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Canada demands foreign judges; UK calls for more progress

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka came under fire as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)in Geneva began its 37th session last week,with the United Kingdom and Canada among the countries to fire the first salvo. Canada came out strongly,demanding that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, [...]

Looking beyond the current political gridlock

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on the political gridlock in the South has inevitably diverted our attention from the prevailing political trend in [...]

A Mill-Stone Called 19-A?

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithiripala Sirisena should be ruing the day he failed to read the fine-print of 19-A before clearing it. Today, when he reportedly wants to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, we are told that the Constitution does not provide for the same. And hopefully it does not do so in future, too, [...]

Where does a diplomat draw the line?

By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for both praise and criticism. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was accused of undiplomatic conduct when provoked by pro-LTTE diaspora at the time the Sri Lanka national anthem was being sung outside the [...]

Mount Lavinia Police, TID exposed in Lasantha murder probe

The underhand activities of the Mount Lavinia Police and the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the time the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed, has come to light. The Mount Lavinia Magistrate was informed last week that the Mount Lavinia Police and the TID had attempted to destroy key information related to the murder. The Mount [...]

Child’s brutal killing shocks Jaffna

The brutal killing of a three year old girl shocked residents of Vannarpannai in Jaffna last Friday. The young girl was stabbed to death by her irate uncle who later committed suicide. According to reports from the area, the incident took place at the residence of Gunaratnam in Vannarpannai in Jaffna. During a family dispute the [...]

Corruption runs wild in the Wildlife Department

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Corruption is going unpunished at the Wildlife Department with the blessing of some officers at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, The Sunday Leader online learns. It is also understood that attempts are being made to suppress investigations being conducted on some allegations against the Wildlife Department. Sources said that some [...]

Sri Lanka should tackle sexuality, gender identity bias

By Neela Ghoshal  In November 2015, I sat in a small circle of plastic chairs outside a rustic hotel in Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Ambalangoda. Against a backdrop of fruit trees and waves lapping the shore I listened to horrific stories from six gay, bisexual, and transgender people whom a Sri Lankan gay activist had [...]

When an ‘arm-twisted’ LTTE leaned on a sympathetic MGR

The refusal of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to accept the Indo-Sri Lankan accord of 1987 led to a war between India and the Tigers, but the militant group claimed that the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran unequivocally supported its stand on the issue. Details of a tense conversation between LTTE leader V. [...]

Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]


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