Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cameron may visit the North

Cameron may visit the North

   British Prime Minister David Cameron may visit the north during his stay in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The Jaffna-based Uthayan newspaper reported that the British Premier is expected to tour Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu to get a first …

KP alleges TNA hardliners trying to cause chaos

KP alleges TNA hardliners trying to cause chaos

    Velupillai Prabhakaran’s successor, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, aka KP, yesterday said that hardliners in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would try to cause new issues to derail the ongoing reconciliation process. The Kilinochchi-based Pathmanathan was responding to the TNA-run Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha passing a resolution …

Bishop wants accountability

Bishop wants accountability

     Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph says there needs to be accountability for 146,679 people who he claims have not been accounted for in the North during the last eight months of the war. The outspoken Bishop says the government must address Tamil issues and …

The war has been over

The war has been over

     “You would get arrested, get raped or disappear yourself. Don’t do it.” This advice the independent film-maker and poet Leena Manimekalai got from well-wishers was hardly encouraging, when she told them about shooting a documentary in Sri Lanka on the enforced disappearances in …

David Cameron has missed a significant opportunity: British Labour Party

David Cameron has missed a significant opportunity: British Labour Party

    The UK’s Labour Party has released a statement declaring that Prime Minister David Cameron has ‘missed a significant opportunity’ to put pressure on Sri Lanka by attending CHOGM. In a statement released on Friday,Douglas Alexander MP Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary said, “The indications that …

Follow up to the report of the Secretary General’s Internal Review Panel says: The Sri Lanka crisis was a test.

Follow up to the report of the Secretary General’s Internal Review Panel says: The Sri Lanka crisis was a test.

     The UN in a report “A Plan of Action to strengthen the UN’s role in protecting people in crises” a follow up to the report of the Secretary General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka, states in its findings that: Protecting human rights is …

British Lords debate Commonwealth

British Lords debate Commonwealth

    The United Kingdom’s House of Lords debated the future of the Commonwealth on Thursday, with many peers expressing their concern over Sri Lanka’s human rights record. Conservative Lord Naseby, chair of the All Party Sri Lanka Group responded to criticism with a glowing …

Packer in talks with Sri Lankan Government over planned casino

Packer in talks with Sri Lankan Government over planned casino

    Australian billionaire James Packer plans to pump $400 million into a five-star gambling resort in Sri Lanka, cashing in on the country’s tourism potential. The businessman has revealed he is in detailed discussions with the Sri Lankan government and potential joint venture partners to …

Media struggles to cope with death threats and harassment

Media struggles to cope with death threats and harassment

  The journalists of “Uthayan” newspaper in northern Sri Lanka are wearily accustomed to death threats, harassment and sometimes assault. When three gunmen broke into the head office at 5.30 one morning, however, they tried a more direct method of shutting down the independent daily. …

British Tamils are preparing to protest against arrival of G.L.Peries

British Tamils are preparing to protest against arrival of G.L.Peries

    The Minister of External Affairs G.L.Peries is to visit Britain on October 21 and  Tamils in Britain are preparing to stage protests against his visit. As the Sri Lankan government is carrying out  arrangements to host the Commonwealth Heads Meeting the minister of external affairs G.L.Peries is …