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India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar
India will not press for merger of north, east Sri Lankan provinces: Jaishankar

India will not be pressing Sri Lanka to merge the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single Tamil-majority, Tamil-speaking province as envisaged by the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, the Indian Foreign Secretary S.Jaishankar told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Monday.He was reacting to a demand made by the leader of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary…

NIE - Feb 21 15:31 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

China\'s \'New Silk Road\' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests
China's 'New Silk Road' Is Derailed In Sri Lanka By Political Chaos And Violent Protests

It is now looking as if Sri Lanka's biggest partner in the Hambantota endeavor, China, is pulling back from what seems to have become an all out fiasco. While a deal was supposed to be formally signed on January 7th that would have seen China take over an 80% share of the struggling Hambantota port for 99 years in exchange for $1.1 billion of much needed debt relief,…

Forbes - Feb 21 15:29 GMT - more ... [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    U.S. House of Representatives Delegation Strengthens U.S.-Sri Lankan Ties

    A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Colombo today for three days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The HDP delegation is pleased to continue the important partnership begun with the signing of a Collaboration Agreement between the U.S. House of Representatives and the Parliament of Sri Lanka on…

    US Embassy - Feb 21 15:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

    Sri Lanka’s Accountability Fairy Tale

    The interview with Kumaratunga is worth reading in its entirely, although one part in particular has really caught people’s attention. Journalist Upal Wickramasinghe asked Kumaratunga where the country stands in terms of establishing national reconciliation. “It is successfully carried out,” Kumaratunga notes. “In the face of opposition and a handful of…

    Huffington Post - Feb 10 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • A Ramayana told through Ravana’s eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka’s war-affected women

    A Ramayana told through Ravana’s eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka’s war-affected women

    As a result, the current interpretation of Ravanesan gives space to the war cries of Ravana but also to the anti-war cries of his wife – in it, Mandodari relays the grief of women who have had their agency hijacked by men and yet have paid the steepest price for the war. It depicts not only the folly of Ravana, the tragic anti-hero too proud to back out of a war…

    Scroll - Feb 08 15:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Education, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

    Threat to Sumanthiran: A game plan to retain army: CV

    The Police saying there is a threat to Sumanthiran's life is a ploy to station the army permanently, the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran said. He said so when queried about the death threat on TNA Parliamentarian, Sumanthiran, and the arrest of former combatants. H said that the Police had taken steps regarding it. But they had not informed…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 07 14:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

    Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

    Scarce resources can often lead to conflict and the risk is thought to be even greater in Sri Lanka. An analysis by the UN’s Environment Programme found that the “impacts of climate change can trigger pre-existing ethnic, nationalist, religious divisions” and that conflicts between communities can arise “when [they] cannot or must fight harder to meet their…

    Guardian - Feb 07 14:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Delay In Signing Mine Ban Treaty Keeps Sri Lanka In The Red

    Delay In Signing Mine Ban Treaty Keeps Sri Lanka In The Red

    After the change of regime on January eighth, 2015, the Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL) was hopeful that post-war Sri Lanka would become a party to disarmament conventions, namely the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) also known as the Ottawa Convention and Conventionon Cluster Munitions (CCM).According to the Coordinator of Sri Lanka’s campaign to ban landmines,…

    Sunday Leader - Jan 29 14:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • ‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers in Sri Lanka Demand Answers

    ‘Give Us Our Children Back’: Hunger Strikers in Sri Lanka Demand Answers

    “All we are asking for is for them to give us our children back. They took my child,” the aggrieved mother, Sangarappillai Vanalochini, said in an interview widely viewed on television and social media in Sri Lanka this week.The condition of the hunger strikers grew so grave on Thursday that Sri Lanka’s state defense minister, Ruwan Wijewardene, flew from the…

    NY Times - Jan 26 21:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka stuck in 'gigantic debt trap': govt

    Sri Lanka stuck in \'gigantic debt trap\': govt

    Sri Lanka Thursday said it was stuck in a "gigantic debt trap" and that paying off foreign loans would hit a record $2.41 billion this year, up from $1.82 billion last year. The Finance Ministry said the cash-strapped country's debt servicing cost this year was estimated at about half of its foreign currency reserves, while repayments were expected to worsen to…

    AFP - Jan 26 18:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt

    Sri Lanka becomes more corrupt

    Sri Lanka ranked at 95 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016, dropping down the rank by 12 slots when compared to 2015. The report released by Transparency International, the global movement against corruption, ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption. Sri Lanka was ranked at 95 out of 176 counties with a poor score of 36…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 25 20:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • A storm in that ‘human rights action plan’ teacup

    A storm in that ‘human rights action plan’ teacup

    An unseemly and wholly unnecessary uproar arose this week over a proposed clause in Sri Lanka’s National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP, 2017-2021), which had apparently mentioned the need for a two-thirds majority in Parliament to pass a State of Emergency. Ministers loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena indulged in a frantic thumping of chests by insisting…

    Sunday Times - Jan 23 20:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • No Global Trade War Despite Rising Tensions: Sri Lanka Premier

