The Sunday Leader

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

Lal Wijenayake, PRC Chairman, Yuresha Fernando, Additional Secretary to the Constitutional Assembly and Winston Pathiraja, PRC Secretary

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

Former UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns

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…

Rauf Hakeem

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?

The resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was passed without a vote in Geneva on March 23

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

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

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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, [...]

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