11th January 2017

Mahinda and JO engaged Lankans in USA against Hillary becoming President

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Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardene in an interview with the Dailymirror, speaks about the status of economy, future challenges and the global situation. He shared the following: Q How do you analyse the end result of the implementation of the current budgetary provisions? If you look at the country’s status of economy in 2017 from an objective and economic point of view, you can foresee a number of challenges lying ahead. One is the drastic depreciation of the rupee value posing a threat to economic stability. Secondly, the fast dwindling of the country’s foreign reserves is there. It is a challenge for the government to strengthen the reserves from the current level. Thirdly, the unprecedented rise of interest rates is a problem. As for the […]

European Commission decides to restore GSP+ trade access for Sri Lanka

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ECONOMYNEXT – The European Commission Wednesday said it proposed the European Union remove import duties on Sri Lankan products, restoring GSP Plus trade access to the island’s biggest export market. “These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries,” it said in a statement. The European Parliament and the Council have now up to four months to raise potential objections before the measures become effective. “Granting access to the GSP+ scheme does not mean that the situation of the beneficiary country with respect to the 27 international conventions is fully satisfactory,” the EC statement said. “Instead, it offers the incentive of increased trade access in return for […]

Sri Lanka: Adopt Task Force’s Justice Proposals

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Consultations Highlight Broad Accountability Concerns (New York) – Sri Lanka’s government should promptly implement recommendations on transitional justice proposed by the Consultation Task Force (CTF) in a report released on January 3, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The report reflects the first broad survey of Sri Lankan citizens on their aspirations for truth and justice, as called for by the October 2015 resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Key among the task force’s recommendations is the creation of a war crimes court comprised of both international and national judges and other officials, with no time limit on its jurisdiction. Support for this court included ethnic Sinhalese, whose population suffered thousands of enforced disappearances three decades ago for which there has been […]

Foreign participation in war crimes probe reiterated

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Having repeatedly assured the country that the change of government, in January, 2015, had ended the likelihood of foreign participation in proposed war crimes inquiry, the yahapalana government struggled to cope up with a report released by its own outfit, headed by attorney-at-law, Mrs Manouri Muttetuwegama. The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM) called for full participation of foreign judges, and other personnel, including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. Mrs Muttetuwegama delivered the report to the, Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, on January 3, 2017, at the Presidential Secretariat. The CTFRM released the report on the eve of the third anniversary of President Maithripala […]

CBK calls for talks on foreign judges et al on judicial mechanism

11th January 2017 // 0 Comments

by Shamindra Ferdinando Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has called for extensive discussions on far reaching recommendations, including the participation of foreign judges and other personnel in proposed war crimes probe, made by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation (CTFRM). The outfit also called for abolition of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), demilitarization of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, bifurcation of the Attorney General’s Department to pave the way for Office of Public Prosecutor among other proposals. Kumaratunga was responding to a query by The Island at a media briefing at the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA), Janadhipathi Mawatha, Col. 1, yesterday. Chairperson of Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Kumaratunga said the decision on CTFRM recommendations could be taken following discussions. The […]

NOW China seeks clarity from Mahinda on opposition to deal

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China has sought clarity from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his opposition to the Hambantota deal. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, met Rajapaksa today and discuss matters related to the Hambantota port and investment zone.  The meeting took place at Rajapaksa’s official residence and Rajapaksa’s office said that he informed the Chinese envoy the opposition cannot agree to the proposal to allocate 15,000 acres of land in Hambantota to a foreign country. China is funding an investment zone in Hambantota and a Chinese company is to operate the Hambantota port. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka ex-President says Hambantota port deal worst alternative ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa says a decision to sell 80 percent of Hambantota Port to China for 99-year is […]

Implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms

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PRESS STATEMENT 11 February 2017, London  Global Tamil Forum calls on the Sri Lankan Government to faithfully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) welcomes the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) released on January 3, 2017 and calls on the Sri Lankan government to fully implement these recommendations. We wish to congratulate the eleven-member panel headed by senior lawyer Manouri Muttetuwegama, who after exhaustive, countrywide consultations conducted over a year, have come up with a unanimous report. The fact that the panel members come from all communities and their consultations reflect aspirations and apprehensions of victims from different communities, gives us hope that the Sri Lankan society, at last, can transcend […]