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The Real Reasons Behind China\'s Big Investments In Sri Lanka
The Real Reasons Behind China's Big Investments In Sri Lanka

What’s China doing in Sri Lanka? Officially, it’s building the country’s infrastructure. Like the ports of Colombo and Hambantota, which have left the country heavily indebted. Unofficially, China is setting up outposts in the Indian Ocean as part of Beijing’s broader strategy to secure the passage of Middle East oil through the Strait of Malacca and…

Forbes - Mar 25 17:10 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

UK wants resolution calling for foreign judges fully implemented
UK wants resolution calling for foreign judges fully implemented

The UK has urged Sri Lanka to take tangible measures to ensure meaningful devolution through constitutional reforms, establish credible transitional justice mechanisms, return all remaining military-held private land and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with human rights compliant legislation during ongoing Geneva sessions. "We welcome the co-sponsorship of…

Island - Mar 25 00:07 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, UK, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Teen collects orthopedic aids for Sri Lanka's poor

    Teen collects orthopedic aids for Sri Lanka\'s poor

    An Easton High School sophomore who has set her sights high and her embrace of humanity wide is asking the Talbot County community to do the same. With a 4.0 GPA, a busy schedule, a big heart, and a quick smile, 16-year-old Natasha Panduwawala is determined to make a difference in the lives of Sri Lankans with mobility challenges. She wants them to benefit from…

    Star - Mar 24 23:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

    TNA Decision Concerning Impending UNHRC Resolution

    All Sri Lanka’s obligations in terms of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 of 1st October 2015, co- sponsored by the Sri Lankan Government, must be fully implemented. These obligations must be fulfilled under strict conditions, under the monitoring of an office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, which must be established in Sri Lanka. The UN…

    TNA - Mar 11 20:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council

    Sri Lanka: Back in the Spotlight at the Human Rights Council

    However, if another resolution isn’t passed this time around, there are legitimate worries that it’d be that much easier for rights and justice issues in Sri Lanka to fall off the international community’s radar, which would conceivably make continued prevarication from Colombo more likely. One thing to look out for will be to see in what ways a forthcoming…

    Diplomat - Mar 02 17:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • 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 ]

  • 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 ]

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