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China stands by Sri Lanka: Wang Yi
China stands by Sri Lanka: Wang Yi

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has pledged not to allow “any outside influences” to interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal matters, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said on Tuesday. “As Sri Lanka’s strategic partner China will continue to standby Sri Lanka’s interests. China stands for the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity…

The Hindu - Jan 15 11:47 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, World, China ]

Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law
Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

The Sri Lankan government should abide by its commitments to replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects its international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The cabinet of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced on January 4, 2020 that it would withdraw a proposed replacement law, reneging on pledges to…

HRW - Jan 13 14:18 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Rajina Island - Scrap hotel project if ‘no‘ to playground: Residents

    Rajina Island - Scrap hotel project if ‘no‘ to playground: Residents

    At a time when the world has acclaimed Greta Thunberg as a global leader fighting climate change and other pressing environmental issues, the Sri Lankan audience started lauding Gampaha District Forest Officer Devanee Jayathilaka for her courage. In a video that went viral on social media, Devanee was seen arguing on a matter with regard to the construction of a…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 21 15:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • India wants to woo Sri Lanka. But China stands in the way

    India wants to woo Sri Lanka. But China stands in the way

    As a giant neighbour physically so proximate, India has a very complex relationship with Sri Lanka and is very different from that between Beijing and Colombo. That there is an ethnic overlay of the Tamil-speaking people across the Palk Straits, which divide peninsular India and Sri Lanka, make Colombo’s ties with Delhi unique. The Tamil question has, in fact, been…

    CNA - Dec 08 12:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, China ]

  • Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past

    Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past

    As sri lanka’s long civil war was drawing to a close in 2009, the army surrounded 100,000 civilians on a tiny sliver of beach, barely three square kilometres in size. Mixed in among them were a small number of separatist guerrillas, the remnants of a once-formidable force that had been battling for an independent state for the country’s Tamil minority for 26…

    The Economist - Nov 29 14:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • The Rajapaksas Will Ruin Sri Lanka’s Economy

    The Rajapaksas Will Ruin Sri Lanka’s Economy

    On Nov. 18, Gotabaya Rajapaksa took his oath as Sri Lanka’s seventh executive president, at the sacred Buddhist temple Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradhapura. Three days later, his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was sworn in as prime minister. It is no coincidence that Gotabaya’s inauguration ceremony occurred at an ancient temple built by Sinhalese King…

    Foreign Policy - Nov 29 14:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

  • How to regain friends in Sri Lanka

    How to regain friends in Sri Lanka

    Two quick developments took place in India-Sri Lanka relations in the days following the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the President of Sri Lanka. First, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar upended at least two decades of established practice by taking the first flight to Colombo to greet the new president. Until now, it used to be a newly elected Sri Lankan…

    Indian Express - Nov 29 14:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

  • Ranil to resign tomorrow ; 15-member cabinet under caretaker govt to be appointed:sources

    Ranil to resign tomorrow ; 15-member cabinet under caretaker govt to be appointed:sources

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to resign from his position tomorrow (Nov 20), sources said. This decision had been made during Wickremesinghe's meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this evening. According to sources, the resignation would pave the way for the appointment of a 15-member caretaker cabinet by the President till the General…

    ST - Nov 19 15:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka: Gotabaya's Triumph Is Constrained by Circumstances Beyond His Control

    Sri Lanka: Gotabaya\'s Triumph Is Constrained by Circumstances Beyond His Control

    Gotabaya may have won in Sri Lanka, but the battle is just beginning around the world. The question remains whether the progressive opposition that must quickly fill the vacuum created by the UNP’s implosion can provide leadership and direction to popular frustrations. The unmet expectations held by many in the South may have contributed to Gotabaya’s victory,…

    Wire - Nov 19 15:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after polls

    Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after polls

    Forced to flee their country a decade ago to escape allegedly state-sponsored killer squads, Sri Lankan journalists living in exile doubt they’ll be able to return home soon or see justice served to their tormentors — whose alleged ringleader could come to power in this weekend’s presidential election. Exiled journalists and media rights groups are expressing…

    AP - Nov 13 17:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Media ]

  • Sri Lanka's 'Pad Man' Faces 'Terminator' In Presidential Elections

    Sri Lanka\'s \'Pad Man\' Faces \'Terminator\' In Presidential Elections

    Sri Lanka's presidential election on Saturday is turning out to be a showdown between a man offering free sanitary pads and a former soldier dubbed the "Terminator" by his own family. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, 70, a retired army lieutenant colonel, was the de facto military chief who crushed Tamil guerrillas and ended a 37-year separatist war, but Saturday's vote is his…

