Monthly Archives: November 2015

Sri Lanka has given the world “great hope,”

Sri Lanka has given the world “great hope,”

Speaking after a meeting with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, the US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said the”world is watching what is happening in Sri Lanka far more closely than I think any of you can imagine”. “The changes that have …

Wigneswaran, TNA to iron out problems

Wigneswaran, TNA to iron out problems

Northern Province’s Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran will soon hold a meeting with the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to sort out differences on key issues. Tamil National Alliance’s deputy leader in Parliament Mavai S. Senathirajah said Mr. Wigneswaran, in a letter to TNA …

Ban on several proscribed outfits removed

Ban on several proscribed outfits removed

By a gazette extraordinary issued on Friday, the Sri Lankan government lifted the ban on several outfits and individuals previously thought to have been working for the LTTE. On March 21, 2014, 16 organisations and 424 individuals were proscribed under the UN Act No: 45 …

None of the witnesses complained about torture chambers

None of the witnesses complained about torture chambers

The Chairman of the Sri Lankan Presidential Commission on Disappearances and War Crimes, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, says that none of the witnesses who appeared before the panel complained about the existence of torture chambers in the Lankan naval base at Trincomalee. He was reacting to …

No more vehicle permits

No more vehicle permits

Pay as you earn (PAYE) tax on salaries raised from 750,000 to 2.4 million rupees a year and corporate income tax will be at 15 and 30 percent, personal income tax will be charged at 15 percent and Corporate income tax will be brought down to …

TGTE nominates panel  to monitor Transitional Justice Mechanism

TGTE nominates panel to monitor Transitional Justice Mechanism

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (“TGTE”) has nominated a panel of five legal experts to monitor the design and implementation of the transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka, including the judicial measures to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide (“Monitoring …

TNA cannot shirk its responsibility

TNA cannot shirk its responsibility

Northern Province Chief Minister Mr C. V Wigneswaran issued a lengthy explanation yesterday in response to allegations that he acted against the Tamil National Alliance at the General Elections held in 2015. In this regard, I welcome his confirmation of incidents I have highlighted previously. …

Samantha Power must recalibrate Washington’s Sri Lanka rhetoric

Samantha Power must recalibrate Washington’s Sri Lanka rhetoric

Samantha Power, America’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), is in India and Sri Lanka from November 18 – 23. In India, she’s set to meet human rights activists, members of civil society and senior government officials. On November 20, she’ll give a speech about …

MMDK, PMK, VCK Demand Probe Into SL Torture Camps

MMDK, PMK, VCK Demand Probe Into SL Torture Camps

MDMK leader Vaiko, PMK founder S Ramadoss and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan on Thursday demanded a thorough probe into the torture camps in Sri Lanka, citing reports of the findings by a UN panel. The revelation showed that the Tamils were tortured even …

Conference outlines recommendations for reconciliation

Conference outlines recommendations for reconciliation

A document has been formulated by South Africa’s Solidarity Group for Peace and Justice in Sri Lanka (SGPJ), as an outcome of a conference hosted by them and attended by Tamil politicians, members of Tamil civil society, members of Tamil diaspora organisations across the world, …