Monthly Archives: October 2015

Foreign involvement in mechanism a political decision

Foreign involvement in mechanism a political decision

The Chairman of Sri Lanka’s three-member probe commission says that certain isolated incidents that may have occurred outside the activities of the war should be investigated in depth to come to conclusion. He said that whether to permit foreign involvement in the mechanism, more than …

A more credible mechanism

A more credible mechanism

The recent findings of two inquiry commissions in Sri Lanka underscore the need for a formal process to investigate and prosecute those responsible for grave crimes during the armed conflict that spanned three decades. The submission of the reports in Parliament should be welcomed, although …

The other oppressed minority

The other oppressed minority

Ahilan Kadirgamar.                                                                          About 25 years ago, on October 30, …

Railway line from Maradana to Battaramulla

Railway line from Maradana to Battaramulla

A feasibility study on establishing a 10 km railway land line from Maradana to Battaramulla via Dematagoda would be started today (26), Sri Lanka Railways said today. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Railway Department Superintendent Vijaya Samarasinghe said the plan of the proposed 10 km …

UN Resolution ‘Dangerous’

UN Resolution ‘Dangerous’

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today rejected the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka as “dangerous”, warning that if agreed to, it will punish the country’s war heroes who fought against the Tamil Tigers. “There are various interpretations given by different people. The threat on the country …

Government was downplaying the international component

Government was downplaying the international component

Tamil Civil Society Forum Co-Spokesperson Kumaravadivel Guruparan  was invited by BBC’s South Asia Editor Charles Havilland on BBC World Service on 21 October 2015 to speak about the UNHRC Resolution, the Government’s interpretation of the resolution, the Paranagama Commission Report etc. The spokesperson, called on the …

Feasibility study on road to Talaimannar soon

Feasibility study on road to Talaimannar soon

The Centre will soon carry out a feasibility study on establishing a road link between Rameswaram and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, said Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Transport, Highways and Shipping. “India is keen on implementing the project. It needs the consent of …

Paradise lost, will it be regained?

Paradise lost, will it be regained?

There cannot be a better moment for our closest neighbour Sri Lanka where all the planets seem to be smiling in the right houses. Before 1947, the phrase “neighbouring country” stood for Sri Lanka and, some distance away, Burma. Pakistan and Bangladesh are latter-day neighbours. …

Accountability process would be purely domestic

Accountability process would be purely domestic

The process to fix accountability as mandated by the latest UNHRC resolution for the alleged rights abuses during the conflict with the LTTE will be completely domestic, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said rejecting claims that it was a hybrid mechanism. Mr. Samaraweera …

Do not expect much from Pak. on LeT promise

Do not expect much from Pak. on LeT promise

South Asia watchers in the U.S capital acknowledge that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to take action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is technically a new one, but warn that it may be too early to celebrate. They point out that Pakistan has made commitments …