Human Rights Still An Issue

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The country is once again preparing to celebrate the liberation of the country by defeating the LTTE terrorists after a war that devastated the country for nearly 30 years. However, it is still questionable as to how much freedom we still enjoy despite the war  coming to an end. This is a [...]

Is International Criminal Court Action Possible On Sri Lanka?

by S. V. Kirubaharan France Those who are for justice and impartiality will fully agree that the Tamils in Sri Lanka, especially Tamils from the hereditary land in the North and East have been taken for a ride since independence in 1948 by every government in power. The cheating tactics vary and would take pages [...]

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Reform: New Wine In Old Wineskin?

by Annahl Anbini Hoole The current 1978 Constitution even after the 19th Amendment, has a powerful president, making degeneration into tyranny all the easier as seen by the last ruler Although Mr. Pathiraja called for transparency, he also disregarded the need for foreign judges saying “we don’t need outsiders to interfere with our matters” Unless [...]

Muslim Matters…

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Hakeem is more to the point that any merger of the North and the East would require the nation to address the expectations of other ‘ethnic minorities’ too The current leadership of the Upcountry Tamils are as vocal as any other, and as ‘demonstrative’ as any other, give or take a [...]

Whither Human Rights In Sri Lanka?

by Ahilan Kadirgamar If only the spotlight on Geneva could be turned towards the ground situation, it will make evident the emptiness of these campaigns That Sri Lanka will get its extension, that foreign judges will never be allowed to enter the country and that the U.S. will shield Sri Lanka at the UN, are [...]

Weerasekera And Tamil Diaspora Go Head To Head

by Easwaran Rutnam Former head of the Civil Defence Force, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara and the Tamil diaspora went head to head in Geneva last week Earlier, at a side event, the TGTE called for the arrest of Weerasekara An investigation was later launched into alleged intimidation of members of Sri Lankan civil society in [...]

Trump Takes Time, It’s Not UNHRC Is Giving Sri Lanka More Time

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Sampanthan needs to be congratulated and thanked for drawing the Tamils away over that distinction in the post-war, post-LTTE era, and thus proving a point It’s becoming increasingly clear that the entire UNHRC process, or the UNHRC-like institutions are the America-led West’s own way to take issues away from the UN [...]

More Countries Support Resolution On Sri Lanka

by Easwaran Rutnam The US worked in close consultation with the UK, Montenegro, and Macedonia and in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, to draft the resolution Toner says the US applauds the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena for its continuing efforts to promote reconciliation More countries extended support to the resolution on Sri [...]

Thirteen-A Is Still A Good Start…

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  The fact remains, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, facilitated by the larger Indian neighbour, is a good document to begin with It would be a good idea to use 13-A as a base document for taking up fresh negotiations, within and outside Parliament, which is also functioning as the Constituent [...]

Talking Ethnic Reconciliation With Tongues Still Tied To The Past

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The problem is that the West does not have the courage to accept that were wrong on and in Sri Lanka If anything, now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of Sri Lanka The more they all think of any possible return of Mahinda R [...]

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