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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 ]

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 ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • Sri Lanka asked to enter mines ban treaty

    Sri Lanka asked to enter mines ban treaty

    It will take 15 more years to de-mine Sri Lanka’s war-battered North and East regions, a group campaigning to ban anti-personal mines in the country said on Tuesday while criticising the government for not acceding to the Ottawa Convention. “The de-mining work has slowed down over the years. At its current pace it will take around 15 years to complete the…

    IE - Dec 28 02:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • If It’s Back To H’tota For China And Trinco For US, Is It Neo-Cold War For Sri Lanka?

    If It’s Back To H’tota For China And Trinco For US, Is It Neo-Cold War For Sri Lanka?

    The Cold War dictum that “there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, but only permanent national interests” seems to be working overtime in the case of Sri Lanka just now. No one disputes that the Government is keen on giving away a piece of sovereign real-estate to China even as a respectable Opposition veteran has claimed that the eastern Trincomalee…

    Sunday Leader - Dec 28 02:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

  • Govt. should implement pledges: CV

    Govt. should implement pledges: CV

    “The government should implement without delay the pledges made regarding the Tamil people while entering into pacts,” said C. V. Wigneswaran, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province He made this statement at a media briefing which followed a meeting of the Tamil National Council held on Monday at the Jaffna Library. He said that, in 2009, the then…

    Daily Mirror - Dec 21 19:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, SriLanka ]

  • Colombia’s example and our calamitous blunders

    Colombia’s example and our calamitous blunders

    There are valuable lessons that Sri Lanka’s Unity Government can learn from the Colombian President’s trenchant advice. One strong focus there has been the importance given to reform of national laws, policies and practices in an inclusive and open manner rather than secretively. And if last week’s Concluding Observations by the United Nations Committee…

    Sunday Times - Dec 18 11:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Yahapalanaya in Sri Lanka: Remains of the Day

    Yahapalanaya in Sri Lanka: Remains of the Day

    when there is little else to celebrate in Sri Lanka. Particularly sad is the ways in which President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe are ruining whatever little that remains in the political potential of their yahapalanaya (’good governance’) regime. Re-build, reinforce and sustain the Sri Lankan society’s democratic defences. That…

    GroundViews - Dec 15 11:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • What Happened at Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Conference This Year?

    What Happened at Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Conference This Year?

    While the existing spider’s web of security relationships and economic co-dependencies within the region informally do amount to a structure of containment of potential conflict, their increasing complexity also means that some states may be prepared to gamble with a few of these relationships. While forums such as the Galle Dialogue strive to inculcate a culture of…

    Diplomat - Dec 10 13:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Tamil NGOs protest against Sri Lankan president's visit

    Several political parties and Indian non-governmental organisations have threatened to hold demonstrations if the Government allows Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena to make a visit to the country. Johor PKR vice-chairman Rony Murugan expressed his dismay over the Sirisena's scheduled visit here, adding that the Government should take into consideration the…

    Star - Dec 10 13:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Malaysia, WarCrimes ]

  • Rajapaksa’s visit part of the India-China ‘Great Game’ in Sri Lanka?

    Rajapaksa’s visit part of the India-China ‘Great Game’ in Sri Lanka?

    Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is on a week-long visit to China on the invitation of the Chinese government — a development that sections within the government and diplomatic circles here see as a “strong message” from Beijing. The visit assumes further significance in the wake of controversial remarks made by Yi Xianliang, the Chinese…

    Hindu - Nov 28 14:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Rapp says Govt. delays could be attempt to avoid justice for alleged war crimes

    Rapp says Govt. delays could be attempt to avoid justice for alleged war crimes

    Delaying the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms, including a special court to prosecute alleged war crimes, could be viewed as an attempt by the Government of Sri Lanka to “avoid” delivering on truth and justice for thousands of victims of the country’s civil war, a former top official in the US Government’s Office of Criminal Justice said.…

    FT - Nov 23 20:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • UN Human Rights Committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate Canadian torture victim

    UN Human Rights Committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate Canadian torture victim

