Monthly Archives: March 2017

The resolution that will be passed is to our satisfaction

The resolution that will be passed is to our satisfaction

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                M.A. Sumanthiran is a Sri Lankan lawyer, parliamentarian and member of …

New regulation to prevent the construction of new buildings near power lines

New regulation to prevent the construction of new buildings near power lines

Sri Lanka introduced  new regulations  with regard to the minimum gap  that should have between  power lines and buildings to ensure the safety of consumers and the properties . The regulations were approved by the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy on the recommendation of …

More tangible reforms are expected and necessary

More tangible reforms are expected and necessary

A report by Mónica Pinto, the former Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on her visit from 29 April to 7 May 2016,  to Sri Lanka, had been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 15 March 2017. The visit was …

Stop the next generation being pushed towards a new terrorism

Stop the next generation being pushed towards a new terrorism

“We are like dogs in the street, while your men occupy our homes,” read one of the banners strung up by Tamil protesters, mostly women in saris and ragged children. They had been camping for more than a month in a jumble of makeshift tents …

Vaiko arrested

Vaiko arrested

MDMK general secretary Vaiko and his followers along with traders union leader T.Vellaiyan were arrested on Saturday when they attempted to besiege the deputy high commission of Sri Lanka opposing a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council seeking more time for the island nation …

Three scenarios for the future

Three scenarios for the future

Last December I gave a lecture for Advocata Institute in Colombo on three scenarios for Sri Lanka’s future. Here are the three scenarios. Scenario One I call “Drift”, Scenario Two “Take-Off”, and Scenario Three “Relapse”. Scenario One: “Drift” This is my assessment of Sri Lanka …

Government must address demilitarisation, disappeared persons, land return and political prisoners

Government must address demilitarisation, disappeared persons, land return and political prisoners

Presenting the report following her October 2016 visit to Sri Lanka, Special Rapporteur, Ms Rita Izsák, said “I acutely felt the mounting frustrations across the country about the pace of progress; a situation that seems even more critical today than it was when I undertook …

Indian interventions

Indian interventions

Sultan M Hali.                                                                        India has tried to interfere in the …

Continuing military presence in North and East of concern

Continuing military presence in North and East of concern

It has now become clear that Sri Lanka, by co-sponsoring with the United States the consensus Resolution 30/1 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in 2015 hailed as an example of goodwill and cooperation and adopted unanimously, has compromised the credibility …

Counter Offensive against UN Human Rights Chief

Counter Offensive against UN Human Rights Chief

Rtd. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara will leave for Geneva tomorrow leading a three-man delegation to meet UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein to mount an offensive against the case, now argued before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), that Sri Lankan forces committed …