Monthly Archives: April 2016

Sri Lanka a ‘global champion of human rights’

Sri Lanka a ‘global champion of human rights’

Speaking at the signing of the United States-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Council on 28 April in New York, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power praised Sri Lanka as a “as a global champion of human rights and democratic accountability” . …

Samantha Power Misses the Mark

Samantha Power Misses the Mark

On Thursday in Washington, the United States and Sri Lanka held an important meeting focused on trade, investment, and the broader direction of bilateral economic relations. Samantha Power, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, even flew in from New York City to attend the …

1,200 Lankan fishermen held in five years

1,200 Lankan fishermen held in five years

About 1,000 Sri Lankan fishermen were arrested by the Coast Guard in the last five years on charges of illegally entering and fishing in Indian waters, a senior official said here on Thursday. A total of 1,205 Sri Lankan fishermen and 241 fishing boats were …

Journalists demand answers to killings

Journalists demand answers to killings

Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested today to demand Sri Lanka’s new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country’s civil war. Those demonstrating in front of Colombo’s main …

Tamil People’s Council hand over proposals to India

Tamil People’s Council hand over proposals to India

A five member team of Tamil People’s Council (TPC) lead by its one of the Co-chairs, consultant cardiologist of Teaching Hospital Jaffna Dr. P Lakshman, handed over its final proposals to Consulate General for India in Jaffna Mr. A Nadarajan on 27 April for transmission …

IMF announces $1.5 bn loan

IMF announces $1.5 bn loan

The IMF has agreed a $1.5 billion loan for Sri Lanka in support of economic reforms aimed at reversing a two-decade decline in tax revenue and reviving growth, it said Friday. The International Monetary Fund’s chief for Sri Lanka, Todd Schneider, said a staff-level agreement …

Sri Lankan struggle to recover from the economic and emotional wounds of civil war

Sri Lankan struggle to recover from the economic and emotional wounds of civil war

It looks peaceful and serene in the late afternoon but Elephant Pass – a strategically important gateway controlling access to and from Jaffna, the captial of Sri Lanka’s northern province – was the focus of bitter fighting between the separatist Tamil Tigers and the security …

Sri Lanka’s North counts the cost of a 26-year war

Sri Lanka’s North counts the cost of a 26-year war

Seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, Sri Lanka’s northern province lags behind the rest of the country on economic development, and the catch-up process is proving long and tough. The United Nations estimates about 40,000 people were killed in the 26-year …

UN experts on torture and the independence of the justice system to visit Sri Lanka

UN experts on torture and the independence of the justice system to visit Sri Lanka

The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, will undertake a joint visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016, …

Economy seeing a decline in 2015

Economy seeing a decline in 2015

A combination of international and domestic factors had resulted in the Sri Lankan economy seeing a decline in 2015 as compared to 2014, as per the report of the island nation’s Central Bank for the year 2015. The report presented to President Mathripala Sirisena by …