Monthly Archives: June 2015

Probe Delayed

Probe Delayed

Sri Lanka’s proposed war crimes investigation has been delayed by several months until September as the government focuses on impending parliamentary elections, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. Samaraweera said he hoped the composition of the investigating team along with its terms of reference would …

US wants to help achieve credible justice and accountability

US wants to help achieve credible justice and accountability

Speaking at his nomination hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 23 June 2015, Atul Keshap the new US ambassador designate to Sri Lanka said “We want to help the Sri Lankan people strengthen democracy, civil society, and human rights, including media freedom and freedom of religion. …

Witnesses testify at Pasumai Thayagam event

Witnesses testify at Pasumai Thayagam event

Witnesses from the No Fire Zone revealed their testimonies at a side event disappearances in Sri Lanka at the 29th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, on Thursday. A panel discussion on detainees and disappearances in Sri Lanka consisting of the Chair of …

Campaign to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

Campaign to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court

The signature campaign to urge the United Nations to Refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan State, has reached over 200,000 signatures as of June 22nd, said Transnational Government …

In Defence of Diaspora and Sri Lanka’s Invisible Victims

In Defence of Diaspora and Sri Lanka’s Invisible Victims

There’s typically a sense that once people have fled their country they no longer deserve a full stake in its future. Perhaps the assumption is exiles have assimilated elsewhere, their children no longer speak the language or understand the nuances of the culture. Sometimes there’s …

Belt and Road Diplomacy

Belt and Road Diplomacy

The just concluded Third China-South Asia Think-Tank Conference at Kunming, China (12-13 June) marked an important step for China’s forward “Belt and Road’ (BAR) diplomacy. The conference, which coincides with the impressive China and South Asia Expo, is regarded as a major event for the …

No Decision to Withdraw Army Camps From North, East

No Decision to Withdraw Army Camps From North, East

The Sri Lankan Government has not made any decision to withdraw military camps from war-torn north and east provinces of the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today. Wickremesinghe said the decision to withdraw camps is left to the Army to take. “When such decisions …

It proved impossible to convene any formalised dialogue with the Sri Lankan authorities

It proved impossible to convene any formalised dialogue with the Sri Lankan authorities

The EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2014 was released on 22 June 2015 in Luxembourg. The 2014 Annual Report outlines the efforts of the EU, its extensive network of 139 EU Delegations, the High Representative and the EU Special …

Shares edge up; political woes hurt sentiment

Shares edge up; political woes hurt sentiment

Sri Lankan shares inched up on Monday, recovering from a two-month low hit in the previous session, led by large caps, but trading was choppy as political woes ahead of an announcement on parliamentary election date weighed on sentiment. The main stock index ended up …

C.S.R. should mean ‘Collective Shareholder Responsibility’

C.S.R. should mean ‘Collective Shareholder Responsibility’

Social values drive commercial value. That statement might feel empty to many business leaders. But when Unilever reports that their ‘brands with purpose’ are growing at twice the speed of others in their portfolio, it’s time to sit up and take note. Startups intrinsically understand …