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Government replies to the Special Rapporteur

Government replies to the Special Rapporteur

The Government submitted its observations and comments to the UNHRC on the draft report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism on his mission to Sri Lanka from 10 – 14 July, 2017. Responding to concerns …

Why has the Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

Why has the Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?

After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have …

From instability to greater disability

From instability to greater disability

Perhaps one thing that was forgotten when Lord Doughnamore gave Adult Franchise for all, and also when Sri Lanka became an independent nation, is the stability of the social structure of a country. This is what provides for the establishment of the government, which will …

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. …

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 …

Our support was on principle

Our support was on principle

Member of the European Parliament and the Friends of the European Parliament in the European Parliament Hon. Geoffrey Van Orden met with the Leader of the National National Alliance Mr. Sampanthan on 02 January 2019 in Colombo. Apprising the Honorable Member of recent political developments …

UK supports Sri Lanka’s commitments to UNHRC

UK supports Sri Lanka’s commitments to UNHRC

The UK Foreign Office responding to the petition “Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019”. signed by over 10,000 British citizens said that the UK is committed …