Monthly Archives: July 2017

Implement Geneva resolution or face consequences

Implement Geneva resolution or face consequences

Alleging that ‘retrograde elements in the security establishment and their allies’ in the government were trying to undermine post-war reconciliation process, the UN yesterday warned Sri Lanka of dire consequences unless the government fully implemented Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration in Oct …

UN report wants an end to involvement in commercial or civilian activities

UN report wants an end to involvement in commercial or civilian activities

The UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session, held from 29 May to 23 June 2017, in Geneva:  Australia, Uruguay, The Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The UN committee …

The need for transition to deep sea fishing

The need for transition to deep sea fishing

India’s prestigious English daily The Hindu has in its editorial hailed Sri Lanka’s legislative amendment to prohibit bottom trawling as a welcome move. It has however urged the need to discuss marine conservation, thus giving equal importance to protecting livelihoods and sustainable fishing. The Editorial …

Sri Lanka has failed to deliver on its international commitments

Sri Lanka has failed to deliver on its international commitments

The Sri Lankan government has done “almost nothing” to hold human rights violators in the military to account said Ben Emmerson, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Friday, warning it was laying down conditions that may “reignite conflict”. In a press release at the …

Sri Lanka must shift its growth model

Sri Lanka must shift its growth model

In June 2017, the World Bank launched the most recent edition of the Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU). Produced every six months, the report provides a more in-depth examination of selected economic and policy issues, and analysis of medium-term development challenges. This edition’s special focus …

Emmerson taken aback

Emmerson taken aback

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson, QC, over UN intervention here Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, had a heated argument with visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Human …

No sense to discuss constitution since it has not been drafted

No sense to discuss constitution since it has not been drafted

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the principal Tamil grouping in Sri Lanka, has denied media reports that it is planning to meet the Mahanayakes or the High Priests of Buddhism in Sri Lanka soon, to explain to them the need for a new Sri Lankan …

An elephantine rescue

An elephantine rescue

The Sri Lankan Navy has rescued an elephant that was struggling in the water about five miles (eight kilometers) out to sea. Navy divers and wildlife experts worked for 12 hours on Tuesday to tie ropes around the animal and gently tow it to shore …

At the crossroads

At the crossroads

Sri Lankan cricket is at the crossroads after their humbling loss against Zimbabwe in the five-match ODI series. Having lost the first match of the series, Angelo Mathews-led team came back and won the following two encounters. However, the visitors turned the tables and bagged …

Ban on bottom trawling puts Tamil Nadu fishermen in a spot

Ban on bottom trawling puts Tamil Nadu fishermen in a spot

In a significant step to curb bottom trawling by Indian fishermen in the shallow waters between North Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu in South India, the Sri Lankan parliament last week amended the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, No. 2 of 1996 to ban bottom …