Monthly Archives: December 2013

S. African Rugby Hero Reflects on Unlikely Friendship with Mandela

S. African Rugby Hero Reflects on Unlikely Friendship with Mandela

   In 1995, South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup tournament.  It was just a year after the country’s first democratic elections, the first time black people had been allowed to vote after decades of white minority rule. But South Africa then was even more …

Bell Pottinger says David Cameron had one meeting in the North

Bell Pottinger says David Cameron had one meeting in the North

     The Guardian UK in an interview with Bell Pottinger the private public relations and marketing known for working with the Sri Lankan government and many other regimes. When asked if Bell Pottinger was still working for the Sri Lankan government, the chairman, Tim Bell, said, …

EU calls for more UN access in Sri Lanka

EU calls for more UN access in Sri Lanka

  The European Union (EU) Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Headsof Mission in Sri Lanka: “The EU Delegation in Colombo joins all those around the world commemorating World Human Rights Day and reiterates its solidarity with human rights defenders who continue …

PPT finds Sri Lanka guilty

PPT finds Sri Lanka guilty

    The Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT)in Bremen, Germany reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE. These tribunals …

US to Keep Close Watch on Lanka’s Human Rights Record

US to Keep Close Watch on Lanka’s Human Rights Record

   The US is keeping a close tab on Sri Lanka to see that it develops a credible justice mechanism to address allegations of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, a top American official has said. “We do also continue to be concerned …

Why dig into bitter past, says KP

Why dig into bitter past, says KP

    Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP the chief arms procurer of the defeated LTTE outfit now leads a life with children affected in the conflict in the centre of Kilinochchi. He established the Chencholai children’s home in January this year to look after war affected …

Mandatory online payment for UK visa applicants in Sri Lanka

Mandatory online payment for UK visa applicants in Sri Lanka

     From Monday, 16 December, 2013, all visa applicants for the UK will have to pay their visa fees online in US dollars via Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards or e-wallet (Skrill). As is the current practice, applications will also continue to …

Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking Fraud

Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking Fraud

     Can you imagine participating in a protest outside the White House and forcing the entire U.S. government to resign? Can you imagine a group of randomly chosen private citizens rewriting the U.S. constitution to include measures banning corporate fraud? It seems incomprehensible in …

Robbing the victory of Sri Lanka through Commissions

Robbing the victory of Sri Lanka through Commissions

   When the country has allocated Rs.59million to send its delegation to Geneva in March 2013 to defend the country against mounting human rights allegations the simple question is why has it been so difficult to defend the country against terrorists – banned by the …

British Upper Tribunal on attacks on Tamils

British Upper Tribunal on attacks on Tamils

    A recent British Tribunal found it was untenable that a Sri Lankan police officer was unknowingly involved in widespread ‘systematic’ attacks on Tamils, that constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the North-East. The UK’s Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Judges …