Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friction Shows at Commonwealth Meet

Friction Shows at Commonwealth Meet

    Sri Lanka’s president lashed out at criticisms of his nation’s human rights record, saying Thursday that the government deals with any complaints of abuses committed during or after its bloody 27-year civil war. Pro-government protesters, meanwhile, attacked the headquarters of the main opposition …

Recent election in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province a “positive step”

Recent election in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province a “positive step”

    Singapore Foreign Affairs and Law Minister, K Shanmugam, who is now in Sri Lanka, said the recent election in the country’s Northern Province was a positive step for its reconciliation and peace process. Speaking at the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting ahead of the Heads …

C’wealth Development agenda post-2015 should be under UN: Khurshid

C’wealth Development agenda post-2015 should be under UN: Khurshid

   India on Wednesday said the agenda of the Commonwealth Development post-2015 should be brought under the auspices of the United Nations for a transparent, democratic and inclusive approach.Intervening in the first session of the pre-CHOGM Foreign Ministers’ meeting, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said …

HRW says CHOGM leaders should target Sri Lanka over rights abuses

HRW says CHOGM leaders should target Sri Lanka over rights abuses

    Leaders of Commonwealth countries attending the CHOGM summit must press host nation Sri Lanka on its human rights record and demand accountability, a prominent rights group has said. “The world will be watching to see if Commonwealth leaders speak out for the victims …

President Rajapaksa satisfied over Khurshid’s presence at CHOGM

President Rajapaksa satisfied over Khurshid’s presence at CHOGM

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday expressed satisfaction over External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid attending the CHOGM summit. “I am satisfied,” he told a press conference when asked whether he was satisfied with the level of Indian participation at the Commonwealth Heads of …

Australian Foreign Minister to discuss trade and investment, human rights

Australian Foreign Minister to discuss trade and investment, human rights

    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will meet Sri Lankan Government Ministers to discuss trade and investment, human rights and cooperation on combatting people smuggling, the Australian Foreign Ministry said. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in …

Obhrai in Jaffna ahead of CHOGM

Obhrai in Jaffna ahead of CHOGM

   Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights Deepak Obhrai undertook a fact-finding mission to Jaffna today. Obhrai, who is in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth summit, met the Chief Minister of the North C.V. Wigneswaran and Jaffna …

India PM to skip Sri Lanka summit

India PM to skip Sri Lanka summit

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will skip a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka this week marred by long-running accusations that Colombo has failed to resolve the issue of war crimes against minority Tamils. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already said …

Sri Lanka tells Commonwealth it wants sustainable peace

Sri Lanka tells Commonwealth it wants sustainable peace

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa  told Commonwealth representatives that Sri Lanka wants to ensure sustainable peace. Speaking at the launch of a Commonwealth civil society meeting, which precedes a meeting of Commonwealth leaders later this week, President  Rajapaksa said the country had suffered …

Pro-Tamil outfits to block entry of Union ministers from state

Pro-Tamil outfits to block entry of Union ministers from state

     Pro-Tamil outfits pressing for India‘s boycott of CHOGM in Sri Lankaover the Lankan Tamils issue today decided to block the entry of Union Ministers from the state into Tamil Nadu as part of their agitation to mount pressure on the Centre to skip …