By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 18: A noteworthy recent development is Egypt’s joining South Africa in the on-going genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Egypt, which was neither here nor there vis-à-vis Israel’s genocidal war against the...
By P.K. Balachandren Colombo, May 16: In January 2024, the Sri Lankan government announced its intention to establish a Commission for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation (CTUR) to address the ethnic issue in the island nation and promote reconciliation. But earlier...
By P.K Balachandran Colombo, May 11: The on-going elections to the Indian parliament are being fought in various States and Union Territories of the country on the basis of a multiplicity of issues varying from State to State.  These issues...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 10: Vicious anti-Muslim rhetoric is likely to be the main plank of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the last four phases of the elections to the Lower House of the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha). Voting...
The meaning of the phenomenon is being debated. By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 8: The seven-phase Indian parliamentary elections, which began on April 19, finished its third phase on May 7. There are four more phases to go before polling ends on...
by P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 4: The United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would expand the  definition of anti-Semitism even as university students across the country have risen to condemn Israel’s genocide in Gaza.  The anti-Semitism bill...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, May 4: The latest assessment of press freedom in 180 countries, made by Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) says that media freedom is under “serious threat” in a majority of countries in South Asia. The media in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 29: The US Congressional Research Service (CRS) has asked Congress to consider whether it should put some conditions relating to the observance of human rights when it authorizes aid to India. The CSR’s report released on April...
By.K.Balachandran Colombo, April:28 Located in a geo-strategically important place, and for that reason, much sought after by rival foreign powers, Sri Lanka has had to maintain its sovereignty and independence through deft diplomacy.  And the cornerstone of its diplomacy has been...
Even as India is in the midst of its parliamentary elections where human rights are a key issue. By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 24: In its report on the human rights situation in India in 2023, the US State Department paints an...
With 70 out of 93 seats, Muizzu can even change the constitution    By P.K.Balachandran Maldivian voters gave President Mohamed Muizzu’s alliance, principally comprising the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People's National Congress (PNC), a super majority in the...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 20: The Maldivian parliamentary elections due to be held on April 21 differ from those held in the recent past in a striking way: there is no party or leader that the voters can bet on.  Parties...

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