Monthly Archives: September 2018

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

The US state Department released its Country Report on Terrorism on 19 September 2018, which describes the global counter terrorism landscape in 2017 and  laying out the United States Government’s assessment of recent counter terrorism trends and highlighting efforts taken to combat terrorist groups. The …

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Transitional justice efforts fall short

Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war. The Government …

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s. Speaking at The Economic Club of Washington, …

Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise

Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise

Sri Lanka is ready to rise again — a nation on the path to sustained growth path, that is. That’s according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study, which names Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise among emerging markets …

Indo-Lanka accord best way to solve Tamils issue

Indo-Lanka accord best way to solve Tamils issue

Douglas Devananda, 61, is the leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and a MP in the Sri Lankan Parliament representing Jaffna. He was a Minister in the Cabinets of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and later Mahinda Rajapaksa. In this interview on the sidelines of …

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

Delivering a statement at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group  comprising  Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and …

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Sri Lanka’s Stalled Reforms

Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Three years on, what’s your broad take on the coalition government’s performance? Where does the reform agenda currently stand? Some reforms have happened since 2015 to varying degrees, …

Strategic centre of Geo-Politics will be the Indian Ocean

Strategic centre of Geo-Politics will be the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been in and out of power since the 1990s. In 2015, he teamed up with Maithripala Sirisena and Chandrika Kumaratunge to oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power. Since then however, Wickramasinghe and the President have had a rocky relationship, …

Still in the game?

Still in the game?

From a man who had ceased to be India’s favourite to the reach-out and engagement with New Delhi now, former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has come a long way. There is a growing realisation in India that opposition forces that are gaining ground in their respective …

NPC wants UN  to appoint Special  Rapporteur

NPC wants UN to appoint Special Rapporteur

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) called on the UN Human Rights Council to ensure Sri Lanka was referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly and to the UN Security Council in order “to be referred to the …