Monthly Archives: August 2016

OMP Bill, an important step in achieving accountability and reconciliation

OMP Bill, an important step in achieving accountability and reconciliation

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the passing of the Office of the Missing Persons Bill (OMP) in the Parliament on August 11 as this is an important first step towards achieving accountability, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. We commend the leadership shown by …

Northern Province’s share of expat workers shrinks

Northern Province’s share of expat workers shrinks

Has the Northern Province, which accounts for a major chunk of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, run out of its “stock of exportable manpower”? It appears so, if one were to take a cursory look at the recently-released report of the Central Bank of Sri …

Government imposes IMF privatisation demands

Government imposes IMF privatisation demands

Late last month SriLankan Airlines signed an agreement with Pakistan International Air Line (PIA) to lease three A330 planes to PIA. The deal, which is another stage in the privatisation of the national carrier and follows job downsizing in preparation for its sale, is in …

Australia lists ‘Tamil Eelam’ in census

Australia lists ‘Tamil Eelam’ in census

Angry protests from Sri Lankans domiciled in Australia and the High Commission there forced the withdrawal of Australia’s Bureau of Statistics (ABS), giving an option, particularly to those of Tamil origin, to declare whether they are from ‘Tamil Eelam’ when responding to a query on …

Port City project to transform Sri Lanka into investment hub

Port City project to transform Sri Lanka into investment hub

The China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Port City Colombo, the parent company constructing a mega multi billion dollar Port City project in capital Colombo, on Friday said that the project would transform Sri Lanka into a viable investment destination in South Asia. Following the signing …

Missing persons bill hailed by West

Missing persons bill hailed by West

Western countries have welcomed the adoption by Sri Lanka’s Parliament of the bill on the Office on Missing Persons. On Thursday, the legislation was passed amid objections by the Joint Opposition (JO), a group favouring former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This fulfilled one of the important …

Sri Lanka blocks sale of freehold land in Chinese deal

Sri Lanka blocks sale of freehold land in Chinese deal

Sri Lanka’s government on Friday agreed a new version of its $1.4 billion (1.08 billion pounds) real estate agreement with China after changing the terms and blocking the outright sale of land – part of a project covering a square mile right next to the …

A dream of reconciliation for Sri Lanka

A dream of reconciliation for Sri Lanka

In the first days of a new year in January, 2009, Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge sat down to write. The corruption-fighting father-of-three had long been violently targeted, and held little doubt that his life would be short. “Is it worth the risk?” the editor …

Devolution the Only Solution

Devolution the Only Solution

Sri Lanka has experienced some surprising political changes over the past eighteen months. In January 2015, longtime President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost his bid for what would have been an unprecedented third term in office. The new government, based upon a coalition between rival political parties …

Consultation task force on reconciliation mechanisms

Consultation task force on reconciliation mechanisms

INTERIM REPORT: The Office on Missing Persons Bill and Issues Concerning the Missing, the Disappeared and the Surrendered This interim report is based on all written submissions received as at 17th July 2016 and consultations conducted as at 8th August 2016. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) was …