Posts Tagged ‘ President Mahinda Rajapaksa ’

Elections 2015: The Stakes

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The Sunday newspapers carried credible reports that the Presidential election would be held anytime after November this year, most probably in January 2015 while parliamentary elections would be held before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015.  What this means is that over the coming year, the serious political participant or student

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Early Progress on Devolution Crucial to Sri Lanka: Indian Envoy

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

BY MEERA SRINIVASAN The Hindu “India considers early progress on devolution and a political settlement as being crucial to Sri Lanka to tackle mounting international pressure,” High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha, said, a week after India abstained from voting on the U.S.-backed resolution in Geneva. Early resumption of dialogue between the

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Lessons From Geneva

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

The New Indian Express Wednesday, April 02, 2014 By V Suryanarayan Published: 02nd April 2014 02:00 AM Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 01:12 AM Gross human violations that took place in Sri Lanka during the last stages of the Fourth Eelam War have come into sharp focus once again. The UN Human Rights Council, on March 27, after

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Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka holding prayers in the capital, Colombo, seeking the defeat of a vote for a United Nations inquiry.

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images UNITED NATIONS — What to do with Sri Lanka? The island nation, triumphant after nearly three decades of war against ethnic separatists, has vexed the United Nations. Five years after the war’s brutal ending, the world body has been unable to address grave human rights violations committed by the

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Reprisals against HRDs in Sri Lanka: Civil Society Organisations accused by state broadcaster for their appeal to UNHRC

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

  Sri Lanka Briefing Note, Special Topic 8/2 – 10 March 2014 In its 8 PM prime time news bulletin on 06 March 2014 the state controlled Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation accused 24 Civil Society organisations in the country for issuing the JOINT CIVIL SOCIETY MEMORANDUM TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY    As

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International action being called for today, is a consequence of the Rajapaksa Government’s paralysis on addressing grave crimes committed in this country: UNP

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

“This crisis Sri Lanka faces internationally is not, as the Government would prefer the people believe, an international conspiracy or petty jealousy against the Sri Lankan state for defeating terrorism,” the UNP pointed out. The statement said the UNP had repeatedly appealed to the Government to address the allegations raised in the international arena with

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UNP slams govt, service providers over internet censorship

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

The United National Party today expressed deep concern over reports that state owned and private internet service providers are now “colluding with the repressive Rajapaksa regime” to curtail the freedom of information even further in Sri Lanka. “After years of using violence, intimidation and coercion to silence Sri Lanka’s mainstream media, the regime has turned

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Let the U.N. Unmask the Criminals of Sri Lanka’s War

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

BRUSSELS — IN early 2009, as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the final days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, having been herded into an area about the size of Central Park and subjected to relentless shelling. No one has been held accountable for these crimes, and even now the government in Colombo remains

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Geneva: Be substantive, not combative

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

Slowly but surely, the dreaded United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions have stealthily crept up. A resolution against Sri Lanka — sponsored by the US and promoted by Britain and India — is on the cards this month. With the solitary backing of China from among the big and powerful nations, it would be

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U.N. resolution makes us uncomfortable: Rajapaksa

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

By Meera Srinivasan Expressing Sri Lanka’s discomfort with the United States-sponsored resolution to come up in Geneva in a month, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday said: “We are uncomfortable with the whole resolution…there should not be a resolution at all.” He was addressing members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association, a couple of days

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