Monthly Archives: October 2013

Our new cycle of cooperation are equity, inclusion and rights as enshrined in the Sri Lankan Constitution and the International Treaties and Conventions to which Sri Lanka is signatory

Our new cycle of cooperation are equity, inclusion and rights as enshrined in the Sri Lankan Constitution and the International Treaties and Conventions to which Sri Lanka is signatory

     The United Nations (UN) in Sri Lanka marked the 68th UN day in the presence of Chief Guest, Honourable Senior Minister, D.E.W. Gunesekara, Guest of Honour, Honourable Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr Dulles Alahapperuma, other Honourable Ministers, Senior Government Officials, …

Jaffna priest charges government of oppression

Jaffna priest charges government of oppression

   The chairman of the justice-and-peace commission in the Diocese of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, has accused the country’s government of systematic violations of the rights of minority Tamils. Father S.V.B. Mangalarajah said that the policies of Sri Lanka in the wake of a long civil …

CMEV  releases election monitoring report

CMEV releases election monitoring report

   The Center for Monitoring Election Violence(CMEV), in its final report on the recent Northern Provincial Council Elections, notes that monitors were once again not allowed into the count. CMEV says this is a major impediment to comprehensive civil society monitoring of the electoral process. …

Sri Lanka’s unanswered questions over human rights

Sri Lanka’s unanswered questions over human rights

       External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris told the BBC that if there is a push for an international probe the government will say it is unwarranted and there is no reason to do it. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister has said the country’s investigations …

Cameron defends summit move amid human rights concerns

Cameron defends summit move amid human rights concerns

    David Cameron has defended the decision to attend a high-profile international summit in Sri Lanka despite his concerns over the country’s human rights record. The Prime Minister rejected a Labour call to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), insisting it was …

Malaysian Prime Minister has confirmed he will attend CHOGM

Malaysian Prime Minister has confirmed he will attend CHOGM

     Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will attend the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will be held in Sri Lanka from the 15th to the 17th of next month. “We have confirmation that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will be attending …

Why dozens of ethnic Somalis in Scandinavia are embracing jihad

Why dozens of ethnic Somalis in Scandinavia are embracing jihad

    Scandinavia’s humanitarian generosity in the 1990s appears to have had some unintended, and unwelcome, consequences, as dozens of young ethnic Somalis living there have embraced jihad, returning to the Horn of Africa to join the al Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab. Norway’s Intelligence Agency PST …

TNA leader urges India to consider opinion of Tamil Nadu leaders

TNA leader urges India to consider opinion of Tamil Nadu leaders

    Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and senior MP R Sampanthan on Tuesday said the Indian government should seriously consider the opinion of the leaders in Tamil Nadu over the country’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to …

Army Commander meets foreign military leaders

Army Commander meets foreign military leaders

     Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake,  met several top-ranking military leaders, including the Chief of Staff of the US Army, General Raymond T. Odierno,  in Washington DC the Army web site said. The Army Commander is attending the three-day long 60th annual meeting of the …

Crown resort-casino in Sri Lanka faces delay after tax changes

Crown resort-casino in Sri Lanka faces delay after tax changes

    Opposition by Buddhist religious leaders and some political parties in Sri Lanka led the government to announce on Tuesday it will alter tax concessions granted to Australian gambling tycoon James Packer’s Crown Ltd for a $400 million hotel resort that will include a …