Monthly Archives: February 2016

Transitional justice is not a matter of offering redress of only one side

Transitional justice is not a matter of offering redress of only one side

UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff who was in Sri Lanka from 26 January to 1 February 2016 releasing a statement on 10 February said, it is gratifying to see that a Task Force has been established in order to design and implement a national …

Monitoring Accountability Panel insists fulfilment of UNHRC resolution

Monitoring Accountability Panel insists fulfilment of UNHRC resolution

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel, expressing concern at recent rejections by Sri Lanka’s president on the need for an international component to the accountability process, called on the UN Rights Chief to insist that Sri Lanka implements the UNHRC resolution. The Sri Lanka Monitoring …

Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Sri Lanka

Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Sri Lanka

The United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Wednesday announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for an opportunity for a project on Strengthening Investigative Journalism Sri Lanka. Strengthening Investigative Journalism in Sri Lanka (approximately $500,000): …

Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing’s embrace

Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing’s embrace

Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka’s business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special economic zone. India …

Investigate, Not Promote

Investigate, Not Promote

The Sri Lankan government’s appointment to parliament of the former army chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts pledges to investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 9, 2016, the United National Party of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe appointed …

US govt proposes $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka

US govt proposes $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka

The US government has proposed a $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka to encourage reconciliation efforts and support anti-corruption activities as the Island nation is undertaking major reforms after the historic political transition. “Following the historic political transition after Presidential and Parliamentary elections in …

Stocks end at over 1week low

Stocks end at over 1week low

Sri Lankan shares fell for the second straight session on Tuesday, hitting a more than one-week low in thin trade, as global stock markets came under pressure and on investor concern over rising domestic interest rates, analysts said. A drop in bank shares kept European …

Investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges

Investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges

The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human rights chief said. Ending a four-day visit to Sri …

Militarization in Sri Lanka Continues

Militarization in Sri Lanka Continues

Taylor Dibbert.                                                                     During a recent visit to Sri Lanka, I (unsurprisingly) …

We cannot afford to stand by and watch

We cannot afford to stand by and watch

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera speaking on “Indo-Lanka Relations In The 21st Century: A Tryst With Opportunity” at the Sri Lanka-India Society said, as India marches on to become a super-power of the 21st Century, Sri Lanka too has embarked on a Tryst with Opportunity that will undoubtedly …