Monthly Archives: November 2013

After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch

After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch

    First, the good news: David Cameron kept his promise to “shine a light” on Sri Lanka’s human rights record when he visited the country for the Commonwealth summit. If President Mahinda Rajapaksa thought this occasion was going to be a chance to showcase …

… how I became Sri Lanka’s most hated man

… how I became Sri Lanka’s most hated man

      They haunt our every move, on their motorbikes in their silver hatchback and on their tuk tuks. Sri Lanka’s intelligence officers are a tenacious lot, but there’s another group perhaps even more tenacious in their pursuit of us: “spontaneous”, pro-government demonstrators. They were …

The Commonwealth Summit: the aftermath

The Commonwealth Summit: the aftermath

       The Commonwealth Summit has now ended. It was broadly seen as a complete disaster for both the Commonwealth and Sri Lanka. Only 27 of the 53 invited Heads of Government attended. 23 nations sent lesser representation (Antigua, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Canada, Mauritius, …

Vasan praises David Cameron’s visit to Sri Lanka

Vasan praises David Cameron’s visit to Sri Lanka

    Nobody can deny the efforts British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken to put Sri Lanka on notice over genocide and war crimes, Union shipping minister GK Vasan said. The Congress minister from Tamil Nadu applauded Cameron’s visit to Colombo for the Commonwealth …

Cameron: I pressed for credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes

Cameron: I pressed for credible, transparent and independent investigations into alleged war crimes

    The Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on 18 November 2013 on the recent disaster in the Philippines and on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The Prime Minister (Mr David Cameron):With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to …

China asks Lanka to protect, promote human rights

China asks Lanka to protect, promote human rights

     In a surprise move, China on Monday asked Sri Lanka to “make efforts to protect and promote human rights”, backing calls by India, Britain and other countries at the CHOGM summit in Colombo to address allegations of rights abuses against the country’s minority …

William Hague believes Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry can be set up by March

William Hague believes Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry can be set up by March

     UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he believes it is possible for the Sri Lankan government to establish a war crimes inquiry before March. It comes after PM David Cameron called on president Mahinda Rajapaksa to set up an independent inquiry into …

Sri Lanka, ‘impossible journalism’ and Channel 4 News

Sri Lanka, ‘impossible journalism’ and Channel 4 News

     As the controversial Chogm in Sri Lanka comes to an end, Channel 4 News Editor Ben de Pear reveals why he is pulling his team of the country in the face of intimidation. Today, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa closed what has been …

News X Exclusive: Lankan Documentary

News X Exclusive: Lankan Documentary

     If you have been wondering why Tamil parties have been opposed to the PM’s visit to Lanka to attend the common wealth summit then over the next few minutes you might understand their position. A NewsX investigation makes a compelling case of genocide …

Sri Lanka escapes Commonwealth censure after fractious summit

Sri Lanka escapes Commonwealth censure after fractious summit

   Sri Lanka’s human rights record was glaringly absent from a communique issued by Commonwealth leaders on Sunday at the end of a fractious summit dominated by allegations of war crimes during the bloody climax of the island’s 26-year civil war. The normally sedate two-yearly …