Monthly Archives: February 2020

India-Sri Lanka ferry service to take off soon

India-Sri Lanka ferry service to take off soon

In order to promote tourism, the ministry for shipping has mooted a proposal to start ferry service between Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry and Jaffna in Sri Lanka covering a distance of 56 nautical miles (103.7 kilometres). Shortly after chairing a meeting with …

Vigneswaran wants UN Security Council to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the UN

Vigneswaran wants UN Security Council to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the UN

The former chief minister of the Northern Province C. V Wigneswaran has called on the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council, to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the United Nations. “We believe that Sri Lanka’s repeated violations of UN Resolutions, combined with …

AI calls for international accountability mechanism

AI calls for international accountability mechanism

Following Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from its commitments to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, Amnesty International calls on the Council to establish an international accountability mechanism to ensure the victims of decades-long conflict get the justice that is owed to …

UN Rights Chief wants  Government to fully implement resolution 30/1

UN Rights Chief wants Government to fully implement resolution 30/1

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged the Sri Lankan Government to fully implement resolution 30/1, and continue to engage positively with OHCHR and United Nations human rights mechanisms to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights. Bachelet expressed these views in …

We want to go forward

We want to go forward

On his first visit after being sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Mr. Mahinda told The Hindu about his hopes for debt-restructuring, and also about projects now on the anvil, although his government will …

Economy returning to normalcy

Economy returning to normalcy

SL’s economy is recovering from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks last year, with GDP growth projected at 3.7% in 2020, a team of IMF staff who was in Colombo said. Ambitious structural and institutional reforms are needed to anchor policy priorities, bolster competitiveness and foster …

Continue reconciliation and implement 13th Amendment

Continue reconciliation and implement 13th Amendment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he was confident that the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa”s government “will realize the expectations of the Tamil people for equality, justice, peace and respect within a united Sri Lanka”. For this, he said, it will be necessary …

Swiss urged to refuse granting accreditation

Swiss urged to refuse granting accreditation

The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) released a statement on 03 February 2020 calling on Switzerland to deny accreditation to the Ambassador designate for Sri Lanka, C.A. Chandraprema, because of alleged membership during the late eighties of a death squad responsible for the murders …

It was a difficult year for Sri Lanka

It was a difficult year for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2019 Unrealized government commitments to pursue truth, justice and reparations, continued impunity for violations and abuses, compromised freedoms of religion and expression characterized 2019 for Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said as the human rights organization released its annual report on events in the …

A New Government and a Sea Change in Policy

A New Government and a Sea Change in Policy

Since his election on 16 November 2019, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, have initiated fundamental changes to policies on ethnic relations, the legacy of a 26-year civil war, and the rule of law. Mahinda had previously served as …