Govt. Takes Further Strides On Human Rights Issue

by our Political Correspondent The government took further strides last week to address the human rights issue by deciding to appoint a committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to look at implementing the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Cabinet approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil [...]

The Rise And Fall Of Wigneswaran

by our political correspondent He was chosen as a possible hero for the North but today he faces pressure from the very political party which put him in the political arena. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran last week faced calls to step down in a corruption drama involving some members of the Northern Provincial [...]

Zeid’s Recommendations Take A Back Seat

by Easwaran Rutnam The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein made some key recommendations to Sri Lanka in March but the government now gives the impression those recommendations will not be fully implemented. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was Foreign Minister at the time the recommendations were made, says Sri Lanka [...]

Sooka Continues Her War On Sri Lanka

A former member of a UN panel appointed to make inquiries on Sri Lanka, is continuing her campaign to push for justice for the victims of the brutal war. In a new report made public last week Yasmin Sooka ‘s International Truth and Justice Project says President Maithripala  Sirisena should start prosecuting alleged war criminals [...]

EU Keeps Close Watch On CTA Post GSP

by Easwaran Rutnam With the granting of GSP plus to Sri Lanka the European Union (EU) is keeping a close watch on the new Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) which will replace the highly controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Laï Margue said that the EU has [...]

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 [...]

Amendments To Draft CTA Draws Concerns

by Easwaran Rutnam  The amendments made to the Policy and legal framework of the proposed Sri Lankan Counter Terrorism Act (PLFCTA) has drawn concerns by some groups Prior to the tabling of legislation in Parliament, further consultation should take place Heyns and Fisher noted that a preliminary review of the new draft reveals a number [...]

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 [...]

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