Is India washing its hands off Sri Lankan Tamils?

To say that the political decimation of the parties that claim to speak for the Sri Lankan Tamils has been completed is an understatement. It was a rout. The Tamil National Alliance was all but swept away in the unprecedented flood of support that marked the return of the Rajapaksas to pre-eminence in the Sri Lankan polity. But what was equally remarkable was the swiftness with which Prime Minister Narendra Modi called to congratulate the Sri Lankan leader, even as parliamentary poll results were coming in on August 7. It…

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India is committed to full implementation of 13th Amendment but NOT Srilanka.

A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) called on the Indian High Commissioner, Gopal Baglay, here on Friday. The High Commissioner congratulated the TNA for its performance at the recent general elections. He reiterated India’s longstanding position on peace and reconciliation and the full implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution which had created elected Provincial Councils in the nine provinces of the island nation with a modicum of devolved powers. The 13A came as a result of the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987. Though elected…

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Economic sanctions on Sri Lanka not in UK’s interest

     Economic sanctions on Sri Lanka are not in the interests of his country, and movers of a UN resolution are expecting progress which would make such questions redundant, UK’s envoy to Colombo said. “Sanctions are not currently an issue,” High Commissioner (ambassador) John Rankin told an LBR-LBO CEO forum on meeting the challenges of a resolution on Sri Lanka by UN’s Human Rights Council. “First, because the Human Rights Council does not have the power or mandate to impose sanctions. And to the best of my knowledge no…

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British MPs calls for sanctions on Sri Lanka

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) in the UK has called upon Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to implement sanctions against senior Sri Lankan officials. In their letter dated 12 August 2020 the Foreign Secretary to Raab, the APPGT emphasises that the UK has maintained a “longstanding commitment to accountability and reconciliation.” This letter follows the announcement from the UK of a new sanctions regime which includes sanctions against two high-ranking military generals in Myanmar. Read Letter

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What Gotabaya’s Presidency Will Mean for Tamil Politics

The Tamil nationalist demand for autonomy has therefore never been indifferent to the problems of development but has always in part been justified as a means to development on the basis that Sinhala majoritarian rule was intentionally impoverishing the Tamil-speaking peoples. The pro-government Tamil parties that stood at the election therefore all accepted the legitimacy of Tamil nationalist grievances but pledged that cooperation with the state would result in economic benefits, which, as some argued, would be a precursor to a resolution of the political conflict. Ankajan Ramanathan, the successful…

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With the 20A whither goest Lanka

Since then the main parties and others have repeatedly pledged that the Executive Presidential System should and would be abolished. The 19th Amendment moved by the Yahapalanaya government in 2015 significantly reduced the powers of the Executive President especially his power to dissolve parliament at any time and to appoint cabinet ministers, the Chief Justice, the Inspector General of Police and other top officials.  On Wednesday the Cabinet approved the 20th Amendment which will restore full powers to the President, giving him the right to appoint cabinet ministers, the chief…

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How Have I Provoked Anyone?

By C.V. Wigneswaran – Justice C.V. Wigneswaran MP Someone asked me; Justice Wigneswaran! you have been a Supreme Court Judge. You have been a Chief Minister. You were much respected during the time you held these offices. After becoming a Member of Parliament you have suddenly become provocative. Why? Are you getting ready for the Provincial Council Election? My answer was; I am amused! How have I provoked anyone? I simply made a statement which is a historical truth like saying the Buddha was born a Hindu. However much you argue you cannot…

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