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Which way Sri Lanka? – R.K. Radhakrishnan

 Mahinda Rajapaksa’s resurgence has smothered the hopes and aspirations of the Tamils and signals the beginning of an era that is not in India’s...

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...

Ban on Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva unnecessarily complicates the US-Sri Lanka relationship – Minister Dinesh Gunawardena

Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today (16 February 2020) formally conveyed to the US Ambassador Alaina Teplitz Sri Lanka’s strong objections on the imposition...

US Ambassador summoned to Foreign Ministry: Sri Lanka protests over blacklisting of Army Chief

United States Ambassador Allaina B. Teplitz has been summoned to the Foreign Relations Ministry today to be told of the government’s displeasure over the...

Where from here for US-Sri Lanka ties? – N Sathiya Moorthy

Image: US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells meeting Sri Lanka FM Dinesh Gunawardena. On return home...

Switzerland stresses diplomatic safety in Sri Lanka arrest

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Swiss Embassy in Sri Lanka said that the safety of diplomatic missions is the responsibility of the host...

Foreign and local doctors attached to the Swiss Embassy has confirmed that abducted employee had been assaulted, sexually harassed – Lawyer

Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathne yesterday extended the travel ban imposed on Swiss Embassy employee Garliar Barister Francis, who was allegedly threatened and kidnapped...

Sri Lanka Supreme Court restores sacked parliament

AFP - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections...

US House Dems Urge Sri Lanka to Reopen Parliament, Commit to Democratic Process

November 9, 2018. WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Dina Titus, Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Caucus; and Rep. David...

Speaker has taken a stand: Now the int’l community should follow suit

After a long and rather undue wait, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday announced that the arbitrary sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointment of...

USA is committed to the implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka, Ambassador tells Sampanthan

TNA Press Release/ 06.11.2018. The United States for Sri Lanka Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz met with the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance...

Political turmoil could test Sri Lanka’s ties with international community

 LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images:  A Demonstration in Colombo on November 4, 2018. The U.S. and Japan have both paused their respective projects in Sri Lanka amid...

Sri Lanka: Stop foreign funding to NGOs,rescind the OISL Report & resolution 30/1 – Pro Rajapaksa professionals

The National Association of University Academics met the Prime Minister at the Secretariat and forwarded a memorandum with 5 points to be implemented expeditiously. The...

Looking at the success of war-time Indo-Lankan troika in the correct perspective – Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka

Looking at the success of war-time Indo-Lankan troika in the correct perspective. (12 June 2018) I was delighted to read Lalith Weeratunga’s revelatory article ‘The...

Joint statement at HRC 37: “We are disappointed on slow pace of the implementing UNHRC resolutions of by Sri Lanka”

This statement is on behalf of Macedonia, Montenegro, the United States and the United Kingdom as main sponsors of HRC resolutions 30 / 1...

The Undeterred Journey for the Missing  in Sri Lanka – Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera. We are fortunate to witness this moment when the Government led by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has given life to an...

Without Transitional Justice Sri Lanka cannot go forward says Japanese prosecutor Motoo Noguchi

Motoo Noguchi is a Prosecutor at the Supreme Prosecutors Office of Japan; Chair of the Board of Directors, the Trust Fund for Victims, International...

Civil Society Collective calls on govt to investigate war crimes

Image: Sri Lanka War zone May 2019. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana on April 18 the Collective of...

Massege behind the award to Sandya: IC will not forget!

Image courtesy of Daily News. One of Sri Lanka’s most prominent advocates on behalf o missing persons, Sandya Ekneligoda, has received international recognition by being...

European Investment Bank delegation to make historic visit to Sri Lanka

EIB delegation to make historic visit to Sri Lanka to explore new opportunities for future investment A high-level delegation from the European Investment Bank, the...

HRC resolution: “Participation’ of foreign and Commonwealth judges” is not a hybrid court, says Sri Lanka

Image: Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harasha de Silva speaking at UNHRC 34. Sri Lanka Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harasha de Silva has told state...

Sri Lanka Minister of Justice says EU and UNHRC threaten country’s sovereignty over human rights.

Image: Airman of Sri lanka Air Force  filming Keppapilavu civilian protest requesting hand over their land occupied by Military, Feb 217. Photo @shalin. In the...

HRC 34 resolution 34/L1 shows the Sirisena administration’s positive engagement with the IC – US

Image: Sirisena with former UN SG (file photo) Introducing the resolution on Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council 34th session on 23rd March US...

The credibility of the UNHRC has been put at stake by Sri Lanka; strong response needed.

“Ezhuga Tamizh” (Tamils Arise) march at Jaffna; Image by Tamil Guardian. Joint Appeal by Tamil Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties and Trade Unions. When Resolution 30/1...

HRC 34: US says Sri Lanka is a success story for UNHRC

Making a short statement at the34 session of the UNHRC Erin M. Barclay, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State said " when the Council functions...

Marine Le Pen takes huge lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in French first round presidential election poll

Front National leader Marine Le Pen has taken a sizeable lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in a new French presidential election poll. The far-right leader had...

EU Sets Conditions re PTA, HR & Devolution For Sri Lanka to Regain GSP Plus Privilage

Image: From left: European Delegation in Sri Lanka and Maldives Political, Trade and Communications Counsellor Paul Godfrey, EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives...

Transitional Justice Needs to Go Beyond War-related Accountability – Jehan Perera

(Earlier in the month the President came in for severe criticism from civil society groups including the one founded by the late Ven Maduluwave...

Sri Lanka: EU Doubles Assistance To Rs. 34 b

(Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shakes hands with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica...

Sri Lanka Shows Progress In Justice And Equality; More To Be Done: Ban Ki-moon

(Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a youth event in Galle, Sri Lanka. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe) Sri Lanka has made progress in reconciliation, rule of law and...
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