Mr. Pablo de Greiff, on the conclusion of his recent visit to Sri Lanka

un-banMr. Pablo de Greiff, on the conclusion of his recent visit to Sri Lanka [UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva/Colombo, 11 April 2015]

a visit to the country from 30 March to 3 April 2015. In the course of the visit, I was able to meet with high-level Government officials at central and provincial levels, members of the judiciary, civil society organizations, political parties, religious leaders, and victims. [ full story |

Cameron Sends Message Supporting Sri Lanka In Addressing ‘Past Issues’[ Eurasia Review ][ Apr 16 16:54 GMT ]

The British Prime Minister David Cameron in a message to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, reiterated his country’s support to Sri Lanka in addressing past issues and requested the Sri Lanka Government to extend its full support to the UN on its on-going investigation. “I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone in Britain, Sri Lanka and around the world celebrating Aluth Avuruddha and to all Tamil communities celebrating Puthandu today. It’s a time when millions of people would come together with families, friends and neighbours to celebrate their New Year”, the PM said. [ full story |

Sri Lanka: The more things change…[ FrontLine ][ Apr 16 11:44 GMT ]

The immediate outcome of the January election has been a fillip to freedom of expression in the media, but behind the euphoria of the moment trails a three-decade-long record of a press under siege. THERE may be a nostalgic colouring to this, but well into the 1980s it seemed that there was a vibrant public intellectualism in force in Sri Lanka that engaged with the ethnic question in a reasoned, bold and fair-minded manner. Scholars like Kumari Jayawardena, Karthigesu Sivathamby, Charles Abeysekara, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Sunil Bastian or V. Nithiyanandan and politicians of the calibre of Colin De Silva or Neelan Tiruchelvam sought to understand and bridge or transcend the deepening chasm of the ethnic divide. [ full story |

Girls Rising: Perspectives From Sri Lanka – OpEd[ Eurasia Review ][ Apr 16 16:58 GMT ]

The right to education has been recognized since the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, which states in Article 26 that the UDHR proclaims that everyone has the right to education. It highlights this right to be universal and not discriminated based upon factors among which are gender, ethnicity and religion. The right was further enshrined in a range of international conventions including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. More recently, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Millennium Development Goals also underline gender equality in attaining goals including education. [ full story |

McMaster student’s short film thesis will screen at Cannes festival[ Our Windsor ][ Apr 14 09:52 GMT ]

A McMaster student’s creative approach to a master’s thesis will première at the Cannes International Film Festival this year. The emotional 15-minute docudrama, written and directed by 32-year-old French master’s student Charmini Peli Kankanamalage, plays as a message to the unborn son of a Sri Lankan mother struggling to dissect her thoughts after leaving her war-torn country. “I did not want my thesis on a shelf in a library,” said Peli Kankanamalage, who hopes the film will reach people who can relate to her story. “I would rather it be on YouTube, where everyone can see it.” [ full story |

SL Minister’s men occupy lands of uprooted Tamils in Mannaar[TamilNet]

Around 100 uprooted Tamil families from Thaangkiyadi in Mannaar have been denied resettlement in the lands where they were living before they were uprooted in 1990. The relatives of SL Minister Rishad Bathiudeen at Thaaraa-puram have occupied the 48-acre land. There is no one to voice for the resettlement of the poverty-stricken families from the lower echelon of the society, rights activists in Mannaar said. “No-one dares to fight with Rishad Bathiudeen who hails from Thaaraa-puram, the nearby village,” a displaced Tamil villager, who visits the temple once a week, told TamilNet on Wednesday. The small temple is the only trace of the Tamil settlement at Thaangkiyadi situated 7 km north of the city on Mannaar – Thalaimannaar A14 Road. Full story >>