Monthly Archives: September 2019

Leaders should focus their attention on repairing the broken security apparatus

Leaders should focus their attention on repairing the broken security apparatus

What’s new? Easter Sunday’s bombings produced Sri Lanka’s deadliest single day of terrorist violence and its first experience of Muslim-on-Christian mass violence. Although the attackers were fringe actors, politicians and Sinhalese nationalists have used the bombings to justify actions that have harassed and humiliated the broader …

Lanka’s electoral test – An Indian Viewpoint

Lanka’s electoral test – An Indian Viewpoint

The space for presidential contenders in Sri Lanka’s election on November 16 is crowding. The hopefuls are from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)’s Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and United …

UN to send back peacekeepers?

UN to send back peacekeepers?

The United Nations suspended Sri Lankan Army deployments in the world body’s peacekeeping operations after the Indian Ocean island nation appointed a war veteran who has been accused of serious human rights violations, an official said on Wednesday. Sri Lanka’s president in August appointed war …

Sri Lanka’s transitional justice scorecard

Sri Lanka’s transitional justice scorecard

The group “believes that the pledges made by Sri Lanka to its people are the essential ingredients for national healing, stability, and prosperity. The Core Group remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting Sri Lanka’s future through the implementation of the Resolution. Continued support for …

TNPF wants UN to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

TNPF wants UN to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam who addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 20 September 2019, wanted Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC)

A Referendum on Presidency ?

A Referendum on Presidency ?

The Sri Lankan Presidential election, to be held on November 16, is likely to be a referendum on the continuation or abolition of the Executive Presidential system if the ruling United National Party (UNP) chooses Karu Jayasuriya as its candidate. Jayasuriya, who is the current …

ITJP alleges, torture has been institutionalized

ITJP alleges, torture has been institutionalized

A new 68-page report from the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) demonstrates how torture has been institutionalized in Sri Lanka. It is shown to be the direct consequence of Sri Lanka continuing to use the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) implemented in 1978. The …

International Community must consider conducting a Referendum

International Community must consider conducting a Referendum

Co – Chairman of Tamil People’s Council and Former Chief Minister of Northern Province, Justice, C.V. Vigneswaran has said that the International Community must consider conducting a Referendum in terms of International principles of Law among the Tamil speaking people Read Vigneswaran’s Speech below: In …

Flights from Jaffna to Indian cities

Flights from Jaffna to Indian cities

Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority is gearing up to operate commercial flights from the island’s northern city of Jaffna to select Indian cities. Preparations are on to commence flights from mid-October, according to officials. Flights would run from Palaly airport in Jaffna Peninsula, to Kochi, …

UK remains steadfast in its commitment to help Sri Lanka

UK remains steadfast in its commitment to help Sri Lanka

UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French outlined that the UK remains steadfast in its commitment to help Sri Lanka deliver peace, reconciliation and prosperity for all communities. This statement is on behalf of Canada, Germany North Macedonia, Montenegro, and the United Kingdom as …

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