Monthly Archives: February 2019

EU reiterates need to repeal and replace the PTA Act

EU reiterates need to repeal and replace the PTA Act

The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka agreed on the importance to continue working closely together on human rights and reconciliation at their Joint Commission meeting on 14 February . The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held their 22nd meeting of the Joint Commission …

US seeks sustained military engagement with Sri Lanka

US seeks sustained military engagement with Sri Lanka

Amid the increasing Chinese influence over the strategically important Indo-Pacific region, a top Pentagon commander has advocated sustained US engagement with Sri Lanka, despite the political and ethnic turmoil in the island nation, posing a challenge to their ties. “Sri Lanka remains a significant strategic …

Sri Lanka resolution will be led by UK

Sri Lanka resolution will be led by UK

I would like to refer to 4 initiatives which the UK will present as part of core groups. These are three resolutions and one joint statement. Firstly, the Core Group on Sri Lanka, comprising Canada, Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK will present a resolution …

Commitments  made  has  been inconsistent and subject to considerable delay.

Commitments made has been inconsistent and subject to considerable delay.

During an informal briefing in Geneva on 04 February 2019, with the Human Rights Council President and Members the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that Sri Lanka would be among the countries which would have the attention of the Council at the 40th …

Government replies to the Special Rapporteur

Government replies to the Special Rapporteur

The Government submitted its observations and comments to the UNHRC on the draft report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism on his mission to Sri Lanka from 10 – 14 July, 2017. Responding to concerns …

House of Lords Debate on Sri Lanka and the UNHCR resolution

House of Lords Debate on Sri Lanka and the UNHCR resolution

The UK government once again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. The Minister of State, Foreign …

Why has the Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

Why has the Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have …

Ceylon Tea a cup of pure enchantment?

Ceylon Tea a cup of pure enchantment?

Sri Lanka – a Tea Island, is known for its diverse cultures and scenic beauty. While blessed with fortunes of nature to give a different array of climates, tea was first introduced to Sri Lanka as a replacement crop for coffee, during the 19th Century …

Vigneswaran lauds LTTE leader for forging Tamil unity

Vigneswaran lauds LTTE leader for forging Tamil unity

The former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Sunday praised Velupillai Prabhakaran, the slain leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), for bringing about Tamil unity by making several mutually antagonistic Tamil political parties come together to form the …