    No Global Trade War Despite Rising Tensions: Sri Lanka Premier

    Tensions between the U.S. and China are unlikely to escalate into a global trade war, even as geopolitical friction intensifies across Asia, Sri Lanka’s prime minister said. Ranil Wickremesinghe said President-elect Donald Trump’s election pledge to bring back jobs and revive U.S. manufacturing has more to do with Mexico than with China. "I can’t see a…

    Bloomberg - Jan 19 18:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Braces for Trouble Ahead

    Sri Lanka Braces for Trouble Ahead

    This year will bring more political infighting in Sri Lanka as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to stir discontent ahead of local elections and constitutional reform. The disarray will continue to cause headaches for China, which invested in strategic and lucrative development projects in the country at a more placid time. Tamil nationalism will further…

    Stratfor - Jan 19 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka taking steps to deal with troubled past: Foreign Minister

    Sri Lanka taking steps to deal with troubled past: Foreign Minister

    Sri Lanka will deal with her troubled past honestly and truthfully, Foreign Minister Managala Samaraweera said, speaking at the Chatham House in London last week. Sri Lanka is committed to the co-sponsored resolution worked out with the Human Rights Council in October 2015 to “deal with the past honestly and truthfully, accept that past, put it behind us, and…

    LBO - Jan 17 00:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

    Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

    Sri Lanka’s government should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) in a report released on January 3, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The report reflects the first broad survey of Sri Lankan citizens on their aspirations for truth and justice, as called for by the October 2015 resolution of the…

    HRW - Jan 13 16:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Believers Undeterred After Militants Set Fire to Sri Lanka Church

    Believers Undeterred After Militants Set Fire to Sri Lanka Church

    Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.” The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker. It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as well as…

    Mission Network News - Jan 11 21:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

    TNA positive about subcommittee reports on new Constitution

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it was ‘fairly positive’ in the overall context about the reports submitted by the six subcommittees with proposals for making the new Constitution.Party’s Jaffna district MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that his party would await the interim report by the Steering Committee so that all the matters could…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 09 18:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

    Sri Lanka: believers face trial by fire

    Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. The moniker describes a beautiful picture, but the struggles reveal something darker.It’s considered the third most religious country in the world. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom while favoring Buddhism, minority Protestants have experienced violent persecution as well as…

    MNN - Jan 09 18:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka ]

  • South Asia Briefing: Political Jostling in Sri Lanka; Pakistan to Present Dossier on India at UN

    South Asia Briefing: Political Jostling in Sri Lanka; Pakistan to Present Dossier on India at UN

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa dominated the news cycle in the emerald isle over his opposition to leasing of land to the Chinese in Hambantota and his intention to bring down the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-United National Party (UNP) government this year. In his weekly column, The Sunday Times’ political editor had the most comprehensive laundry list of…

    Wire - Jan 03 13:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Questionable Reconciliation Week

    Indeed, a reconciliation week is unlikely to truly help conflict-affected people or to meaningfully promote reconciliation. If the government wants to give people confidence that it’s serious about reconciliation, it could make more significant gestures. It could, for example, finally release (or at least bring to trial) all remaining Tamil political prisoners. More…

    Huffington Post - Dec 28 02:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Office on Missing Persons powers to be reduced

    The Office on Missing Persons is to be stripped of its power of entering into agreements with an individual or an organization. The Office on Missing Persons Act was passed in Parliament on August 23, 2016. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathillake said on Wednesday that the Cabinet had on Tuesday approved a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to repeal…

    Island - Feb 10 13:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

    UN women’s rights committee to review Sri Lanka

    The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to be meeting in Geneva from 13 February to 3 March to review women’s rights in eight countries including Sri Lanka, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) announced. The committee will review the following countries: Ukraine (14 February); Ireland (15…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 08 15:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

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  • The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

    The government needs to be constructive rather than combative

    Mr Mendez acknowledges strides taken by the National Human Rights Commission but makes the pertinent point that this has left untouched the task of remedying impunity for past and present abuses through effective prosecution. He passes down graver strictures on reliance of the National Police Commission on police investigations and the ‘worrying lack of will’ on…

    Sunday Times - Feb 07 14:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Fears grow over missing trade unionist

    Sri Lanka: Fears grow over missing trade unionist

    A trade union leader who has been in the forefront of industrial action for more than a month against Sri Lanka’s main telecommunications provider has gone missing after court orders banning protests led by his union. The wife of M Sujeewa Mangala, the vice-president of the All Ceylon Telecommunication Employees’ Union, has lodged a complaint at a police…

    Green Left - Feb 07 14:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • National Question and grievances faced by a minority

    National Question and grievances faced by a minority

    In a recent article in the Daily mirror of January 5, 2017, titled “Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true, the writer refers to the fact that the Opposition Leader has pinned his hopes for a peaceful and prosperous country in 2017 on a resolution of the National Question. The writer poses the question, ‘What is the National Question’. He takes the…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 29 23:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka

    Sustained Concerns About Torture in Sri Lanka

    Torture remains a major problem in Sri Lanka. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment has reminded us of that. The report presents a grim picture of systematic torture and the concomitant impunity which continue to plague the island nation. The report also lays out a number of thoughtful…

    Diplomat - Jan 29 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • People on hunger strike demand info on Sri Lanka’s missing persons

    People on hunger strike demand info on Sri Lanka’s missing persons

    The hunger strike by the relatives of people who disappeared during Sri Lanka’s two-and-a-half- decade-long separatist war, entered its fourth day today, with condition of at least four women fast deteriorating, activists said. The people on the hunger strike that began on Monday in the northern town of Vavuniya are protesting against the lack of information on…

    PTI - Jan 26 18:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Rajiv Gandhi's Sri Lanka intervention helped win Haryana Election back in 1987?

