India For A Political Solution Within A United Sri Lanka – Y. K. Sinha

As India celebrated its independence anniversary last week, the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha noted that India remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its endeavours of rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation. Speaking Exclusively to The Sunday Leader, Sinha said that the need for national reconciliation through a political settlement has been reiterated by [...]

Credible Assessment Of Causalities Must Precede Evaluation Of Govt’s Actions – Jeevan Thiyagarajah

Executive Director, Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), Dr. Jeevan Thiyagarajah, speaks to The Sunday Leader on the newly issued report that deals extensively with the on-going discussion on a war crimes investigation. Excerpts of the interview: Q: Your report justifies a full investigation which you maintain will provide more detailed information on how, when and for what [...]

UN And Lanka Probe Must Cooperate – Amnesty International

As the Government and the United Nations proceed with their respective investigations on the war in Sri Lanka, the London based human rights group, Amnesty International’s (AI) Yolanda Foster from the Asia Programme of AI, feels both should cooperate in order to establish the truth over the war. – Excerpts of the interview: By Easwaran Ratnam Q: The [...]

Govt Should Protect Rights Of Its Own Nationals – Human Rights Watch

As the international community maintain focus on Sri Lanka’s human rights issue, the fate of Tamil asylum seekers, both in Australia and those being returned to Sri Lanka as well as the deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, has become a talking point.   The South Asia Director of the New York based [...]

Weary Of Domestic Mechanisms – Rayappu Joseph

Mannar Bishop, Rayappu Joseph, recently submitting a letter to the Presidential Commission for Missing Persons, said that he was growing weary of the domestic mechanism in resolving the injustices faced by the Tamils. According to him, the domestic processes have not made any progress towards true reconciliation. The Bishop told The Sunday Leader that it is important [...]

Some Have A Mindset To See Everything Negative – Keheliya Rambukwella

The Sri Lankan government’s diplomatic approach towards the US and other Western countries has come under a lot of criticism, especially with reference to how Sri Lankan government has been responding to the concerns of the international community over the human rights issues in the country. Bishop Rayappu Joseph has also made a statement recently [...]

We Won’t Be Suppressed For Long — Suresh Premachandran

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) warns the Government of a Tamil democratic uprising in the future to win the rights of Tamils in the country if the Government continues to fail addressing the burning issues of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. According to TNA MP Suresh Premachandran, people will not tolerate the policies practised [...]

They Know The Truth – General Daya Ratnayake

In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Leader Army Commander, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake maintains that the Sri Lankan Army did what no any other army in the world accomplished facing a ruthless organization and defeating without using heavy weapons. “The government decided to stop using the heavy weapons during the last stages which was a huge [...]

Glory Of Kandy

By Fathima Razik Pictures By Lalith Perera The hill capital, Kandy, has been since the advent of tourism in Sri Lanka way back in the late 60s/early 70s, a city that throbbed – its pulse beat being felt by any person who made it a point to visit the ancient city, now boasting of many [...]

Regime Change Not The Solution – Gajen Ponnambalam

While the opposition, including some Tamil political parties, are pushing for a regime change in order to address some pressing issues, President of the Tamil National People’s Front, Gajen Ponnambalam says a regime change will not directly address the issues faced by the Tamils. He also says the Tamils who suffered during the war do [...]

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