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  • Sri Lanka urges US to approve prederential trading plan Read more >

    Sri Lanka urges US to approve prederential trading plan

    Sri Lanka has pushed for the early approval of a key preferential trading system with the United States that would increase concessional exports, a statement from the External Affairs Ministry said here on Monday. Peiris also noted that growing prosperity in Sri Lanka would create enormous opportunities for U.S. investors, the statement said. Sri Lanka’s […]

  • SF free, battle on for civic rights Read more >

    SF free, battle on for civic rights

    Former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka was released from prison yesterday evening amidst cheers from a large number of his supporters who thronged the streets near the Welikada Prison waving flags and shouting slogans. Gen. Fonseka, making a brief speech, thanked all those who had fought for his release. Indicating his desire […]

  • Sri Lanka president orders release of jailed rival Read more >

    Sri Lanka president orders release of jailed rival

    (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the early release from jail of his highest-profile political rival Sarath Fonseka, the president’s spokesman said on Sunday, in an apparent bid to quell international criticism of the government’s human rights record.The authorisation for Fonseka’s release will be sent to the justice ministry on Monday, spokesman […]

  • Sri Lanka set to free jailed general Read more >

    Sri Lanka set to free jailed general

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has approved the early release of Sri Lanka’s jailed former army chief in a move designed to quieten criticism of his nation’s human rights record. General Sarath Fonseka, 61, led Sri Lanka’s armed forces towards the end of his nation’s civil war, but was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2010 […]

  • Sri Lankan president orders release of Sarath Fonseka Read more >

    Sri Lankan president orders release of Sarath Fonseka

    Mahinda Rajapaksa poised to free jailed political rival in bid to quell international criticism over country’s human rights record.Jailed former army general Sarath Fonseka is to be freed on Monday after the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, signed orders releasing his high-profile political rival. Fonseka, widely condemned for his role in atrocities during the 2009 […]

  • Clinton Urges Sri Lanka to Make Reconciliation Plans Public Read more >

    Clinton Urges Sri Lanka to Make Reconciliation Plans Public

    Washington — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States wants to be a supportive partner in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation and reconstruction efforts following decades of conflict between the government and Tamil rebels.Speaking with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris ahead of their meeting at the State Department May 18, Clinton said […]

  • For a belated “Left” Option Read more >

    For a belated “Left” Option

    By Kusal Perera Reading through Groundviews especially during the recent past, one would note that most contributions were in fact raising serious concerns over the core issue of governance as it is in Sri Lanka and the regime’s ideology in finding adequate answers for socio economic ills, the system itself carries as endemic.One could safely […]

  • Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA Read more >

    Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA

    No concrete steps have been taken by the Sri Lankan Government since the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was released, Jean Lambert, Chair of the  visiting European Parliament Delegation to South Asia, said yesterday, adding that the situation in the island on reconciliation and accountability have “changed little” since a year […]

  • Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism Read more >

    Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism

    By Kalana SenaratneIt is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and in protecting them, commit acts seemingly prompted by hatred, delusion and ill-will.Ideally, lands should not become ‘sacred’ for simple reasons. The Buddha, in attacking the rigid and unethical caste-system during his […]

  • ‘Burmese Lessons’  for Sri Lanka Read more >

    ‘Burmese Lessons’ for Sri Lanka

    ”If there is any direct lesson for Sri Lanka from Burma, it is not to emulate the past but the present and hopefully a better future. There were negative speculations in the country when the Sri Lanka President made his first visit after the war victory to Burma! There were two visits to Gadhafi’s Libya, […]

  • Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque Read more >

    Muslim community is strongly opposed to demolition or relocation of Dambulla Mosque

    ”For thousands of years, Muslims have co-existed peacefully will the Sinhalese and did not have to compromise on their religious beliefs. On the contrary, visionary Sinhala leaders encouraged the Muslims to practice their faith without fearing persecution.”  By Ayesha Zuhair President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to summon a meeting shortly to discuss a matter of vital […]

  • Buddha wept as we beat our women Read more >

    Buddha wept as we beat our women

    Hans Billimoria 54% of adolescent girls in Sri Lanka feel that a husband is justified in beating his wife. The UNICEF Global Report Card on Adolescents 2012 however is not available yet to try and unpack this further. What do they mean? Surely, they cannot be suggesting that the arbitrary violence that some wives are subject […]

  • FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka Read more >

    FCO report – UK concerned over Human Rights in Sri Lanka

    The human rights picture in Sri Lanka in 2011 was mixed. The Sri Lankan government continued to focus on post-conflict reconstruction, including the resettlement of civilians displaced during the 30-year civil war, and has made progress reintegrating former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters back into society. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) […]

  • TNA demands release of arrested Tamil youth, In a letter to President Rajapaksa: Read more >

    TNA demands release of arrested Tamil youth, In a letter to President Rajapaksa:

    TNA Leader and parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention to secure the release of several youth taken into custody during the recent search operations in the Eastern Province, particularly in the Trincomalee District.Sampanthan has in a letter, brought to the President’s notice that the arrested youth have been taken to Colombo and […]

  • UK seeks accountability – A FCO report Read more >

    UK seeks accountability – A FCO report

    The United Kingdom seeks accountability for alleged war crimes, respect for human rights and a political settlement as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation, a report by the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said today.  The UK will also “contribute” to Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council, […]

  • Free Education: A letter to the President Read more >

    Free Education: A letter to the President

    An Open letter to the President Rajapaksa by the Federation of University TeachersThe accolades that Sri Lanka has received since independence for its impressive social indicators has been the result of the establishment and protection of two basic institutions: universal free health and free education services. These two sectors have enabled Sri Lanka to meet […]

  • State ‘sovereignty’ important, but not unlimited Read more >

    State ‘sovereignty’ important, but not unlimited

    ”There are domestic responsibilities on human rights and there are international responsibilities on human rights that any government should adhere to. There is no escape or short cuts. Human rights are higher laws like Dhamma Thath of yore. Human rights are no longer mere ‘internal affairs.’ Neither ‘sovereignty’ nor the ‘principle of non-interference’ constitutes a […]

  • Discovering the White Van in a Troubled Democracy Read more >

    Discovering the White Van in a Troubled Democracy

    JC WeliamunaIn a country that has achieved so much in literacy, education and social development, is it not indeed unfortunate that “White Van” has frightened the entire nation? Appearance of a white van assures a disappearance of some one. If you Google or do any other internet search(or any media that is not controlled by […]

  • Though govt pledged to implement 55 recommendations at Geneva UPR in 2008 performance has not been satisfactory

    ”All these recommendations were accepted in 2008 by the government, including 55 other such recommendations which it pledged to implement. However, actual implementation has been hardly satisfactory with most government ministries not even knowing what has been promised internationally.”Jehan Perera In the aftermath of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva in March of […]

  • Complaint against police over arrest of 33

    A human rights group has filed a complaint against police over the arrest of 33 men in Borella. The respondents cited are the IGP, the police spokesman, OICs of 16 police stations and a police constable named Mahinda (no: 7494).Attorney Udul Premaratne of the HR group said the charges against them are making unlawful arrests, levelling […]

  • And yet another suspect dies in police custody Read more >

    And yet another suspect dies in police custody

     Wasantha RamanayakeThe mysterious death of Nimal Chandrasiri Dahanayke (42), a fisherman of Thalpitiya, Wadduwa, who died last Sunday (15) while in the custody of the Wadduwa Police, is the latest addition to a long list of deaths in police custody. The deceased, Nimal Chandrasiri, who was married with two sons (22 and 20) and a […]

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