Monthly Archives: November 2015

Transitional Justice: Genuine move or red herring?

Transitional Justice: Genuine move or red herring?

J S Tissainayagam.                                                                Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met with civil society organisations …

Truth and reconciliation

Truth and reconciliation

No country that emerges from civil war can truly heal until the dead have been accounted for and steps toward reconciliation have been made. Sri Lanka is no exception. Nearly three decades of civil war ended in 2009, when the Sri Lankan military launched a …

General Suhag on nostalgic trip to Sri Lanka

General Suhag on nostalgic trip to Sri Lanka

Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag left for Sri Lanka on Sunday on a four-day visit during which he will review bilateral defence ties and discuss new avenues of cooperation with the key neighbour. His visit assumes significance in the light of the increasing bilateral …

Human smuggling laws unconstitutional

Human smuggling laws unconstitutional

In two cases involving ships carrying Tamil refugees to Canada’s shores, the Supreme Court has ruled that federal immigration laws denying entry to human smugglers are unconstitutional. Those laws could be used to bar from Canada or prosecute anyone who performs a humanitarian act, including …

UK steps up reconciliation and human rights support for Sri Lanka

UK steps up reconciliation and human rights support for Sri Lanka

British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with President Maithripala Sirisena  at the Commonwealth Summit in Malta on 27 November 2015, and announced a significant increase in UK support for reconciliation and human rights. The Government will provide £6.6 million to Sri Lanka, spread over 3 …

Jaffna University students light commemorative flame for Maaveerar Naal

Jaffna University students light commemorative flame for Maaveerar Naal

Tamils across the world marked Tamil National Remembrance Day on November 27th,  in memory of all those who lost their lives. Memorial ceremonies took place across the North-East in homes, churches, universities, temples and at desecrated Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil (LTTE) cemetery sites. Some held …

Jaffna remembers slain LTTE cadres

Jaffna remembers slain LTTE cadres

Great Heroes’ Day (Maaveerar Naal), which commemorates the slain Tamil Tigers, passed without incident in the Tamil-speaking parts of Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces on Friday. Even the funeral of 18-year-old Rajeswaran Senthooran who apparently committed suicide demanding an independent Eelam and the rehabilitation …

Sri Lanka currency falls to record low

Sri Lanka currency falls to record low

The Sri Lankan rupee fell to a record low of 143.25 per dollar on Friday, on track for its sixth straight session of declines on importer demand for the greenback amid lower dollar liquidity. Exporters were also reluctant to sell dollars on expectation the local …

Business must lobby for improved human rights to see GSP+ reinstated

Business must lobby for improved human rights to see GSP+ reinstated

Speaking at the Sri Lanka Apparrel Exporters Association AGM, The European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka David  Daly reiterated that GSP Plus is a unilateral decision taken by the EU Parliament to provide duty-free access to developing countries, which follow all 27 international conventions. The …

Indian HC permits parties to hold ‘Heroes Day’ meeting

Indian HC permits parties to hold ‘Heroes Day’ meeting

The Madras High Court has permitted the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam to hold a meeting to commemorate the ‘heroes’ who had laid down their lives during the Eelam war between 1989 and 2009 in Sri Lanka, at Kolathur town in Mettur, Salem, on November 27. C …