Posts Tagged ‘ jehan perera ’

The State is Being Over-Represented by its Security Arm

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

By Jehan Perera The sudden deterioration in the climate in the north is unfortunate.  When I visited North last week it seemed that the sense of normalcy in the North was getting stronger. The military posts and uniformed sentries on duty at short and regular intervals on the roads are no longer there.  Most of the

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Face The UNHRC Resolution To Restore Credibility

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

By  Jehan Perera There was speculation that the ongoing 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council would see the immediate establishment of a high powered international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka and economic sanctions against the country.  The unexpected feature of the draft resolution sponsored by the US is the provision to

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“LLRC Plus” Is Only Viable Option To Overcome Mounting International Pressure

Feb 11th, 2014 | By

By Jehan Perera The government has been trying to convince itself and the general population that its position will prevail at the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Some of this requires a stretch of the imagination and is meant to give temporary comfort.  The state media gave wide publicity to

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Why International Pressure has Become Necessary

Jan 20th, 2014 | By

By Jehan Perera  Shortly after the end of the war in 2009, President Rajapaksa declared that in Sri Lanka there would no longer be an ethnic majority or ethnic minorities but only a majority who loved the nation and a minority who were traitors.  Apart from the warning inherent in this statement to those who

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2014 Can Be Year Of New Departure

Dec 31st, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera This New Year will be a year of change as the government faces a make or break situation internationally.   The next session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March is positioned to deliver a resolution that calls for an international probe into Sri Lanka’s conduct of its war.  The weeks and months

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Accountability Issues Must Not Displace Devolution

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Prior to the Commonwealth Summit there were several positive signals from both the government and TNA.  It was the government that led the way by boldly deciding to conduct the Northern Provincial Council election, campaigning at the polls with enthusiasm and accepting its verdict with an appearance of good grace.   However, after CHOGM there has been

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Nov 25th, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Within Sri Lanka, the government has reason to be satisfied with the outcome of CHOGM.  President Mahinda Rajapaksa obtained the Chairmanship of the Commonwealth which is being used politically within the country to bolster the President’s image.  However, internationally, the die has been cast and the controversy surrounding the end phase of Sri Lanka’s

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Nov 18th, 2013 | By

The Sri Lankan government can take satisfaction at the close of CHOGM.  It ended without any major mishap, although there were several controversial incidents, such as the laying of flowers at the killing fields of Elephant Pass by the Canadian government’s representative, and the speech targeting Sri Lanka given at the People’s Forum by a

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Value Of Indian And South African Support To Resolve Problems

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera The invitation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Sri Lanka that was issued by Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran, has shown the positive side of the current reconciliation process in the country.   The first weeks of the new born provincial council have been marked by expressions of

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The Rational Quest For Mutually Beneficial Solution Starts Now

Oct 31st, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera The inauguration of the Northern Provincial Council took place in its newly constructed building in Jaffna.  Protocol was followed and the Governor of the Northern Province was accorded his due place in the opening ceremony, notwithstanding repeated demands by TNA leaders to replace the former General with a person drawn from civilian life.  Photographs in the media

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