Rings of Fire

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Why the Olympics actually don’t bring the world together. BY Michael Rubin As Russia stumbles from one embarrassing snafu to the next in the lead-up to the Sochi games, at least one thing is certain: The 22nd Winter Olympics will be both the most controversial since 1980, when much of the free world boycotted the

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Sri Lanka: The forgotten conflict and post-war justice

Jun 26th, 2013 | By

An earlier resolution sponsored by the United States in March 2012 called up on the Lankan government to “implement the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” (LLRC), and take all necessary steps to “initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri

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Critical Summations Bearing On The Future Of The Tamil Nation

Mar 13th, 2013 | By

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe – The Political Conjuncture:Following the decimating military defeat of the LTTE, the Tamil National Movement  (TNM)  has entered a  profound political impasse. It remains without independent initiative, leaving it vulnerable to foreign predator powers, with the State unilaterally dictating the terms. The dominant trend within the TNM is that based on the Tamil Diaspora, which

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Is Expected To Discuss The Issue Of Independence Of The Judiciary

Feb 10th, 2013 | By

By Colombo Telegraph – Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma is expected to discuss, among other issues, options for advancing Commonwealth values and principles, including the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers. “The Commonwealth approach is to highlight our shared values and to offer best-fit practical assistance that helps achieve progress” says Richard Uku, Official Spokesperson and Director of

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Law Students In Sri Lanka Condemns The Blatant Violation Of Judicial Independence

Jan 11th, 2013 | By

By Colombo Telegraph – “We, as law students in Sri Lanka, wish to record our deep concern over the blatant violation of judicial independence and the usurpation of the role of the judiciary by the executive and legislative arms of government.” say 389 law students in Sri Lanka. We publish below the text in full; We,

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Sport v human rights

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

Despite talk of reform, the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Beijing Olympics proved to be catalysts for rights abuses. Mihir Bose asks whether human rights should be a criterion for hosting coveted international sporting events On the evening of 13 July 2001, as Beijing held a press conference in Moscow to celebrate securing the 2008

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