Category: Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA: Right to Information will empower the people

Published in The Island on Jan. 24 by Randima Attygalle :: ‘When information which properly belongs to the public is systematically withheld by those in power, the people soon become ignorant of their own affairs, distrustful of those who manage them, and – eventually – incapable of determining their own destinies’- Richard Nixon Be it a parent whose child is...

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SRI LANKA: Open to new approach in Geneva

Published in The Hindu on Jan. 20 :: The new Sri Lankan government will take a different position from the Rajapaksa regime when it comes to dealing with the international community on allegations of human rights violations, visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has told the Indian government. “Our government will take a new approach to the U.N. Human...

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SRI LANKA: Ideas for a Road Map for Truth and Justice in Sri Lanka

Published in the Ground Views on Jan. 19 :: The new year has brought significant changes in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Government face many challenges and opportunities. Reform has been promised and expectations are high. In the wake of the elections, Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka to canonize the country’s first saint was a highlight. Those involved...

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SRI LANKA: An end to culture of retaliation: Transitional justice in Sri Lanka

Published in The Groundviews on Jan. 17 :: “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”—St. Augustine “When will our conscience grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”—Eleanor Roosevelt Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha did not gracefully turn over power to Mr. Maithripala Sirisena after losing the election and step...

SRI LANKA: Working behind the scenes for change in Sri Lanka

Published in The Hindu on Jan. 18 :: A combination of political factors may have led to the defeat of the former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the January 8 polls, but a small group of activist-lawyers may have sowed the seeds of regime change at least two years ago. It all began with the impeachment of Chief Justice...

SRI LANKA: Human Rights Still On The Agenda

Published in The Sunday Leader on Jan. 12 by Megara Tegal :: The human rights issue will remain on Sri Lanka’s agenda despite a new Government taking office. The London based human rights group, Amnesty International said that in spite of the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka in 2009, Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has remained in place. Former...

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SRI LANKA: Ban commends success of Sri Lanka presidential election, peaceful transfer of power

Published in www.un.org on Jan. 09: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Sri Lanka on the successful conclusion of the country’s presidential election, and welcomed the constitutional transfer of power. “The Secretary-General applauds the Sri Lankan Elections Commission for its professionalism in ensuring a peaceful and credible election,” according to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s...

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Interim Statement

Published in www.thecommonwealth.org on Jan. 10:: The Commonwealth Observer Group commends the people of Sri Lanka for the spirit in which they participated in this important election. The high voter turnout of 81.52 per cent reflects positively on the Sri Lankan people’s strong commitment to the democratic process. The Group further commends the key political actors for accepting the results...

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SRI LANKA: New government must make human rights a priority after mostly peaceful vote

Published in www.amnesty.org on Jan. 09 :: Sri Lanka’s new government must urgently address a legacy of pressing human rights issues left by the previous administration, Amnesty International said. Outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa today conceded defeat to the joint opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, who won the presidential poll with 51.3 per cent of the vote according to the official results....