Monthly Archives: February 2014

China backs Sri Lanka over U.S. rights complaint

China backs Sri Lanka over U.S. rights complaint

 China’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday offered support for Sri Lanka after the United States said it would table a U.N. resolution against Colombo over its human rights record. “China opposes some countries’ interference in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka under the pretext of human …

EU to call for investigation at UNHRC

EU to call for investigation at UNHRC

   The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council has decided to support calls for an independent probe into “alleged severe crimes” during the conflict and current human rights issues. Releasing a press release on 10 February 2014 it said that the the Council adopted the following conclusions …

Pakistani smuggling heroin in oranges arrested at Sri Lanka’s airport

Pakistani smuggling heroin in oranges arrested at Sri Lanka’s airport

    Sri Lanka Customs official have arrested a Pakistani National who tried to smuggle heroin hidden in oranges at the country’s international airport Monday night. Narcotics Control Unit of Sri Lanka Customs arrested the 64-year-old Pakistani man with the heroin stash at the Bandaranaike …

Land grab?

Land grab?

    Journalist Tamil Prabhakaran who was detained by Sri Lankan security forces whilst visiting the Tamil homeland in the North-East of the island released a documentary film on Sri Lanka at the conference organised by British Tamil Forum in London. Prabhakaran, , Tamil Prabhakaran was arrested while at Pooneryn …

Corruption and impunity will affect women, Catherine Russell says in video conference

Corruption and impunity will affect women, Catherine Russell says in video conference

     US Ambassador-at-large for Women’s Issues Catherine Russell said that the rise in corruption and impunity would result in a grave impact on women as they are often at the receiving end of it, in reference to the concluding statements made by US Assistant …

A traumatic past and a stifling present

A traumatic past and a stifling present

 With its failure to convincingly address allegations of war crimes, or implement a meaningful process of reconciliation over the last five years, Sri Lanka finds itself trapped by international pressure ahead of the UNHRC meet in Geneva. All along, criticism of the country’s human rights …

Global TU to Sri Lanka on fact finding mission

Global TU to Sri Lanka on fact finding mission

  The leader of the world s single largest trade union (TU) federation will be in the country on a five-day visit starting February 15, on a fact-finding mission regarding issues faced by local workers, including those unjustly terminated by their employers, senior union officials …

Resolution on Sri Lanka presented to US Congress

Resolution on Sri Lanka presented to US Congress

   A resolution presented to the US Congress has called on the United States and the international community to establish an independent international accountability mechanism to evaluate reports of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights violations committed by both sides during and …

Modi plays TN card says, India is being harassed by smaller neighbours like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan

Modi plays TN card says, India is being harassed by smaller neighbours like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Pakistan

    Narendra Modi’s speech was as significant for what he left unsaid as it was for his focus on the UPA’s mishandling of the economy and India’s foreign policy. Modi’s reluctance to target regional parties appears to stem from a desire to keep options …

“It is not easy, to heal the wounds and cooperate with yesterday’s enemy to build tomorrow together, but it is the only path: Pope Francis.

“It is not easy, to heal the wounds and cooperate with yesterday’s enemy to build tomorrow together, but it is the only path: Pope Francis.

    Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the conflict-ridden nation and expressing his hope for a future visit. Most of those present were migrants currently living in Italy. After they had …