Sinhala Rulers waste Trillions Tricking the UN Trounce Rights of Eelam Tamils

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Sinhala Rulers waste Trillions Tricking the UN Trounce Rights of Eelam Tamils[ TamilCanadian ][ Feb 10 09:56 GMT ]

The news of a 3rd resolution by US and allies on Sri-Lanka in the UNHRC had been floating around for a long time. Movement of UN, US, and UNHRC staff in out of Sri-Lanka had been very frequent recently. The Sinhalese who carried out an alleged war crime and genocide in May 2009 in the last war against the indigenous Tamil population in their Traditional Homeland (TH) of North and East of Sari-Lanka are on pins as to what will happen to their Sinhala hero. From the time the valiant UK Prime Minister, Right Honourable David Cameron called for a credible International Inquiry (II) into the war crimes in the CHOGM… [ full story |

Top UN official in Sri Lanka to assess post-war development[ Xinhua ][ Feb 10 12:09 GMT ]

A top United Nations (UN) official has kicked off his visit to Sri Lanka to assess and understand post-war development in the island state and how greater contribution can be made by the UN, a statement said here on Monday. UN Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, has arrived in Sri Lanka and is looking forward to better understanding the human development priorities of Sri Lanka. Xu said that he looks forward to understanding the progress made in the first year of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2013-2017. “UN’s work in Sri Lanka has shifted largely towards more development-focused programmes.” [ full story |

US senate resolution calls for international inquiry[ Tamil Guardian ][ Feb 11 13:49 GMT ]

A senate resolution on Sri Lanka was presented to US Congress Friday, by the Republican Senator of North Carolina, Richard Burr, reports Colombo Page. Drawing upon the US State department 2012 report on human rights and visits to Sri Lanka, the resolution presented to the Senate on February 6, called on the US and international community to establish an “independent international accountability mechanism to evaluate reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations committed by both sides during and after the war in Sri Lanka.” [ full story |

The heat is on Colombo in the run up to Geneva[ South Asia Monitor ][ Feb 11 13:52 GMT ]

The setting in the run up to the Geneva meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council is getting increasingly clear, not just with Washington letting Colombo know that a third successive resolution against the island nation for alleged war crimes and accountability is very much on the cards. If US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal has made known the Obama administration’s patent displeasure with the goings on, Sri Lanka has responded not with substantive proposals but upping the ante by denying a senior State Department official a visa. [ full story |

Sri Lanka Dodges Volatility[ Wall Street Journal ][ Feb 13 04:40 GMT ]

Sometimes it’s best not to listen to the International Monetary Fund. At least that’s what the governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says. While many emerging markets are reeling from the mass exodus of foreign capital out of their economies, Ajith Nivard Cabraal says his economy is insulated from the turmoil in part because he didn’t follow IMF advice. The IMF urged Sri Lanka in recent years to take advantage of cheap borrowing costs by expanding the amount of government debt foreign investors could buy, Mr. Cabraal said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal. [ full story |

UK is working hard to ensure international inquiry – FCO tells MPs and Tamil community[ Tamil Guardian ][ Feb 12 17:08 GMT ]

The British government is working with international partners to pass a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) calling for an independent international investigation into atrocities committed at the end of the armed conflict, officials at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told British MPs and Tamil activists during a meeting with a cross party group, the All Parliamentary Party Group for Tamils (APPGT), on Monday. [ full story |

Sri Lanka opposition slams govt for resolution in UNHRC[ PTI ][ Feb 13 15:18 GMT ]

The opposition in Sri Lanka on Thursday blamed the government for a resolution that the country is expected to face in the UN rights body next month over alleged war crimes during the campaign against Tamil Tiger rebels. “The country is at a precipice and the government bears full responsibility for our country’s current plight,” main opposition United National Party (UNP) said in a statement. [ full story |

Reckoning must begin[ Feb 10, 2014 9:06:12 GMT ] [ Tamil Guardian ]

Almost five years after the fighting ceased, impunity still rules. Quiet diplomacy, expert reports, video footage of atrocities and two UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions have failed to force Sri Lanka to fall in line. Instead, emboldened by the lack of international action and the military defeat of the LTTE, an increasingly brazen Sri Lankan state is rebuffing the international community, whilst systematically dismantling the Tamil nation and its homeland in the North-East. Sri Lanka’s lamentations of insufficient time and space, belie a reality where the more time and space granted, the worse the situation becomes for the Tamil people. [ Full Report ]

After War Comes Peace, Not Prosperity[ IPS ][ Feb 13 11:11 GMT ]

A recent study on global terrorism trends by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, also found that the government needed to do more to help the population. The report said the Sri Lankan government needs to address the needs of ordinary people in the former conflict zone, dominated by the Tamil community as opposed to the Sinhalese majority in the rest of the country. [ full story |