Monthly Archives: February 2016

Two UN officials to visit Lanka in April

Two UN officials to visit Lanka in April

Two UN special rapporteurs will visit Sri Lanka in April after the new government agreed on the proposed dates. Special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Monica Pinto and special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Mendez …

Chamber support for ETCA

Chamber support for ETCA

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce welcomes ETCA, But Urges Systematic Consultations with the Private Sector The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has consistently supported the expansion of Sri Lanka’s trade interests through signing mutually beneficial and well-designed trade agreements, and this has been clearly articulated in …

Government has a strategy for the economy

Government has a strategy for the economy

Sri Lanka wanted a program with the International Monetary Fund to signal investors that an economic strategy that has wide consensus was being carried out in the country, Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran said. “From my perspective it is import that we have an agreement …

Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

Six years after the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka, the country’s new president set out to address long standing challenges of reconciliation, accountability and political grievance built up during decades of the country’s violent internal conflicts. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera participated …

Singing of National Anthem in Tamil challenged in SC

Singing of National Anthem in Tamil challenged in SC

Three residents in Kelaniya area yesterday filed a Fundamental Right petition in the Supreme Court challenging the government’s decision to sing the National Anthem in the Tamil language during the Independence Day celebrations. The petitioners cited President Maithripala Sirisena and the Attorney General as respondents. …

The Sri Lankan journey is still unfolding, with many steep hills yet to be climbed

The Sri Lankan journey is still unfolding, with many steep hills yet to be climbed

Secretary Kerry welcomed Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to the State Department in Washington, D.C., on February 25 for the inaugural U.S.-Sri Lanka Annual Partnership Dialogue, which the two had announced during Secretary Kerry’s visit to the country in May 2015. Under Secretary of …

Maintain momentum, Deliver on human rights commitments

Maintain momentum, Deliver on human rights commitments

Amnesty International in a statement submitted on 25 February to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for its 31st  session which begins next week, urged the Council to encourage the Sri Lankan authorities to affirm and deliver on the national and international human rights commitments …

Arrest rugby players’ killers

Arrest rugby players’ killers

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to arrest the killers of former national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen aftert his death appeared to be a murder. Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris announcing his decision of the magisterial inquest into the …

Still open to foreign help in war crimes court

Still open to foreign help in war crimes court

Sri Lanka remains open to foreign participation in a special court to examine allegations of war crimes in the island nation’s 26-year civil war, its foreign minister said Thursday. A U.N. resolution that was passed with the government’s backing in October calls for a court …

The US Must Pay More Attention to Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Debate

The US Must Pay More Attention to Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Debate

The unexpected election of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka’s January 2015 polls has resulted in the Barack Obama administration’s fervent desire to turn the page on what became a strained, bitter bilateral relationship under the reign of the previous president. Mahinda Rajapaksa had been in …