The Sunday Leader

Weerasekera And Tamil Diaspora Go Head To Head

A member of the TGTE laughs while Sarath Weerasekera delivers a speech at the UNHRC

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

Minister of Defence and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China, General Chang Wanquan with President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo and Donald Trump

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…

R. Sampanthan

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

Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickremesinghe and R. Sampanthan

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 [...]

With No Rule of Law, Return To Fear And Uncertainty

Siri Hettige and The Standards of the Old CCS: M. Rajendra and D. Nesiah

by   S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole This new resolution seeks to buy time but nothing in the original goals is changed The angry minister called up Rajendra and asked him, “What do you think you are doing?” Back came the calm reply, “I am upholding the law” By giving into our corrupt leaders who are everywhere, [...]

Heavy Lobbying Underway At UNHRC


by  Easwaran Rutnam Heavy lobbying was underway at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the Government sought support for a follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka which will give Sri Lanka time till 2019 to show more progress on the accountability issue. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was in Geneva last week, met top diplomats [...]

NGOs Put Pressure But Lanka Likely To Win UNHRC Support


by  Easwaran Rutnam  NPC submits written statement calling for international mechanism  Mangala to brief UNHRC chief Several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) including some leading human rights groups have called for tough action on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) but Sri Lanka is expected to win wide support at the 34th session of [...]

Separating Fact From Fiction


by Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa criticises the appointment of R. Kannan as a High Court judge The TNA is not at all pleased with the appointment of Kannan The appointment of Mohan Peiris as the Chief Justice was highly irregular Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a press release earlier last week criticising [...]

Devolution With De-merger?

President Maithripala Sirisena meets Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar in Colombo

by N. Sathiya Moorthy De-merger of the merged North-East Province, too, has come and gone, after the Supreme Court ruled thus in 2006 The Tamils, be it the TULF, the LTTE or the TNA, now, has not bothered about the Muslims, especially of the East, who are also Tamil-speaking If a referendum has to take [...]

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