Monthly Archives: March 2018

Telecom Regulatory Commission to monitor social media platforms for hate speech

Telecom Regulatory Commission to monitor social media platforms for hate speech

Facebook was blocked for several users across Sri Lanka on Wednesday while the social media app ‘Whatsapp’ was also reported slow after several incidents of violence was reported from Kandy, in Central Sri Lanka, since Sunday night. Government Spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne told reporters in a …

India was not interested in building ports or highways

India was not interested in building ports or highways

Former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that India was not interested in building ports and highway projects in his country when it was first offered. “We offered India first – port/highways. But somehow they were interested in building the port at Hambantota. The government …

Extend “Universal Jurisdiction”

Extend “Universal Jurisdiction”

The Provincial Council of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province has passed a resolution asking the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to extend “Universal Jurisdiction” to Sri Lanka and make Sri Lanka accede to the Rome Statute which enables criminal cases to be taken to …

Desperate need for enlightened political leadership

Desperate need for enlightened political leadership

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has urged the on-going 37 th.Session of the UN Human Rights council (UNHRC) in Geneva to “impress upon Sri Lanka to present a comprehensive transitional justice strategy, including a clearly defined timeline for implementation.” A statements issued by Suren Surendiran, …

Torture against Tamils?

Torture against Tamils?

It’s more than three years since President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka. He took over from a government which was accused of human rights abuses during the war against Tamil separatists. Sirisena had promised a less authoritarian style of leadership. But Al Jazeera has …