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IMPACT of US withdrawal from UNHRC on SRI LANKA

By Neville Ladduwahetty There is considerable speculation within Sri Lanka as regards the impact of US withdrawal from the UNHRC. While some hope for a certain degree of letting up as a consequence of the US action, others are of the view that the US would continue to maintain its...

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Sri Lankan sovereignty, non-negotiable!

by Tamara Kunanayakam Courtesy of The Island Economist, Chairperson – UN Working Group on the Right to Development (2011 – 2015), and former Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN at Geneva (Based on a Public Lecture at the University of Colombo, adapted for The Island) Sri Lankan sovereignty –...

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The greatness of the Great Chronicle, Mahavamsa

By H.L. D. Mahindapala   “And the soothsayers, when they saw the seats prepared, foretold: ‘The earth is occupied by these (bhikkus); they will be lords upon the island.’  – Mahavamsa XIV: 53.   In the opening paragraph Bhikku Mahanama, the Father of Sri Lankan history, makes it clear that...

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War crimes…part 6 for UNHRC

By Kamalika Pieris The Sri Lanka armed forces strenuously deny that they committed ‘war crimes’. Retd. Major General Lalin Fernando said firmly that the army did not have heavy artillery (175 mm guns and above) or cluster munitions as alleged. The  Army also denied accusations by two Catholic bishops,    Rayappu...