Monthly Archives: July 2016

M.K.Sivajilingam at the UNHRC in Geneva

M.K.Sivajilingam at the UNHRC in Geneva

The Tamil people in Sri Lanka have suffered tremendously for the last 70 years, and today more than ever, they are counting on you, the UN and the International Community to give them justice and their political rights, and assure their protection. The injustice against …

Sri Lanka must stay the course

Sri Lanka must stay the course

The frequent human rights updates in Geneva provide an occasion for the world to discuss Sri Lanka’s post-war situation, especially the progress made in investigating the excesses during the last phase of the civil war that ended in 2009. Until last year, the country considered …

Baby elephants have become latest status symbol for Sri Lanka’s nouveau riche

Baby elephants have become latest status symbol for Sri Lanka’s nouveau riche

Expensive and high- maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite – a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. Yet, the authorities …

Uncertainty about assistance hampers refugees’ return

Uncertainty about assistance hampers refugees’ return

Chief Minister of the Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran has said that a large number of Tamils, displaced from Sri Lanka during the civil war and now living in India as refugees, are prepared to come back but the uncertainty about assistance is preventing the people …

Much remains to be done

Much remains to be done

The European Union (EU) called on the  Government to ensure international participation in the accountability process. Roderick Van Schreven, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands said that “Much remains to be done to fulfil the commitments it has made at this …

A lack of political will and courage to engage in discourse among the Sinhala people

A lack of political will and courage to engage in discourse among the Sinhala people

Twenty fifteen was a miraculous year for Sri Lanka. It saw a change in government in January 2015. Maithiripala Sirisena was elected President defeating firmly entrenched Mahinda Rajapaksa in spite of the latter getting a majority vote in 16 predominantly Sinhalese districts. The five districts …

More needs to be done

More needs to be done

UK Minister of State for Asia, Hugo Swire recognised progress made by the Sri Lankan government but said “much more remains to be done” in the country. Mr Swire highlighted the need for further land releases, repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and …