Monthly Archives: October 2013

British government says it will press Sri Lanka to investigate human rights abuses

British government says it will press Sri Lanka to investigate human rights abuses

    The British government says it will press the Sri Lankan Government to investigate all human rights abuses, including the shocking allegations of acts of sexual violence committed during and after the conflict. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says he and Prime Minister David …

Despite opposition, PM likely to go to Sri Lanka for CHOGM summit

Despite opposition, PM likely to go to Sri Lanka for CHOGM summit

    Despite opposition from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to go to Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), according to sources. Sources say that an advance security team has completed its Colombo recce. Sources say that …

New Zealand FM to visit Sri Lanka’s Tamil region

New Zealand FM to visit Sri Lanka’s Tamil region

      New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is to travel to the predominantly Tamil northern region of Sri Lanka next month to see first-hand civilian life since the end of the country’s long civil war in 2009. McCully said Thursday he would …

Demonising the enemy to seem self-righteous

Demonising the enemy to seem self-righteous

      The Committee for the Protection of Journalists – CPJ has released a list of 19 ‘journalists’ it claims to have been killed since 1992 in Sri Lanka. CPJ says that 1008 journalists were killed since 1992. It includes 151 in Iraq, 30 …

RSF calls on UNHRC to ensure the safety of FMM and IFJ personal

RSF calls on UNHRC to ensure the safety of FMM and IFJ personal

   To the attention of : Ajith Sunghay Human Rights Officer , Asia-Pacific Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Dear Mr Sunghay, A raid on a workshop co-organized by the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) …

Lanka grills two international journalists

Lanka grills two international journalists

     Sri Lankan Immigration sleuths on Wednesday detained two activists of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and questioned them for over four hours about their activities since their arrival in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa. Jaqcui Park, Asia Pacific Director of IFJ …

Congress top brass meet;Indian leaders agree to attend CHOGM ?

Congress top brass meet;Indian leaders agree to attend CHOGM ?

     Congress top brass including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday discussed the strategy ahead amid the controversy over India’s participation in the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka next month, which has been opposed by Tamil Nadu parties. The …

Cricket legends to join Botham during charity walk

Cricket legends to join Botham during charity walk

    Several leading cricket stars are expected to join Sir Ian Botham’s charity walk from Killinochchi to Seenigama spreading over eight days. The walk titled ‘Beefy’s Big Sri Lankan Walk’ is in aid of the charity Foundation of Goodness is planning to establish in …

Wigneswaran invites Manmohan to visit Jaffna

Wigneswaran invites Manmohan to visit Jaffna

     While a decision is still to be taken on whether the Prime Minister will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has invited Manmohan Singh to visit Jaffna (capital of the Tamil majority …

US ambassador meets Northern Chief Minister

US ambassador meets Northern Chief Minister

    US ambassador to SriLanka Michel J Sison said she is unable to comment on internal issues of SriLanka. US ambassador met Northern Chief Minister at his residence on Wednesday afternoon. Responding to question raised by journalist on lands acquired by military personals in …