Monthly Archives: February 2015

Probe will help reconcile conflict in Sri Lanka

Probe will help reconcile conflict in Sri Lanka

The new Sri Lankan government cannot be blamed if it wants to delay publication of a UN report on the human rights violations in the wake of the anti-Tamil pogrom during the last phase of the civil war that ended in 2009. President Maithripala Sirisena …

Sri Lanka seeks delay in UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka seeks delay in UN war crimes report

Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it was seeking a delay of several months in the release of a U.N. report on alleged war crimes during the country’s civil war until the government has time to establish a new judicial mechanism to deal with the allegations. …

Committee to inquire land issue in North

Committee to inquire land issue in North

A committee will be appointed on a directive of the President in order to commence the programme to release lands in the North back to civilians, said the State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene  in Vavuniya. The State Minister explained that the lands in the …

Sri Lanka’s Duty on War Crimes

Sri Lanka’s Duty on War Crimes

It was just one month ago that Sri Lanka surprised the world by electing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena as president, rejecting the authoritarianism, corruption and dynastic politics of the administration of the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa. President Sirisena has moved swiftly to usher in a new …

Current need of India and America is to increase the influence of the present regime

Current need of India and America is to increase the influence of the present regime

The current need of India and America is to increase the influence of the present regime among the Sinhala masses. Hence there is an attempt to curtail the UNHRC’s actions, with the publication of its report and the matters regarding accountability could be left to be …

BTF welcomes NPC resolution

BTF welcomes NPC resolution

The British Tamils Forum (BTF) has  welcomed the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council yesterday on Genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Today, the Northern Provincial Council in Jaffna passed a historic resolution, setting out evidence demonstrating that successive Sri Lankan governments have perpetrated …

Indian officials wary of NPC resolution

Indian officials wary of NPC resolution

The Indian government took note of the resolution by the Sri Lankan Northern Provincial Council internally, but officials said it was too early to gauge its importance to the reconciliation process already initiated by President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government. Officials are studying if the genocide …

Resolution passed in NPC for international mechanism

Resolution passed in NPC for international mechanism

The Northern Provincial Council unanimously passed a resolution today, 10 February stating what happened to the Tamils in Sri Lanka is Genocide and recommend appropriate measures for the International Criminal Court in order to ensure prosecutions. The resolution was moved by the Chief Minister Justice C.V. …

Protection of fundamental rights, sacred duty of Courts

Protection of fundamental rights, sacred duty of Courts

Chief Justice K. Sripavan has stated that it is the sacred duty of Courts to see that fundamental rights of every citizen are protected and safeguarded. We have to bear in mind that in this land of ours, there are persons without education, without means …

Foreign Minister leaves for UK, US and China

Foreign Minister leaves for UK, US and China

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera left the country on Sunday morning on an official visit to the United Kingdom where he is scheduled to meet the top officials of the UK Government. Following the UK visit, the Minister is scheduled to arrive …