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Additional sea bed from March 2018 is a boon to Sri Lanka

By Trevor Jayetileke The announcement by UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) has finally  agree to let Sri Lanka enjoy additional Sea Bed which will increase the Sea Area that will equate to almost 26 times the Land space. In simple jargon  the Sri Lanka territorial waters now termed the Lanka [...]

A litmus test for coalition politics

By Meera Srinivasan A recent speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena has made many who backed his presidential bid in 2015 nervous. In his address at a public meeting near Kurunegala in the North Western Province, Mr. Sirisena, for the first time, launched a frontal attack on the United National Party (UNP), with which the Sri [...]

Development begins with reconciliation

By Prasad Kariyawasam – Foreign Secretary (Speech made at the UN Peacebuilding Commission) I am not sure how many of you have visited my country. Of course you know where we are located. Most know us, perhaps, as the place where Ceylon Tea originates from, or as the land which was torn by conflict for several [...]

Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]

Embrace a bright future with inclusive cooperation

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka   Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with opportunities and challenges driving ahead. During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping called on the people of all countries to [...]

Sri Lanka’s Post-War Poverty Trap

By Meera Srinivasan The recently-released findings of Sri Lanka’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey has revealed that eight years after the civil war ended, people in the war-hit north and east are gripped by poverty. Kilinochchi, the former rebel stronghold, has the highest level of poverty headcount at 18.2%, over four times the national average. The [...]

The War Beyond April 2004 Has Brought Destruction

By V. Anandasangaree – TULF  Secretary General How is it the war that should have come to an end in April 2004, got extended for a further period of five years, and ended in May 2009 with the total eradication of the LTTE. It is not a secret that the war resulted in the death of [...]

My Vision For A Pollution-Free Planet

By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was considered an unwelcome cost on industry and a handicap to economic growth. But global trends are demonstrating that this is no longer the case. It’s now clear that sustainable development is [...]

The Rohingya In Our Midst: Learning From The Vulnerable

by Bishop Duleep De Chickera A Reflection The Rohingya in our midst brought out the worst in some of us. The aggression of a mob that sought to intimidate and deny these vulnerable humans of compassion and security, shockingly incited by some who carry religious responsibility in the community, will go down as a sad [...]

Consistency Without Ethnic Bias In Prosecuting War Time Cases

Public protests have been continuing in the North against a decision by the Attorney General’s department to transfer three Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) cases from Vavuniya High Court to Anuradhapura. Students at the University of Jaffna have launched a university-wide boycott of classes until further notice as student leaders are scheduled to discuss future course [...]


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