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34th Session Of UNHRC: FM Mangala Samaraweera’s Speech – Full Text

High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 28 February 2017: Mr. President High Commissioner for Human Rights/ Madam Deputy High Commissioner Excellencies Distinguished Delegates Ladies and Gentlemen It is an honour for me to be here today at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which I believe […]

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Smart Patriotism: Outlining A Doctrine For Sri Lanka In The World

By Dayan Jayatilleka – As the Daily FT reported (Monday, March 6th 2017), the annual convention of the Voice of Professionals, better known by its Sinhala brand-name Viyath Maga, was an unprecedentedly successful event: “…a packed audience at the Annual Convention of the Viyath Maga… a network of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs, was held on […]

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The Politics Of Foreign Judges in The Geneva Process 

By Jehan Perera – The weekend after the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, I went to the public library to exchange books. While standing in line to return the borrowed books, I was approached by one of the other library members standing in line. He had seen me on television […]

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Sri Lanka’s Failure To Establish Hybrid Court Must Lead To ICC Referral

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Come March 2017 UN Must Act on Sri Lanka – Part 2 “When humans understand fully they have rights, it is next to impossible to make them un-know it.” – High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein The 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has begun and all […]

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New UN Secretary-General To Visit Sri Lanka

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who is presently in Geneva to participate in the High-Level segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council met UN Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres yesterday morning (27). This was the first meeting of the Minister with the new UN Secretary-General who took office in January this year. Recalling his […]

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MR Slams CBK For Revealing Army Sexual Abuse Against Tamil Women

Former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has condemned former President Chandrika Kumaratunga over her allegations that there was widespread sexual exploitation by the army against Tamil women in the former war torn areas. Issuing a statement today Rajapaksa said: “the statement made by Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga to foreign correspondents in Colombo last week to […]

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Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka

By Usha S Sri-Skanda Rajah – Come March 2017 UN Needs To Act On Sri Lanka: An ICC Referral Or An International Special Tribunal Is Now Proven To Be Most Wanting – Part 1 Come March when the 34th session of United Nations Human Rights Council gets underway, all eyes should be on Sri Lanka when […]

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Torture Is Still A Common Practice In Sri Lanka

By Basil Fernando – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment Mr Juan E Mendez, published his preliminary findings on 7th May 2016 following an official visit to Sri Lanka. He has observed that torture is a common practice in Sri Lanka and structural reforms are required […]

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A Portrait Of A False Revolution

By Uditha Devapriya – Professor Kumar David in an article titled “Centenary of the February Revolution in Russia” tries to draw parallels between the Leninist coup and Maithripala Sirisena’s election. His point of comparison itself is flawed, but for now let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. What compels my attention isn’t his handling […]

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Mangala “Samayang” Samaraweera Strikes Again! 

By Dayan Jayatilleka – In his speech to the high level segment of the UNHRC session in Geneva, yesterday, Minister of External Affairs Mangala Samaraweera pledged a Third Republican Constitution by our 70th Independence Day (next Feb 4th), declared that “a Referendum is imperative”, opined that 69 years since Independence were “a failed experiment” and […]

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