Sri Lanka Brief
2013January
  • West may want to change SL’s destiny-Gota

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said that ‘there is a possibility that some western powers wish to have a Sri Lankan Government that is closely aligned with their interests and may seek to influence country’s destiny.“There is a possibility that some western powers wish to have a Sri Lankan Government that is closely aligned with […]

  • Disappearances Commission needs to learn the essons of past commissions to produce a more credible, effective and timely result – Navi Pillay Read more >

    Disappearances Commission needs to learn the essons of past commissions to produce a more credible, effective and timely result – Navi Pillay

    Women weeps as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay speaks Speech delivered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay on 30th of August 2013 in Colombo It is especially important for me to be here in Colombo to mark together with you the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.  […]

  • Navi Pillay statement: UN News highlights failures of Sri Lanka in reconciliation and establishing democracy Read more >

    Navi Pillay statement: UN News highlights failures of Sri Lanka in reconciliation and establishing democracy

    High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré  Sri Lanka heading in ‘authoritarian direction’, says UN human rights chief31 August 2013 – Although the fighting is over, the suffering is not, the United Nations human rights chief today said wrapping up a week-long […]

  • Navi Pillay calls for a credible independent investigation insted of International investigation

    Pillay pessimistic after visit  by  Easwaran RutnamUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay – who concluded her seven-day visit yesterday – said she was happy about post-war developments, particularly in the North but sounded rather pessimistic about the government’s progress in issues related to accountability. After a series of meetings with representatives of the […]

  • Government Unmoved ( of Pillay concerns) Read more >

    Government Unmoved ( of Pillay concerns)

    4 By Easwaran RutnamThe government last week refused to budge on its stand over various issues during several meetings held with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.Pillay had called for the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to be abolished, disappearances to be investigated, and for accountability on some of the allegations over […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Peiris picks holes in Pillay’s report Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Peiris picks holes in Pillay’s report

    <a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sri-lankas-peiris-picks-holes-in-pillays-report/article5087003.ece?textsize=large&test=1″ title=”Large Text Size” >T+</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;·&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sri-lankas-peiris-picks-holes-in-pillays-report/article5087003.ece?textsize=small&test=2″ title=”Small Text Size”>T-</a> ri Lanka’s Minister for External Affairs Gamini Lakshman Peiris AP– Sri Lanka’s FM Gamini Lakshman Peiris Parvathi Menon The report on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka by United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights -Navi Pillay was “unfair, wrong and biased” said G.L […]

  • Swiss stop deportation of Tamils Read more >

    Swiss stop deportation of Tamils

    Add caption September 3, 2013 The Swiss authorities have suspended deporting Tamils back to Sri Lanka after two people who were deported were arrested, the Swiss media reported.The Federal Office for Migration (FOM), has said that the deportation was suspended to ensure the safety of the Tamils deported to Sri Lanka.The Swiss Embassy in Colombo […]

  • S. Lanka rights group ‘harassed after UN meeting’ Read more >

    S. Lanka rights group ‘harassed after UN meeting’

    Sri Lankan police officials stand guard outside the United Nations office in Colombo on August 26, 2013 Sri Lankan police officials stand guard outside the United Nations office in Colombo on August 26, 2013. A Catholic-run human rights group working in northeastern Sri Lanka said Monday it had been … (AFP) Catholic-run human rights group […]

  • Sri Lanka says UN rights chief violated mandate

    By KRISHAN FRANCIS(AP) – Sri Lanka on Sunday said the United Nations human rights chief violated her mandate by making political statements during her recent visit that the government was heading in an authoritarian direction.The Government Information Department said in a statement that the judgment of the country’s leadership is best left to the Sri […]

  • Navi Pillay has made the most meaningful statement ever made by the UN on the human rights situation Read more >

    Navi Pillay has made the most meaningful statement ever made by the UN on the human rights situation

    A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission   AHRC-STM-163-2013.jpg Before leaving Sri Lanka after her week-long visit the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, made a media statement in which she expressed her deep concern about Sri Lanka heading in an “increasingly authoritarian direction”. She said, “I am deeply concerned that Sri […]

  • UN rights chief reprimands Sri Lanka government Read more >

    UN rights chief reprimands Sri Lanka government

    Julie Deisher   [JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] reprimanded the Sri Lankan government on Saturday during her opening remarks [press release] at a press conference during her week-long mission to Sri Lanka. Although she acknowledged the achievements made by the Sri Lankan government in terms of resettlement, […]

  • UK reacts to Pillay’s concerns Read more >

    UK reacts to Pillay’s concerns

    Alistair Burt The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reacted to the concerns raised on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt tweeted saying her concerns confirms that it is vital that Sri Lanka meets the declared intentions on reconciliation and human rights.Speaking to the media […]

  • SRI LANKA: The Armed Forces are now the police

    A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission On July 3rd 2013, President Mahinda Rajapaksha published a gazette that authorized the armed forces to engage in “the maintenance of public order”. Last week, he announced a new ministry under the title “the Ministry of Law and Order”. By these two acts, the Sri Lankan civilian […]

  • The government’s parading of new law is a mockery Read more >

    The government’s parading of new law is a mockery

    Focus-Logo It is undoubtedly a great irony that at the lowest point of the Sri Lankan Government’s adherence to the Rule of Law, we hear its carefully choreographed announcement during the visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, that enforced disappearances will be criminalised. Law reform means little Is there any value to […]

  • Truth Will Precede Reconciliation – Suresh Premachandran Read more >

    Truth Will Precede Reconciliation – Suresh Premachandran

    By Camelia Nathanial 10-01 Add caption In an interview with The Sunday Leader, TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that during the meeting the TNA had with Navi Pillay, the party had conveyed its belief Sri Lanka needs a strong international investigation mechanism in order to unearth the truth as to the missing and dead during […]

  • Sri Lanka state press says UN rights chief ’prejudiced’ Read more >

    Sri Lanka state press says UN rights chief ’prejudiced’

     Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui  COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s state-run media Sunday accused UN human rights chief Navi Pillay of being “prejudiced”, a day after she warned that the island was becoming “increasingly authoritarian”. Pillay ended a fact-finding mission to the country to probe allegations of war crimes Saturday by saying Sri Lanka was a place where the rule […]

  • UNP champions 17A during Pillay talks Read more >

    UNP champions 17A during Pillay talks

    Raises Weliweriya, religious freedom issues n Talks internet censorship and press freedom n Heavy security for Ranil-Pillay pow-wow 20  By Dharisha BastiansThe country’s main Opposition party yesterday called for the re-enactment of the historic 17th Amendment to the Constitution, and pointed to the de-politicisation legislation as a clear way out of the current governance and […]

  • Methods to the madness that is Education in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Methods to the madness that is Education in Sri Lanka

    Proposals and policies, rules and regulations, guidelines and code of ethics and 5% of GDP to cure a body politic rotten to the core DSC_0002 Add caption The Government has unveiled an ambitious set of policies and proposals for general education in the country, which seeks to get more budgetary allocation for the sector, make […]

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