Monthly Archives: January 2016

Foreign presence in probe not ruled out

Foreign presence in probe not ruled out

Even as a controversy continues over Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s reported observations against permitting foreign judges and prosecutors in the proposed investigation of alleged human rights violations and abuses during the final stages of the civil war, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has clarified that …

Housing project for plantation Tamils

Housing project for plantation Tamils

The Indian government’s housing project for hill country Tamils of Sri Lanka, envisaging the construction of 4,000 houses, will be launched very shortly. The houses would come up in Uva and Central Provinces. They form part of India’s project of building 50,000 houses, of which …

Missing Persons Panel Seeks An Year’s Extension

Missing Persons Panel Seeks An Year’s Extension

The Sri Lankan Missing Persons’ Commission headed by retired Justice Maxwell Paranagama, has requested the government to extend its term by a year from February 15, 2016 as it still has thousands of cases to investigate. Justice Paranagama told Express on Tuesday, that out of the 14,000-odd …

We Can’t Survive in Isolation

We Can’t Survive in Isolation

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has told Lankan security forces personnel that Lanka was answerable to the international community regarding charges of human rights violations during Eelam War IV, and that any attempt to dodge the issue would lead to the country’s isolation from the …

Need safeguards against majoritarianism

Need safeguards against majoritarianism

Jayampathy Wickramaratne, 67, is one of the most keenly watched persons in Sri Lanka at the moment. He chairs the committee appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide technical support to the Constitution-making process currently underway. A constitutional expert and Member of Parliament, he …

US envoy to Geneva insists Lanka needs foreign judges

US envoy to Geneva insists Lanka needs foreign judges

The US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Keith Harper, says Sri Lanka must have foreign judges in the accountability process on the war. Harper, who was involved in talks with the Sri Lankan Government when the resolution on Sri Lanka was …

The agony of Sri Lanka’s carapace of peace

The agony of Sri Lanka’s carapace of peace

Our return to Sri Lanka’s killing fields has managed to coincide with two major developments – the first is the President’s announcement that there will be no “international component” in any “investigation” of the civil war, or the alleged war crimes committed therein, which seem …

Sri Lanka reiterates rejection of foreign judges in war crimes probe

Sri Lanka reiterates rejection of foreign judges in war crimes probe

The president of Sri Lanka has said foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved in an investigation into allegations of war crimes.Both the army and the Tamil Tiger rebels are accused of atrocities in the civil war that ended in 2009.For many survivors, though, …

President Sirisena will lose the trust of the Tamil community

President Sirisena will lose the trust of the Tamil community

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) releasing a statement on 25 January 2016 said it was “deeply concerned and disappointed” by the Sri Lankan president’s rejection of international involvement in an accountability mechanism in an interview to BBC Sinhala last week. The GTF statement said: Global …

Sri Lanka’s Rebirth

Sri Lanka’s Rebirth

By Joseph E. Stiglitz.                                                        Sri Lanka has been deservedly praised for the progress it has made since the …