Monthly Archives: September 2018

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 …

UN writes over failure to meet deadline on torture report

UN writes over failure to meet deadline on torture report

Abdelwahab Hani Rapporteur  for Follow-up to Concluding Observations Committee against Torture The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has in a letter dated 20 August  2018, sent to Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Geneva.  referred to the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka (CAT/C/LKAl5) submitted at …

May be satisfied with a further expansion of power to Provincial Councils

May be satisfied with a further expansion of power to Provincial Councils

Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority may be satisfied with a further expansion of power to provincial councils instead of their demand for a federal solution, to ensure political autonomy in the northern and eastern regions, a senior Tamil lawmaker has said. The idea was expressed by …

Now look at today’s politicians …

Now look at today’s politicians …

Winston Churchill famously claimed that of all human qualities, courage was the most esteemed, because it guaranteed all others. He was right. Courage—moral courage—is the companion of great leadership. No politician could ever be viewed as exceptional unless he or she had it in spades. …

Sivajilingam also wants a special court

Sivajilingam also wants a special court

A resolution to request UN Human Rights Council to establish a special court in Sri Lanka to probe cases related to war crimes and human right violations in the North during the war, has been passed at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The Tamil National …

Potential targets in notebook

Potential targets in notebook

A police source has confirmed Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop were among a list of potential targets allegedly documented in the notebook of a Sri Lankan man charged with a terrorism-related offence today. Mohamed Nizamdeen, 25, was today charged with possessing a blueprint to target …

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