Head of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka, Ambassador David Daly, speaks to the Daily FT about the bloc’s motivations to rigorously pursue accountability, the promotion of human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, underscoring the need for the Sri Lankan Government to treat the actions at the UN Human Rights Council with the seriousness it deserves. Following are excerpts: Q: What has the EU’s role been in post-war Sri Lanka? A: We have been heavily involved in the post-conflict situation and the post-tsunami situation, with humanitarian aid. We have been shifting our aid program progressively from humanitarian aid, to post conflict, to normal development. We are building 20,000 houses for displaced families; in fact we are looking to see whether we can add to that […]
8th May 2014
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a lawsuit against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) claiming Rs 500 Mn (US $ 3.82 Mn) as compensation. The case has been filed in Colombo District courts by lawyers representing Minister Bathiudeen. The case was filed against the secretary of the BBS, the venerable Galagodaathe Gnanasara after the monk had failed to respond to a letter seeking an apology over some comments he had made against the Minister. “The action was filed at the Colombo District Court against the malicious, false and defamatory remarks that were made by Ven. Galagodaathe Gnanasara thero at a press conference held in Colombo on or around March 20th 2014,” the Minister’s office said. During the Press Conference the monk had said that […]
Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has surrendered to the police in connection to the attack on a group of UNP parlimentarians in Hambantota, which took place a few weeks ago. Police stated that the mayor was released after obtaining a statement on Tuesday night.A special investigation is being carried out into the attack by Galle DIG Gamini Mathurata . Four individuals have been taken into the custody following the attack. Pictures of the Hambantota mayor holding a gun during this incident were published in several newspapers.