On 22 June 2010, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of a Panel of Experts to advise him on the implementation of the joint commitment included in the statement issued by the President of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General at the conclusion of the Secretary-General’s visit to Sri Lanka on 23 March 2009.
Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Adviser on Reconciliation to the President, responds on Hard Talk to hard questions about Sri Lanka. In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Stephen Sackur, Prof Wijesinha deals with questions about Sri Lanka raised by recent interventions by Channel 4 as well as a Panel on Accountability appointed by the UN Secretary General.
“In trying to do good, we have been living beyond our moral resources and have fallen into hypocrisy and self-righteousness” — William V. Cannon, commenting on the Vietnam War, New York Times, February 6, 1966
“Conquer the angry man by love, Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness. Conquer the miser with generosity. Conquer the liar with truth.” — The Dhammapada p. 223
Original Post | Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka | June 23 2012
The United Nations’ much delayed internal review of its own role and actions during the war in Sri Lanka and aftermath has given raise to many questions than it answers, as the review panel has not only deliberately left out key members of the UN international staff but also ignored crucial issues such as the LTTE white flag surrender fiasco and actual civilian death toll.
Original Post | BBC | June 11 2011
A thin strip of land in northern Sri Lanka was the brutal theatre of war during the closing phase of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil conflict. Thousands of civilians were hemmed in as the government battled Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland.