Monthly Archives: August 2015

Golden opportunity for Tamil refugees to return

Golden opportunity for Tamil refugees to return

Given the prevailing political situation in Sri Lanka, the time has come for Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu to return home, said S. C. Chandrahasan, founder of the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR). “It is a golden opportunity for the refugees to …

United States will be working with the new government

United States will be working with the new government

Speaking at an organisational meeting last week, ahead of the 30 th session on 24 August, 2015 delivering a statement US Ambassador Keith Harper said we plan to offer a resolution on Sri Lanka to follow up on the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts to promote reconciliation …

TNA to Wait for UN Report Before Taking Stand

TNA to Wait for UN Report Before Taking Stand

R.Sampanthan, the top most leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has said that the party can take an official stand on the latest US policy on the mechanism to investigate charges of war crimes in Sri Lanka, only after reading the report of the …

Vaiko, Ramadoss Opposes India Gifting Away Ship to Sri Lanka

Vaiko, Ramadoss Opposes India Gifting Away Ship to Sri Lanka

Opposing the gifting away of a Indian Coast Guard ship to Sri Lanka, MDMK chief Vaiko today said it was a “betrayal” of Eelam Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen. Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Varaha’ was gited to Sri Lanka on August 27 in Colombo. The …

Will New Sri Lankan Government Prioritize Resettlement of War-Displaced?

Will New Sri Lankan Government Prioritize Resettlement of War-Displaced?

The new Sri Lankan government that was voted in on Aug. 17 certainly didn’t inherit as much baggage as its predecessors did during the nearly 30 years of conflict that gripped this South Asian island nation. But six years into ‘peacetime’, the second parliament of …

Domestic process will be tantamount to “victor’s justice

Domestic process will be tantamount to “victor’s justice

Citing its consistent warnings to Tamils about the use of their struggle by geo-political contestations, the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) in a statement on Saturday said that it insists on an international criminal justice process since any domestic process will be tantamount to “victor’s …

Entrenching Democratic Change

Entrenching Democratic Change

Rather a Referendum than a Vote On Monday, August 17, Sri Lanka’s 15 million strong electorate went to the national polls for the second time this year. Among analysts, there is no doubt that this was not only a ‘popular vote’, which decided over the …

US Falls in Line With India on Lanka War Crimes Probe

US Falls in Line With India on Lanka War Crimes Probe

The United States appears to have fallen in line with India’s consistent position that charges of war crimes and human rights violations relating to Sri Lanka are best investigated by an independent and credible domestic mechanism rather than an intrusive international mechanism, threatening its sovereignty. …

TNA now stakes claim for Leader of Opposition

TNA now stakes claim for Leader of Opposition

The Tamil National Alliance on Saturday openly staked its claim for the post of Leader of Opposition in the light of a national government to be formed by the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which is the dominant constituent …

For too long, Sri Lanka’s relationship with the international community has been dictated by ‘human rights

For too long, Sri Lanka’s relationship with the international community has been dictated by ‘human rights

Addressing the Colombo-based diplomatic community, Foreign Minister Samaraweera asked the world community not to focus just on the human rights issue in the country, saying it has already launched a process to ensure justice for all communities and promote reconciliation with minorities. He said that for …