Monthly Archives: March 2017

Legal process, lack of approvals delay FDI

Legal process, lack of approvals delay FDI

Long delays in Sri Lanka’s legal process and a lack of speedy approvals from government institutions have delayed foreign direct investment (FDI), the head of state-run investment body chief said on Friday. The government said last month FDI slumped 54 percent to $450 million last …

Slow progress on crucial justice and reconciliation

Slow progress on crucial justice and reconciliation

The slow pace of transitional justice in Sri Lanka and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address accountability for past crimes risk derailing the momentum towards lasting peace, reconciliation and stability, according to a report issued by the UN Human Rights Office on 3 …

Sri Lanka is a bargain

Sri Lanka is a bargain

When it comes to labor costs, Sri Lanka is a bargain, considering the size of its economy, according to statistics from the Japanese trade promotion organization known as JETRO. Since the island’s civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka’s economy has been expanding. Its per-capita …

PTA no longer operational: SCRM Chief

PTA no longer operational: SCRM Chief

The Government will not enact new laws to incorporate foreign judges and lawyers into a local judicial mechanism to address allegations of war crimes, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva on Wednesday (1). “But with or without …

Linguistic slights spur ethnic division

Linguistic slights spur ethnic division

From its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s …

Back in the Spotlight

Back in the Spotlight

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                    The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council …

Protests to reclaim land persist

Protests to reclaim land persist

“When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been …

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook

Despite heavy lobbying by human rights groups against giving any reprieve to Sri Lanka, the South Asian island nation is likely to be let off the hook at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) due to exigencies of international politics, diplomats …

Building a peace process is incredibly difficult

Building a peace process is incredibly difficult

The British Parliament debated the human rights in Sri Lanka and Human rights in Sri Lanka and the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February 2017. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, not only because it …