Monthly Archives: July 2020

The people of Sri Lanka are facing some crucial choices

The people of Sri Lanka are facing some crucial choices

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in a press release has stated that “The people of Sri Lanka are facing some crucial choices. The outcome of the Parliamentary Elections set for August 5, 2020, has the potential to determine the country’s course for decades. Democratic fundamentals …

End intimidation & threats

End intimidation & threats

A statement signed by 10 Human Rights Organisations was released on 29 July 2020, requesting that the Government of Sri Lanka should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists. The signatories …

India inks currency deal with Sri Lanka to checkmate China

India inks currency deal with Sri Lanka to checkmate China

Keen to counter China’s influence in Sri Lanka, India on Friday extended a $400 million currency swap facility with Colombo to help its economy recover from Covid-19 crisis. The currency deal between Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka would help …

TNA seeks “cooperative federalism”

TNA seeks “cooperative federalism”

Campaigning for Sri Lanka’s August 5 general elections, the country’s main Tamil party has foregrounded the promise Colombo made to New Delhi on power devolution, the need for greater connectivity to India from the northern Palaly airport, and the need to expedite the return of …

A deterioration in the Human Rights situation?

A deterioration in the Human Rights situation?

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tabled the 2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office report on Human Rights and Democracy, in the UK Parliament on 16 July 2020. The report provides an overview of activity in 2019 by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and it’s diplomatic network …

Crisis cannot be used as an excuse to justify blanket restrictions

Crisis cannot be used as an excuse to justify blanket restrictions

Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément N. Voule at the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on 9 July 2020 I visited Sri Lanka from 18 to 26 July 2019 at the …

UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime

UK announces first sanctions under new global human rights regime

The British government announced on 6 July 2020 that it was blacklisting 49 individuals and organizations under a new Britain-only human rights regime that gives it powers to sanction individuals or entities rather than nations. A new ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime will target those who have …

Chinese Investment  and the BRI in Sri Lanka

Chinese Investment and the BRI in Sri Lanka

Chatham House commissioned a study of Chinese outbound investment and the BRI in Sri Lanka. The study, which is the basis for this paper, focused on several issues concerning Chinese infrastructure investment in 2006–19 including economic aspects and implications for labour, the environment and institutions. …

Concerned over Government’s decision to withdraw co-sponsorship of UN resolution

Concerned over Government’s decision to withdraw co-sponsorship of UN resolution

Delivering a statement at the 44th session of the UNHRC on behalf of the Core Group on Sri Lanka (Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK), on 30 June 2020, UK’s International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French said, that they were ‘deeply disappointed …