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Sri Lanka: Investigate, Not Promote, Ex-Army Chief
Sri Lanka: Investigate, Not Promote, Ex-Army Chief
Sri Lanka: Investigate, Not Promote, Ex-Army Chief

The Sri Lankan government’s appointment to parliament of the former army chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts pledges to investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 9, 2016, the United National Party of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe appointed Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to parliament as a national…

HRW - Feb 12 03:08 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lanka’s economy: Taxing times
Sri Lanka’s economy: Taxing times
Sri Lanka’s economy: Taxing times

SRI LANKA ought to be sitting pretty. Its growth has averaged 6% a year over the past decade. Seven years after a protracted civil war ended, its economy is still reaping a peace dividend. It is also a beneficiary of the collapse in commodity prices, which has trimmed its hefty bill for imports of fuel. Yet last week, after long debate, its leaders requested a loan…

The Economist - Feb 12 03:06 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Sri Lanka’s Maid in Saudi Problem

    Sri Lanka’s Maid in Saudi Problem

    Sri Lanka says it has a maid in Saudi Arabia problem it is trying to fix. In the past two years, the South Asian nation has had to pay to bring more than 2,000 Sri Lankan maids home from Saudi Arabia after they fled their jobs. Sri Lanka brings home overseas workers every year from all over the globe, but the number that it has to help return from the Middle…

    Wall Street Journal - Feb 12 03:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Economy ]

  • Sri Lanka to review Airbus purchases

    Sri Lanka to review Airbus purchases

    Sri Lanka will review a controversial deal reached by the previous administration to buy new Airbus aircraft despite huge losses at the national carrier, the prime minister said Wednesday. Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lankan Airlines could not economically operate long-range A350-900 aircraft ordered by the previous government, but needed short-haul planes for its…

    AFP - Feb 11 03:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

  • Singing of our National Anthem in the two National languages

    Singing of our National Anthem in the two National languages

    I read Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s article under the caption ‘Accolades for President and Prime Minister‘ in The Island of 10 Feb. with much interest and appreciation. Listening to the singing of the National Anthem in either or both of languages is indeed a moving experience on account of its melody and its theme that we are all children of one motherland. It is most…

    Groundviews - Feb 11 03:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • After 30 years of conflict, Sri Lanka still in 'early stages of renewal' – UN rights chief

    After 30 years of conflict, Sri Lanka still in \'early stages of renewal\' – UN rights chief

    After nearly 30 years of conflict and acrimony that not only cost tens of thousands of lives but also eroded vital components of the State, Sri Lanka is still in the early stages of renewal, the United Nations human rights chief said today, ending a mission to the country. “Virtually everyone agrees there has been progress, although opinions differ markedly about…

    UN News Centre - Feb 10 16:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • This crumbling island: An artist’s view of the conflict in Sri Lankad

    This crumbling island: An artist’s view of the conflict in Sri Lankad

    It is difficult to separate Sri Lankan artist and archaeologist Jagath Weerasinghe’s body of work from the island's recent conflict. After all, they’ve almost run on parallel tracks. The Sri Lanka Civil War began right around the time Weerasinghe started to find his niche as an artist in the 1980s – and played out in the background for the next three decades. …

    Scroll.in - Feb 10 16:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Peace, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • US govt proposes $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka

    US govt proposes $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka

    The US government has proposed a $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka to encourage reconciliation efforts and support anti-corruption activities as the Island nation is undertaking major reforms after the historic political transition. "Following the historic political transition after Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2015, US assistance to Sri Lanka…

    PTI - Feb 10 11:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Militarization in Sri Lanka Continues

    Militarization in Sri Lanka Continues

    During a recent visit to Sri Lanka, I (unsurprisingly) saw a lot of military personnel. Many times they were riding around in vehicles. On other occasions the interaction was a bit more personal. In Jaffna, as I was purchasing a new SIM card, a pair of Sri Lanka Army members entered the shop. In Trincomalee, I walked into town to grab the Sunday newspapers. There’s…

    The Diplomat - Feb 09 13:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Government moves to Curb Racism

    One swallow does not a summer make, but then it is worth perking up at! At last the PM lashed out in Parliament on 28 January; he should have done it long ago but one has to be thankful that he did take a stand. Will he keep it up? Indications are encouraging; Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero (a fire-breathing monk of the BBS extremist movement) and Yoshitha Rajapaksa…

    SAAG - Feb 09 13:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer 'untouchable'

    Sri Lanka\'s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer \'untouchable\'

