Monthly Archives: September 2016

Much remains to be done

Much remains to be done

We welcome Sri Lanka’s continued progress on implementing resolution 30/1, most recently through the law to establish an Office of Missing Persons. This is a significant step towards reconciliation. However, much remains to be done including: repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act; releasing more civilian …

The challenge facing the Government

The challenge facing the Government

The UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances submitting its report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 15 September 2016. “The road that leads to truth and justice is long but is the right one to take, even if it …

Axiata falls as Malaysian parent plan to cut stake

Axiata falls as Malaysian parent plan to cut stake

PT XL Axiata, the Indonesian wireless carrier, fell to the lowest in nearly a year after people with knowledge of the matter said its Malaysian parent company is planning to sell part of its stake. Shares of XL Axiata dropped as much as 4.9 percent Tuesday …

The coming months are crucial for the transitional justice process

The coming months are crucial for the transitional justice process

The UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) 33rd session began on Tuesday and Sri Lanka is on the agenda. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) is set to officially release a report on the island nation. The report is already in the public …

Tamil Political Prisoners: A Road to Nowhere?

Tamil Political Prisoners: A Road to Nowhere?

By Taylor Dibbert:                                                                   Sri Lanka’s Tamil political prisoners have been back in …

Sampur coal power plant shelved

Sampur coal power plant shelved

A plan by NTPC to build a power plant in Trincomalee in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, has been scrapped following the country’s decision to switch from coal to renewable energy sources. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Power and Energy on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that …

SLFP-UNP alliance to  continue to rebuild Sri Lanka

SLFP-UNP alliance to continue to rebuild Sri Lanka

Both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday clearly indicated that the on-going fruitful alliance between their respective parties – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (SLFP) – will continue in order to develop Sri Lanka and …

Arming LTTE was dangerous

Arming LTTE was dangerous

The clandestine arming of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the Premadasa government in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s to get rid of the “common enemy” – the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) – was “one of the most unfavorable and dangerous …

Glyphosate Ban Will Trigger Political Violence In The Hill Country ?

Glyphosate Ban Will Trigger Political Violence In The Hill Country ?

By Chandre Dharmawardana.                                                It is well known that ecosystems and societies are complex systems that do not permit careless tinkering. Social revolutions led …

Australia’s complicity in Sri Lanka

Australia’s complicity in Sri Lanka

By Bruce Haigh.                                                          According to successive Sri Lankan governments the only war crimes committed during the civil …