Monthly Archives: August 2016

BBS continued to promote supremacy and propagate views hostile toward members of religious and ethnic minorities

BBS continued to promote supremacy and propagate views hostile toward members of religious and ethnic minorities

The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2015, was released on 10 August 2016. The report went on to state that the U.S. Ambassador urged government leaders at the most senior levels, including President Maithripala Sirisena, to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of crimes …

Sri Lanka’s missing people

Sri Lanka’s missing people

Seven years ago, at a busy crossroads in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city, armed men in an unmarked white van abducted Stephen Sundararaj. He was going home, his three children snuggled up against him, after idling for weeks in a police cell. Mr Sundararaj, then …

Talks begin on economic and technical cooperation agreement

Talks begin on economic and technical cooperation agreement

India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday began preliminary official level talks on an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) which the two countries hope to sign by year end. The four-member Indian delegation is led by Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Joint Secretary ,Ministry of Commerce. The …

Why Sri Lanka Doesn’t Trust the UN

Why Sri Lanka Doesn’t Trust the UN

 By Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan. Sri Lanka, an island nation situated in the Indian Ocean, is unfortunately not solely known for its beautiful landscapes, beaches, and the hospitality of its people. The country is sadly more known for the vicious civil war that cost more than …

Wigneswaran Advances Campaign Abandoned by Other Tamil Leaders

Wigneswaran Advances Campaign Abandoned by Other Tamil Leaders

By Ranga Jayasuriya.                                                             Sri Lanka is now making a collective effort to seek national reconciliation. That would …

Wigneswaran seeks accountability before new Constitution

Wigneswaran seeks accountability before new Constitution

The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, has said that accountability for the war crimes allegedly committed in the last phase of Eelam War IV must be established before the Sri Lankan government formulates a new constitution to address the …

Foreign interference may end

Foreign interference may end

Would the international community end its engagement with Sri Lanka on the Tamil question after March 2017, when the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is scheduled to present a comprehensive report before the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC)? Hinting that this could happen, Rajitha Senaratne, Cabinet …

Diaspora approve push for reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Diaspora approve push for reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The message of tolerance at the heart of the Trudeau government’s international outlook is now being put to the test in one the world’s most ethnically scarred postwar countries — Sri Lanka. The ultimate success of Canada’s re-engagement with Sri Lanka, which was formalized last …

Surveying the wreckage

Surveying the wreckage

If you get a moment, it is worth watching some video of Steve Smith’s press conference after Australia lost at Galle. His team more than lost, it was wiped off the field by Sri Lanka in less than half the allotted time. It was urgent …

Mysterious deaths creating unease in Northern Province

Mysterious deaths creating unease in Northern Province

A series of mysterious deaths reportedly occurring among former Tamil Tiger cadres who had been rehabilitated and released into society is creating unease in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province. According to the Tamil media, 105 former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) …