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Targeted sanctions against Sri Lanka?

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By P.K.Balachandran
    Former UN top brass and experts back UN Rights Commissioner’s recommendation in a joint statement The statement based on unverified sources, has major lacunae           A number top-notch former UN officials and independent experts have called on the international community to take “immediate steps” towards justice and accountability “to end Sri Lanka’s cycles of violence.” They have supported the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s call to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to consider taking Sri Lanka to ...Continued

Ending 10 month long ban, Lankan PM says burial of...

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P.K.Balachandran - Colombo
The coming UNHRC session and the visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan may have influenced the reversal of the highly divisive policy of not allowing the burial of COVID victims. Colombo, February 10: The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told parliament on Wednesday, that government would allow the burial of those who had died of COVID, thus ending a 10-month long controversy over the disposal of the bodies of those who had died of COVID-19. Responding to a question posed by opposition ...Continued

Tamils up the ante to put Lankan government in a...

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By P.K.Balachandran
    The Pottuvil-Poligandy long march united antagonistic Tamil parties and brought together disparate Tamil-speaking communities including Muslims.     Colombo, February 9: Due to the high profile majority supremacist policies of the government, disparate and mutually antagonistic Tamil-speaking communities of Sri Lanka have come together to jointly struggle against the Rajapaksa regime. Though the complaint about Sinhala-Buddhist majoritarian dominance was decades old, the minority Tamils and Muslims were stung by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s assertion of his Sinhala-Buddhist identity in his Independence Day oration on ...Continued

President lays his cards on the table in Independence Day...

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By P.K.Balachandran
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa indicated that he will safeguard the unitary nature of the constitution, usher in uniform laws. I am a Sinhala Buddhist Leader and I will never hesitate to state so     Colombo, February 4: Addressing the nation on the 73 rd. Independence Day of Sri Lanka from a podium in Colombo’s Independence Square on Thursday, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made no bones about what he stands for.   In response to the clamor of the minority Tamils and Muslims for their ...Continued

COMMENT: India-Lanka relations under strain over denial of East Container...

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P.K.Balachandran in Colombo
  New Delhi to issue statement on the Lankan cabinet’s decision to back out on the East Terminal deal and offer the West Terminal instead as a sop.   Colombo, February 3: India-Sri Lanka relations have come under strain following Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from its written commitment to give Colombo port’s Easter Container Terminal (ECT) to India, and to offer the West Container Terminal (WCT) in lieu of it as a sop. A disappointed Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister ...Continued

Sri Lanka gears up for a hard battle at UNHRC 

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  UNHRC resolutions are not binding, but powerful countries could use them to arm-twist targeted States into submission or wrest political and economic concessions from them.   By P.K.Balachandran   Colombo, January 25: Sri Lanka is gearing up for a hard battle at the 46 th.,Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in February –March. While the core group, comprising UK, Canada, Macedonia, Germany and Montenegro, are working on a draft “consensual resolution”, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, has ...Continued

Violent and secessionist movements in US history

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By P.K.Balachandran
  Colombo, January 20: To admirers of American democracy and America’s ability to absorb diverse cultures, ethnicities and political views, outgoing President Donald Trump’s shenanigans and the violence that followed came as a rude shock. As preparations were on for the installation of Joe Biden and Kamala Devi Harris as President and Vice President, the Capitol was turned into a fortress with barricades, razor wire and 7 ft. fences to prevent a repletion of the ugly January 6 attack on it by Trump’s Right wing ...Continued

Geo-political importance of Pakistan PM’s planned visit to Sri Lanka

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By P.K. Balachandran
Imran Khan expected to leverage the military and political help rendered to Sri Lanka during and after the war against terrorism to weaken India’s influence on the island nation.  Colombo, January 19: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is to visit Sri Lanka soon. The Hindu quotes a source in the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry to say that the visit is “likely towards the end of February.” Imran Khan’s proposed visit is significant in the context of India and China making vigorous efforts to strengthen their ...Continued

Women pilots makes history at SLAF

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Today marks a historical event as two female officers were commissioned as pilots at the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) at its academy in China Bay. This is the first time in the SLAF’s 69-year history where female officers were commissioned as pilots. In a press release the SLAF stated that today’s proceedings began on a grand note with the Commissioning Parade led by the Commanding Officer of the Ground Training Wing at China Bay, Group Captain Udaya De Silva marching on to the Parade ...Continued

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