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ORAL STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARIAT IN CONNECTION WITH DRAFT

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This statement is made in accordance with rule 153 of the Rules of procedure of the General Assembly. Under the terms of operative paragraphs 6 and 16 of draft resolution A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1, the Human Rights Council would: (a) Recognize the importance of preserving and analyzing evidence relating to violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in Sri Lanka with a view to advancing accountability, and decide to strengthen in this regard the capacity of the Office of the High Commissioner to collect, consolidate, analyse ...Continued

Factors behind India’s abstention at UNHRC on Lanka resolution

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By P.K.Balachandran
The April 6 Tamil Nadu State Assembly elections could have been the immediate reason Will it further strain Indo-Lanka relations The alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka against the Tamil minority is a key issue electoral issue in Tamil Nadu, a fact which the BJP cannot ignore. And the subject matter of the UNHRC resolution is the alleged violation of the human rights of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. If India had voted against the resolution moved by the West-led Core Group on Sri ...Continued

US Defence Secretary Meets Modi

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The United States Secretary of Defense, General (Retd.) Lloyd J. Austin, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the start of a three-day visit to India, the first such outreach by the new U.S. administration less than two months after President Biden assumed office. “India and the U.S. are committed to our strategic partnership that is a force for global good,” Mr. Modi said in a tweet after the meeting on Friday evening. “The Prime Minister welcomed the warm and close relationship between the two countries, ...Continued

Nine members of the US Congress against Sri Lanka

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  They also have urged the Secretary of State to make every effort to promote an international accountability process for Sri Lanka. The members of the Congress are Deborah K. Ross, James P. McGovern, Bill Johnson, Brad Sherman, David N. Cicilline, Danny K. Davis,Ted W. Lieu, Steve Cohen, Ilhan Omar ?The members have further said “As you know, the United States played an important role in the drafting and adoption of the resolution cosponsored by Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in 2015 ...Continued

Modi assures Gotabaya, India “will not do any injustice” to...

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By P.K.Balachandran
In his recent telephone conversation with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakasa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that India “will not do any injustice to Sri Lanka,” says Foreign Secretary Adm.Prof.Jayanath Colombage. He denied a report in the media which quoted him as saying that India had assured that it would “support” Sri Lanka, and “protect the country’s sovereignty during the UNHRC sessions.” Clarifying the position, Colombage said that in his recent telephone conversation with the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakasa, Indian Prime ...Continued

Adanis and partners will hold 85% in Colombo port’s West...

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By P.K.Balachandran
The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General (Rtd) Daya Ratnayake has said that the Indian company Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones (APSEZ) Ltd., and its partners, including the Sri Lankan company John Keells, will hold 85% of the stake in the proposed West Container Terminal of Colombo port. He denied media reports that the Adanis will hold 51 % of the stakes. At any rate, the long statement issued by APSEZ does not mention its stake. Perhaps the Adanis will hold ...Continued

Sri Lanka to set up rehabilitation centres for extremists

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By P.K.Balachandran
It is not specifically meant for Islamic radicals but radicals of all kinds. An Extraordinary Gazette dated March 12  saysthat these provisions will apply to those who surrender to law enforcement officials or are taken into custody on suspicion of holding radical or extremist views on religion or who causes or intends to cause acts of violence or religious, racial, or communal disharmony or feelings of ill will or hostility between different communities. Reintegration centres will be set up under these regulations with the approval ...Continued

Lanka needs to use PM’s visit to Bangladesh for strengthening...

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By P.K.Balachandran
The forthcoming visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bangladesh to participate in the grand celebrations connected with the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence could help boost bilateral economic ties if the visit is properly used. Bangladesh is planning a week-long celebration beginning with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 17 and ending on March 26, when the late Sheikh Mujib declared independence from Pakistan and the formation of an independent Bangladesh. Several world leaders ...Continued

Son of Queen’s former aide-de-camp in Sri Lanka rallies to...

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By Amelia Hill
Courtesy – The Guardian of UK           Maj. Gen. Anton Muttukumaru was a barrister, soldier and diplomat who loved collecting walking sticks. He was known for being charming and shrewd, had a talent for mimicry, and was once driven to Ascot to join the Queen because she was too busy enjoying the races to meet him at Buckingham Palace. Maj Gen Anton Muttukumaru receives the Coronation medal from the Queen in the 1950s. Photograph: Family handout Born in Ceylon (now Sri ...Continued

Sri Lanka’s cautionary tale of pandemics and sorcery

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Portugal’s colonial involvement in Sri Lanka ended in 1658, but the colonists left behind a vocabulary that is still audible in the “baila” that reverberate across the South Asian island. The word, derived from “bailar,” the Portuguese for “dance,” refers to the catchy tunes that get Sri Lankans dancing at festive occasions such as wedding parties and cricket matches. But this musical genre — also popular in the Indian coastal state of Goa, another former Portuguese colony — has also made waves through its lyrics, ...Continued

World leaders should be cautious not to use the pandemic...

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On Women’s Day, it’s even more important to take a stand for women’s equality and this year more than ever. Said Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Trine Jøranli Eskedal She was delivering the keynote address at an eventorganized by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to celebrate the International Women’s Day. The theme of the discussion was the “Impact of Covid 19pandemic on Women and Gender Equality” The Ambassador said International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s as protest against women’s lack of ...Continued

In ancient times, Sri Lanka was everything it wants to...

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By P.K.Balachandran
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