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Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers
Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers
Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers

As any family member searching for a missing loved one can tell you, enforced disappearance is a crime without end. Until parents, wives, siblings, and children know the truth about the fate of a missing family member, they can find it almost impossible to seek justice and reparation for crimes they have suffered, and cannot properly mourn their loss. Enforced…

ReliefWeb - Jan 23 20:38 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, 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 ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    European Commission proposes GSP+ to SL

    The European Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. Removal of…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 11 21:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

    Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

    Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation…

    Island - Jan 11 21:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken – more than 7,000 of them

    Sri Lanka is creating a new Constitution and the people have spoken – more than 7,000 of them

    The families of the disappeared formed a large proportion of the people who became a part of these consultations. “I don’t want compensation,” a woman whose husband was abducted in 1990 told the commission in Trincomalee. “Who did this? Why? Only then will I talk about compensation.” Many had not given up hope that their loved ones were still alive. One…

    Scroll - Jan 09 18:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka divided as panel backs foreign judges to probe war crimes

    Sri Lanka divided as panel backs foreign judges to probe war crimes

    Sri Lanka should bring in international prosecutors and judges to help investigate alleged atrocities in the civil war that ended in 2009, a task force said on Thursday in recommendations that were welcomed by the United Nations. The Consultation Task Force (CTF), appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, said foreign involvement was needed because of a…

    Reuters - Jan 06 17:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda: Sri Lanka Edition

    When Travel Writing Becomes Propaganda: Sri Lanka Edition

    Furthermore, had Solomon actually spoken to people who live in the north, he might not have such a hard time imagining tens of thousands of civilians being slaughtered by Sri Lankan government forces in 2009, as the war came to its tragic finish. (This isn’t to say that the Tamil Tigers don’t have blood on their hands; they most certainly do.) There are other…

    Diplomat - Dec 15 11:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • 'Pride of the Pacific' trains new Sri Lankan marine corps

    \'Pride of the Pacific\' trains new Sri Lankan marine corps

    Camp Pendleton Marines wrapped up the first official training mission with the newly created Sri Lankan marine corps last week, the latest sign of the U.S. military stepping up engagement in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Sri Lanka stood up its new naval infantry this year with a core force of seven officers and 150 sailors and modeled it on the U.S. Marine Corps,…

    Marinec - Dec 10 13:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, USA, WarCrimes ]

  • 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 ]

  • UN Maintains Status Quo On War Probe

    The United Nations is maintaining its status quo on Sri Lanka with regard to the investigations on incidents related to the war. The government had said recently there was no pressure on Sri Lanka with regard to the accountability process. There is also a feeling that the policy on Sri Lanka may change with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stepping down next year. …

    Sunday Leader - Nov 28 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, History, WarCrimes ]

  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

  • Budget ignores ethnic reconciliation: TNA

    Budget ignores ethnic reconciliation: TNA

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which accounts for sixteen of the eighteen Members of Parliament from the Tamil-speaking north and east, said annual budget ignores the pressing issue of ethnic reconciliation. TNA MP and spokesman M.A.Sumanthiran told Express on Saturday, that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appears to have consulted the Sri Lanka Freedom…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 14 11:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Pak Envoy reviews progress on Pakistan Housing Project in North

    Pak Envoy reviews progress on Pakistan Housing Project in North

    The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain visited North to review the progress on Pakistani funded Housing Project consisting of 230 houses for war affected families of District Mannar. Minister for Commerce and Industry Rishad Bathiudeen was also present on the occasion. While addressing the gathering at Puthukudiyiruppu…

    Sunday Times - Nov 08 13:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Pakistan, WarCrimes ]

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