows in North: Vigneswaran

One lakh war widows in North: Vigneswaran

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, said in Jaffna on Monday, that there are “almost a lakh war widows” in his province. He was addressing a meeting of the Special Coordinating Committee for the Northern Province, which was presided over …

India and Sri Lanka begin a new chapter in their relations

India and Sri Lanka begin a new chapter in their relations

India and close neighbour Sri Lanka on Monday sought to begin a new chapter in their relations as the island nation’s newly-elected President Maithripala Sirisena held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two sides inked four agreements, including one on civil nuclear co-operation. …

UN rights chief requests deferral of report on Sri Lanka conflict

UN rights chief requests deferral of report on Sri Lanka conflict

At the request of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on 16 February 2015, agreed to temporarily hold off its consideration of a long-awaited report into alleged rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka for six months, until September …

China could be next visit for Sri Lankan President Sirisena, Foreign Minister to visit Beijing

China could be next visit for Sri Lankan President Sirisena, Foreign Minister to visit Beijing

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who on Monday kicked off his visit to India, could soon visit China – possibly even his second overseas trip following India – with Colombo set to dispatch its Foreign Minister to Beijing next week. Officials told India Today that …

Domestic investigation unacceptable: TNA

Domestic investigation unacceptable: TNA

A domestic investigation cannot be accepted regardless of when the release of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report into Sri Lanka’s atrocities (OISL) occurs, the Tamil National Alliance said on Sunday 15 Feb. Commenting on Sri Lanka’s requests to delay the …