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  • Three Tamil Parties to Form New Political Front in Lanka Read more >

    Three Tamil Parties to Form New Political Front in Lanka

    (Tamil dancers perform during an annual festival at the Venkatvar Sri Vishnu Hindu temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka.) Three political parties representing Tamils have decided to join hands to form a new political front in Sri Lanka, saying the main Tamil National Alliance only represent community members from the northern and eastern part of the […]

  • Wigneswaran Speaks on The Long Shadow of War Read more >

    Wigneswaran Speaks on The Long Shadow of War

    Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran has expressed his dissatisfaction over the domestic investigation mechanism into the war crimes and emphasised that there should be an international dimension in the investigation process as the domestic mechanism would not bring about the expected results. Wigneswaran, who was answering the questions of journalists during […]

  • Electoral Reform and Political Outcomes – Sunil Bastian

    Sri Lanka is once again talking of electoral reform. After experimenting with two types of electoral systems – first-past-the-post (FPP) and proportional representation (PR), there is now talk of some kind of a mixed model. Just as at the time of the search for ‘devolution models’, the discussion seems to be ahistorical, without an analysis […]

  • Right to Return id Inalienable and Needs to Be Implemented With Urgency

    (Press Release/National Peace Council) One of the unresolved and tragic problems of Sri Lanka’s war is the return and resettlement of the Muslim people who were expelled from the North by the LTTE in 1990. An estimated 80 percent of them continue to live outside their original places of residence. Recently the issue of resettlement […]

  • Sirisena-Ranil And The Art Of The Possible – Kumar David

    “Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall” “Excellent joke!” Whether this is a Ranil-Sirisena (R&S) government or an S&R one, is significant. It certainly started off with all the trumps and partnership seniority in Ranil’s hands, but time and completion of the 100-Day tasks has moved the equation into an S&R domain; so […]

  • President Assures Justice for Victimized Journalists Read more >

    President Assures Justice for Victimized Journalists

    President Maithripala Sirisena said that he has already instructed the relevant authorities to reopen files relating to the abductions and assassinations of journalists during the past few years. “Impartial, methodical and justifiable investigations will be carried out in to the abductions of journalists, since the government strongly believes that the rule of law should be […]

  • Electoral Reforms in Sri Lanka: 20A Deadlocked? Read more >

    Electoral Reforms in Sri Lanka: 20A Deadlocked?

     President – PM entrusted to decide way forward; Committee report accepted, subject to alterations; The Cabinet last night decided to entrust President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with the task of deciding the manner in which the government should proceed with the 20th Amendment. The Cabinet sub committee report, dealing with electoral reforms, […]

  • Jaffna Unrest Had Political Dimension Too – Jehan Perera

    The mob violence that suddenly burst forth in Jaffna has given rise to multiple interpretations, both in Jaffna and elsewhere. Opposition politicians have claimed that the displaced Sinhalese who have been resettled in parts of Jaffna were being targeted. Others claimed that national security had been jeopardized by the demilitarization taking place in the North […]

  • Govt. & Opposition Agree on 10-member Constitutional Council Read more >

    Govt. & Opposition Agree on 10-member Constitutional Council

    ( President Sirisena has appointed Champika Ranawaka as his representative to the CC) In spite of heavy ‘confrontations’ both in and outside parliament over allegedly fraudulent Treasury bond issues, the UNP-led government and the Opposition have reached agreement on the formation of a 10-member Constitutional Council paving the way to the setting up of 11 […]

  • Sri Lanka:  Court Bans Protests in Jaffna Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Court Bans Protests in Jaffna

    ( Protest in Jaffna against the gang rape and murder of Vidya) The Jaffna Magistrate has issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said. The stay order was issued as a result of the violence which erupted in Jaffna this week during a protest against […]

  • Prof. V.T. Tamilmaran Rescued From Angry Mob in Jaffna Read more >

    Prof. V.T. Tamilmaran Rescued From Angry Mob in Jaffna

    Dean of the Colombo Law Faculty V.T. Tamilmaran was surrounded by residents in Punkudutivu accusing him of helping one of the ten suspects involved in the brutal murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya. He was rescued from angry residents by Army and Navy personnel on Tuesday. Tamilmaran who hails from Punkudutivu had gone there to assess the […]

  • A tale of Two Presidents: Six Years After The War

    By Harim Peris. May 19 marked six years since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, which at that time had been the world’s second longest running civil conflict, after Lebanon. The end of the war was commemorated in two very different ways from two very different leaders, one present and forward looking, the other […]

  • Reconciliation Includes Investigating the Truth, Carrying Out Justice and … – President Read more >

    Reconciliation Includes Investigating the Truth, Carrying Out Justice and … – President

    President Maithripala Sirisena said though the damaged buildings, destroyed roads and other physical resources were being re-built there was no reconciliation process during the post-war period to rebuild the broken hearts and minds. “Therefore, as the new government we clearly state that our policy is that of development and reconciliation,” he said and added, “we […]

  • A new Sri Lanka? – Alan Keenan

    Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule of this country of 21 million people by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is closely associated with a brutal 2009 victory over the Tamil Tiger insurgency and authoritarian government. Alan Keenan discusses how […]

  • Sri Lanka: Wigneswaran Takes Part In Remembrance Event In Mullivaikkal Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Wigneswaran Takes Part In Remembrance Event In Mullivaikkal

    (Wigneswaran in Mullivaikkal;Photo: Tamil Guardian/Twitter) Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran took part an event at Mullivaikkal this morning, to remember those who died during the Eelam War. Others who took part in the event at Mullivaikkal NPC Member Ananthi Sasitharan and TELO leader Selvam Adaikkalanathan, reports said. Meanwhile, several other events were held […]

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