Monthly Archives: February 2017

Sri Lanka: The Challenge of Communal Violence

Sri Lanka: The Challenge of Communal Violence

Observations of a recently declassified Intelligence Assessment, ‘Sri Lanka: The Challenge of Communal Violence’ compiled jointly by the United States Department of State’s office of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (NESA) and (US) Directorate of Intelligence in a June 1984 report, expressed fear that if …

Silk Road project delayed as Beijing toughens stance

Silk Road project delayed as Beijing toughens stance

China will delay a planned $1.1 billion investment in a port on its modern-day “Silk Road” until Sri Lanka clears legal and political obstacles to a related project, sources familiar with the talks said, piling more pressure on the island nation. Heavily indebted Sri Lanka …

Britain to sponsor a new resolution

Britain to sponsor a new resolution

Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its upcoming session in Geneva. The decision was communicated to the Council at the organisational meeting for the 34th session of the UNHRC held in Geneva yesterday. …

Tamil Lawyers Forum wants UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

Tamil Lawyers Forum wants UNHRC to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

The Tamil Lawyers Forum of Sri Lanka  has called on the UNHRC to  refer Sri Lanka  forthwith to the UN General Assembly to be referred to the UN Security Council with a mandate to be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for the …

EU Ambassador to visit the North

EU Ambassador to visit the North

Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of the European Union (EU), H.E. Tung-Laï Margue, will visit the Northern Province from 15-17 February 2017. Ambassador Margue, together with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Una McCauley, will meet the Northern Province Chief …

End of the road?

End of the road?

So Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran and the gang just held the second instalment of Ezhuga Tamil (Arise Tamils) festival in Batticaloa. Then again why shouldn’t they? The first one was, in my estimate, a success. They managed to bring a few thousand people …

Communal campaign to divert social tensions?

Communal campaign to divert social tensions?

The Tamil People’s Council (TPC), a Tamil nationalist organisation, has called an Ezhuga Thamizh (Rise up Tamils) protest on February 10 in Batticaloa in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. The TPC held a similar demonstration in Jaffna last September. The purpose of the protest is to …

ITPJ says Sri Lanka violating resolution

ITPJ says Sri Lanka violating resolution

Sri Lanka has been accused of violating its commitment to the UN resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITPJ) said that at least one alleged perpetrator of torture named in a UN …

Would not approve the runway extension

Would not approve the runway extension

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran has vowed that he will not sign any document approving the extension of the Palaly Airport based some eighteen kilometers north of Jaffna town. Vigneswaran gave this assurance at last Thursday’s Provincial Council meeting in Jaffna where he mentioned that …

Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

Former Eastern Commander of the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, launched a new political party, “Tamil United Freedom Party” in Batticaloa yesterday, breaking away from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), in which he was …