The Sunday Leader

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 [...]

Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims


by Meenakshi Ganguly The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past year Civil society groups are once again able to speak out safely on issues of concern There has been no tangible progress in setting up courts with international involvement to [...]

Trump’s Sri Lanka?


by N. Sathiya Moorthy  Rather than fighting American wars elsewhere, if only to secure the ‘homeland’ from military/militant attacks, and/or its economy, he seems keen to protect and strengthen that protection from within Sooner than later, Trump would come to understand that trust of nations is not built on shouting the other one down, and [...]

The Profound Impact Of Caste In Contemporary Sri Lanka


by Basil Fernando  The social organisation in pre-colonial Sri Lanka was based on the caste system Every person was made to stay within their prescribed status At the time, it was not an obligation of the Sri Lanka state to create opportunities for people to improve their prospects It is a basic tenet of social [...]

CBK, War Crimes And The Rule Of Law


by S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Judges are notoriously scared and take political decisions, or are corrupt and at times communal Killers need to be punished and not celebrated as heroes Douglas Devananda and EPDP MP Chandrakumar, admitted to the massacres of and use of cluster bombs on civilians during the last phase of the war [...]

Parliament Polarised On Constitutional Reforms


by  Lionel Guruge Political will or lack thereof of the coalition Government was miscalculated by the majority who elected them Limited public participation due to the lack of awareness among the general public Voices of those such as Ven. Athuraliye Rathana are now taking the forefront with extremist views regarding devolution of power Sri Lanka [...]

The Jury Is Out: Armed Forces, Not India, Stalled JRJ’s ‘Jaffna Advance’

J. R. Jayewardene

by N. Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that based merely on speculative assessments that India’s ‘Operation Garland’ of air-dropping food and medicines to the civilian population, bilateral relations had been allowed to flounder It needs to be recalled that only a day before ‘Operation Garland’, India had sent in civilian boats filled with food and medicines, [...]

Lobbying Begins Ahead Of UNHRC 34

Zeid Al Ra’ad Al Hussein

Some diaspora groups are determined to block moves by Sri Lanka to get UNHRC backing. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is to address the UNHRC during the 34th session An interactive dialogue will be held on Sri Lanka on March 22 during the 34th session. by Easwaran Rutnam Attempts to lobby support against Sri Lanka ahead of the 34th session [...]

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