Monthly Archives: March 2020

Premadasa to ensure Sri Lanka’s relationship with India is kept at best possible level

Premadasa to ensure Sri Lanka’s relationship with India is kept at best possible level

In the midst of preparing for elections in Sri Lanka, main Opposition leader and former minister and presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa speaks to The New Indian Express about India, China, the rise of nationalism and Covid-19. “My policy will be to implement the 13th amendment by …

UNHRC troubled

UNHRC troubled

Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in a statement rekeased said the pardon of a Sri Lankan soldier convicted for massacring Tamils, is an “affront to victims” and “further undermines the limited progress the country has made …

Sri Lankan convicted for Espionage

Sri Lankan convicted for Espionage

Sri Lankan national Arun Selvarajan has been sentenced to five years in connection with the sensational Thameem Ansari spy case. A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here pronounced the judgement on Friday convicting Selvarajan for all the charges slapping him with five years of …

Significant human rights issues

Significant human rights issues

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2019 was released by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on 11 March 2020. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in …

Economy, at a worrying  point

Economy, at a worrying point

Just Five years ago, the Rajapaksa family seemed to have lost everything. Mahinda Rajapaksa was beaten during the presidential race in Sri Lanka in 2015, ending his ten-year term. His younger brother Gotabaya was no longer number two (for Mahinda) in the Ministry of Defense. …

British government underlines importance of Accountability

British government underlines importance of Accountability

British Parliamentarian Afzal Khan, asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on 26 February 2020, whether he plans to make representations to his Sri Lankan counterpart on seeking justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings that are alleged to have taken place …

NGOs want UN to establish ‘international accountability mechanism’

NGOs want UN to establish ‘international accountability mechanism’

International non-governmental organisations have called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish “an international accountability mechanism on Sri Lanka and called on the UNHRC to hold Sri Lanka accountable to its obligations under international law. It accused that the climate of fear has …

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability  reasons for religious extremism & hate speech

Impunity, lack of rule of law & accountability reasons for religious extremism & hate speech

The culture of impunity in Sri Lanka has been repeatedly pointed out as one of the main reasons for which religious extremism and hate speech thrive in the country, undermining the rule of law and human rights. This was stated in the report presented to …

ICJ calls for International Accountability process

ICJ calls for International Accountability process

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February 2020, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged renewed international action to ensure justice and accountability for crimes under international law in Sri Lanka. The statement, delivered during a discussion of updates and reports from the …