Sri Lanka-Pakistan ties on a new footing following Imran Khan’s visit

By P.K.Balachandran The two-day visit of the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Sri Lanka, which concluded on Wednesday, has put Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations on a higher footing. Besides the traditional defense and security ties, which will be enhanced, the relationship may acquire a strong economic basis, and Pakistan may become a factor in Lankan Muslim politics. Imran’s intercession on the issue of the burial of the COVID-19 dead, might result in government’s lifting the ban on it, thus bringing the curtains down on the bitter conflict between the State…

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Reconcile!! It will never happen Says Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Adm.Jayanath Colambage

By Meera Srinivasan Seeking India’s “proactive” support at the UN Human Rights Council, where a resolution on Sri Lanka will be soon put to vote, the Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “India cannot abandon us”. “If the world is one family, as your Foreign Minister has said, then we are immediate family, isn’t it,” Admiral Jayanath Colombage (retired) said, citing External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s reference to ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ in his recent address to the Council. The Foreign Secretary, a former Navy Commander, spoke to The…

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Support us or? Sri Lanka attempting “to play Pakistan Vs India”

The Foreign Secretary, a former Navy Commander, spoke to The Hindu on Sri Lanka’s prospects at the ongoing session in Geneva, Indo-Lanka relations, Colombo’s broader foreign policy choices, and strategy for reconciliation from “within”, and regional cooperation. Sri Lanka, Mr. Colombage said, would be “very uncomfortable” if countries in the region did not extend support in Geneva. He expressed hope that India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh — who are among members of the current Council — will back Sri Lanka, since the countries had similarities, “are battling COVID-19 and facing…

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More Army men involved in narcotics racket

More Sri Lanka Army personnel are involved in transporting drugs from the South of the country to Colombo, Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) said.  A Senior PNB Officer noted preparations are underway to arrest a Corporal of the Army connected to this drug smuggling ring. This information was revealed when questioning a Lance Corporal, who was arrested by the Panadura Anti-Vice Narcotics Squad recently, with 43 kg of drugs worth approximately Rs 450 million.  It was further revealed the drugs had been transported into the country via the Southern coast. Additionally,…

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21 countries (Russia, China, Pakistan ..)have spoken in favour of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC so far, and that is an achievement.

.  Foreign Minister Gunawardena said, 21 countries have spoken in favour of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC so far, and that is an achievement.  However, the Sri Lankan Government wants the UK-led Core Group’s resolution completely revoked.  He also said the US has also posed questions to the UNHRC. He added the resolution on Sri Lanka is not fair.  The UNHRC session traditionally goes up to four weeks, and would end by 19 March 2021. On Monday (1 March) an informal meeting between the member States will take place.  Gunawardena…

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In Geneva, India Signals to Sri Lanka that Support in UNHRC Is Not a Given

He then noted that India’s position rested on two pillars. The first was support for Sri Lanka’s unity and territorial integrity. Commitment to Sri Lankan Tamils’ aspirations for “equality, justice, peace and dignity” was the second pillar, said the Indian diplomat.  India declared that these were “not either-or choices”. “We believe that respecting the rights of the Tamil community, including through meaningful devolution, contributes directly to the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka. Therefore, we advocate that delivering on the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil community is in the best…

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UNHCR Should Focus On The Sovereignty Of The Oppressed Not Of The Oppressors

By Ranjith C. Perera – Ranjith C. Perera Most countries when confronted with human right violations in their countries they hide behind the ‘sovereignty’ principle of the UNHRC. Most recent case is the report on human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government. Besides the human rights questions related to 30 year civil war, 2021 preliminary report sent to Sri Lanka, it is reported prominent charges have been raised on the 20th constitutional amendment, military appointments to civil administration etc by the new government that came into power one year ago. According to media…

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Lanka’s (Executioner) Ambassador In Geneva Set To Align With World’s Worst Human Rights Violators

However Sri Lanka’s ambassador took the floor in support of Eritrea. Candauda Chandraprema said the Council should limit its interventions to the Universal Periodic Review, a once in four years review of each UN country. Sri Lanka criticized country specific actions on Eritrea and called on the UN not to interfere into internal affairs of countries. Eritrea’s government remains one of the world’s most repressive, subjecting its population to widespread forced labour and conscription, imposing restrictions on freedom of expression, opinion, and faith, and restricting independent scrutiny by international monitors.…

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UNHRC sessions: What Lanka should have done

The United Nations Human Rights Council is in session and Sri Lanka is among the countries that have come before its scanner. It is a slur on Sri Lanka’s reputation when it is being lumped together with big time human rights violators such as Israel, Syria and North Korea, with member-state after member-state taking the floor to act like prosecutor, the jury and the judge.  They do so as though they have not done any sins.There is no motto to adore the UNHRC’s dove and olive branch logo, which, together with…

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UNHRC sessions: What Lanka should have done

In 2009, Amnesty International published a book titled “Twenty Years of Make-Believe – Sri Lanka’s Commissions of Inquiry” which was highly critical of the incumbent and past governments of the country for their handling of human rights. And as the very title of the book suggests the Amnesty International decried the intention of past governments of Sri Lanka in appointing commissions.  http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/Commission-report-Back-to-square-one/172-206647 more

