Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sri Lanka Talks Big on Human Rights Day

Sri Lanka Talks Big on Human Rights Day

Given that December 10 is Human Rights Day, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, spoke about the subject. At the beginning of his prepared statement, Samaraweera announced that Sri Lanka will sign the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances, officially known as the International Convention for …

Sri Lanka to Sign International Convention on Enforced Disappearance

Sri Lanka to Sign International Convention on Enforced Disappearance

Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera making statement marking International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2015. said Sri Lanka will sign the International Convention on Enforced Disappearances. “Today is Human Rights Day, as you know. And as in the past, Sri Lanka will join the countries of …

The right to liberty, a non-defeasible right

The right to liberty, a non-defeasible right

Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran in a statement to mark World Human Rights Day said  “The principles enunciated in the UN documents on Human Rights have special significance for Sri Lanka. In every sense, the rights of Tamils as individuals and as a …

Supreme Court says refugee claimant deserves second chance

Supreme Court says refugee claimant deserves second chance

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Tamil teenager who fled the violent aftermath of Sri Lanka’s 27-year civil war should have his refugee application reconsidered on humanitarian grounds. By a 5-2 margin, the high court on Thursday reversed a decision by the …

Anti-corruption website launched

Anti-corruption website launched

Sri Lanka’s government and I Paid A Bribe Sri Lanka has launched a “first of its kind” anti-corruption website www.ipaidabribe.lk to crowd source reports on corruption. President Maithripala Sirisena and Chairman of the Commission to Investiate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC), Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, …

Uber takes to the roads in Sri Lanka

Uber takes to the roads in Sri Lanka

Taxi app company Uber launched Wednesday in Sri Lanka, a country dominated by three-wheeler auto rickshaws, as part of the US start-up’s growing push into Asia. Uber said it hopes to snatch a large share of the taxi market through its mobile app service in …

Recent economic developments reflect a more challenging external environment

Recent economic developments reflect a more challenging external environment

On November 13, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Fourth Post-Program Monitoring (PPM) with Sri Lanka. In a press release No 15/553 of 9 December 2015 the IMF said; Recent economic developments reflect a more challenging external environment as well as …

Is Sri Lanka’s Fiscal House in Order?

Is Sri Lanka’s Fiscal House in Order?

By Todd Schneider.                                                Constructing a good budget is like building a good house. The foundation needs to be solid, high-quality materials make …

De-proscription of Tamil organizations is an extension of divide and conquer tactics

De-proscription of Tamil organizations is an extension of divide and conquer tactics

The International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET), one of the largest Tamil diaspora organisations, has called on all Tamil people not to fall prey for the perks and crumbs and get entangled in the web of deceit laid by the Sri Lankan government and urged …

The Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations

The Future of US-Sri Lanka Relations

Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, will soon complete his first year in office and many promises remain unfulfilled. More recently, we’re now hearing talk about the creation of a special court to handle alleged wartime abuses and the drafting of a new constitution. Would expecting …