Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lobbying Begins

Lobbying Begins

Attempts to lobby support against Sri Lanka ahead of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva is underway, though the attempt is very likely to prove futile. Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri Lanka to get UNHRC …

Proposed constitution should reflect political aspirations of Tamil people

Proposed constitution should reflect political aspirations of Tamil people

The Tamil People’s Council reiterated its calls for transparency in the constitution making process, and the resultant formation of a sovereign institution of self-governance which recognised the Tamil people in the North and East as a distinct nation, whilst acknowledging their right to self-determination.  In …

Senthils bull wins him a car

Senthils bull wins him a car

It was another historic moment for the Tamils separated by the Palk Strait when the Sri Lankan Tamil and minister, Senthil Tondaiman, won a Maruti Swift car and a native cow – both bonanza prizes – for the best bull in the internationally famous Alanganallur …

Survivors urge U.N. to push for speedy justice

Survivors urge U.N. to push for speedy justice

Families whose loved ones disappeared during Sri Lanka’s civil war have called on the United Nations to pressure the government to speed up a war crimes probe after a senior minister said it would take more time to investigate alleged abuses. Almost eight years have …

Incidents of the past broke Tamil-Muslim unity

Incidents of the past broke Tamil-Muslim unity

The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, has admitted that “some unfortunate incidents” of the past had inflicted wounds on the Muslims which are yet to heal. He said this while addressing the Ezhuga Tamil (Arise Tamil) rally at Batticaloa in the …

Refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly: – TGTE

Refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly: – TGTE

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), representing the Tamil Diaspora, has written to all members of the Human Rights Council, and to the 37 co-sponsors of the resolution on Sri Lanka. Its letter said: Numerous resolutions were passed in UN Human Rights Council since …

India misinterpreted Rajapaksa administration’s relationship with China

India misinterpreted Rajapaksa administration’s relationship with China

India misinterpreted the Rajapaksa administration’s relationship with China, but is silent on the current government’s engagement with the rising super power, Sri Lankan parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said. “We always made sure that Sri Lankan soil or waters …

Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate-speech

Why Buddhism, a religion of tolerance, is falling prey to hate-speech

The rise of hate speech in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka is of grave concern – and something that states should tackle, says a noted Thai Buddhist intellectual, because of the danger it poses. “It’s very dangerous, much more dangerous than weapons,” …

Government needs more time

Government needs more time

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says his country needs more time to fulfil promises given to the U.N. human rights body to investigate war crimes allegations from a long civil war that ended seven years ago. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents on Tuesday that …

UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March 2017 to review women’s rights in Ukraine (14 February); Ireland (15 February); Jordan (16 February); El Salvador (17 February); Germany (21February); Sri Lanka (22 …