Monthly Archives: March 2016

Tamil Civil Society Forum Submission to the Public representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms

Tamil Civil Society Forum Submission to the Public representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms

Devolution within a unitary state will not resolve the National Question. A possible model for reconfiguring the Sri Lankan state as a plurinational state along federal lines that respects the right to self-determination of its constituent nations is found in the Tamil People Council’s pre-consultation …

Justice and Peace Commission

Justice and Peace Commission

 Chairman of Justice and Peace Commission of Jaffna Catholic Diocese Rev. Fr. S.V.B. Mangalarajah releasing a statement regarding Tamil Prisoners stated: ‘The prolonged agony of the political prisoners in about 12 jails and detention centres is causing concern for the people who are keen on building …

A Roadmap for Implementing Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Commitments

A Roadmap for Implementing Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Commitments

The South Asian Centre for Legal Studies (SACLS) held a panel discussion to present their recommendations for a roadmap for implementation of HRC Resolution 30/1, adopted on October 1, 2015. Panelists included Attorney-at-Law A.M. Faaiz, Bhavani Fonseka Senior Researcher and attorney from the Centre for Policy …

Crushing human freedoms will not protect us from terrorism

Crushing human freedoms will not protect us from terrorism

The 31st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, begins in Geneva on 29 February and will continoue till 24 March 2016. In his statement the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said when Governments clamp down against grass roots activists, journalists …

Fitch Downgrades Sri Lanka

Fitch Downgrades Sri Lanka

Fitch Ratings has downgraded Sri Lanka’s Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) one notch to ‘B+’ from ‘BB-‘. A Negative Outlook has been assigned to the IDRs. The issue ratings on Sri Lanka’s senior unsecured foreign- and local-currency bonds are also downgraded to …

Economic crisis looms

Economic crisis looms

Sri Lanka Communist Party General Secretary DEW Gunasekera yesterday said that an economic crisis is looming and the government will have to present another budget very soon. Gunasekera said that the intellectuals, Parliamentarians, Ministers and the media do not adequately bring these matters into discussion. …

Two attempt self-immolation during demo

Two attempt self-immolation during demo

High drama was witnessed during protest by state’s fishermen pressing a-three-point-charter of demands against the Sri Lankan government on Monday at Nungambakkam after two participants attempted self-immolation. Fishermen from Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, and Thoothukudi, participated in the demonstration. Following the protest by …