Monthly Archives: April 2015

Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has been beset by controversy

Presidential Commission on Missing Persons has been beset by controversy

The Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva PC QC is head of Argent’s International Law team and is one of this country’s leading criminal Queen’s Counsel. He has particular expertise in Fraud (both national and international), Business Crime, Extradition, Human Rights, Kidnap & Blackmail, Large …

The only way forward for the people in the North and East is to find a durable political solution

The only way forward for the people in the North and East is to find a durable political solution

I am one of those who believed that bringing back Mahinda Rajapaksa as President was the only way forward for the people in the North and East to find a durable political solution – with the support of the International Community, especially the help of …

‘LTTE behind 60 per cent forced disappearances

‘LTTE behind 60 per cent forced disappearances

At least four different groups including Sri Lanka’s security forces and the LTTE were responsible for the disappearances of hundreds of persons during the country’s deadly civil war, an enquiry commission has found. The presidential commission to enquire into and report on the alleged abductions …

Asia’s Next Geopolitical Nightmare

Asia’s Next Geopolitical Nightmare

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington for a summit meeting with President Obama and to give an address to a joint session of Congress, the U.S.-Japanese alliance is at a critical turning point. Because U.S. officials are increasingly concerned about China’s growing …

Right to Information

Right to Information

Cabinet approval has been granted to the draft Right to Information Act to be presented to Parliament as an urgent bill. The most significant point of the bill is that all citizens will have the right to know information. The right to information means to obtain …

Absence of War is not Peace

Absence of War is not Peace

Delivering the S.J.V. Chelvanayakam memorial lecture ‘Absence of War is not Peace’ organised by the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi’s Colombo branch on 25 April 2015, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaartunge said she was deeply honored by this invitation, despite her origins from a family that has …

Ananthy to meet President

Ananthy to meet President

Northern Province council member Ananthy Sasitharan has said that she has decided to speak directly with the President about those who surrendered and then disappeared during the conflict and wants the next of kin to submit all relevant information along with any related documents to …

President for early elections

President for early elections

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently decided to order early Parliamentary elections in the hope that it will yield a Legislature which will enable him to fulfill his poll promises, informed sources told Express. This is after he found the current Parliament to be …

Governor rejects allegations lands in Sampur given to LTTE terrorists

Governor rejects allegations lands in Sampur given to LTTE terrorists

The Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando vehemently rejected the allegations that the lands in Sampur in Trincomalee District have been given to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists, reports SLBC on April 23. The Governor pointed out that handing over the …

Doubts about value of N.S.A.’s Spying

Doubts about value of N.S.A.’s Spying

The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows. The document is a lengthy …