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What lies behind violence against Muslims

What lies behind violence against Muslims

The anti-Muslim riots that rocked several towns in central Sri Lanka in the first week of March were swiftly put down by the army, deployed under a state of emergency clamped on March 6. But by then, scores of Muslim businesses had been burnt or …

Is India listening to Wigneswaran?

Is India listening to Wigneswaran?

The Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, though a reluctant political entrant four and a half years ago, is now projecting himself as a stubbornly principled or perhaps a dogmatic Tamil nationalist political leader whose opinions to a certain extent are influencing the direction of …

Telecom Regulatory Commission to monitor social media platforms for hate speech

Telecom Regulatory Commission to monitor social media platforms for hate speech

Facebook was blocked for several users across Sri Lanka on Wednesday while the social media app ‘Whatsapp’ was also reported slow after several incidents of violence was reported from Kandy, in Central Sri Lanka, since Sunday night. Government Spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne told reporters in a …

India was not interested in building ports or highways

India was not interested in building ports or highways

Former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that India was not interested in building ports and highway projects in his country when it was first offered. “We offered India first – port/highways. But somehow they were interested in building the port at Hambantota. The government …

Extend “Universal Jurisdiction”

Extend “Universal Jurisdiction”

The Provincial Council of Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Province has passed a resolution asking the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to extend “Universal Jurisdiction” to Sri Lanka and make Sri Lanka accede to the Rome Statute which enables criminal cases to be taken to …

Torture against Tamils?

Torture against Tamils?

It’s more than three years since President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka. He took over from a government which was accused of human rights abuses during the war against Tamil separatists. Sirisena had promised a less authoritarian style of leadership. But Al Jazeera has …

Political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

Political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

The dramatic defeat of the ruling coalition in the landmark February 10 local bodies’ elections, has had a major impact on the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka.And it is bound to have an impact on Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the other countries …

Sri Lanka made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF

Sri Lanka made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF

As part of its on-going review of compliance with the AML/CFT standards, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said that since November 2017, when Sri Lanka made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen the effectiveness of its AML/CFT …

Forgive, forget spirit at Katchatheevu

Forgive, forget spirit at Katchatheevu

A spirit of forget and forgive, to foster reconciliation and bonhomie between the Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka marked the two-day annual thanks-giving festival by fishermen and others from both countries at the St Antony’s church in Katchatheevu islet in Palk straits on Saturday. …

Adhere to commitments

Adhere to commitments

The ITAK, in a media release following a meeting of the Central Committee has ‘urged the Government of Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the International community in bringing lasting peace and political solution to the national question’. They …