Monthly Archives: August 2016

Justice Has No Place for ‘Accountable Amnesties’

Justice Has No Place for ‘Accountable Amnesties’

According to Sri Lankan media reports, the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons is recommending those accused of human rights abuses during the final months of Sri Lanka’s war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) be allowed to seek so-called “accountable …

Chief Minister sets parameters for development projects

Chief Minister sets parameters for development projects

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Tuesday outlined the economic goals of his largely rural province and set the parameters within which economic development projects should be conceived. Addressing a conference of international donor agencies, organized by R.Paskaralingam, Adviser …

Human Rights Commission asks Government to dispel rumors about office of missing persons

Human Rights Commission asks Government to dispel rumors about office of missing persons

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) said here on Monday, that there  is an “urgent need” for a public awareness campaign to dispel rumors and counter misleading and inaccurate information being placed in the public domain on the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) …

Paranagama recommends a domestic, Sri Lankan, Judicial Mechanism

Paranagama recommends a domestic, Sri Lankan, Judicial Mechanism

The Justice Maxwell Paranagama Commission which went into the issue of missing persons and violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in the last brutal phase of Eelam War IV, has recommended the establishment of a domestic, all Sri Lankan, Judicial Mechanism to investigate …

US backs out of examining former Tamil Tiger combatants

US backs out of examining former Tamil Tiger combatants

The United States has backed out of an undertaking to medically examine former combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had allegedly been injected with a poisonous drug when they were in detention or undergoing rehabilitation in camps run by the Sri …

Government has done nothing to help Tamil widows

Government has done nothing to help Tamil widows

The Sri Lankan government has not announced any welfare measures for the widows of men who were killed during the civil war between the armed forces of the island nation and LTTE, according to four members of parliament from that country. Sri Lankan MPs Velukumar …

IDPs to be resettled by year end

IDPs to be resettled by year end

The Sri Lanka government will complete the resettlement of landless internally-displaced persons (IDP) in the Jaffna district by year-end. According to an earlier plan, the process was to be completed this month. A release issued by the Resettlement Ministry on Thursday put the number of …

Stocks hit 3 month high

Stocks hit 3 month high

Sri Lankan shares hit a three-month closing high on Friday as investors bought banking and construction stocks, brokers said. Construction shares have been rising ever since the government gave its consent to restart a $1.4 billion port city deal on hopes the sector would see …

Jaffna Investment Forum may become an issue

Jaffna Investment Forum may become an issue

The Governor of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, Reginold Cooray, is organizing an international investment forum in Jaffna on August 22, and is planning to set up a One-Stop Shop at the Jaffna Secretariat to help persons wanting to invest in the war-devastated Northern …

China is likely to adopt open attitude toward Japan-Sri Lanka cooperation

China is likely to adopt open attitude toward Japan-Sri Lanka cooperation

China doesn’t have to be overly sensitive about Japan’s cooperation with Sri Lanka in the construction of harbors located along key maritime routes in the Indian Ocean, as long as the harbors will not be used for military purposes. Media reports have said Japan’s government …