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House of Lords Debate on Sri Lanka and the UNHCR resolution

House of Lords Debate on Sri Lanka and the UNHCR resolution

The UK government once again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s …

Vigneswaran lauds LTTE leader for forging Tamil unity

Vigneswaran lauds LTTE leader for forging Tamil unity

The former Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Sunday praised Velupillai Prabhakaran, the slain leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), for bringing about …

Non-lethal supplies and cargo transfers

Non-lethal supplies and cargo transfers

n July 2017 the Sri Lankan government renewed, for another ten years, the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) with the United States Department of Defense. ACSA allows the exchange of …

A regional hub for logistics and commerce?

A regional hub for logistics and commerce?

The US Navy will perform a transfer operation to move cargo between planes at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), outside Colombo, from January 21 to 29, the US Embassy said today. In a statement, it said this is part of a larger temporary cargo transfer initiative …

Struggle to meet political ends

Struggle to meet political ends

Sri Lanka’s premier Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), is caught in a cleft stick. On the one hand, it has to cooperate with and need be prop up the United National Front (UNF) government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Tamils see Wickremesinghe as …

Grave secrets from a troubled past

Grave secrets from a troubled past

From 10 feet away, it looked like a grin, the row of teeth stretching from ear to ear. Freshly dug out from many layers of soil, the mud-covered skeleton lay on its spine, awaiting a number. “That would be 283,” says W.R.A.S. Rajapaksa. He is …

LTTE suspect arrested  over Kadirgamar’s killing

LTTE suspect arrested over Kadirgamar’s killing

German authorities say they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka’s foreign minister. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that police arrested 39-year-old Navanithan G. in southwestern Germany Wednesday and searched his home. …

Political Crisis Threatens Justice Efforts

Political Crisis Threatens Justice Efforts

Human Rights Watch released the ‘World Report 2019’, reviewing human rights practices in more than 100 countries. HRW states that Sri Lanka’s political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing …

The making of a new Constitution

The making of a new Constitution

The Constitutional Expert Committee’s report, which was tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday abolishes the powerful Executive Presidency and replaces it by a Westminster style parliamentary system with …

Sri Lankan schoolgirl produces environment-friendly disposable lunch boxes

Sri Lankan schoolgirl produces environment-friendly disposable lunch boxes

Sri Lanka, like most countries around the world, has a problem with producing huge amounts of plastic waste. On a daily basis, many Sri Lankans use polythene ‘lunch sheets’ to wrap and transport their meals – and then throw the plastic away. But now a …