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Protests to reclaim land persist

Protests to reclaim land persist

“When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been …

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook

Despite heavy lobbying by human rights groups against giving any reprieve to Sri Lanka, the South Asian island nation is likely to be let off the hook at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) due to exigencies of international politics, diplomats …

Building a peace process is incredibly difficult

Building a peace process is incredibly difficult

The British Parliament debated the human rights in Sri Lanka and Human rights in Sri Lanka and the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February 2017. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, not only because it …

Very little has been achieved

Very little has been achieved

The Leader of the TNA, Mr. R. Sampanthan MP met with a delegation of Senators from France at the Opposition Leader’s office in the Parliamentary complex on 27 February.  Mr. Sampanthan briefed the delegation on the constitutional making process, stating that the new constitution should possess …

People Losing Patience

People Losing Patience

Addressing Parliament on 22 February, Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said that the Tamil people were very disappointed with the present government and claimed that the Tamils were of the view that the current coalition government under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister …

Japan seeks balance with China in seas around Sri Lanka

Japan seeks balance with China in seas around Sri Lanka

Japan and Sri Lanka are celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations this year, but their bilateral ties have rarely seemed more important — especially in relation to maritime security in the Indian Ocean. The two countries launched a dialogue on maritime security and other oceanic …

HRW wants follow-up resolution

HRW wants follow-up resolution

The global rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) today called on the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) member states to bring a credible follow-up resolution to the consensus resolution 30/1 adopted by the UNHRC in October 2015. In a letter addresses to the Permanent …

UN wants release of land in North

UN wants release of land in North

A UN Special Rapporteur has called on the Government to continue and step up the release of the remaining 6,124 acres of the land currently held by the military in the North as well as other lands and coastal areas occupied by the military. Rita …

Sri Lanka slips back?

Sri Lanka slips back?

“Mounting frustration at the slow pace of progress” was how the soft spoken country rapporteur, Yoko Hayashi, politely summed up the mood of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women or CEDAW towards Sri Lanka. This was a Committee that had been planning …

Constitution processes should be taken forward in a genuine and purposeful manner

Constitution processes should be taken forward in a genuine and purposeful manner

The TNA promising that they would extend the maximum co-operation for the constitution making processes demanded that those processes should “be taken forward in a genuine and purposeful manner, so as to ensure permanent peace with justice and equality to all citizens.” Leader of the …