Thirteen-A Is Still A Good Start…

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

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

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, [...]

Heavy Lobbying Underway At UNHRC

by  Easwaran Rutnam Heavy lobbying was underway at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as the Government sought support for a follow-up resolution on Sri Lanka which will give Sri Lanka time till 2019 to show more progress on the accountability issue. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who was in Geneva last week, met top diplomats [...]

Sri Lanka Offers The First Battle Ground For A Neo-Cold War?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  The present government cannot be blamed for creating additional space in the room for all-comers to try their luck The government’s indication of land-for-money swap has consequences that’ Sri Lanka may not be able to handle The argument needs to be looked at for the commonplace arguments that are placed on [...]

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?

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 [...]

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