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Sri Lanka: OMP, A Mechanism To Help Truth Finding: Mangala

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is not a judicial process and it cannot punish anybody, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. He was addressing...

Sri Lanka: ‘Foreign Interference May End After UNHRC Meet’

Would the international community end its engagement with Sri Lanka on the Tamil question after March 2017, when the United Nations High Commissioner for...

Sri Lanka Govt. Has Agreed On Foreign Monitors, Not Judges: Fonseka

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Sri Lanka: the Right to Truth; the Right to Justice, Reparation and Non-Recurrence – AI to HRC32

Written statement to the 32nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (13 June-1 July 2016)  When Sri Lanka co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council...

Sri Lanka: Jumpstarting the Reform Process

International Crisis Group Sri Lanka Report: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The unexpected chance for lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka that followed President Maithripala...

Engage Foreign and Commonwealth Investigators, Prosecutors & Judges in Sri Lanka- Canadian PM

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the Seventh Anniversary of the End of the War in Sri Lanka. “Today, we mark the anniversary...

US Ambassador on RTI, Good Governance, Truth Seeking and Justice in Sri Lanka

(Remarks by Ambassador Keshap at Right to Information (RTI) Interactive Dialogue Launch, May 16, 2016, Water’s Edge Hotel, Colombo) Honorable Minister, Members of Parliament, ladies...

Open Letter to Rajapaksa from Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera On UNHRC Resolution

My dear Mahinda, I still vividly recall the first time I met you. It was at the SLFP Party Headquarters on Darley Road in June...

Samantha Power to Kumarathunga: “Move Forward Transitional Justice Process ASSP”

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power met with former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, currently Chairperson of Sri Lanka’s...

The Mild-Mannered Man Who Could Solve Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Strife

( President Sirisena greets TNA  MP Mavei Senathiraja) By GEETA ANAND and DHARISHA BASTIANS MAY 12, 2016 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Leaders of Sri Lanka, an island...

Full List: Sri Lanka Domiciled Individuals Revealed in Panama Papers

ECONOMYNEXT - The names of several Sri Lanka domiciled individuals, including Nissanka Senadhipathi of Avant Garde, have been disclosed in the Panama Papers released...

Why Sri Lanka’s Economic Outlook is Looking Less Rosy

(An auto-rickshaw drives along a flooded street in Colombo, Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images ) By Leslie Shaffer/CNBC. Sri Lanka's deal with the...

Sri Lanka deserves Special Attention – Nisha Biswal

( Nisha Desai Biswal speaking at  the Center for a New American Security) Sri Lanka deserves special attention as it continues to consolidate democratic gains...

European Commission Announces €38 Million for New Development Programmes in Sri Lanka

( In remote country side people has to travel in smaller trucks) Today the European Commission will co-sign two new support programmes worth €38 million...

Sri Lankan Embassy Provides a Photo Opportunity for a Drug Peddler with FM Samaraweera

(SLB) Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin had invited a drug peddler convicted by German courts to a get together with the President Sirisena and...

Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

By Mangala Samaraweera. 'Reconciliation and Development', as you would agree, are intertwined. It is difficult, almost impossible, to have one without the other. At the time...

Sri Lanka’s Victims Demand and Deserve Credible Justice

by Nikhil Narayan Image courtesy IRIN “The regime has changed, but the system remains the same; how can we expect justice from them?,” asked a Tamil...

Govt. & Not UN is Entrusted with Task of National Reconciliation – Jehan Perera

The visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein went more smoothly than expected for the government. The weeks before...

Parliament will Decide Whether to Allow Foreign Judges – Deputy FM

( Missing persons relatives have been calling for justice for years) It was up to Parliament to decide whether to allow foreign judges to be...

 Sri Lanka President Talks Tough, Vows War Probe

(INDEPENDENCE DAY: President Maihripala Sirisena at Independence Day celebrations on January 04,2016) Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena warned political opponents that he will press ahead...

The Political Challenge of Carrying the People Through Transitional Justice

by Jehan Perera President Maithripala Sirisena’s rejection of foreign involvement in the judicial accountability process in Sri Lanka has once again brought to the fore...

Yahapalanaya at 1: Is Transitional Justice in Crisis? – Niran Anketell

In October 2015, the Sri Lankan government took a giant stride towards reconciliation when it co-sponsored a historic resolution at the Human Rights Council....

No deviation from Geneva resolution: PM Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday emphasised that the government will not deviate from the Geneva resolution on reconciliation and accountability in any way. The Premier...

Sri Lanka Finance Ministry Violates the Money Laundering Act

(Press Release:TISL Perturbed by the Finance Minister’s “No Questions” Policy) Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is perturbed by the recent moves of the Minister of...

PM Wickremesinghe’s Interview with Channel 4 & Issue of Foreign Judges

A British TV channel that was mired in controversy over reporting the war in the past was given clearance by the Government to visit...

President’s Interview with BBC Sinhala: Murandu-palanaya? – Sanjana Hattotuwa

A recent interview with President Sirisena, conducted with the BBC’s Azzam Ameen, is recommended viewing for those who want to assess contemporary politics and...

Domestic War Crimes Probe to Meet International Standards & International Assistance Will be Considered

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday reiterated that a domestic probe into alleged war crimes committed in the island nation will meet international standards. Government...

Saying Goodbye To Sri Lanka And Her Resilient People – Subinay Nandy

  In my 25 years at the United Nations I have had the privilege of serving in a number of countries. In May of 2011,...

UNHRC Means Business and SL will Have to Deliver: UK Minister

( Hugo Swire meeting President Sirisena in Colombo) Sri Lanka will have to demonstrate by June that it has made significant and credible progress in...

Accountability & Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Dr.Saravanamutthu and Ms.Manori Muthettuwegama to Head the Task Force

( Foreign Minister to play a crucial role in the implementation of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka) (Sri Lanka Brief/ 12 January 2016) The government of...
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