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HRC 46: Text of the revised Sri Lanka draft resolution

A revised version of the draft resolution on Sri Lanka has been made public. The revised version has new wordings on the 2009 May Sri...

Sri Lanka: Persistent denial of the right to internal self-determination entitle a People to external self-determination. -TNA

Writing to Experts Committee to Draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka the Tamil National Alliance says that  "the failure to offer a meaningful...

Fulfilling expectations of Tamil community is in Sri Lanka’s own interest, says Jaishankar

Image: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy /The Hindu The External Affairs Minister bats for Sri Lankan Constitution’s 13th amendment that talks...

India insists meaningful devolution must include the 13th Amendment – GTF

File photo: Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is with President Rajapaksa. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) wholeheartedly welcomes the statement by Indian External Affairs...

Sri Lanka should be a United Republic comprising the Centre and of the Regions; Presidency should be ceremonial – TNA Consitutional proposals

Image: TNA discussed its Constitutional reform proposals with the visiting Indian minister for External affairs Dr. Subramaniam Jaishankar this morning at India House, informed...

It is in Sri Lanka”s ”own interest” to meet expectations of Tamils, says Jaishankar

Colombo, Jan 6 (PTI) India on Wednesday called on Sri Lanka to meet the expectations of its minority Tamil community for equality, justice, peace...

President Rajapaksa and his 13A dilemmas – Rajan Philips

It was said of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike that “it was a grim irony that he should be called upon, at the moment of...

Sri Lanka: FEATURESFlashbacks of reinforcing 13A – Austin Fernand

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has recently said that the Provincial Council (PC) elections will be held when the ground situation is conducive. Minister Sarath...

Rajapaksa Govt should have banned Tamil National Alliance after the war says Sri Lankan Minister for Public Security

Minister of Public Security, Rear Admiral (retired) Sarath Weerasekara says that Mahinda Rajapaksa Government should have banned the largest Tamil political party, the Tamil...

“Write a letter to India and leave Indo-Lanka agreement, if you dare” – Sumanthiran challenges Sri Lanka FM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs is an experienced parliamentarian and able person and I’m glad to discuss a few matters with regard to Sri...

Gotabaya’s assurance to the Sinhala Buddhists – Dr. Kumaravadivel Guruparan

The President delivered his one year in office statement yesterday. He urged the Sinhalese that their existential fears should not be a matter of concern...

Making amends: On India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address Tamil aspirations – Editorial, The Hindu

Given Sri Lanka’s majoritarian turn, appeals to address Tamil aspirations may be ineffectual. India’s appeal to Sri Lanka to address the aspirations of its Tamil...

How far can India go on the Tamil question? – The Hindu

Image: The 13th amendment was brought up as part of Indo-Sri Lanka accord in 1987 and provincial councils were set up as part of...

JVP leader backs abolition of Sri Lanka’s Provincial Council system

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake reportedly supported the abolition of the Provincial Council system in Sri Lanka in remarks made this...

Whither 13 Amendment and power devolution in Sri Lanka after 20th Amendment?

File photo courtesy of the Toronto Star. Armed with a two-third majority in Parliament, the Rajapaksas may not be content only with bringing in the...

What Gotabaya’s Presidency Will Mean for Tamil Politics and Development in Sri Lanka

Mario Arulthas and Madura Rasaratnam. The Rajapaksa family’s recent resounding electoral successes appear at first sight to mark a decisive break in Sri Lanka’s post-war...

TNA Suffers Electoral Setback In North and East Polls- D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The long awaited 2020 Parliamentary Elections has concluded with a 71% Voter turnout despite the difficulties imposed by the COVID -19 Pandemic threat. Appropriate...

One of the most important priorities is development of the Tamil-dominated Northern Province – Mahinda Rajapaksa

One of the most important priorities of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was sworn in on Sunday morning will be...

GTF backs Sumanthiran’s call for all Tamil parties to work together in the larger interests of Tamil people

Image: Tamils voting in Jaffna, 2013. Issuing a statement the Global Tamil Forum has congratulated newly elected MPs Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Mr C.V. Vigneswaran...

Sri lanka: ‘River of blood will flow in the North and East’ warn Sinhala Buddhist monks

If Tamils demanded devolution then “a river of blood will flow in the North and East,” warned a group of extremist Sinhala Buddhist monks...

TNA backs federal solution through non-violent and peaceful negotiations

TNA releases 12-point election manifesto Says constitutional arrangement on federal model meets legitimate aspirations of Tamil people Advocates power-sharing as they existed earlier...

Sampanthan stands by Sumanthiran & appeals for unity among the Tamils to achieve a political solution.

R.Sampanthan. My attention has been drawn to the interview said to have been given to the media by Mr. M. A. Sumanthiran, President’s Counsel, former...

Sri Lanka Defence Secretary equals call for devolution of power with separatist ideology.

Image: Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne and visiting Zambian Army Chief Lt. Gen. W.M Sikazwe. Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has...

Diplomatic drone strike, Indo-Lanka equation and constitutional change – Dr’Dayan Jayatilleka

Image: The best chance of a political settlement is while Tamil leader R. Sampanthan is alive and active. He is the only one with...

TNA in back to back meetings with Int community emphasises the need ‌for a political solution.

Just two days after the meeting with  Rep. Ami Bera assured that the United States in Colombo, TNA has met with visiting United Kingdom...

Narendra Modi flags Tamil concerns; Mahinda Rajapaksa non-committal

(Suhasini Haidar/The Hindu) Sri Lankan Prime Minister seeks delay in debt payment. Sri Lanka wants India to allow debt repayments by Colombo to be deferred for...

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril – HRW

(New York) – Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president in November 2019, Human Rights...

Sri Lanka: Alienating minorities to hold on to the Sinhala majority – P.K.Balachandran

Why no overtures will be made to Tamils and Muslims by the SLPP until after the parliamentary elections. (Daily Express) The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna...

Commitments made by Rajapaksa on devolution of power to the int. community need to be implemented – R.Sampanthan

Speaking in Parliament yesterday (8th Jan 2020) the TNA leader R. Sampathan insisted that "the commitments on the devolution of power  made to the...

Any deviation from the path towards a political solution will spell doom to all Sri Lankans – M.A. Sumanthiran. MP- TNA

Image: TNA parliamentary group led by its leader R.Sampanthan meeting former president M. Sirisena to discuss issues related to devolution of powers. (file) " The...
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