Monthly Archives: October 2017

Playing with words won’t do

Playing with words won’t do

Two weeks have passed since the presentation of the Interim Report of  the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly to the  parliament of Sri Lanka by  Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.  As in the case of the release of the reports of the six sub- committees, …

Special Rapporteur on transitional justice to review progress

Special Rapporteur on transitional justice to review progress

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr. Pablo de Greiff, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 23 October 2017, to examine the progress made in redressing the legacies of …

Parliament accused of perpetuating majority rule

Parliament accused of perpetuating majority rule

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. They have some representation in Parliament but say they are sidelined by Buddhist Sinhalese, who …

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for local fuel sales

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for local fuel sales

Sri Lanka has blocked a proposal by Chinese firms bidding to build the island’s biggest oil refinery to sell fuel locally, fearing a threat to domestic firms that dominate the small but growing market. The veto is the latest in a tussle over Chinese investments …

Why Sri Lanka needs to boost its ailing private sector

Why Sri Lanka needs to boost its ailing private sector

Sri Lanka experienced strong growth at the end of its 26-year conflict. This was to be expected as post-war reconstruction tends to bring new hope and energy to a country. And Sri Lanka has done well—5 percent growth is nothing to scoff at. However, Sri …

Are the Tamil parties selling out the Tamil people?

Are the Tamil parties selling out the Tamil people?

Sri Lanka’s government since 2015 was elected on a promise of a new constitution that would find a solution to the country’s national problems. On 21 September 2017, the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly presented its report on the new constitution to parliament proposing …

Opposition to protest airport deal

Opposition to protest airport deal

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party, mostly comprising loyalists of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, said today it will stage a protest against the proposed lease of an airport to an Indian company. The Joint Opposition, a political alliance formed by a right-wing faction of the Sri …

Political stalemate as extremism comes to the fore?

Political stalemate as extremism comes to the fore?

Extremist ethno-politics is raising its head once again in Sri Lanka, both in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province and in the Sinhalese-dominated South, pushing the island nation towards a political stalemate once again.With the conflict getting surcharged with emotion, irrational action could follow with far reaching …

TGTE writes on Kurdish referendum

TGTE writes on Kurdish referendum

The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) congratulates the people of Kurdistan on their recent success in conducting a referendum in their homeland and among the Kurdish diaspora. The Kurdistan people were subjected to genocide under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Notably, during Saddam’s genocidal …