“Pakistanis a country where suicide bombings happen on a regular basis, mobs gather and kill minorities and people who think differently, houses and settlements are attacked, people are forced to leave their houses. I left my house once before in t..
Following the macabre course of events taken place on Easter Sunday (21) in Sri Lanka, the refugees in Sri Lanka who are fleeing persecution are being harassed and asked to leave the places where they have been staying. Several of them have gone to t..
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says investigators of Easter Sunday attack are aware of some "militancy going on in Australia" and believe one of the attackers may have been radicalised while studying in the country.
Sri Lanka was the last country in South Asia to adopt the Right to Information Act (RTI) in 2017. For many of us who were involved in discussions with our Sri Lankan counterparts before adoption of the law, it is gratifying to note the progress it ha..
With totalitarian propaganda, censorship, intimidation, physical violence and cyber-harassment, a lot of courage is needed nowadays to work independently as a journalist in the Asia-Pacific countries, where democracies are struggling to resist variou..
With sun rising top and directly pointed across the country, the weather over the period has extremely been hot, particularly intolerable to some parts of Sri Lanka. The temperature has risen into a fever pitch amid the hot weather and affects the hu..
“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance-“ Dr. Samuel Johnson.Dr Wijayatunga Mudalige Harischandra Wijayatunga’s life truthfully reflects the authenticity of these lines. ..
We have all heard the word reconciliation used by politicians often. Sometimes it’s about peace, co-existence, and unity. But most often it is about foreign influence, sovereignty, prosecuting war heroes, and lies.
By Harim Peiris
Earlier this week, former Foreign Minister and current Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who recently celebrated his unbroken thirty years of public service as a parliamentarian, issued a lengthy statement which sought to set the..
As per the Sri Lankan Constitution, Buddhism is afforded foremost status of all religions in Sri Lanka. This is in breach of the principles of democracy based on zero advantage as per the law/constitution – except to make amends – such as article..
Currently the hot topic amongst the two Sri Lankan teams playing the global political game is the UN HRC Resolution 40/1 which recognizes that ethnic differences are not reconciled in Sri Lanka. The question is what UNHRC Resolution 40/1 truly m..
The rationale for a new Office of Reparations was set out by the CTF (Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms) which worked during 2016, conducting meetings and receiving submissions from communities island-wide. According to the report ..
Since the end of the war, the political-landscape of Sri Lanka has consistently prioritized the agenda of progressive and unhindered socio-economic development above all else. Inclusion and non-discrimination largely matter for this policy because a ..
Journalist Nilanthan shared with his Diaspora audience the message that there was a true force of Tamils which the current generation Tamil leaders in ‘motherland’ were not able to access. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TkFMhCv_vk) That remind..
The most recent Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachele, released on March 20th 2019 makes some vital observations regarding the progress made by Sri Lanka in the implementation of the Human Rights Council Resolution 30/..
Several activists, on behalf of the Collective for the Protection of Victims of Microfinance Loans, met with Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Central Bank Governor Indrajith Kumaraswami, Finance Ministry Advisor Mano Thiththawella and several hi..
Yesterday when we were discussing the NSW election trends with our neighbour I revealed that I voted for Labor as an expression against Mr Howard who came into the scene at the last moment. Liberal won at State level but Coogee won at electorate leve..
LGBTIQ rights are being demanded in many aspects all over the world. While there are countries reaching beyond marriage equality to demand the right to adopt children, another proportion from a different part of the world seeks justice for their very..
This morning’s mail brought the UNHRC recordings in relation to Sri Lanka. I paid special attention to two personalities I am familiar with due to my own interest in them as members of our community. They are Mr. Gary Anandasangaree who represented..
Priya Vippayoga Dukkho - the pain of losing loved ones. The Buddha preached about the main reasons for human pain and suffering, and amongst these causes was the pain we feel when we are distanced from or when we lose the ones we love. It is a p..
As a country coming out of the terror of war, we are in a sensitive position. Terms such as reconciliation have been tossed around so much since the end of the war by the government and at politically convenient times by the opposition that it truly ..
One of the biggest challenges we see in our country today is the confusion our people face between what is protection and what is danger. On one hand our government is reassuring the victims of war that we will redress their losses and help them to h..
[But in an election as close as this – a YouGov Galaxy poll on Monday identified a big, 5.2 per cent anti-government swing in Penrith – the tragic events in Christchurch might swing the government's way.] Financial Review article ‘NZ's tra..