Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sri Lanka has political stability and is pursuing both political and economic reforms

Sri Lanka has political stability and is pursuing both political and economic reforms

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday urged participants at a forum in Davos in Switzerland to base their operations in Sri Lanka to serve South Asia and beyond. Speaking at an investment forum held in Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum, the Prime Minister acknowledged …

TNA Reneged On Commitment To Self Determination

TNA Reneged On Commitment To Self Determination

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran on Wednesday strongly denied that the Tamil Makkal Peravai (TMP), which he heads, is a political organization in competition with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). But at the same time he pointed out that the TNA has reneged on its …

Governor seeks justice for Sri Lankan Tamils

Governor seeks justice for Sri Lankan Tamils

Tamil Nadu government placed a special thrust on the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils and Governor K. Rosaiah in his address to the State Assembly urged the Centre to prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to take action against those who had committed crimes …

13th Amendment back in the limelight

13th Amendment back in the limelight

Even as Sri Lanka is preparing to come up with a new Constitution with devolution as one of the key issues, the 13{+t}{+h}Amendment, which created provincial councils in the country, is again in the limelight. While former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has argued that the proposed …

Diaspora groups want a UN supervised referendum

Diaspora groups want a UN supervised referendum

In a statement released on 15 January 2016,  marking the 40th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Vaddukkoddai Resolution,’ the Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam, Internaitonal Tamil Youth Organisation and International Council of Eelam Tamils saidpledged to host events around the world to reaffirm and …

PM to seek investment at World Economic Forum

PM to seek investment at World Economic Forum

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday left for Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting there, the prime minister’s media office said. This is the first time Sri Lanka has been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum. The annual …

Don’t go beyond 13th Amendment

Don’t go beyond 13th Amendment

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who favoured, four years ago, the idea of “13 Amendment Plus” to address the Tamil question, on Sunday made it clear that that the scheme of devolution in the proposed constitution should not exceed what was being implemented under …

Man tried in Germany for backing Tamil Tigers

Man tried in Germany for backing Tamil Tigers

A Sri Lankan-born man went on trial in Germany today charged with membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisation. The 53-year-old German national, identified only as Yogendran G by the court, is accused of having raised funds from …

Constitutional models of power sharing

Constitutional models of power sharing

A seminar on “Constitutional models of power sharing, challenges and perspectives in multi ethnic societies”  organized by Institute of Constitutional Studies in Collaboration with Fribourg University, Switzerland and the assistance of the Government of Switzerland took place on 18 January 2016 at the Public Library …

Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka is now almost finalised establishing a Consultation Task Force for the Transitionary Justice (TJ) process in Sri Lanka. The Consultation Task Force is expected to come up with recommendations for establishing viable domestic mechanisms to address the alleged serious human …