This is my nation
As the government was taking stock of the fallout of the resolution against Sri Lanka passed recently at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there was more ammunition coming the way of Sri Lanka’s detractors’ intent on tarnishing the country’s image.It came in the form of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) storming a press briefing called by another
The results of the Provincial Council elections held last Saturday in the Western and Southern provinces held no great surprises with the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) emerging winners. Yet, they contained some significant messages for all leading political parties.That the UPFA would win the polls was a foregone conclusion.
After much international deliberation and local consternation, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted a United States led resolution that demands an international inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during the last phases of the Eelam war.In a sense, this outcome is hardly newsworthy: this was always expected and unlike in the
Come Saturday and the Western and Southern provinces will go to the polls to elect their provincial councilors, an election that has attracted much attention if only for the ‘star’ quality of its candidates in the absence of any other factor that will crucially alter the balance of power in Colombo or the province.That the poll will be held on
The attention of the rest of the world is focused on Sri Lanka’s fate at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, where the United States is furiously lobbying support among other nations for its anti-Sri Lanka resolution.
It is rarely that the Sri Lankan Parliament endorses new legislation with unanimity. In a country strongly divided on party lines such bipartisanship usually signifies a special need. It happened a few years ago when the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution was introduced. It also happened a few weeks ago.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram is a versatile woman. She has been an award winning actress and has been elected as Chief Minister thrice in her state. She has also been convicted of corruption. Through all this, she has been in consistent in her anti-Sri Lanka stance.
The month of March is upon us once again and with it, what has now become an annual ritual: A resolution against Sri Lanka at the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva sponsored principally by the United States.
The first candidate of the next presidential election appears to have declared himself this week. Maduluwave Sobhitha Thera, popular Buddhist preacher, Chief Incumbent of the Naga Viharaya and head of the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) has offered to be a ‘single issue’ candidate.
The leadership of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was passed on to parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake at the party’s annual convention last Sunday. Dissanayake succeeds Somawansa Amerasinghe who led the party for twenty years after emerging from proscription.The transition itself was spectacular for its lack of any kind of infighting or factionalism. The decision was unanimous.