November 2014

Govt. appeals against EU Court Order

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ravi Ladduwahetty The Government has appealed against the lifting of the restrictions on the LTTE by the European Union Court of.Justice, Cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the weekly news conference yesterday. He said that the government did not do it directly but it was through some “other sources” which he did not divulge. He also said the LTTE being proscribed was mere eyewash. Some of the Western countries, which had proscribed the LTTE, did not utter a whimper at the time the pro-LTTE members carried placards and photographs of late LTTE Leader Prabhakaran when President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited those countries as the Head of State, Rambukwella noted. Our position is quite clear and we have gone to a higher Court, he […]

President instructs officials to get EU ban on fish exports removed

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (30) has instructed the relevant officials to do a thorough study on the European Union’s ban of Sri Lanka’s fishery products exports and get the ban removed. The President also instructed the Navy to assist in preventing illegal fishermen entering the Sri Lankan seas and to curb the use of illegal equipment for fishing. He gave these instructions at a discussion held with the representatives of Fishermen Associations at Temple Trees on Thursday. The fishermen’s representatives at the meeting have presented their grievances to the President for consideration. The President has advised the Minister of Fisheries to prepare a proper program to purchase fish productions from the Fisheries Corporation at a certified price and as a relief to the fishermen […]

Missing Persons Commission needs MORE TEETH

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

Missing Persons Commission needs  By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The United Nations Human Rights Committee, in its fifth periodic report on Sri Lanka, adopted that the State should ensure the rights of families to know the location or status of disappeared persons, by ensuring that the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints regarding Missing Persons and other relevant bodies are provided with adequate legal powers as well as human, technical and financial resources to operate in an independent, timely and effective manner, that ensures adequate witness protection. The Committee released its concluding observation at the 3,126th meeting (CCPR/C/SR3126), held on the 27 October 2014. The Committee report, under the title ‘Enforced disappearances’, stated that the State party has established a Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints regarding Missing […]

Cosmetic Fixes: Sri Lanka’s Poor Progress on Human Rights

1st November 2014 // 0 Comments

THE SOUTH ASIA CHANNEL Cosmetic Fixes: Sri Lanka’s Poor Progress on Human Rights Sri Lanka’s twenty-six-year civil war was a brutal conflict that pitted the Sri Lankan government forces against the Tamil Tigers, a group that fought for a separate state in the country’s northern and eastern provinces. Though the government defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, Sri Lanka’s post-war situation is headed in the wrong direction. Since that time, the international community’s engagement with the island nation has been variegated. Unfortunately, much of the criticism Sri Lanka has received about ‘accountability’ for alleged atrocities committed during the civil war and an end to ongoing human rights abuses on the island has not made the situation any better. One could also argue that the […]

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