Monthly Archives: December 2013

David Cameron calls for new EU-China free trade agreement

David Cameron calls for new EU-China free trade agreement

      Britain will act as China’s strongest advocate in the west, David Cameron has declared as he flew into Beijing pledging to lead a “dialogue of mutual respect and understanding”. In a sign of Downing Street’s determination to appease Beijing, which was furious when …

Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on Sri Lanka’s counting of the dead

Statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on Sri Lanka’s counting of the dead

     Last week’s announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka that it will conduct a national census to determine the extent of the loss of life during the country’s 26-year old civil war, is a welcome step. This will advance the process of post-conflict …

UN human rights expert starts mission to assess situation of internally displaced persons

UN human rights expert starts mission to assess situation of internally displaced persons

  United Nations Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani started today a five-day official visit to Sri Lanka to examine the overall situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. “I will gather first-hand information from all parties, including displaced persons and affected communities themselves,” said …

China seeks to cultivate Sri Lanka ties but without international reproach

China seeks to cultivate Sri Lanka ties but without international reproach

    It is not often that the Chinese government criticises another nation for how it handles civil liberties, especially a country with which it has close financial and diplomatic ties. So it was curious when Qin Gang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, advised …

Sexual Violence in Conflict: I discussed with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka specific support for our initiative, and we await their reply

Sexual Violence in Conflict: I discussed with the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka specific support for our initiative, and we await their reply

     Britain said that it is awaiting Sri Lanka’s reply on whether the latter will support the issue of preventing sexual violence in conflict.This was stated by  Mr William Hague British, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs   in  response to a question in the House …

Obhrai holds media roundtable on Jaffna visit

Obhrai holds media roundtable on Jaffna visit

   The Harper government says Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority continues to be fearful of the country’s leadership. That’s the conclusion of Deepak Obhrai, a parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister, who travelled  to Sri Lanka’s Tamil region. Obhrai was sent after Prime Minister Stephen …

Representing ‘extremism’

Representing ‘extremism’

    The TNA MP S Sritharan’s comments in Parliament the day before Maaveerar Naal have ruffled more than a few feathers within the Sri Lankan state. Amidst the Sri Lankan state’s attempt to quash any acts of remembrance, defending the right of Tamils to …

Undercover journalists account of asylum seeker journey to Australia

Undercover journalists account of asylum seeker journey to Australia

    An undercover journalist has detailed how he and a photographer posed as asylum seekers and took an epic journey from Afghanistan’s shady currency markets to Jakarta and on to a flimsy, open-decked wooden boat that delivered 57 desperate people to Christmas Island. In …

Jaya slams Centre for defence cooperation with Lanka

Jaya slams Centre for defence cooperation with Lanka

   Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday slammed the UPA government for what she called “an insensitive policy of defence cooperation with Sri Lanka, which totally ignores the impact it may have upon the feelings of Tamils”. In a letter to Prime Minister …

Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economic theories in critique of inequality

Pope Francis denounces ‘trickle-down’ economic theories in critique of inequality

    Pope Francis on Tuesday sharply criticized growing economic inequality and unfettered markets in a wide-ranging and decidedly populist teaching that revealed how he plans to reshape the Catholic Church. In his most authoritative writings as pontiff, Francis decried an “idolatry of money” in secular …