Monthly Archives: July 2018

UK concerned about slow delivery of human rights commitments – FCO report

UK concerned about slow delivery of human rights commitments – FCO report

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report covering  the period from January to December 2017 was released on 16 July 2018. The report reviews the global human rights picture with particular emphasis on the FCO’s 30 Human Rights …

The Indo-Pacific Strategy

The Indo-Pacific Strategy

*Salient points of Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s speech at the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute Salient Convocation on Friday 13 July 2018 at the BMICH. “Four Centuries of Western domination in the Indian Ocean has come to an end. Asian nations are re-emerging as …

Shifting of Southern Naval Area from Galle to Hambantota is being monitored

Shifting of Southern Naval Area from Galle to Hambantota is being monitored

The proposed shifting of Sri Lanka’s Southern Naval Area from Galle to the strategic port of Hambantota, run by the Chinese, is being monitored by India, but the government is not perturbed by Colombo’s June 30 announcement. Enhanced Sri Lankan naval presence in Hambantota, “if …

Selective application to order execution of a person could be problematical

Selective application to order execution of a person could be problematical

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to order execution of drug dealers who continue to do their business even while being on the death row, will give rise to a legal question besides being ineffective in controlling the drug menace, an expert said. V.T.Thamilmaran, Senior …

NPC Chief Minister opts out of President’s Task Force

NPC Chief Minister opts out of President’s Task Force

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has opted out of the Presidential Task Force on economic development of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces, saying that the Tamils need a political solution for their long-standing problems before they embark on …

Amnesty asks not to implement death penalty

Amnesty asks not to implement death penalty

Sri Lanka must pull back from any plans to implement the death penalty and preserve its longstanding positive record on shunning this cruel and irreversible punishment, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.. The Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Srisena, is reportedly pressing ahead with plans to execute …

India advise on consequences

India advise on consequences

India will adopt a broad, three-pronged approach to deal with China’s increasing engagement in the South Asian and Indian Ocean neighbourhood — track Beijing’s activities carefully; pursue its own projects and commitments; and educate and advise neighbours on the consequences of engaging with China. External …

Our country has no future unless we have a new Constitution

Our country has no future unless we have a new Constitution

Addressing Parliament on  6th of July 2018 TNA leader Mr R Sampanthan  said, our country has no future unless we have a new Constitution which would end the conflict that has arisen in this country as a result of the national question. In fact, in …

Preparing for a poll that is out of sight

Preparing for a poll that is out of sight

There are few signs of Sri Lanka’s provincial elections being held any time soon, but the Tamil polity is already gearing up for the race. The island’s Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils are due for elections since October 2017, and the Central, North …

Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

The numbers at first glance The numbers for Sri Lanka’s post-war economy seem on the whole, clear. Poverty, measured monetarily, looks to be reducing. According to World Bank figures, Sri Lanka is a lower middle-income country and in 2017 its per capita income of $4,065. …

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