5th October 2016

Promotion of minority rights critical in Sri Lanka says UN

5th October 2016 // 0 Comments

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016 to assess the current situation of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in the country. “Experience has shown that the recognition and promotion of minority rights are critical, if not requisite, in achieving long-lasting peace and reconciliation, particularly in countries such as Sri Lanka that were once divided by ethnic conflicts,” noted the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise in the field of minority rights globally.  “Considering the long-standing grievances that were at the roots of the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka, any efforts towards accountability and reconciliation must include […]

Parliament questions alleged statement by Wigneswaran

5th October 2016 // 0 Comments

Parliament today raised questions over a statement allegedly made by Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran. Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena a known sinhala hardliner who had supported the killing of thousands of Tamil civilians said that Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran had made a statement which is a threat to the unity in the country. Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran was reported to have said that Sinhalese communities must not be settled in Tamil dominated areas in the North, nor should Buddhist Temples be created. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will make a statement on the controversy which arose over the alleged statement made by Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran at a protest rally in Jaffna recently. However Kiriella […]