    For victims of alleged war crimes, it was a hopeful moment when the United Nations’ human rights chief, Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, visited the northern districts of Sri Lanka at the weekend. It was the first such visit by a senior UN official for two and a half years to the area worst affected by the country’s 26-year civil war, which ended in…

    Independent - Feb 09 10:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • UN against amnesty for jailed Sri Lanka rebels: chief minister

    UN against amnesty for jailed Sri Lanka rebels: chief minister

    The UN rights chief has said Tamil rebels still detained years after the end of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war should not be granted universal amnesty, a top regional official said Sunday. More than 200 suspected Tamil separatists remain in prison, many without charge, following the country's bitter 37-year-war that ended nearly seven years ago. Tamil political…

    AFP - Feb 07 22:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • The High Commissioner for Human Rights visit to Sri Lanka raises hopes for victims

    The High Commissioner for Human Rights visit to Sri Lanka raises hopes for victims

    This week, the UN’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein – the High Commissioner for Human Rights – is visiting Sri Lanka. He will see a country that has changed considerably since his predecessor Navi Pillay came to the island in 2013. Since then, the increasingly authoritarian government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office.…

    Groundviews - Feb 07 22:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • And now for the other independence

    And now for the other independence

    Some days ago the Daily Mirror, the sister paper of the Sunday Times, carried two news reports of hotels and restaurants in southern Sri Lanka that cater only to foreigners and refuse to provide service to Sri Lankans. Last Sunday this newspaper carried a further report of the national/racial discrimination that Sri Lankans suffer in their own country at the hands of…

    Sunday Times - Feb 07 12:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, World ]

  • Sri Lankan nationalists protest U.N. rights chief's visit on war crimes

    Sri Lankan nationalists protest U.N. rights chief\'s visit on war crimes

    Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations' office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes. The U.N. says both Sri Lanka's military and the Tamil Tiger rebels most likely committed war crimes during a…

    Reuters - Feb 06 16:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

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      - UN rights chief in Sri Lanka for talks over war crimes - AFP
  • Sushma Swaraj meets Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka

    Sushma Swaraj meets Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka

    The External Affairs Minister also met Eastern Province CM Nazir Ahmad and leaders of the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday met leaders of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA led by its chief R Sampanthan, who briefed her about the efforts made by the government in moving forward the reconciliation process with the…

    The Hindu - Feb 06 16:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

    Related:
      - India ready to address Sri Lanka’s concerns on economy pact - The Hindu
  • Sri Lanka: Looking for a deal, not truth and justice

    Sri Lanka: Looking for a deal, not truth and justice

    Sri Lanka’s fledging transitional justice process is in trouble already. It’s getting impossible to paper over embarrassing public differences between the country’s President and its Prime Minister on the issue of war crimes. Sceptics of course say neither man really acknowledges the gravity and scale of the atrocities committed. The most immediate crisis is…

    JDS - Feb 06 15:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • India offers to set up IT park in Sri Lanka

    India offers to set up IT park in Sri Lanka

    "We are ready to set up an Information Technology Park in Sri Lanka that could attract investments in this important sector, and both sides agreed to explore this issue further," Ms. Swaraj said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday offered to open an Information Technology Park in Sri Lanka that could attract investments in this growing sector. …

    The Hindu - Feb 06 15:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, Economy ]

  • TPC to present proposals to diplomats

    TPC to present proposals to diplomats

    The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) has decided to present their constitutional proposals to the international community.The TPC, co-chaired by the Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, released its proposals on Constitutional reforms on January 31. According to sources, the TPC would hand over the set of proposals to ambassadors and diplomats in order to…

    Nation - Feb 06 11:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, Genocide ]

  • India must take action to stop bottom trawling – TNA tells Sushma

    India must take action to stop bottom trawling – TNA tells Sushma

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the TNA leader R. Sampanthan said that the matter of land issues, the excessive presence of the military particularly in the North, resettlement, rehabilitation, livelihood, housing and so on were extensively discussed. “We also discussed the need for an acceptable…

    AdaDerana - Feb 06 11:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa family: Crashing fall from grace

    Sri Lanka\'s Rajapaksa family: Crashing fall from grace

    Much of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, is set in Sri Lanka. But the island has seen something of a modern epic in the past year or so, with the crashing fall from grace of the family which once appeared to run most aspects of life there. Once Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidency a year ago, his successor set about unravelling the network of power the Rajapaksas had…

    BBC - Feb 06 11:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, WarCrimes ]

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