Monthly Archives: October 2015

Credible inquiry into rights violations in Sri Lanka possible

Credible inquiry into rights violations in Sri Lanka possible

India’s former Union Finance and Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said “credible inquiry” [into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka] could be achieved in many ways. Mr. Chidambaram, who is the first prominent leader from Tamil Nadu to visit Sri Lanka in recent …

Paranagama Report

Paranagama Report

The government’s report on the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into complaints of Abductions and Disappearances contains detailed rejection of the allegations against Sri Lanka’s military that it deliberately shelled no fire zones and hospitals. The report conceded that some of the allegations of war crimes …

Plantation companies for ‘revenue sharing’

Plantation companies for ‘revenue sharing’

In a significant progressive step in the ongoing plantation sector wage discussions, the Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have put forward their recommendation for a revenue sharing model for the remuneration of estate workers. This bold initiative is the only sustainable solution and way forward, which …

Former Japanese judge suggested for judicial mechanism

Former Japanese judge suggested for judicial mechanism

The name of Motoo Noguchi, a Japanese judge who took part in the Khemer Rouge trials during 2006-2012, has been suggested by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the latter’s recent visit to Japan for the proposed judicial …

Tough economic challenges

Tough economic challenges

Sri Lanka’s new administration is facing a lot of internal and external challenges with the economy received from the former regime and it will take a longer period to adjust policy and economic reforms, Eran Wickramaratne, deputy minister of state enterprise development, said. “As you …

Red Cross Society says no ‘sexual favours’

Red Cross Society says no ‘sexual favours’

In a press release dated 20 October 2015, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) said it found “no credible evidence” that an official had solicited “sexual favours” from Tamil war widows in return for houses from an Indian government-funded project and that the organisation …

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs to visit Sri Lanka

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs to visit Sri Lanka

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca will begin a visit to Sri Lanka on 21 October 2015. His five-day visit follows recent discussions between the Secretary-General and President Sirisena on the margins of the General Assembly. Mr. Jenca’s visit will provide an …

Paranagama report recommendations likely to cause controversy

Paranagama report recommendations likely to cause controversy

A long-delayed investigation ordered by Sri Lankan government will conclude that video evidence of war crimes and extra-judicial killings presented by Channel 4 in a series of news reports and documentaries is “unlikely to be faked” according to a leaked draft obtained by Channel 4 …

Justin Trudeau to be new Canadian Prime Minister

Justin Trudeau to be new Canadian Prime Minister

Justin Trudeau will be Canada’s next prime minister after leading the Liberal Party to a stunning majority government win, dashing the hopes of Stephen Harper, who had been seeking his fourth consecutive mandate, CBC News has projected. Speaking to his supporters, Harper made no mention about his …

Let bygones be bygones

Let bygones be bygones

Sri Lanka is urging China to put their disputes behind them and help the South Asian nation through one of its worst financial crises ever, caused partly by excessive Chinese loans contracted by the previous government of Beijing ally Mahinda Rajapaksa. “Chinese loans are a …