15th September 2017

Will the Chinese build a colony in Sri Lanka?

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China emerging as a big player among the global investors in Sri Lanka raises concerns which the island nation should reflect on closely. As much as Sri Lanka needs to keep ends warm with India, the same approach is needed in its dealings with China, the biggest investor in the island. A huge work force from China is at present on Sri Lankan soil. They are at present working along with Sri Lankans at work sites and only time will tell whether the islanders will adopt the work ethics and commitment shown by the Chinese, when given a task. When expatriate workers seek employment they also consider other factors like entertainment But there are concerns that a prolonged stay by the Chinese here may give […]

Why “Eliya” and Gota are wrong about post war reforms

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The new kid on the block of the Rajapaksa return project is the supremely ill named “Eliya” meaning “light” organisation headed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, whose stated intent is to oppose the proposed post war reforms of the Unity Government. At its recent launch with all the usual suspects of the Joint Opposition and their sundry cheer leaders in attendance, the arguments put forward were essentially the same old tired and hackneyed, fear mongering and paranoia which had been conclusively rejected by the people at two elections in January and August 2015. Essentially there is no new argument, no new shrill screams of paranoia which were not made in 2015, that are being made now. After all, then candidate Sirisena was called a foreign agent, an […]

UK General Medical Council rejects SAITM medical qualification

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The General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK has rejected the medical qualification offered by the South Asian Institute of Technology (SAITM) in Malabe. GMC, the independent regulator of doctors in the UK, has rejected medical qualifications from 11 universities around the world, including SAITM. “If your medical school is on this list you will not be able to apply to sit the PLAB test or for registration. This approach reflects our primary duty to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public in the UK. A decision to place a medical school on this list is not taken lightly. We only do so following a full investigation and where we conclude that it is the most appropriate course of action in light of our main […]

FT journalist killed by crocodile while washing his hands in Sri Lankan lagoon

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A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile whilst washing his hands in a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends. Paul McClean, 24, an Oxford University graduate, is believed to have wandered off from friends in order to go to the toilet, before being ambushed by the reptile as he dipped his hands in the water. He is said to have been seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under water at a lagoon known as Crocodile Rock, located just just minutes from a popular surfing beach. It is believed Mr McClean had only arrived in the country within the last few days and was staying at a nearby hotel with a group of friends. Raised […]

UNHRC members urged to press Sri Lanka to meet targets

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United Nations member countries at the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva should press Sri Lanka to promptly meet the targets of the council’s October 2015 resolution for transitional justice, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. HRW said Sri Lanka should put forward a time-bound and specific implementation plan on the four transitional justice mechanisms it agreed to establish as pledged in the resolution The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid al Ra’ad Hussein, in his opening remarks at the council on September 11, 2017, highlighted Sri Lanka’s lack of progress, and called on the Government to realize that its obligations are not a mere “box-ticking exercise to placate the council but as an essential undertaking to address the rights of all its people.” “Governments at the Human Rights […]

Sri Lanka: 2 Years On, Scant Progress on UN Resolution

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Human Rights Council Should Seek Timeline for Action (Geneva, September 14, 2017) – United Nations member countries at the Human Rights Council in Geneva should press Sri Lanka to promptly meet the targets of the council’s October 2015 resolution for transitional justice, Human Rights Watch said today. Sri Lanka should put forward a time-bound and specific implementation plan on the four transitional justice mechanisms it agreed to establish as pledged in the resolution. The UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid al Ra’ad Hussein, in his opening remarks at the councilon September 11, 2017, highlighted Sri Lanka’s lack of progress, and called on the government to realize that its obligations are not a mere “box-ticking exercise to placate the council but as an essential undertaking to address […]

Sri Lanka’s OMP welcomed by foreign missions with call for ‘credible commissioners’

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Sri Lanka’s OMP welcomed by foreign missions with call for ‘credible commissioners’  The signing of a gazette to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has been welcomed by the US, EU and Canada on Wednesday, with calls for “credible commissioners” to be swiftly appointed. The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said the move was an “important step forward” for advancing reconciliation. “A well-funded and robust OMP with independent & well qualified commissioners will give hope to families from all communities who seek answers,” he tweeted. The European Union said operationalising the OMP was “an important and welcome development” and that it hopes “credible commissioners can be recruited quickly”. Canada reacted by stating it was an “important & positive step for victims”. The […]