Monthly Archives: September 2015

The importance of’ creating a mechanism which can gain the support and confidence of the victims cannot be overemphasized

The importance of’ creating a mechanism which can gain the support and confidence of the victims cannot be overemphasized

Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran addressing  a letter to key UNHRC member states on Wednesday 30 September 2015 said I remain deeply concerned about some of the serious weaknesses in the resolution which unless addressed could lead to the failure of this whole process. Statement from Chief …

TNA hails resolution

TNA hails resolution

The draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the U.S. and other countries has addressed the main issues of accountability and reconciliation, according to the Tamil National Alliance leader, R. Sampanthan. The involvement of Commonwealth and other …

Resolution softened before UN debate

Resolution softened before UN debate

A US backed resolution at the United Nations that seeks justice for victims of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war has been softened to keep its government on board and allay the concerns of powerful neighbour India, sources say. The latest draft, expected to be adopted …

North-East civil society groups express concern over resolution

North-East civil society groups express concern over resolution

North-East civil society groups, trade unions and Tamil political parties, including three constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), the Democratic People’s Liberation Front (PLOTE) and Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), The Social Architects (TSA), the Tamil Civil Society …

Lanka-led, UN-backed Probe Way Forward

Lanka-led, UN-backed Probe Way Forward

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena that his country supports a Lankan-led and UN-backed justice and reconciliation mechanism in Sri Lanka. This was stated when Kerry met Sirisena on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in …

British MPs express ‘concern and disappointment

British MPs express ‘concern and disappointment

British parliamentarian Siobhain McDonagh together with a number of other MPs to call for the UK government not to turn its back on international participation in securing justice in Sri Lanka. The group of MPs said there was “no reason to pass all responsibility for …

Government’s commitment to accountability, genuine reconciliation and deeper change remains an open question

Government’s commitment to accountability, genuine reconciliation and deeper change remains an open question

On September 24, the U.S.-led UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on Sri Lanka was tabled. This would be the fourth HRC resolution passed on the island nation since 2012. The Sri Lankan government has praised the resolution and it appears that the original idea …

Ensure the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka is implemented

Ensure the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka is implemented

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council’s 30th session on 28 September 2015, Pasumai Thaayagam called on all states to “actively assist Sri Lanka in setting up an accountability process and urged UN member states to remain vigilant to ensure the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka is …

Vaiko protests

Vaiko protests

MDMK general secretary Vaiko and representatives from 32 organisations were detained on Monday morning after they threatened to lay siege to the U.S. Consulate here following a rally condemning the draft U.S. resolution for a domestic investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. …

Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Pearl of the Indian Ocean

To the Greeks it was Salike, to the Portuguese Trapobana, English named it Ceylon, and Arabs Tenerism. So many names for a little piece of earth. It lies in the ocean and effortlessly carries the weight of 2000 plus years of different cultures, traditions, beliefs, …