15th May 2016

Britain and Sri Lanka at anti-corruption summit

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It was to be the mother of all international anti-corruption summits. Last week’s one-day meeting in London attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, one of 11 heads of State or government participating, was to be the high point of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s personal crusade against corruption. But despite all of No. 10, Downing Street hoopla, the summit seemed to fall off the launch pad just as the attempts of a group of Sri Lankans to protest against President Sirisena’s treatment of the Mahinda Rajapaksa clan and perceived injustices. They gathered outside Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat. It was the wrong day and the wrong place. The new Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland was holding a pre-summit conference on a similar theme at […]

No action against ministerial crooks in MAHINDA Regime

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha Legal action had been delayed in relation to 43 files sent by the FCID to the Attorney General for legal advice. “These files are related to investigations into serious financial frauds committed by Ministers, MPs and relations of those in the former Mahinda Rajapaksa regime”, a senior spokesman for the Attorney General’s Department told Ceylon Today. The spokesman said that all files sent by the FCID are re-checked by Senior Additional Solicitor General Kapila Vaidyaratna, head of the Criminal Division. However, the Department was delaying action in connection with Ministers and MPs of the Rajapaksa regime although there is evidence against them. Only several civil society activists like Uduve Dhammaloka Thero have been indicted to date,he said. “We cannot understand the reasons for […]

Seven years on: Fresh challenges ahead

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By Easwaran Rutnam As the country, this week, celebrates seven years since the end of the war the government has fresh challenges ahead. One key challenge is convincing the UN Human Rights Council that the accountability process is moving forward.  The Human Rights Council will meet next month for its 32nd session and Sri Lanka will be on the agenda. The council will be briefed on the state of the progress made so far by the government to meet its commitments to the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the council last year. Convincing the council, will however not be that easy. The diaspora and civil society will put pressure on the council to ensure the government does not play the “buying more time” game. […]

Will Referendum bring Peace to Tamil Conflict in Sri Lanka? New York Conference with International experts.

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Will Referendum bring Peace to Tamil Conflict in Sri Lanka? New York Conference with International experts. Experts from Kosovo, East-Timor, South Sudan, Quebec and other countries. Event on May 14th. Several internationally renowned experts from Kosovo, South Sudan, East-Timor, Quebec and other countries are participating in a conference in New York on May 14th to discuss whether holding a Referendum is the best solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in Sri Lanka. The participants will share their experiences in holding referendums in their countries as a means to find political solution and whether it will be a viable initiative to bring permanent and lasting solution to the protracted Tamil conflict in Sri Lanka. The Tamil conflict in Sri Lanka is dragging on for over sixty […]