Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sri Lanka’s exiled victims

Sri Lanka’s exiled victims

By Taylor Dibbert:                                                                       This is another really disturbing and well-researched …

Chief Minister asks British envoy to intervene

Chief Minister asks British envoy to intervene

Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran says that he is slowly losing confidence in the government as he is yet to receive a response from the government to the proposals he presented including a proposal to endorse a federal system for the …

Imaginary, exaggerated and fabricated fears

Imaginary, exaggerated and fabricated fears

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief and Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan on Friday dismissed the argument in certain sections that any measure in support of Tamils in the Northern and Eastern provinces would have an adverse impact on national security of Sri Lanka. “National …

Ex-LTTE exiles willing to testify

Ex-LTTE exiles willing to testify

Many former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), now on exile in Europe, are willing to participate in the proposed transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka on alleged violations of human rights during the final phase of the civil war, if their safety and …

US Congress committee disappointed

US Congress committee disappointed

A US Congress committee on foreign relations has expressed disappointment at President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision to reject foreign judges in the domestic accountability process on the war. The views were expressed when the Congress Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Asia and …

President under pressure to sack banker

President under pressure to sack banker

The government should sack Sri Lanka’s Central Bank chief Arjuna Mahendran if his conduct has been found “undesirable”, the country’s Petroleum Minister today demanded amid allegations that the top banker’s son-in- law benefited unduly from a USD 76 million bond auction. The demand has piled …

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi

Jayalalithaa writes to Modi

A day after six fishermen from Rameswaram fishing base were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the release of all 21 fishermen from the State, presently in Sri Lankan custody. “It is highly disheartening to …

Plans to lift restrictions on foreign exchange

Plans to lift restrictions on foreign exchange

Sri Lanka on Thursday announced plans to lift six-decade-old restrictions on foreign exchange flows and allow free transfer of money in and out of the island, to encourage investment in the struggling economy. The island tightly controls foreign currency transactions under a 1953 law that …

ITJP calls for international judges

ITJP calls for international judges

The International Truth and Justice Project released a new report on 10 June 2016 ‘Forgotten: Sri Lanka’s  Exiled Victims‘. The report  identifies the  priority of the victims as criminal accountability, including “the prosecution of those who were in positions of superior and command responsibility”. The Tamil …

65,000 missing from conflicts

65,000 missing from conflicts

Around 65,000 people went missing during Sri Lanka’s civil war and a separate Marxist rebellion, Colombo has admitted for the first time Sri Lanka has acknowledged for the first time that some 65,000 people are missing from its 26-year-long war with Tamil Tiger rebels and …