Monthly Archives: November 2015

UN group says a comprehensive policy should address all the enforced disappearances

UN group says a comprehensive policy should address all the enforced disappearances

Preliminary observations of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances at the conclusion of its visit to Sri Lanka (9-18 November 2015) A delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances concluded a ten-day official visit to Sri Lanka. The …

I am not a Member of TNA

I am not a Member of TNA

The Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran  says that he has the right to be “neutral” vis-à-vis political parties because he is not a member of any political party. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), whose administration he heads in the Northern Province, is not a registered …

Samantha Power to visit Jaffna

Samantha Power to visit Jaffna

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will travel to India and Sri Lanka November 18-23. In India, Ambassador Power will meet with senior Indian government officials to discuss UN Peacekeeping and the U.S.-India strategic partnership. She will also meet with civil society members …

UN Group on disappearances concludes visit

UN Group on disappearances concludes visit

A UN working group probing disappearances of people affected by the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka will conclude its week-long mission tomorrow, officials said. During the mission, experts from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) studied measures adopted by the state …

LTTE detainees to be sent for rehabilitation

LTTE detainees to be sent for rehabilitation

The Sri Lankan government has said that it proposed to send Tamil Tiger detainees for rehabilitation before releasing them, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran told Express on Monday. Sumanthiran said that at the talks held with the Law and Order Minister Sagala …

EU wants participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators

EU wants participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators

The European Council, in a press brief dated 13 November, said there are now new opportunities for the EU to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in making further progress on reconciliation, strengthening good governance and tackling corruption, promoting respect for human rights and …

LTTE Detainees to Be Sent for Rehabilitation

LTTE Detainees to Be Sent for Rehabilitation

The Sri Lankan government has said that it proposed to send Tamil Tiger detainees for rehabilitation before releasing them, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran told Express on Monday. Sumanthiran said that at the talks held with the Law and Order Minister Sagala …

TNA is accountable for political prisoner’s plight

TNA is accountable for political prisoner’s plight

Speaking at the Jaffna Press club on Sunday, 15 November 2015, Veerasinham Sulakshan, who was released last week stated that the Tamil National Alliance is accountable for today’s plight of the Tamil political prisoners. He said “For 67 years successive Sri Lanka governments had failed …

Sri Lanka Bans Private Floating Armouries

Sri Lanka Bans Private Floating Armouries

Sri Lanka has banned private floating armouries, but Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) will be allowed to function, Lankan Naval spokesman Captain Akram Alavi told Express here on Sunday. The PMSCs have lost the right to operate floating armouries following a major scandal over the …

Clarifying Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Commitments

Clarifying Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Commitments

With the recent passage of yet another UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka — dealing broadly with human rights, accountability and reconciliation — now is an opportune time to clarify and explain how Sri Lanka’s new government has said it will approach transitional …