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Amend Counter Terrorism Act

Amend Counter Terrorism Act

Sri Lanka’s draft counterterrorism law significantly improves upon the current, abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) but needs further safeguards against rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a commentary released today. Parliament should amend the bill to fully comply with international human rights standards …

Will finish infra projects before your polls

Will finish infra projects before your polls

India has assured Sri Lanka of completing development projects on time, some of them preferably before the January 2020 elections in the island nation, The Sunday Express has learnt. Both sides also decided to sensitively handle the issue of fishermen, especially in the coming months, …

“Why Can’t We Go Home?”

“Why Can’t We Go Home?”

Human Rights Watch  Released a Report About Occupation of Civilian Owned Lands in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka by the Armed Services titled “Why Can’t We Go Home?” Summary On April 29, 2017, the Sri Lankan navy high command announced it would release 100 acres …

A terrible op-ed?

A terrible op-ed?

Mark Field, Britain’s Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, recently penned a terrible op-ed in The Daily Mirror. The piece coincided with a visit to the country. “First, it is important to recognise the positives,” Field writes. …

The land of the disappeared​ – a photo essay​

The land of the disappeared​ – a photo essay​

It is nearly a decade since the civil war in Sri Lanka ended, but for many families the long struggle will never be over. During the conflict, many thousands of people from the minority Tamil community in the north of the country were “disappeared”. Amnesty …

TGTE wants UK assist with bringing justice to Tamil people

TGTE wants UK assist with bringing justice to Tamil people

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) invites Mr. Mark Field, the Minister of State for Asia, Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to seek a deep understanding of the plight of Tamil victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as he …

Hambantota Port may soon become a forward military base

Hambantota Port may soon become a forward military base

Remarks delivered by President Mike Pence on the administration’s policy towards China at Hudson Institute on October 4, 2018:                      Thank you, Ken, for that kind introduction. To the Members of the Board of Trustees, to …

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?

Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?

Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. I know how deep the scars from decades of conflict …

As Chinese influence grows ‘Kaga’ sails into Sri Lanka

As Chinese influence grows ‘Kaga’ sails into Sri Lanka

Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region’s vital commercial sea lanes. Japan has long provided low-interest loans and aid to Sri …

Proposed Counter Terrorism Bill

Proposed Counter Terrorism Bill

Sri Lanka’s near three-decade ethnic war and numerous conflicts were used to justify attempts by successive governments to introduce and maintain broad sweeping legislation and regulations in the guise of countering terrorism and addressing national security. The notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) introduced in …