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Abstention louder than any vote

Abstention louder than any vote

   Sometimes, the loudest sound can emanate from the sidelines. At the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva last week, India’s abstention vote — in a United States sponsored resolution …

UN probe can’t bring Sri Lanka communities together

UN probe can’t bring Sri Lanka communities together

   On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for a UN-led investigation into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the last stages of that country’s 30-year civil war. Five years ago, Sri Lanka’s armed forces decisively defeated the …

UN council steps in

UN council steps in

By Donald Camp. There was a time, not so long ago, when Sri Lanka was known for the quality of its democracy. In 1975, when I was a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Embassy there, the country was in economic straits but proud of …

Shooting Incident at Tharmapuram: Is There a Real LTTE Resurgence in the North?

Shooting Incident at Tharmapuram: Is There a Real LTTE Resurgence in the North?

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj.      Two pistol shots rang out in the afternoon of Thursday March 13th 2014 at house No. 5 of the Indian Housing scheme in Musalampitty in …

Deleting demilitarisation from the draft signals that there will be no serious opposition

Deleting demilitarisation from the draft signals that there will be no serious opposition

  Writing in the Asian Correspondent on the heightened militarisation in the North-East, and the spate of recent arrests of activists, the Tamil journalist in exile J.S. Tissainayagam, warned that the international community’s deletion of ‘demilitarisation’ from the draft UNHRC resolution text “signals to Colombo …

Healing the wounds of a bitter war

Healing the wounds of a bitter war

   During the week of March 24, the U.N. Human Rights Council countries will be asked to show where they stand on a resolution on Sri Lanka. That resolution seeks to support the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights’ call to establish an international mechanism …

Weak UN resolution will endanger justice

Weak UN resolution will endanger justice

   Language in the draft resolution now before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an investigation into past and ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka lacks teeth say critics. A resolution that establishes a weak investigating body will only render ineffectual what the …

Sri Lanka’s top tea experiences: Sips of history

Sri Lanka’s top tea experiences: Sips of history

 By Cynthia Rosenfeld, for CNN. Sri Lanka’s tea industry started with one Camellia Sinesis plant brought from China in 1824 by the British. It has since grown into a $1.5 billion export industry — the world’s second biggest by value. The country’s tea plantations offer incredible scenery. One …

Reconciliation cannot come about overnight

Reconciliation cannot come about overnight

  By Dr Sridhar Krishnaswami. In the run up to the March 28 Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, three things are taking place in South Asia and elsewhere. First, a major political party in Tamil Nadu (India), the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam …

Crimea And Geneva

Crimea And Geneva

By Rajan Philips. What is happening in Crimea is what diaspora separatism would love to have happening in Sri Lanka. And Russia is one country that the Rajapaksa regime would be hoping to …