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SL has Human Rights standard of China

China has commended the government of Sri Lanka for its efforts to actively promote and protect human rights, advance sustainable economic and social development, improve people’s living standard, protect the rights of the vulnerable groups, advance national reconciliation and combat terrorism. Chinese Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador CHEN Xu extended China’s strong support to Sri Lanka in his official statement in the Interactive Dialogue on the OHCHR Report on Sri Lanka during the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council.  The full text of the statement: http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/China-commends-SL-for-promoting-and-protecting-human-rights/108-206663 more

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US calls for strategy & timetable to implement OHCHR report’s recommendations on SL

United States has urged Sri Lanka to make public a strategy and timetable for the implementation of recommendations in the report compiled by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Daniel Kronenfeld of the US mission in Geneva informed the UN Human Rights Council that the United States shares the concerns of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka. His remarks came during the Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s presentation of Sri Lanka yesterday (February 25). “We thank High Commissioner Bachelet…

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UN to act on report despite objections

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to implement recommendations in a report tabled at the UN Human Rights Council, despite objections raised by Sri Lanka. The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-nashif said that the report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, which was formally tabled at the Council on Wednesday, was amended to include changes after talks with the Sri Lankan Government. She said that the final document was delayed by three weeks after Sri Lanka…

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Prince Charles ‘nearly drew blood’ laughing in Sri Lanka & was taken to underpant factory

PRINCE CHARLES, 72, has been all over the world on behalf of the Royal Family. Not all royal visits have gone smoothly, however, with a state visit to Sri Lanka proving very chaotic indeed, as one author detailed. “‘Have you got your bullet-proof vests?’ he joked to the accompanying press pack (some of whom actually had). “No sooner had the flight touched down that the dramas – and comedy – began on the Colombo tarmac. “The Sri Lankan artillery unit performing the twenty-one-gun salute to welcome the Prince inadvertently managed…

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Tamil politics is taking a new direction- The Pottuvil to Polikandi pada yatra

by Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan For some time now the Tamil political parties and the Tamil polity have been looking to the international community to settle their problems. Thus much reliance has been placed on the Human Rights Council’s resolutions and the Geneva processes. Although this is one avenue it is not the only one. The international processes are also dependant on geo politics and the national interests of the states that are represented in these organizations and hence one cannot always expect a favourable outcome. On the other hand, when…

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Who is Lying? SL President or US Ambassador?

President Rajapaksa’s Office Strongly Denies Allegation by Ex- US Ambassador for War Crimes and Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp that Gotabaya as Def Secy had admitted to Killing LTTE Surrendees saying ““I killed them, I killed them, I killed them,” “I Killed Them, I Killed Them”: Ex-US War Crimes Ambassador Says Gota Told Him About Surrendering LTTE Leaders Former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes and Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp recalled during a webinar on Friday (12) that then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had admitted to killing LTTE leaders after they surrendered…

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What If There Is A Showdown In Geneva?

By Kumar David – Prof. Kuma David Within five days of your reading this the UNHRC Sessions will commence in Geneva. It is still not certain how the battle-lines on the Sri Lanka confrontation will unfold. Thinking, at this moment seems to be that the Core Group (UK, Canada, Germany and two small nations) will table a tough resolution on the lines of Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s damning report and that it will likely have the support of the new US Administration. Without US backing the stance of the Core Group will be a damp…

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Post-P2P, Pre-Geneva: The GR Regime’s Zero-Option Offer To The Tamils

Prof Rohan Gunaratna’s bottom-line can be credibly taken as the Gotabaya presidency’s bottom-line: “After the military defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, Sri Lankans are unwilling to devolve land, police and financial powers to the provinces.” Police powers are controversial and can be introduced in phases, linked to the behavior of the Provincial Council, but what meaning can devolution possibly have without some substantive measure of the devolution of land and financial powers to the provinces? Since the 13th amendment already devolves such powers to the provinces, does Gunaratna’s disclosure…

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SL will not backtrack on a decision to give three renewable power projects to China

The Government yesterday said it will not backtrack on a decision to give three renewable power projects to Chinese companies, despite disapproval expressed by India.  Cabinet Co-Spokesman Udaya Gammanpila told the weekly briefing that Power Minister Dullas Allahaperuma had not presented an alternative proposal requesting a change.  “Therefore, the previous decision of the Cabinet stands. There has been no change,” he said.  The Cabinet of Ministers on 18 January approved three renewable power plants on Delft Island, Analativu and Nainativu. India lodged a diplomatic protest with Sri Lanka over the…

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SL to tender home-grown resolution that will never grow.

GoSL and Core Group to go separate ways  Gaps in GoSL needs and Core Group hopes: Sumanthiran  The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the “Core Group of Countries for Sri Lanka” are likely to go on divergent paths at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Session in Geneva, with all signs pointing to a home-grown resolution by Sri Lanka.  Co-Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana told The Morning yesterday (16) that indications are that a home-grown resolution from the Government would be submitted at the session to be held next week…

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