Monthly Archives: February 2015

Release OISL report and implement recommendations: TNA

Release OISL report and implement recommendations: TNA

The spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance, MP Suresh Premachandran urged India and the US to support the release of the OISL report and the implementation of its recommendations, while criticising the 100 day reform programme of President Maithripala Sirisena, for not addressing Tamil issues. …

Playing poker in Sri Lanka

Playing poker in Sri Lanka

The Tamil question has been brought centre-stage with the elected council of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province passing a resolution accusing successive governments in Colombo of carrying out genocide against the minority community over six decades. Moved by Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in the …

Move resolution against Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi

Move resolution against Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi

Days after the Northern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka adopted a resolution demanding an international probe into the “genocide” of the Tamil community, DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that India adopted a resolution against the island nation …

Sri Lanka urges war crimes report delay

Sri Lanka urges war crimes report delay

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and U.N. diplomatic sources said he pressed his government’s desire to delay the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his country’s civil war. In their meeting at U.N. headquarters …

Secretary‑General wants credible mechanisms

Secretary‑General wants credible mechanisms

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, responding to a question posed at a press briefing on 12 February 2015 said that the Secretary‑General has stressed the importance of Sri Lanka establishing credible mechanisms that meet international standards. Question:  And did the issue of not pursuing the …

Sri Lanka minister optimistic about delaying war-crimes report

Sri Lanka minister optimistic about delaying war-crimes report

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Thursday he was optimistic about securing a delay in the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during his country’s civil war until the government has had time to establish a new judicial mechanism to …

Mano Ganeshan:Tone of NPC Resolution unfortunate

Mano Ganeshan:Tone of NPC Resolution unfortunate

The Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said that the tone and the wording of the recent resolution of the Northern Provincial Council making remarks on the new government, Prime Minister and the State Minister of Defence is rather extreme and unfortunate. Addressing a media …

TCSF writes UN Rights Chief

TCSF writes UN Rights Chief

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to proceed with the release of the findings of the OISL inquiry and to take all steps necessary for international criminal prosecutions to be initiated in the …

Constitutional Reforms

Constitutional Reforms

Discussion Paper on Constitutional Reforms – The following are the main proposals for constitutional reforms under discussion: President The President will be the Head of State, the Head of the Executive and the Commander in Chief of the armed forces. The President shall always, except in …

This is a unique moment in our country’s history

This is a unique moment in our country’s history

Addressing the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on 11 February Foreign Minister Mr. Mangala Samaraweera said “I look forward to inviting the Secretary of State when I meet him tomorrow, to visit Sri Lanka as well. I will also invite the UN Secretary General Mr. …