Sri Lanka’s Tortuous Path to Reconciliation and Justice

War-Crime-sri-lanka-5Sri Lanka’s Tortuous Path to Reconciliation and Justice[ Foreign Policy ][ Apr 07 03:31 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s surprising election in early January resulted in the ousting of authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Maithripala Sirisena, the former health minister and general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, is now president. Leading a broad alliance that is purportedly set to implement significant constitutional reforms and put an end to the corruption and nepotism that plagued Rajapaksa’s tenure, Sirisena has ushered in optimism about changing Sri Lanka’s path. Nevertheless, reconciliation and accountability for wartime atrocities may continue to elude the island nation. [ full story |


Judge stops government from deporting man who worked for Tamil Tigers as a tax collector[ National Post ][ Apr 10 15:55 GMT ]

A federal judge has stopped the government from deporting a Sri Lankan war criminal, ruling the former member of the Tamil Tigers could be at risk if forced to return to his home country. In a ruling released on the Federal Court website Friday, Justice Sean Harrington set aside Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s assessment that the man did not face any risk in Sri Lanka. The case concerns Puvanesan Thurairaja, who worked as a tax collector for the Tamil rebels before traveling to the United Kingdom. After Britain rejected his asylum claim, he arrived in Canada on a false passport. [ full story |

Senior UN official visits Sri Lanka [ IANS ][ Apr 08 13:32 GMT ]

A senior UN official, on a six-day tour to Sri Lanka, has visited the war-ravaged north to assess the development needs and meet government officials, the UN office said on Wednesday. UN Assistant Secretary General Xu Haoliang travelled to the northern town of Mullaitivu to assess the support extended by the UN Development Program (UNDP) to residents, reports Xinhua. He handed over a rice mill to the Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) at Panankamam. He met members and the board of directors of MPCS to explore other opportunities. Earlier, Xu visited the Community Forestry Project (CFP) site at Mihintale, Anuradhapura, in the North Central Province, a UNDP-supported project funded by Australia. [ full story |

Are Sri Lankan Tamils prone to collective political suicide?[ Groundviews ][ Apr 08 13:29 GMT ]

We have entered the ninth decade since the Donoughmore Reforms leading to the first State Council elections of 1931. Through the early part of these eight and a half decades, Sri Lankan Tamils had occupied a dominant position in this country, politically, economically and socially. The leading political institution of this community in the 1920s was the Jaffna Youth Congress (JYC) which was very highly regarded by the leaders of every political party of Sri Lanka as well as by the leaders of the Indian National Congress. [ full story |

Sri Lanka’s New Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe[ Time ][ Apr 09 19:24 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s new leader plans to dissolve the country’s Parliament in May, setting the island nation on course for general elections in late June or early July — around the same time that he plans to announce details of a probe into allegations of human rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, he told TIME in a rare interview. More Little Big Island Five Best Ideas of the Day: April 6 What Others Can Learn From Response to S.C. Cop Shooting NBC News More Than 70 Animals Found in Arizona Mobile Home NBC News Vacation Cabin Swiped From Foundation Found NBC News Maithripala Sirisena had earlier indicated that he would set up the probe within a month of a visit to the U.K. in March. [ full story |