Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sri Lanka to Reboot Economic Policies

Sri Lanka to Reboot Economic Policies

The IMF approved on June 3 a three-year, $1.5 billion loan for Sri Lanka under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) to support the country’s economic reform agenda. Sri Lanka has gone through a significant political transition against the backdrop of an increasingly difficult external environment. …

US stands “very firmly” on the need for respect for human rights and the need for a process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

US stands “very firmly” on the need for respect for human rights and the need for a process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US provided an “important opportunity” to assess how the Indo-US partnersh Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US provided an “important opportunity” to assess how the Indo-US partnership can help address global challenges and unleash opportunity in …

Sri Lanka, China to sign new pact for Colombo Port City project

Sri Lanka, China to sign new pact for Colombo Port City project

China and Sri Lanka are looking into the option of a new pact for the Colombo Port City project. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka has formed a committee to explore the opportunity of crafting a new agreement for the Colombo Port City project. The …

International community must be ‘tough and supportive’ on justice in Sri Lanka – Stephen Rapp

International community must be ‘tough and supportive’ on justice in Sri Lanka – Stephen Rapp

The international community must be “tough and supportive” towards Sri Lanka whilst the government continues to undermine “trust and confidence” by rejecting foreign participation in an accountability mechanism, said the former US Ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp, in an interview with the Tamil …

Ensure Restorative Justice To PTA Detainees

Ensure Restorative Justice To PTA Detainees

Stepping up their campaign against the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), two rights organisations have called upon the Sri Lanka government to ensure restorative justice to detainees of the Act and announce a moratorium on the application of the law. The call has been made …

British High Commissioner visits the North and East to inquire about progress

British High Commissioner visits the North and East to inquire about progress

The British Embassy in a press release on 13 June said that the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H.E James Dauris visited the North and East from 8th to 10th June to inquire about progress and challenges facing communities in these areas. He had met …

The workable space in which we function as one community – resolving disputes, coming to consensus – is under attack

The workable space in which we function as one community – resolving disputes, coming to consensus – is under attack

Speaking during the opening of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that in Sri Lanka, the Government’s efforts to implement its commitments in Resolution 30/1 will require a comprehensive strategy on transitional justice Prince …

We have not supported separation

We have not supported separation

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has denied that he is relying on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa to solve the Tamil problem in his country. “When did I call upon her to find a solution to our problems? I congratulated …

Sri Lanka has made little progress

Sri Lanka has made little progress

Sri Lanka has made little progress in fulfilling its human rights commitments, observed a panel at a British parliamentary event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) joint with the All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG). The event on June 7th …

Important for the international community to use their leverage

Important for the international community to use their leverage

Tough supportive pressure is needed for genuine accountability amid allegations of genocide in Sri Lanka, said former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide. Mr Rapp spoke on a panel in the Royal Institute of Great Britain at the launch …