    Rajiv Gandhi\'s Sri Lanka intervention helped win Haryana Election back in 1987?

    ‘Insider Knowledge’ can be roughly defined as real-time intelligence that shapes the events and gives us a peep into situation room to highlight why decisions were made by then government. But, blunders will be too many and difficult to count if the ‘insider knowledge’ is ‘sexed-up’ with deceptions and lies by the faceless intelligence officials. The…

    NIE - Jan 26 18:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s “lack of confidence” in the CTF: Revengeful and racist

    Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s “lack of confidence” in the CTF: Revengeful and racist

    Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has declared that he has “no confidence” in the government-appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation Mechanisms (Daily Mirror, 07 January 2017, p.1). Minister Rajapakshe’s decision to express his lack of confidence in an important Task Force belatedly (nearly one year after its…

    GV - Jan 23 20:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Large-scale Sinhala housing project underway in Naavatkuli

    Large-scale Sinhala housing project underway in Naavatkuli

    A large scale grant-based Sinhalese settlement will be built on public land in Naavatkuli, Jaffna, despite local opposition. 250 Sinhalese beneficiaries have been chosen to receive houses built on land owned by the National Housing Development Authority in Naavatkuli. After the end of the war, Sinhalese people had settled with temporary buildings in Naavatkuli,…

    TamilGuardian - Jan 23 20:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

    Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

    Politics is shaped by leaders’ ability to deliver. It is all about doing and achieving, “doing what you say what you say you are going to do,” to paraphrase Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s current deputy minister of foreign affairs. It is not about good intentions; it is about getting results. It is not about pleasing outsiders; ultimately it is about keeping…

    Diplomat - Jan 19 18:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • India, Sri Lanka in talks on port

    India, Sri Lanka in talks on port

    Sri Lanka is in talks to offer the port of Trincomalee to India. Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue here, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Colombo’s Minister of Regional Development, said that the decision on offering the port to India will be taken soon. “Talks are at present going on between India and Sri Lanka and we hope to offer…

    Hindu - Jan 19 18:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Trincomalee, SriLanka ]

  • Challenging Sri Lanka’s Sixth Amendment - Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran

    The Sixth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution criminalizes peaceful advocacy for an independent state. In highlighting this fact, a former Judge of the High Court of Madras (India) Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam, the former U.S. Attorney General, Mr. Ramsey Clark, and I signed a communication to be filed with the UN Human Rights Committee with respect to the Sixth…

    Huffington Post - Jan 13 16:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice

    Sri Lanka’s Troubling Quest for Justice

    Though largely unreported internationally, Sri Lanka experienced a major political shake-up two years ago. In January 2015, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the country’s hardline president, was defeated in his quest for an unprecedented third term. There were hopes the country was on the road to democratic and political reform. However, that journey has been, at best, a…

    Diplomat - Jan 13 16:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies: Hausmann

    Sri Lanka should rethink immigration, diaspora policies: Hausmann

    Sri Lanka should rethink its immigration, diaspora and product development policies so as to encourage more complexity in exports, economist Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University said in Colombo on Monday. Immigrants and diaspora bring with them significant know-how and skills necessary for the setting up of new industries, a process which Sri Lanka could benefit…

    LBO - Jan 11 00:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

    Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday overturned a 26-year-old decree that required top bureaucrats to wear a suit and tie, saying they could now opt for "more comfortable" clothing instead. "We must adopt clothing that suits our weather and climate," Sirisena said. "That is why I say that officials no longer need to wear suits. From now on, it is not…

    AFP - Jan 09 18:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • Sri Lanka task force seeks ‘hybrid’ war crimes court

    Sri Lanka task force seeks ‘hybrid’ war crimes court

    The state must release private land occupied by its armed forces, address lingering concerns of militarisation, enforced disappearances and livelihood opportunities in order to move ahead on its promise of reconciliation, a Sri Lankan task force has observed. The government-appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF), comprising civil society members such as activists…

    Hindu - Jan 06 17:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • India, Sri Lanka Revisit Palk Strait Fishing Dispute in Ministerial Talks

    India, Sri Lanka Revisit Palk Strait Fishing Dispute in Ministerial Talks

    On Monday, India and Sri Lanka held ministerial-level talks on their long-standing dispute over fishermen in the Palk Strait, the body of water running between India’s southeast coast and the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Indian Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh met with Sri Lanka’s Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources…

    Diplomat - Jan 03 13:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

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