25th June 2016

Lankan among 45 wanted individuals arrested in the US

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A Sri Lankan is among 45 foreign fugitives – all subjects of active Interpol notices for individuals wanted in connection with criminal activity – who were arrested across the United States this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and the U.S. Marshals Service. Arrests occurred nationwide during the three-day enforcement operation June 21 to 23, the US Department of Homeland Security said today. Pothuvilage Ushan Bernard Karunaratne, 38, of Sri Lanka was arrested on June 21 in Fort Worth, Texas. An Interpol red notice has been issued on him from Sri Lanka for fraud. “Project Red II” targeted individuals with Interpol red notices and others wanted for serious crimes within Interpol member countries. A red notice serves as […]

Lankan Tamil Press Loses Faith In UNHRC’s Commitment to Rendering Justice

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Samantha Power, US envoy to UN, visits office of Uthayan daily in Jaffna. (EPS) COLOMBO: The Tamil press in Sri Lanka, which was very hopeful that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would render justice to Tamil victims of Eelam War IV, has now lost faith in the international body’s commitment to the goals it had set for itself in the resolution it passed in  September-October 2015. Despite strong and continued interest in securing international support for the Lankan Tamil cause,  the Tamil press showed “little optimism” that the on-going 32nd session of the UNHRC will yield tangible positive outcomes, says Verite Research in its bulletin on local media coverage of prominent Lankan issues in the past week. “Low expectations were also reflected in Tamil […]

Testing time for govt and TNA relations

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BY Manekshaw Prior to 2015 the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who was then in the Opposition had joined hands and met several Tamil diaspora organizations abroad to seek their support to overthrow the Mahinda Rajapakse regime. They even succeeded significantly in gaining the support of some of the prominent Tamil diapsora organizations such as the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and British Tamil Forum (BTF) in ‘torpedoing’ the Rajapaksa regime. So with the coalition of the TNA, the new government with the commitment of good governance in the country was formed with the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the new regime in return extended its support in making the TNA the main […]

British Council runs ‘Rivers of the world’ programme in Sri Lanka

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Director Thames Festival Trust and Tevinda Thempana Programmes Officer British Council Adrian Evans with students of Asoka College Colombo ‘Rivers of the world’, which is part of the Connecting Classrooms programme and the flagship arts and education project of the Thames Festival Trust delivered in partnership with the British Council. Sri Lanka has been involved in this project for two years and six schools taking part. The project enables young people to explore, celebrate and share their local environment, learn about other cultures and engage with global issues. It also provides fantastic opportunities for pupils to work with talented professional artists to create amazing pieces of art work for public display on the bank of the River Thames for six weeks. As a part of […]

Brexit to hit Lanka hard

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The country’s economists and exporters predicted that in the wake of Britain’s exit from the European Union {EU}, Sri Lanka would face negative consequences across the board in many areas. On June 24, the British public in an epoch-making referendum voted in favour of moving out of the EU, prompting speculation fuelled by incumbent Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron himself that he would step down, paving the way for a change of the guard as early as October this year. Head of the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo, Prof. Ven. W. Wimalaratana said that the Brexit, which he deemed was a divorce of sorts, which would cause an initial shock in the markets in the short term […]

Trust Takes Years To Build, Seconds To Break, Forever To Repair

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“Don’t judge us by the broken promises, experiences and U-turns of the past…. My plea to you Ladies and Gentlemen, is trust us and join us to work together and create the momentum required to move forward and take progressive, meaningful and transformative steps to create a new Sri Lanka.” – Yet another remarkable speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in September 2015 and speech that all it was, it seems. Barely four months since that speech and Government of Sri Lanka internationally committing by co-sponsoring Resolution A/HRC/30/L.29 in Geneva, the U-turn came in spectacular fashion from the highest authority in the country, the President himself. The President had said foreign judges and prosecutors should not be involved […]

Bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against SriLanka

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Click this link to sign the petition “Take the lead in bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against SriLanka” https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures/18992095/verify/EwHPZ3LSD3FnfndQUGyv Thanks, The Petitions team UK Government and Parliament PetitionTake the lead in bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against SriLanka We the undersigned urge the British government to take the lead in bringing internationally mandated prosecutions against former and serving officials of the Sri Lankan state for the crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Tamils.         More details         Sign this petition Show on a map 10,000 At 10,000 signatures… At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition At 100,000 signatures… At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament Share this petition Facebook […]