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Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

The winner of Sri Lanka’s presidential election on November 16, 2019 will face enormous challenges to deliver justice for past crimes and prevent future abuses, Human Rights Watch said. Since …

TMK will take a neutral stand

TMK will take a neutral stand

The former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province C.V.Wigneswaran has said that his organization the Tamil Makkal Koottani (TMK) will take a neutral stand at the upcoming Presidential election …

Security systems were undermined, says probe report

Security systems were undermined, says probe report

A parliamentary panel in Sri Lanka has accused President Maithripala Sirisena of “actively undermining” government and security systems, leading to serious lapses ahead of the Easter terror attacks. In a …

Trump administration  will push the new Sri Lankan Government on the human rights issue

Trump administration will push the new Sri Lankan Government on the human rights issue

US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G. Wells told the House Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation on 22 October 2019 that the Trump …

The spiritual leader

The spiritual leader

No international actor will try to interfere in Sri Lanka’s approaching presidential election, said Basil Rajapaksa, chief strategist of his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s presidential bid. “Ethically, that is how it should be,” he told The Hindu in an interview, alluding to a shift in the …

A Tamil boycott will achieve little

A Tamil boycott will achieve little

Should Tamils boycott Sri Lanka’s elections in November for the executive presidency? Should Tamils boycott Sri Lanka’s elections in November for the executive presidency? This question is weighed by Tamils …

We want effective democracy

We want effective democracy

The United Kingdom Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon met with the Tamil National Alliance Leader AR. Sampanthan and the Spokesperson Hon M A Sumanthiran …

UN to send back peacekeepers?

UN to send back peacekeepers?

The United Nations suspended Sri Lankan Army deployments in the world body’s peacekeeping operations after the Indian Ocean island nation appointed a war veteran who has been accused of serious …

Sri Lanka’s transitional justice scorecard

Sri Lanka’s transitional justice scorecard

The group “believes that the pledges made by Sri Lanka to its people are the essential ingredients for national healing, stability, and prosperity. The Core Group remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting Sri Lanka’s future through the implementation of the Resolution. Continued support for …

TNPF wants UN to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

TNPF wants UN to refer Sri Lanka to ICC

TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam who addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 20 September 2019, wanted Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC)