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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 …

Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka: UNHRC action remains crucial

Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka: UNHRC action remains crucial

  The government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has failed to comply with two successive Human Rights Council (HRC) resolutions. Failure is most obvious with respect to accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in the final phase of the civil war, but also …

Do not label persons and jeopardise the working relationship between the President and myself : Wigneswaran

Do not label persons and jeopardise the working relationship between the President and myself : Wigneswaran

 An Interview with Justice C. V. Wigneswaran.                 Justice Visuvalingam Wigneswaran is a newsmaker in a meaningful sense. Many people believe that he is someone …

The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva

The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva

By Archana Arul.               The setting in the run up to the Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council is getting increasingly clear, not just with Washington letting Colombo know that a third successive resolution against the island …

After War Comes Peace, Not Prosperity

After War Comes Peace, Not Prosperity

By Amantha Perera Sri Lanka’s war-battered Northern Province had reason to celebrate when the results of a countrywide exam were announced last December. Of the 16,604 students from the province who sat for the exam, 63.8 percent secured the required marks for entry into prestigious …

Renewed pressure on Sri Lanka over allegations

Renewed pressure on Sri Lanka over allegations

  Next month the United Nations Human Rights Council will vote on a resolution on Sri Lanka. It relates to accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity by both sides during the final stages of the island nation’s bitter civil conflict, and ongoing reports …

Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

     One of the very first things passengers getting off planes at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport see is a huge portrait of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The view remains pretty much the same as one travels across the island. You cannot miss the …

My Experience as head of intelligence with the IPKF

My Experience as head of intelligence with the IPKF

    By Col. R. Hariharan.       PR: First, we would like to thank you for joining us. I understand you spent nearly three decades in the Indian Armed Forces and salute you for that and would like to ask how you started and …

Keeping India at bay

Keeping India at bay

     By Ahilan Kadirgamar. Fish move over the Indian Ocean knowing no borders, while marine resources including corals on the continental shelf are important for the seasonal migration and reproduction of fish. Similarly, for centuries past, fishers and traders travelled freely over the ocean, …