Monthly Archives: September 2018

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 …

Vigneswaran has more Ministers than constitutionally prescribed

Vigneswaran has more Ministers than constitutionally prescribed

The 131st session of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) descended into chaos, yesterday, as Councillors expressed their displeasure at the number of provincial ministers in the Council. A number of Councillors asked NPC Chief Minister, CV Wigneswaran what he was going to do about the …

Lenders should be responsible for the risks they take

Lenders should be responsible for the risks they take

Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky the United Nations Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, who was in Sri Lanka on a nine-day …

New UN Human Rights chief raises concerns

New UN Human Rights chief raises concerns

The 39th session of the Human Rights Council commenced in Geneva  today (10 September). In the opening statement by the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet referring to Sri Lanka said that: In Sri Lanka, although the authorities have moved too slowly towards meaningful …

Asylum seekers at breaking point

Asylum seekers at breaking point

A few weeks ago, Vigneswaran Nagamuththu was reunited with his wife and two sons for the first time since he fled Sri Lanka in 2009. It was a happy ending of sorts; after nine years when he feared he might never see them again, they …

Suspend officials accused in abductions and disappearances

Suspend officials accused in abductions and disappearances

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) released its interim report on 06 September 2018 and called on the Government to “expedite and give highest priority to prosecutions and other ongoing cases involving enforced disappearances.” It recommended that the government suspend state officials including members of the …

Debt trap?

Debt trap?

India’s southern neighbour Sri Lanka may plunge further into the Chinese debt trap with Colombo yet again turning to Beijing for fresh loans, which will come during the final quarter of 2018. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is working with its Chinese counterpart, People’s …