    A Toronto man who was imprisoned and tortured while visiting Sri Lanka must be compensated for the abuses he suffered, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled. The decision calls for Sri Lanka to prosecute those responsible and “provide adequate compensation” to Roy Samathanam, a Canadian who had filed a complaint with the committee three years ago.…

    National Post - Nov 21 11:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, History, SriLanka ]

  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • An attempted Rajapaksa return

    An attempted Rajapaksa return

    The Tamil political leadership moved from Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman to Sampanthan and Sumanthiran in 2009 and political leadership in the Southern polity moved from Mahinda and Gotabhaya to Sirisena and Wickremesinghe. The political centre has never been as dominant in Sri Lankan politics, in the recent past, as it is at present. Political change will always have…

    CDN - Dec 28 02:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident

    Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident

    "A lot of people were in shock as whether it was a joke or someone would actually rap the song," he told CNN. "A few of the older ladies in front of us could not stop looking at the printed booklet." The rap version of Hail Mary contains lyrics about explicit violence, references to female genitalia and the N-word. Instead of the traditional "Hail Mary full of…

    CNN - Dec 28 02:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan Naval rating who tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 being probed for plotting to kill Sirisena

    Sri Lankan Naval rating who tried to kill Rajiv Gandhi in 1987 being probed for plotting to kill Sirisena

    The Sri Lankan government has said that it is investigating a former navy sailor, Wijemuni Vijitha Rohana de Silva, for suspected involvement in a plot to kill Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on January 26, 2017. Incidentally, Rohana de Silva had attempted to assassinate India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in July 1987, after the latter “imposed”…

    NIE - Dec 21 19:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s internal war cost US$ 200 billion

    Sri Lanka’s internal war cost US$ 200 billion

    Sri Lanka’s internal war which ended in May 2009, had cost the country around US$ 200 billion according to India’s former National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon. “A victorious regime under Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sinhala majority did not show the magnanimity in victory that true peace requires. Equally, the Tamil community does not…

    NIE - Dec 15 11:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Canada & Sri Lanka join forces to end gender-based violence in workplace

    Canada & Sri Lanka join forces to end gender-based violence in workplace

    As part of the 16 Days of Activism in Sri Lanka, the Canadian High Commission and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) co-hosted a panel discussion on December 7 on the importance of zero-tolerance for Gender-based Violence (GBV) within the workplace. This year marks 25 years since the start of the campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence…

    LBO - Dec 10 13:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt

    Sri Lanka\'s former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt

    "Our main objective is to bring back President Mahinda Rajapaksa," said Basil Rajapaksa, speaking at his new party office on the outskirts of Colombo. "He is our future leader and spiritual leader. ... It's just a matter of time. His vision is our policy." Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled Sri Lanka for nine years beginning in 2005, and had widely been expected to win an…

    Fox News - Dec 10 13:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Torture Is ‘Common Practice’ in Sri Lanka, U.N. Panel Finds

    President Maithripala Sirisena swept to a surprising election victory about two years ago promising political changes and human rights protections in Sri Lanka. In delivering its conclusions from hearings conducted over two days in Geneva at the end of November, the United Nations body, the Committee Against Torture, said it was deeply concerned by evidence that…

    NY Times - Dec 10 13:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

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  • Looking at Some Important Issues in Sri Lanka

    I honestly believe the policy and legal framework for a new counterterrorism law should be discarded and the Law Commission proposals taken up as a base document for replacing the PTA. But I doubt this would be the case. The new counterterrorism proposals are now before the parliamentary sectoral oversight committee on national security. I expect this committee will…

    Huffington Post - Nov 28 14:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks Accused of Racist Hate Speech

    Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks Accused of Racist Hate Speech

    Sri Lanka is in a generational Recovery era, following the end of the civil war. This is a period of austerity when rules and institutions are devised by the survivors of the civil war to make sure nothing like it ever happens again. These rules and institutions survive for several decades until the Unraveling era, when younger generations have come to power, and the…

    Breitbart - Nov 21 11:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

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