Monthly Archives: July 2016

TGTE rejects assurances by the Government

TGTE rejects assurances by the Government

The so called Prime Minister Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, rejected the assurances given by the Government to address the accountability issue related to the war. He said the UN Human Rights Council(UNHRC) in its 32nd session turned its attention once again to Sri Lanka, …

British resident says he was tortured

British resident says he was tortured

A British man who says he was tortured in Sri Lanka and detained by authorities after travelling there to get married last month, has returned to the UK following a campaign to secure his release. Velauthapillai Renukaruban, 36, who lives in Ealing, west London, was …

US Assistant Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka

US Assistant Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski will visit Sri Lanka and Cambodia from July 12 to 20, where he will engage with government officials and local civil society representatives a US State Department Press release said.. In Sri Lanka, …

Probe into IS ties extends to Sri Lanka

Probe into IS ties extends to Sri Lanka

Most mainstream Muslim organisations in Kerala have denounced the Islamic State (IS) even as the investigation into the suspected defection of at least 12 Keralites to the proscribed organisation unfolded across the State and beyond the country’s borders on Sunday. Syed Ibrahim Khaleel Buhari, general …

Provinces should be entrusted with the responsibility of law and order

Provinces should be entrusted with the responsibility of law and order

In an attempt by the Northern Province to present a picture of unity on constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has fielded Leader of Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) S. Thavarajah to place his case on the importance of adopting …

Colombo’s implementation of UN resolution remains poor

Colombo’s implementation of UN resolution remains poor

Nine months since the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) the implementation of a majority of commitments made by the Sri Lanka government on accountability and reconciliation fronts has been “poor”, a think-tank has found. In its study, Verité …

International element needed

International element needed

Addressing a UK Parliamentary debate on Sri Lanka on 7 July 2016, the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, stressed the need for an international element to any accountability mechanism in order for it to be a credible process.”That is what we …

Sri Lanka hopes to co-build Maritime Silk Road with China

Sri Lanka hopes to co-build Maritime Silk Road with China

Sri Lanka would like to make joint efforts with China for 21 Century Maritime Silk Road construction, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Saturday. When meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the prime minister said Sri Lanka would take advantage of Indian …

Biswal to visit Sri Lanka on Tuesday

Biswal to visit Sri Lanka on Tuesday

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week. Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Manpreet Singh Anand will accompany her. While in Dhaka, the Assistant Secretary will meet with government officials …

Is Sri Lanka Serious About Demilitarization?

Is Sri Lanka Serious About Demilitarization?

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is talking big yet again. This time it’s about demilitarization. Speaking in Colombo on July 6, Mr. Samaraweera said that the government hopes “to complete the demilitarization process” by 2018. And we’re not just talking about the war-torn Northern …