Monthly Archives: June 2016

Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?

Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister On Autopilot?

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                   Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently spoke at …

Global movement urges to release ‘surrendee’ records of civil war

Global movement urges to release ‘surrendee’ records of civil war

The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a global non-partisan movement, has urged the Sri Lankan Army to release the records of people who surrendered before the security forces at the end of the war in 2009. In a statement issued on Saturday, the …

Testing time for Govt and TNA relations

Testing time for Govt and TNA relations

Prior to 2015 the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was then in the Opposition had joined hands and met several Tamil diaspora organizations abroad to seek their support to overthrow the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. They even succeeded …

Tamil press has now lost faith in reconciliation

Tamil press has now lost faith in reconciliation

The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of Eelam War IV, has now lost faith in the international body’s commitment to the goals it had set for itself in …

Sri Lanka passes right to information bill

Sri Lanka passes right to information bill

The Parliament of Sri Lanka passed  the “Right to Information” Bill Bill Friday. The bill, introduced in March, was passed to encourage the public to combat corruption and hold its government accountable. The Act contains provisions on the right to access information, when that right …

Sri Lanka’s benefits from its IMF program depend on reform effectiveness

Sri Lanka’s benefits from its IMF program depend on reform effectiveness

Moody’s Investors Service says that whether or not Sri Lanka’s (B1 negative) credit profile demonstrates a temporary or more enduring improvement from its International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) program will depend on how effectively the program’s ambitious reforms are implemented. Moody’s conclusions are outlined in its …

Goodwill must transform itself into day to day realities

Goodwill must transform itself into day to day realities

Addressing the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs in Oslo on 21 June,Foreign Minsiter Mangala Samaraweera said that his government “will and must have the approval” of victims who suffered during the armed conflict when deciding the degree of international participation in courts that will prosecute perpetrators …

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative: Implications for Sri Lanka

China’s One Belt One Road Initiative: Implications for Sri Lanka

Nipuni Perera.                                                                       Trade along the Ancient Silk Road can be …

Tamil Nadu plea to enforce fishing rights in Lankan waters rejected

Tamil Nadu plea to enforce fishing rights in Lankan waters rejected

The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed as not maintainable a plea seeking a direction to the Union government to enforce the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka in letter and spirit to ensure fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the international waters. Refusing …

Absence of clear progress may cause a loss of confidence

Absence of clear progress may cause a loss of confidence

A letter, jointly signed by FORUM-Asia, Franciscans International, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurist, International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) and the International Service for Human Rights was forwarded to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussain on …