As Sri Lanka Bans Investigators, Ban’s UN As “Reconciliation” Ground Cover?

un-banAs Sri Lanka Bans Investigators, Ban’s UN As “Reconciliation” Ground Cover?[ ICP ][ Sep 18  ]

While the UN Human Rights Council panel says it will be investigating Sri Lanka war crimes, the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has said it will no allow those investigators in. Now Inner City Press hears that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s own Department of Political Affairs may be providing ground-cover to Rajapaksa, by assigning a DPA staffer to help Rajapaksa’s own “reconciliation bureau” which is presented as an alternative to the voted-on outside investigation. [ full story |

“Why It’s So Hard to Talk About Peace in Sri Lanka”[ SPF ][ Sep 18 10:28 GMT ]

In reflecting on the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sydney Peace Foundation and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies invite you to a Sydney Ideas forum: “Why It’s So Hard to Talk About Peace in Sri Lanka”…Monday 22 September, 6.00 to 7.30 pm Sydney Law School Lecture Theatre 101,Level 1, Sydney Law School Annex, Eastern Avenue, University of SydneyBuilding on first-hand recent experience of the post-2009 context, this lecture will open a discussion about the spaces for peace and conflict in Sri Lanka today. [ full story |

Chinese Leader Visits Sri Lanka, Challenging India’s Sway[ New York Times ][ Sep 17 12:18 GMT ]

China’s efforts to secure naval and maritime access throughout South Asia — a strategy called the “string of pearls” — has unnerved India. But with India distracted by its own problems, China’s outreach has been welcomed by both the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Mr. Rajapaksa has visited China seven times during his nine years in office. Last year, China surpassed the United States as Sri Lanka’s second-largest trading partner behind India. China also recently replaced India as the largest investor in Sri Lanka. [ full story |

Engaging with Civil Society[ GV ][ Sep 16 14:34 GMT ]

Recognizing the crucial importance of active involvement of civil society, at all levels, in processes of governance and in promoting good governance, including through transparency and accountability, at all levels, which is indispensable for building peaceful, prosperous and democratic societies, Mindful that domestic legal and administrative provisions and their application should facilitate, promote and protect an independent, diverse and pluralistic civil society and, in this regard, strongly rejecting any acts of intimidation or reprisals against civil society. [ full story |

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SL military begins deceptive recruitment drive in East[TamilNet]

Inviting poverty-stricken Tamil families along the district border between the Ampaa’rai district and Batticaloa district to receive ‘humanitarian supplies’, the occupying Sri Lanka Army has been conducting propaganda meetings promising civil jobs for Tamil women in the SL military, news sources in Ampaa’rai told TamilNet on Thursday. A group of Sri Lanka Army soldiers, who brought drinking water supply to the villagers in 35th Colony, Malaiyar-kaddu and Ka’n’naki-puram were campaigning ‘good salary’ and ‘government pension’ for subservient jobs in SL military. In the meantime, the SL military has also gone to the extent of promising a house to each family that sends their daughters and sons for employment in SL military. Full story >>

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