Monthly Archives: June 2016

US should stop intervention in South China Sea

US should stop intervention in South China Sea

The United States should stop intervention in the South China Sea issue to safeguard peace, stability and security in the region, Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Sri Lanka’s secretary to the Ministry of Defence, said. In an interview with Xinhua on Tuesday, Hettiarachchi said the United States should …

Relief to those who lost land during civil war

Relief to those who lost land during civil war

The Sri Lankan government has enacted a law enabling residents of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to reclaim their land lost to encroachers during the civil war. The law, which will be in force for two years, covers those who were forced to abandon land …

Can Sri Lanka leverage its location as Indian Ocean Hub?

Can Sri Lanka leverage its location as Indian Ocean Hub?

By Anushka Wijesinha.                                                        Sri Lanka is in an enviable location. The busy East-West shipping route passes just six …

GTF calls for the inclusion of “Commonwealth and other foreign judges

GTF calls for the inclusion of “Commonwealth and other foreign judges

As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meets in Geneva this month and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein prepares his oral report to be presented later in the session, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) appeals to the International Community …

Jayalalithaa favoured ceding of Katchatheevu

Jayalalithaa favoured ceding of Katchatheevu

Countering Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s accusation that he was responsible for India handing over Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday said he had never agreed to the cessation agreement and as Chief Minister of the State he had objected to it. In …

No Justice, No Truth: Unfulfilled Promises of UN resolution 30-1

No Justice, No Truth: Unfulfilled Promises of UN resolution 30-1

Together against Genocide, launched its report “No Justice, No Truth: Unfulfilled Promises of UN resolution 30-1 (Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights)” at the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council last week. The event saw diplomats addressed by a panel including the …

PM forced to back down

PM forced to back down

Sri Lanka¡¦s central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran, who holds a Singapore passport, will not be re-appointed this month at the end of his first year pending the outcome of a corruption investigation. Sri Lanka¡¦s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, under whose tenure the island has gone …

Will retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka

Will retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha assured the state assembly on Monday that her government would retrieve the Katchatheevu Island, which was given to Sri Lanka by India in 1974. The AIADMK supremo said her government had been unable to take back Katchatheevu even after …

Implementation of UN resolution is the key

Implementation of UN resolution is the key

The ‘implementation’ of the UN resolution on Sri Lanka “is the key” for reconciliation and lasting peace is the island nation, says Julian Braithwaite, the UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Geneva. Noting that it was “extremely important that the issue is coming back here …

Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform

Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform

Resolution 30/1, adopted in October, was a major achievement for the United Nations Human Rights Council – and an important milestone in Sri Lanka’s journey toward lasting peace and a just settlement of its decades-old ethnic conflict. Following years of bitter resistance by the previous …