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US Resolution Criticises, Surges Beyond LLRC

By Dayan Jayatilleka – It is almost a crime to lie to the people and mislead them on a matter of vital national interest. When it is committed by politicians it is an act of unconscionable opportunism. When it is perpetrated by so-called intellectuals belonging to civil society, it is a counterfeiting of the currency of … Continue reading

UN Ignored Its Own Report On Israeli War Crimes

By Latheef Farook – Why does the United Nations remains silent on its own report on Israeli war crimes   on dehumanized and starving Palestinians in Gaza? Where are United States and its UNHCR resolution on Israeli war crimes? These are questions no one dare ask. Raising such questions means paying heavy price- be it UNHRC … Continue reading

UN Human Rights Council Meeting Another Farce

By Brian Senewiratne – This is not a document for easy reading, nor is it meant to be. It is a reasonably comprehensive record of the abysmal record of the UN and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in addressing human rights violations. It is being submitted to the UNHRC and will probably end up in a … Continue reading

CPA On Misinformation And Myths Regarding The UNHRC Resolution

By Colombo Telegraph – Centre for Policy Alternatives  has issued a document which aims to clarify some of the basic facts and developments and dispel any misinformation and myths regarding the resolution and its impact on Sri Lanka and its people. The full document is reproduced below. Question & Answer Sheet on the Resolution tabled at the United … Continue reading

Gendered Violence In The North And East Of Sri Lanka

By Pradeep Jeganathan – The Sinhala service of the BBC, reported a few hours ago, of an “alarming rise of sexual abuse in Jaffna.” They quoted Dr S Sivaruban, the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of the Jaffna Teaching hospital: “There were 102 cases of sexual abuse reported in Jaffna in 2010 and it has increased to … Continue reading

Economy: V-Shaped Recovery From A BOP Crisis Or A Sudden Stop

By Arujuna Sivananthan – The consensus view is that Sri Lanka is in the midst of a Balance of Payment (BOP) crisis. It usually follows a period of large capital inflows and rapid economic growth. However, due to conflicting policy responses or policy slippage including irresponsible credit creation, an economy finds itself in a position where … Continue reading

Geneva Conspiracy : As You Sow So Shall You Reap

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya – Last week several thousands of government supporters have shouted “hands off Lanka” protesting on the streets across the country against the US-sponsored resolution. Protests were held throughout the island slamming the US move at the UN Human Rights Council as interference in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs. The most ridiculous thing was the acting … Continue reading

Minds Devastated By Conflict Cannot Be Healed By Infrastructural Development – Austin Fernando

By Ayesha Zuhair – Having made a detailed submission before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in your capacity as the former Defence Secretary, what are your views of the Commission’s final report – in brief? If you consider the five focal points in the Order given by the President (Gazette Extraordinary 1658/19), the LLRC … Continue reading

Only Tamashas And Flowery Statements For The Women’s Day ?

By Visakha Tillekeratne – Written on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, which falls on 8th March. Governance is a word understood by many Sri Lankans as a western concept. A majority of Sri Lankans also believe that this word is bandied about by Western or so called “imperialist” powers, to point a finger at … Continue reading

Four Blind Men And The Devolution Elephant

By Dr. C. Wijeyawickrema – “All human progress has depended on ‘new questions’ rather than on ‘new answers’ to the old questions.” Alfred North White — Science and the Modern World, 1925 The reactions to the LLRC report, on the subject of institutional, administrative and legislative measures need to be taken to promote national unity, remind the parable … Continue reading

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