    AFP - Nov 13 17:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • Sri Lanka: Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

    Sri Lanka: Next President Faces Major Rights Challenges

    The winner of Sri Lanka’s presidential election on November 16, 2019 will face enormous challenges to deliver justice for past crimes and prevent future abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009, there has been progress on the right to free expression, but no accountability for war crimes and other abuses committed by both…

    HRW - Nov 11 17:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka ruling party presidential candidate asks opposition leader not to fuel communal hatred

    Sri Lanka ruling party presidential candidate asks opposition leader not to fuel communal hatred

    Sri Lanka's ruling party presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has asked the main opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa not to fuel communal hatred over his plans for the devolution of power to the Tamil minority. His comment came after Rajapaksa accused Premadasa of diluting the unitary character of the state by his plans for power devolution.

    Times of India - Nov 09 16:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Elections ]

  • Sri Lankan Clan With Close China Ties Plots Political Comeback

    Sri Lankan Clan With Close China Ties Plots Political Comeback

    A controversial political dynasty that made Sri Lanka a centerpiece of China’s efforts to expand its influence in Asia and defeated an insurgency is aiming to reclaim power in this island nation. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who as defense secretary spearheaded the effort to crush a three-decade-long revolt during his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule from 2005 to 2015,…

    WSJ - Nov 08 15:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, China ]

  • Sri Lanka plays its India hand with airport upgrade as poll nears

    Sri Lanka plays its India hand with airport upgrade as poll nears

    Sri Lanka's former war-torn northern province has become entangled in the geopolitical power plays between China and India following the opening of the country's third international airport in Jaffna, 400 km north of Colombo. Since its inauguration on Oct. 17, Jaffna International Airport has been alleged to be just another pork barrel project to buy votes in the…

    Nikkei - Nov 08 15:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

  • The End of Sri Lankan Democracy?

    The End of Sri Lankan Democracy?

    One of Asia’s oldest democracies may be in jeopardy. Sri Lanka’s presidential election next month, is expected to bring to power another member of the Rajapaksa family, whose affinity for authoritarianism, violence, and corruption is well known. While Sri Lanka’s democracy survived the last test – an attempted constitutional coup by outgoing President…

    Project Syndicate - Oct 21 13:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Human rights must be at the heart of next presidency

    Sri Lanka’s next president must put human rights at the heart of their policies, Amnesty International said today. Ahead of next month’s presidential election, the human rights organization called on candidates to prioritize key human rights issues, including commitments on transitional justice made in the aftermath of the decades-long internal conflict. …

    Amnesty International - Oct 21 12:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • ICG: 'Dangerous' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace

    ICG: \'Dangerous\' actions against Muslims risk Sri Lanka peace

    A "harsh and dangerous" crackdown on Sri Lankan Muslims following deadly bombings on Easter Sunday poses a major threat to the Indian Ocean nation's peace and security, a think-tank has warned. The assailants behind the church and hotel bombings in April were fringe actors, but politicians and Sinhalese nationalists have used the attacks to "justify actions that…

    Al Jazeera - Oct 03 13:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Special cabinet meeting ends in a stalemate

    Special cabinet meeting ends in a stalemate

    The special cabinet meeting believed to have been centered on the abolition of the Executive President has ended in a stalemate. During today's meeting, it is reported that a majority of the ministers had cited that discussing the matter while the Presidential polls was announced is inappopriate. The special Cabinet meeting had been called for by President…

    Sunday Times - Sep 19 16:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

    In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

    Sri Lanka presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been a polarizing figure for much of his political life. It is an image he is trying to change. When he was defense chief in his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government he crushed ethnic Tamil separatist rebels, bringing a 26-year-long civil war to a close. But relatives of dead or missing Tamils have accused…

    Reuters - Sep 04 10:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

  • Sri Lanka seeks extradition of ex-central bank chief from Singapore

    Sri Lanka seeks extradition of ex-central bank chief from Singapore

    Sri Lanka will ask Singapore to extradite former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with an insider trading investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday. Mahendran, a Singapore national, has failed to appear before a Sri Lankan court despite being summoned over allegations of malpractice during a 30-year-bond sale in 2015 when he led…

    Reuters - Sep 04 10:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

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