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Sri Lanka and the International Criminal Court

Reuters photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai There appears to be some confusion as to the scope of functions and jurisdiction of the ICC, and more particularly its jurisdiction over Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes.

A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire In March 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General advised MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, that their numbers will be reduced from approximately five thousand personnel.

Sri Lanka’s history of unfulfilled commitments

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Extending the never ending history of grievances and sufferings of Tamils

Sri Lanka & UNHRC Session – March 2017

Dinuka Liyanawatte   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will Justice for Tamils be Delayed for Denial?

GSP Plus for Sri Lanka: Testing EU’s commitments

Joe Klamar/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai Under this scheme the European Union grants additional tariff reductions to developing countries for imports eligible to qualify for these duty concessions. This scheme, enjoyed by Sri Lanka until 2010, was suspended due to the ‘failure of Mahinda’s government to address reported human rights violations in the country”.

UN system owes Sri Lankan Tamils remedial justice

AFP photo   By Kumarathasan Rasingam   “In the end, it comes down to values, as was said so many times today. We want the world our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.”  –  António Guterres – New UN Secretary […]

The Proposed Constitution in Sri Lanka…

AFP photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Will it accommodate the just demands of the Tamils or abandon them to choose their own destiny?

Verdict on Raviraj murder case: Another travesty of justice

By M.K. Eelaventhan The recent acquittal of six accused in the political murder trial of late MP Nadarajah Raviraj is not surprising but it is yet another expected verdict from the Sri Lankan judiciary.

Will UNHRC live up to its commitments to Sri Lanka?

AP photo   By Thambu Kanagasabai Sri Lanka became a member of the United Nations in 1955, bound with obligations to observe the provisions of the United Nations and other United Nations Conventions, and as a member of the Human Rights Council.

The Business of War

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The superpower ideological divide that previously structured world conflict is now obsolete. Governments in America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East have unconventionally turned to private military companies to intervene in conflict on their behalf.

Business as usual for Sri Lanka’s double faced and dying good governance

Maithripala Sirisena/Reuters   By Thambu Kanagasabai With the support of 6.2 million people the present Sri Lankan Government swept to victories at both the Presidential and general elections on the slogan of ‘Good Governance’, to remove the ‘Bad Governance’ of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was hailed as a ‘War Hero’ after defeating the ‘Do […]

‘Eluga Tamil’ (Arise Tamils) and vilifying Justice Wigneswaran

Chamila Karunaratne/AP   By Thambu Kanagasabai The ‘Eluga Tamil’ rallies held in Jaffna on September 24, 2016 received an overwhelming response and ended with astonishing success beyond the expectations of many, belying the pessimists.

Office of Missing Persons, Sri Lanka: Upholding or Denying Justice?

Lakruwan Wanniarachchilakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai Sri Lanka ranks second in the list of countries after Iraq to record the largest number of disappearances with unofficial estimated numbers of about 90,000 since the 1980s. From these disappearances, enforced or involuntary disappearances are reported to be around 65,000.

Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing

Guang Niu   By Cynthia M. Lardner Genocide and ethnic cleansing, forms of Scientific Racism, have been around since the beginning of time. Since the Holocaust, various conventions and treaties have been entered into making genocide a crime and ethnic cleansing a crime against humanity. International tribunals have been created, at great expense, to acknowledge […]

The Never Dying Political Ills Of Sri Lanka

Joe Klamar/AFP   By Thambu Kanagasabai   Communalism and Majority Hegemony  One can hardly deny the fact of various political ills plaguing and denting Sri Lanka’s image since 1956. A nation labelled as peaceful and prosperous until 1956 shed this image from then on to become a nation wracked with communalism, hegemony and ethnic strife […]

Vanishing good governance and a fading acceptable political settlement

Eranga Jayawardena By Thambu Kanagasabai The Tamils in Sri Lanka are being pushed back to square one yet again by the present government of good governance.

Historical, political and legal justification of Tamils’ right of self-determination

By Thambu Kanagasabai The UN covenant on civil and political rights, which came in to effect in 1966, lays down the right and principle of self-determination under Article 1 as follows:- ‘All people have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that they freely determine their political status and thereby pursue their economic, social and […]

Poetry

By Indunil Madhusankha

Poetry

By Indunil Madhusankha

Poetry

By Indunil Madhusankha

Poetry

By Indunil Madhusankha