Wigneswaran Fronting For Ananthi?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy In  hindsight, the question now arises if the entire Northern Provincial ministers-sack drama was enacted only to bring in the controversial and even more rebellious Ananthi Sasitharan into the Government, that too over the head of the ruling TNA-ITAK’s moderate leadership? If that was not the case, still the fact remains, [...]

Of ‘Missing Kin’ And ‘Missing Of Kin’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Unlike being claimed by sections of the civil society, the passage of the ‘missing persons law’ amendment should not be confused as a first step towards ethnic reconciliation. It should be seen only as a law aimed at helping individuals and families, in the Tamil North and Sinhala South, to come [...]

Process Of Transitional Justice In Sri Lanka

Making Laws And Veiling Reality: by Anushka Kahandagama In the year 2015 the good governance Government started a new term of office, promising a more democratic country with restored justice. The main promises of the Government revolved around peace building, reconciliation, constitutional reforms, and eradication of corruption. It is incorrect to say that these promises [...]

Deep Concerns Raised Over Recent Attempts To Silence Dissent

A group of individuals and organisations committed to human rights and democratic freedoms, and the rights of freedom of expression and dissent, have expressed deep concerns over recent attempts to stifle voices of human rights activists and silence dissent. A statement signed by nearly 100 individuals and organisations noted that on 17th June, Minister for [...]

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 [...]

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