Monthly Archives: September 2016

UN chief admits blunders, human rights protection failures

UN chief admits blunders, human rights protection failures

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said it has failed to protect civilians in conflicts despite repeated commitments, and the killings at the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war seven years ago prompted him to launch an initiative to focus early attention on human rights violations. …

Tamil peoples’ council plans mass protest

Tamil peoples’ council plans mass protest

The Tamil Peoples’ Council (TPC) ,a non-partisan body floated by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, is inviting people to  join a mass protest in Jaffna on September 24, to demand a stop to the construction of Buddha statues and Buddhist temples in areas in …

UN Chief, President discusses reconciliation

UN Chief, President discusses reconciliation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday held talks with Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed progress in the post-war reconciliation process. The two leaders talked about the ongoing development programs, the progress of the programs being implemented to strengthen reconciliation and the process of …

Youth need to be part of reconciliation

Youth need to be part of reconciliation

Excluding young people from reconciliation and peace-building processes is one of the most serious social injustices, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a group of young Sri Lankans on Thursday. “Why should young people be sent off to fight wars, but be prevented from …

Sri Lanka has made progress

Sri Lanka has made progress

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, speaking at the Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) Inter-sessional discussions in Colombo on 1 September said Sri Lanka has made progress on democratic rights, reconciliation, rule of law, and freedom of expression. The US Ambassador said: On …

Wigneswaran wangles tete-a-tete with Ban Ki-moon

Wigneswaran wangles tete-a-tete with Ban Ki-moon

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has managed to get a separate meeting with the visiting UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, after being clubbed together with other leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for a full-scale official session with …

Nationalists accuse UN of siding with Tamil rebels

Nationalists accuse UN of siding with Tamil rebels

Dozens of Sri Lankan nationalists rallied outside the United Nations compound in Colombo Thursday as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the island, protesting against the UN’s actions during a prolonged civil war. Police held back the demonstrators led by Buddhist monks as they tried to march …

Financial City will be a transparent commercial venture

Financial City will be a transparent commercial venture

The Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka ,Yi Xianliang, has said that the Colombo Financial City to be built by Chinese firms, will be a transparent commercial venture in which companies from any part of the world can participate. But he warned that China will not …

Fishermen plan series of protests

Fishermen plan series of protests

The fishermen in Rameswaram on Wednesday announced a series of agitations from September 2 pressing their charter of demands, including release of four of their colleagues and boats detained in Sri Lanka. A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of various fishermen’s …