D-Day for SL at UNHRC as Govt. prepares to withdraw from resolutions

Minister Gunawardena to address UNHRC today Will announce Govt.’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of Resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1 Will brief UNHRC High Commissioner on Govt. decision on Friday Will assure Govt.’s commitment to continue working with UN bodies Written update on SL’s progress on commitments to be presented to UNHRC on Thursday United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva By Chandani Kirinde All eyes will be on Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena as he addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council today, in a statement expected to announce…

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How fear set in overnight in Sri Lanka

It took years for Sandya Ekneligoda to get a real investigation into the disappearance of her husband, a political cartoonist in Sri Lanka. But when a new president was elected by a large majority last November and a key officer investigating the case transferred, she realised things would change. The BBC’s Anbarasan Ethirajan reports from the other side of a political watershed. About an hour into our conversation at her home outside Colombo, Sandya Ekneligoda glanced outside. “By this time the police would have been informed that you were here…

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Navigating Geneva with national, not political, interests

BY HARIM PEIRIS The bi-annual sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, is due to begin this week and will run through the month of March. Leading Sri Lanka’s delegation to the high-level segment would be Minister of Foreign Affairs, (Dinesh Gunawardena, and according to press reports, accompanied by Minsters Mahinda Samarasinghe and Nimal Siripala de Silva. Reportedly the Government is seeking to pull out of UN Resolution 30/1 and the underlying factors, relevant to this important issue deserve to be examined carefully. International belligerence for…

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Gota’s Meritocracy: Avant Garde Gun-Smuggler Nissanka Senadhipathi Co-Opted For Govt. Social Service Projects

Sending a clear signal to the judiciary, the Government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has launched social service programmes with the main accused in a major arms trafficking case and notorious ex-army major Nissanka Senadhipathi. Senadhipathi and eight others have been served indictments by the Attorney General on multiple charges of gun-running and corruption, with trial set to begin by May 2020. Senadhipathi is the main suspect in the case. He evaded arrest late last year, by fleeing to Singapore for “medical treatment” the night before he was to be taken into custody. In…

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President Rajapaksa who Will never Deliver

By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera The government’s inability to obtain the support of the ethnic and religious minorities was visible in the outcome of the presidential election. The popular vote in the districts in which the minority communities predominated went overwhelmingly to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s main challenger, Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa. At his swearing in ceremony, President Rajapaksa was straightforward enough to acknowledge this reality. He said he had been elected president on the votes of the ethnic majority. But in a statesmanlike manner he promised to govern as the president of all…

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