Monthly Archives: May 2013

Calls to ban Sri Lanka from event to remember start of war

Calls to ban Sri Lanka from event to remember start of war

     THE Coalition Government is under pressure to prevent Sri Lanka attending a Commonwealth event in Glasgow designed to commemorate the start of the First World War. Campaigners say the country should not be invited because of its appalling record on human rights. But …

US envoy meets TNA

US envoy meets TNA

      The US Ambassador to Colombo Michele J. Sison has had discussions with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) regarding the scheduled elections in the north. According to the Jaffna based Uthayan newspaper, the Ambassador had also discussed the land acquisition issue in Jaffna and the …

UN Special Rapporteur wants to visit Sri Lanka

UN Special Rapporteur wants to visit Sri Lanka

        The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns has said he wants to visit Sri Lanka. In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ahead of its 23rd session scheduled for next week, Heynes …

Petition against land acquisition filed in Appeal Court

Petition against land acquisition filed in Appeal Court

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       Over a thousand Tamils of the Northern Peninsula filed a petition, to the Appeal Court, demanding that steps to be taken against an acquisition notice that advocates the acquisition of 6381 acres of land which contain their traditional homes. That …

Colombo District Court declares Ambassador could be sued

Colombo District Court declares Ambassador could be sued

        A major diplomatic dispute is in the offing with the District Court of Colombo ruling that four Norwegian foreign ministry officials, including its former Ambassador in Colombo, Hilde Haraldstad, are accountable for multiple banking transactions undertaken by local NGO, the Foundation …

Australia passes controversial immigration law amendment

Australia passes controversial immigration law amendment

    Australian senate adopted a controversial amendment to the ‘Migration Act’, allowing people who arrive by boat to be processed at offshore facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, aimed at discouraging asylum-seekers showing up on Australia’s shore illegally through sea route. …

Assault on dissent thrives in Sri Lanka: Amnesty International writes to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 May – 14 June 2013)

Assault on dissent thrives in Sri Lanka: Amnesty International writes to the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 May – 14 June 2013)

  Four years have passed since the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lankan authorities continue to deny mounting evidence of crimes under international law committed by its forces during Sri Lanka’s protracted armed conflict. Amnesty International has documented dozens of attempts …

Hype runs out as economy struggles

Hype runs out as economy struggles

     After crushing Tamil rebels four years ago Sri Lanka expected to become South Asia’s tiger economy, but exuberance has given way to mediocre growth and fears of more trouble ahead. The country was almost broke when troops defeated separatist Tamil Tigers in May …

Protests in Colombo over electricity tariff

Protests in Colombo over electricity tariff

– සිංහල –      Two protests took place in Colombo yesterday with one demanding the abolishing of the increased electricity tariffs and one in support of the government. The protest  organised by trade unions and people’s movement aligned with opposition political parties against the …

BASL appoints Committee to ensure justice

BASL appoints Committee to ensure justice

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has appointed a ‘Standing Committee on the Rule of Law’ to provide remedies for those who have suffered injustice due to violation of the supremacy of the law. People can complain to …