Monthly Archives: April 2015

Legal Rules and Anti-Terrorism Warfare

Legal Rules and Anti-Terrorism Warfare

On January 15, 2015, an expanded panel of judges of the Israeli Supreme Court, in a re-hearing (CFH 5698/11), ordered the dismissal of Mustafa Dirani’s petition against the State of Israel for damages regarding his claims of being tortured by his interrogators while in custody …

Chinese Naval Ships to Use Pakistan’s Port

Chinese Naval Ships to Use Pakistan’s Port

Pakistan’s Gwadar port which has been taken over by a Chinese firm could guarantee maintenance and supply for China’s naval ships in the Indian Ocean after the new Sri Lankan government declined permission for Chinese vessels to dock in the country. “The Gwadar port will …

Central Bank Cuts Rates

Central Bank Cuts Rates

Sri Lanka’s central bank on Wednesday surprised markets by cutting key policy rates to record lows in a move aimed at boosting economic growth, but some analysts warned the easing risked further eroding a shaky balance of payments position. The monetary authority said it will …

Naxals getting arms from Sri Lanka?

Naxals getting arms from Sri Lanka?

Central intelligence agencies have launched a major investigation into a “specific tip-off” that Naxals were now getting sophisticated weapons through the sea route from Sri Lanka. Top intelligence sources claimed that they had received information some time back that Naxals were routing arms and ammunition …

UN Secretary General called on the newly elected Government of Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of sexual violence

UN Secretary General called on the newly elected Government of Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of sexual violence

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on conflict-related sexual violence in 19 countries during 2014 on 13 April 2015.In the report, the secretary-general urged the Security Council to integrate attention to sexual violence into its monitoring and field visits to conflict-affected countries, and to take …

Sending IPKF to Sri Lanka was high level policy failure

Sending IPKF to Sri Lanka was high level policy failure

Union Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) V K Singh said here on Tuesday that the decision to send the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987 was “a high level policy failure.” “The decision to deploy the IPKF in …

Tamil civil society welcome UN official’s report

Tamil civil society welcome UN official’s report

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF),welcomed the statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, released on 11 April 2015  following his visit to the island. It said “We are pleased that Mr de …

Sri Lankans have of late taken decisions that open the possibility of important progress in the protection of rights of all citizens

Sri Lankans have of late taken decisions that open the possibility of important progress in the protection of rights of all citizens

I would like to thank the Government of Sri Lanka for the invitation extended to undertake a visit to the country from 30 March to 3 April 2015. In the course of the visit, I was able to meet with high-level Government officials at central …

Can President Sirisena Deliver on Reforms?

Can President Sirisena Deliver on Reforms?

In early January, Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa was thrown out of office. Rajapaksa, a two-term president who had ruled since 2005, allegedly abused state resources throughout the election campaign and few predicted he would lose. Though Rajapaksa still won a majority of Sinhalese votes (the …

100th Birthday of Sunil Shantha

100th Birthday of Sunil Shantha

Centennial Birthday of Sunil Shantha, the greatest singer, music composer and indisputable golden voice of Sri Lanka falls on 14th April 2015. Sunil Shantha who made an excellent contribution to introduce the identity of Sri Lankan music composed with traditional folk songs of indigenous style …