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Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

Office of Missing Persons in Perspective

Taylor Dibbert:                                                                      Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) became operational …

Disappearances bill to have no retrospective effect

Disappearances bill to have no retrospective effect

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the proposed ratification of a bill that criminalises enforced disappearance in the country will have no retrospective effect. Wickremesinghe was responding to Opposition’s accusations that the real aim of the Office of Missing Person (OMP) was to target the …

No Legal Bar to My Becoming Prime Minister

No Legal Bar to My Becoming Prime Minister

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was said to be one of the colourful Presidents in the Asian region, amidst having to face political attacks from his opponents, said that he did his best for the country and he could defend himself on that. He also …

EU raises concerns

EU raises concerns

The  European Union, on Wednesday raised concerns with the Sri Lankan government about continued discrimination against women and girls and against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Sri Lankans. The European Union office in Colombo, in a statement said that while the EU praised the Sri Lankan …

Experts say, Office of Missing Persons set up in violation of Constitution

Experts say, Office of Missing Persons set up in violation of Constitution

At long last, on Tuesday, Sri Lanka got what the minority Tamils and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have been demanding since the separatist war ended in May 2009 – an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) – to trace 21,000 to 40,000 persons still …

Rahul Gandhi critical of China’s presence

Rahul Gandhi critical of China’s presence

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday that he was “absolutely ready” to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so. Gandhi, who was addressing students at University of California, Berkeley, said around 2012 the Congress Party “stopped having …

Political posturing unlikely to hamper constitution making process

Political posturing unlikely to hamper constitution making process

Apprehensive about electoral consequences, political parties in Sri Lanka are either posturing on the on-going constitution-making process, or are maintaining stony silence on it. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by President Maithripala Sirisena, has taken a hard line publicly, while being accommodative in …

US Senate want to make sure that we’re not throwing away the investments we’ve already made in Sri Lanka

US Senate want to make sure that we’re not throwing away the investments we’ve already made in Sri Lanka

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill with $51.35 billion for diplomatic and humanitarian programs that strengthen U.S. national security and support American values abroad. “The serious challenges to U.S. national security interests today heighten our …

US lawmakers oppose 92 per cent cut in aid

US lawmakers oppose 92 per cent cut in aid

Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation. “Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President’s …

Exercising universal jurisdiction was “even more necessary”.

Exercising universal jurisdiction was “even more necessary”.

Addressing the opening of the 36th session UN Human Rights Council session, on 11 September 2017, in Geneva,  United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said Sri Lanka has to live up to commitments it had made to the international community.  High Commissioner …