Monthly Archives: September 2015

Bid to remove NPC Chief continues

Bid to remove NPC Chief continues

A majority of TNA members according to a provincial council member are currently discussing ways and means of removing the chief minister. They are planning to either submit a no-confidence motion or a letter to the Governor seeking the removal of the chief minister. A …

ITAK Central Committee opposes Wigneswaran

ITAK Central Committee opposes Wigneswaran

The newly appointed opposition leader in Parliament R. Samapanthan has come to the rescue of the beleaguered chief minister of the northern provincial council C.V. Wigneswaran. A majority of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Central Committee which met yesterday has called for a firm …

It’s Time to Turn Promises Into Action

It’s Time to Turn Promises Into Action

The United National Party’s (UNP) recent parliamentary election victory has renewed the mandate for reform in Sri Lanka, although the policy changes that the post-war country still needs are complex and variegated. In order to help ensure that Colombo fully commits to reform, sustained engagement …

Modi’s Lanka war crime fix

Modi’s Lanka war crime fix

Sri Lanka’s Tamil leadership has asked India to support an international probe into alleged war crimes on the island at a key UN meet this month, forcing the Narendra Modi government into an uncomfortable choice between a traditional ally and a new friend. India has …

UK wants ‘improvement of human rights, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka’

UK wants ‘improvement of human rights, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka’

Gareth Thomas,  member of Parliament for Harrow West asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the treatment of Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka since the election of President Maithripala Sirisena; and …

Call for Sri Lanka to join International Court

Call for Sri Lanka to join International Court

The Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC ) has called on Sri Lanka to join the international court and “signal to its citizens and the international community that it is ready to break away from impunity and its violent past”. In a campaign launched …

Macrae releases another documentry: Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice.

Macrae releases another documentry: Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice.

Callum Macrae behind the controversial Emmy-nominated feature documentary No Fire Zone  have launched a new short film, Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice. It calls on the international community to listen to the voices of the Tamil victims who are calling for an international accountability process …

Delhi visit to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties

Delhi visit to strengthen India-Sri Lanka ties

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to visit India between 14 and 16 September. This is his first official visit abroad since he was appointed Prime Minister in January by the new President Maithripala Sirisena. That Wickremesinghe – like Sirisena in February – chose …

Protest Walk to Urge UNHRC for International War Crimes Probe

Protest Walk to Urge UNHRC for International War Crimes Probe

Two hardline members of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party today started a five-day protest walk to demand an international war crimes probe into alleged atrocities in the final stages of the military conflict. “We started from Kilinochchi today at 9 am and finish at Elephant …

Al Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri slams ISIS as illegitimate

Al Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri slams ISIS as illegitimate

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has dismissed ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as illegitimate – but has hinted at cooperation in their fight against the West. The Egyptian doctor, who replaced Osama Bin Laden, accused the militants of sedition and insisted their most …