27th June 2016

Brexit: Are The UK Universities & The Research Sector The Biggest Casualty?

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By W.A Wijewardena – Dr W.A Wijewardena British voters choosing for leaving EU In the recently-held referendum, the British people decided by 52 to 48 that Britain should leave the European Union. In popular jargon, this was a choice in favour of Brexit or Britain’s Exit from EU. However, Brexit was fought on emotional grounds rather than on hard core economics or political realities. Given the track record of British voters in the past, many had expected that they would go for a rational choice. That rational choice required them to compare the costs and benefits of Brexit before making their choice. The material placed before the voters by campaigners for remaining in EU too had urged them to make their choice considering the enormous […]

UNHCR Resolution: Tamil Civil Society Forum Wants International Community To Be Wary Of Sri Lankan Government

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The Tamil Civil Society Forum today warned the international community that the ‘unwarranted praise and promotion’ of the Sri Lankan Government from certain powerful sections of the International Community, can result in the Government withdrawing from its obligations under the UNHCR resolution. TCSF Convener – Bishop of Mannar, Dr. Rayappu Joseph In a statement issued today, the Tamil Civil Society also claimed that the Sri Lankan Government believes that if it successfully handles and appeases the interests of different sections of the International Community, it can escape from the obligations laid out in the UNHRC resolution. “We hope that the High Commissioner will unequivocally identify the fundamental transgressions in the approach of the Government to the resolution thus far and further appropriately advice member-states of […]

Sri Lanka’s Brexit Hour Still To Come

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By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera The Sri Lankan government goes into the current session of the UN Human Rights Council with several accomplishments to show. These are primarily at the level of change of spirit and less as concrete changes that can be quantified. It is difficult to quantify the impact of the lifting of fear of agents of the state and their associates acting with impunity, of white vans into which people disappear and the attitude of confrontation. But these have transformed life in the country. The passage of the Right to Information lawin Parliament unanimously, without a vote and therefore without division, is an indication that there is broad acceptance in the polity, to which the government gives leadership, that good governance […]

Sri Lanka predicts uncertain economic situation for next 2 years

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COLOMBO, June 27 (Xinhua)– Sri Lankan Central Bank on Monday predicts uncertain economic situation caused by Brexit will last for at least two years in Sri Lanka. The latest report submitted to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said it would take at least two years for the UK to leave the EU as per section 50 of the Lisbon Agreement and, therefore, the global economic crisis that had already begun would last for two years. As 40 percent of Sri Lanka’s exports to Europe go to the UK, with the fall of the pound sterling, Sri Lanka would definitely be affected, the report said. According to the report, Sri Lanka would not get the expected advantages from the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) plus […]

Sirisena in fresh bid to checkmate Mahinda

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By Shamindra Ferdinando In a desperate bid to thwart the formation of a new party led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa- in the run-up to forthcoming local government polls, the SLFP yesterday assured Rajapaksa loyalists nominations. Vast majority of members of dissolved local government bodies have called for the formation of a new alliance under former President Rajapaksa’s leadership. Urging Rajapaksa loyalists to reach an understanding with President Maithripala Sirisena, Irrigation and Water Management Minister Gamini Vijith Vijithamuni Zoysa yesterday said that those who had challenged the new leadership wouldn’t be deprived of nominations. Minister Zoysa said that even an understanding was possible with those facing disciplinary action over various matters.The Moneragala district MP was responding to a query at the weekly media briefing held […]

Sri Lanka to take consent of TNA and war crimes victims on judicial mechanism

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said that the nature and structure of the Judicial Mechanism meant to try cases of war crimes will be decided only after consultations with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the organizations representing the victims. Speaking at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, Samaraweera said: “ There is a certain degree of controversy on how it should be set up and the level of international participation. That will be decided after the consultations are over but all I can say now is whatever we decide upon, we will and must have the approval of the victims. This is not an exercise to please ourselves. So the final contours of the architecture of the courts we […]

‘Tamils in Lanka need a federal solution’

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Northern province CM says would not be satisfied with any accountability mechanism that does not contain foreign judges The grievances of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka can only be addressed through a federal system of governance and the merger of north and eastern provinces, Northern province Chief Minister CV Wignewswaran has said. Wigneswaran said he had conveyed this to the Colombo-based ambassadors including those from the European Union during his recent engagements with them. The Tamil issue should not be seen by the government from the view point of the nationalist extremists in the south, Wigneswaran said in Jaffna. Wigneswaran said that the only solution to the ethnic problem of Tamils is to merge the north and the east and establish a federal government system. […]

‘Blaming Rajapaksa demons for lack of progress is a false pretence’ – GTF spokesperson

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The Sri Lankan government cannot continue to blame members of the former regime for the lack of progress in furthering accountability said the Global Tamil Forum’s spokesperson Suren Surendiran, in a piece published in Colombo Telegraph on Saturday. “Barely four months since [the] 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,” said Mr Surendiran. “As if there wasn’t enough trust deficit between communities in Sri Lanka, this major let down, haemorrhaged the trust of Tamils in the new President and in his new coalition government.” The GTF spokesperson went on to state that there was a “lack of political will and courage demonstrated by the […]

Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don’t

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Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don’t Nirmanusan Balasundaram In October 2015 the government of Sri Lanka co-sponsored, along with the US, a resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, which was adopted at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council. However, this very same government has since been backsliding from implementing its own commitments, promises and obligations made at the UNHRC. In contradiction to the adopted resolution, which called for international involvement, including that of international judges to investigate wartime atrocities during the final stages of the war, Sri Lanka has instead insisted on setting up a domestic-only mechanism. Sri Lanka’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has explicitly ruled outpossibilities for international […]