Following article based on the speech made by Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council by Mangala Samaraweera ( February 28, 2017, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) It is an honour for me to be here today at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which I believe … Continue reading Let’s Make Sri Lanka a shining example of Justice — Mangala at UN
( February 27, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “Sri Lankan police Sunday formally denied hunting nationals who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and said their claims to the contrary could have been made to bolster asylum applications,” AFP reported while quoting the Sri Lanka police. Police said they had no interest in the two Sri Lankan men, both asylum-seekers, who in 2013 … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Police Denied “Hong Kong Story”
Can we really expect that success story to be replicated in Sri Lanka? Here the relations between the two major language groups, the Sinhalese and the Tamils, so far from being equable and cooperative have been agonistic – with constant rivalry for scarce resources – and antagonistic to a horrifying extent, resulting in a quarter century civil war which left a hundred thousand dead. by … Continue reading Sri Lanka: 13 A, the Indian model, and the problem of interpellation
I need hardly be apologetic for being Sri Lankans? There is a feeling that if we are like Singapore, we will be better off. Who knows? by Victor Cherubim ( February 25, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) I am perfectly happy to be Sri Lankan, but many others think otherwise. I visited Raffles Hotel some 50 years ago and of course I was enamoured by … Continue reading To be or not to be, living in Singapore?
(February 24, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa openly encouraged elected government representatives to be corrupt, says Ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Whenever Mahinda held meetings, especially with local councillors, he always reminded them to collect their 20 percent Commissions from any project under their purview, as if it was a legal right, she told a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents’ Association in Colombo, … Continue reading Sri Lanka: MR Encouraged House Representatives to be corrupt — CBK
Appointments, promotions and service extensions of either military officers or public officials or politicians should be carefully handled and the deserving among them enabled to achieve their goals while the misfits are left out if the rulers are to avoid trouble. by Prabath Sahabandu ( February 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who turned 55 yesterday couldn’t have asked … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Appointments and extensions
We should hand over to our children and the coming generations a legacy of compassion, loving kindness, love and mutual forgiveness, unity and peace that is the fruit of truth and justice. by Fr. Augustine Fernando ( February 23, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka held the National Inter-Religious Symposium at the BMICH on Monday, 20th March. The programme … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Invigorate inter-religious dialogue and reconciliation
The point of interest here was that at the time of the discussions to forge the Indo Sri Lanka agreement, sufficient thought had not been given as to what should be done by India, if confronted by a recalcitrant LTTE. The dialogue preceding the Indo Sri Lanka agreement had not given adequate consideration to guarantees in the event of unforeseen situations. by Merril Gunaratne ( … Continue reading Diplomacy: Politics of the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement of July 1987
( February 18, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Army Headquarters has noted with dismay a recent statement, alleged to have been made by the head of an ethnic reconciliation body on sexual exploitation and abuses of Tamil women by the Army in the post war scenario. The Army categorically denies the same as a baseless allegation. In 2010, civil administration was firmly established in … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Army Refutes the Sexual Allegation!
The federal/unitary debates are becoming old fashioned. However, it might be little premature to characterize ‘Sri Lanka purely as a devolutionary state.’ It could also be misleading. The retention of the term ‘unitary’ could be considered a formality and for the sake of continuity. Devolution of power naturally originates within unitary states, although not unknown to federalism. From Laksiri Fernando ( February 18, 2017, Sydney, … Continue reading Sri Lanka: An Appeal to Tamil Political Leaders on the ‘New Constitution’