Shifting from a reactive to preventive approach

Shifting from a reactive to preventive approach

🕔23:24, 20.Sep 2016

OP-ED on behalf of the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom The tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned off the Turkish coast a year

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Europe – After Brexit

Europe – After Brexit

🕔07:58, 16.Sep 2016

By Anis H. Bajrektarevic A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU. The Brexit after-shock is still to reverberate around. In one other EXIT, Sartre’s Garcin

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A push to decriminalize homosexuality

A push to decriminalize homosexuality

🕔07:43, 5.Sep 2016

A strong push is being made to decriminalize homosexuality in Sri Lanka and to provide greater protection for all sexual minorities. Efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in Sri Lanka are being led by local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists

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When I heard LTTE forces order Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

When I heard LTTE forces order Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

🕔08:45, 28.Aug 2016

by  R. Hariharan  Saturday, August 20th was the late Rajiv Gandhi‘s birthday. Rajiv Gandhi’s political career was barely seven years; it started with the assassination of his mother Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1984 and ended with his own assassination. But within

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New policy to protect rights of IDPs

New policy to protect rights of IDPs

🕔18:15, 21.Aug 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam A new National policy on war displaced, which was approved by the cabinet last week, will ensure the rights of internally displaced persons is protected and all their issues are addressed. The full cabinet paper submitted by

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Land acquisition in the North creates a stir

Land acquisition in the North creates a stir

🕔08:36, 7.Aug 2016

An attempt to acquire private land in the North has created a stir with Tamils in the area raising strong objections and accusing the government of misleading the international community. The government however denied claims there was a move to

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Ex President’s statement against OMP a blatant attack on rule of law

Ex President’s statement against OMP a blatant attack on rule of law

🕔11:30, 23.Jul 2016

By Basil Fernando The statement made by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa the former head of state in Sri Lanka, that ‘establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) is a betrayal of the armed forces’ is a statement unbecoming of a

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Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

🕔10:40, 17.Jul 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message that come March next year the US is likely to give a strong backing for

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Uproar over Paranagama’s ‘panditha katha’ on cluster bombs

Uproar over Paranagama’s ‘panditha katha’ on cluster bombs

🕔09:38, 10.Jul 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The controversy over the alleged use of cluster bombs during the war took a different turn last week as a result of a comment made by the Chairman of the Missing Persons Commission, Maxwell Paranagama. His comment

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A rightful fight for education

A rightful fight for education

🕔07:53, 7.Jul 2016

By Harsha Subhashana As an administrative professional working for SAITM and even before joining SAITM, I have been observing the SAITM saga going on for the last five to six years. I was trying my best to find some logic

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Gnanasara reignites anti-muslim sentiments

Gnanasara reignites anti-muslim sentiments

🕔07:15, 3.Jul 2016

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has reignited anti-Muslim sentiments after he warned that another “Aluthgama” was in the offing. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka wrote a letter to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujitha

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Why UNHRC must stay engaged in Sri Lanka

Why UNHRC must stay engaged in Sri Lanka

🕔17:33, 17.Jun 2016

By Alan Keenan | @akeenan23   As the United Nations Human Rights Council meets in Geneva this month, it’s time to assess how far Sri Lanka has come since last year’s passage of a landmark resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability

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Widening the STI Net for sustainable development

Widening the STI Net for sustainable development

🕔14:49, 18.May 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Investment in science, technology and innovation (STI) needs to be the backbone of productivity-led economic recovery and sustainable development. Despite significant increases in productivity over the past few decades, economic growth in developing economies of Asia

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Seven years on: Fresh challenges ahead

Seven years on: Fresh challenges ahead

🕔09:44, 15.May 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam As the country, this week, celebrates seven years since the end of the war the government has fresh challenges ahead. One key challenge is convincing the UN Human Rights Council that the accountability process is moving forward.

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Questions raised in search for the missing

Questions raised in search for the missing

🕔08:27, 9.May 2016

Questions have been raised on the efforts taken to address the issue of missing persons, particularly on the transparency of the process and the timeframe during which results will be seen. While the Presidential commission on missing persons continues to

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Increasing productivity key to revive growth

Increasing productivity key to revive growth

🕔07:06, 28.Apr 2016

By Shamshad Akhtar The Asia-Pacific region’s successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development needs to be driven by broad-based productivity gains and rebalancing of economies towards domestic and regional demand. This is the main message of the Economic

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Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

Transparency key as rights commission deadline looms

🕔11:32, 23.Apr 2016

By Brad Adams January 2015 saw a momentous change in Sri Lanka. After nearly 10 years of increasingly authoritarian rule, a new government promising change was voted into office. The new government immediately set about righting many of the wrongs

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Post war trauma leads to increase in drug use

Post war trauma leads to increase in drug use

🕔08:42, 10.Apr 2016

Post war trauma has led to an increase in the use of drugs and alcohol consumption in the North, officials said. Northern Province Health Minister Dr. P. Sathiyalingam said that statistics have shown that there is a drastic increase in

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Time for Asia and Pacific to lead on SD

Time for Asia and Pacific to lead on SD

🕔08:42, 4.Apr 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Asia and the Pacific is recognized for its leadership in global output, trade and development. The region has a new opportunity to lead on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD) – a multidimensional, multisectoral and

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Outrage as President insists no foreign judges

Outrage as President insists no foreign judges

🕔06:40, 27.Mar 2016

A public statement made last weekend by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not agree to inviting foreign judges to get involved in the accountability process related to the war, has drawn sharp criticism. The criticism stems from the fact

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