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Elusive reconciliation : Editorial of The Hindu on 6th March 2017

Mar 9th, 2017 | By

Colombo must do much more to address the concerns of the Tamil minority A United Nations report released last week on the progress of reconciliation efforts by the Sri Lankan government should be a wake-up call for President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Raising serious concerns about the delay in addressing allegations of

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President rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

AFP: President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers. “I am not going to allow non-governmental organisations to dictate how to run my Government. I will not listen to their calls to prosecute my troops,” the president

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Multiculturalism will not harm Sinhala-Buddhist identity: Civil Society activist

Feb 16th, 2017 | By

In the backdrop of the ongoing Constitution-making process, civil society activist Sudarshana Gunawardane, who advocates pluralism and multiculturalism, says such concepts will not harm the entrenched traditions of the country. Mr. Gunawardane, who is also the executive director of Right Now Collective for Democracy, made these remarks in the context of fear over the attempts

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Sri Lanka RTI laws become world’s third best

Feb 14th, 2017 | By

Following the announcement of rules and regulations on Right Information Act by Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunatilleke last week, Sri Lanka has reached third best place in the RTI global ranking. Mexico and Serbia are in the first and second places. Simultaneously Sri Lanka becomes the best in South Asia, by

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China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

Feb 13th, 2017 | By

NEW DELHI – If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their country’s geostrategic interests. Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often by extending huge loans to their governments. As

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My country is not truly free until all its citizens feel at home

Feb 7th, 2017 | By

Independence Day marks the freeing of our country of the shackles of the colonisers. Our country won her freedom through the sweat of our predecessors who united in driving away the occupiers. As a Sri Lankan, I love my country and feel that I belong here and nowhere else. As I join my fellow sisters

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The perils of ‘traitorisation’

Feb 6th, 2017 | By

“Amirthalingam was called a traitor and killed. Neelan Thiruchelvam was called a traitor and killed. Over 30 years we have lost all these people.  And after killing them, what have we achieved?  So now you call Sumanthiran a traitor and kill me also. Tell me, what are we going to do after that?” – TNA

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CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

Feb 3rd, 2017 | By

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January. The Consultation Task Force (CTF) had Zonal Task Forces operating in all the districts, gathered views from the people and prepared a detailed report elaborating on

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The guilty should be punished: Sarath Fonseka

Feb 1st, 2017 | By

Those who had been accused of war crimes must be punished irrespective of their posts and statuses if found guilty, Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today. While speaking to the media at the Malwatte Maha Viharaya after meeting the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters at their respective temples in

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GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE OF THE CONSULTATION TASK FORCE REPORT–Jehan Perera

Jan 30th, 2017 | By

The disquiet about the government’s commitment to deliver on its promises is now extending itself to those sections of the international community that gave their support to the government on the basis of its commitment to human rights and reconciliation. The sense of disenchantment amongst the general population is also getting more pronounced. The common

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