Monthly Archives: April 2014

Discussions with South African envoy ‘very fruitful’ – TNA

Discussions with South African envoy ‘very fruitful’ – TNA

   The Tamil National Alliance said discussions with the South African envoy, Cyril Ramaposa, this week were “very fruitful”. “We look forward to continued engagement with the Special Envoy especially during his impending visit to Sri Lanka,” said the party in a statement issued today. …

How strategic is Sri Lanka?

How strategic is Sri Lanka?

   Five hundred years ago as the Spanish and Portuguese empires were carving up the Western hemisphere into colonial spheres, Europe’s imperial competition in the Indian Ocean was equally intense. As the first to navigate around Africa’s southern cape in the late 15th century, Portugal …

BBS Classified as a Terrorist Organization by Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

BBS Classified as a Terrorist Organization by Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

  The Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has classified Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena as a ‘terrorist organization’. When asked why the TRAC profiled the BBS as a terrorist organization, the TRAC said; “their actions resemble acts of terror against soft targets as well …

Modi will not betray Tamils

Modi will not betray Tamils

    MDMK general secretary Vaiko said that a Modi-led Government at the Centre would not repeat the blunders of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in Sri Lankan Tamils and fishermen issues. Mobilising support for the party candidate in the Tenkasi (reserved) segment N. …

Muslim Parliamentarians considering boycotting Parliament

Muslim Parliamentarians considering boycotting Parliament

   Several Muslim Parliamentarians are considering boycotting Parliament sessions if action is not taken to control the “terror” activities of the Bodu Bala Sena. Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said that the proposal to boycott Parliament is still being discussed and a final …

Five UK MPs trip to Sri Lanka cancelled

Five UK MPs trip to Sri Lanka cancelled

    An all-expenses-paid trip by five UK MPs and their partners, including business-class travel to and from Sri Lanka, is cancelled amid cross-party recriminations – hours before departure. The timing of the trip was controversial – coming just two weeks after the United Nations …

LTTE member Gobi and two others killed

LTTE member Gobi and two others killed

    LTTE member Gobi and two others were killed following a confrontation with the army in Vavuniya late last night, the army said today. “The three suspects were identified as Gobi,Appan, and Thevian. Judicial inquiry is being held at the scene of the shooting,” …

Foreign & Commonwealth Office says Sri Lanka is a country of concern

Foreign & Commonwealth Office says Sri Lanka is a country of concern

   The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) released  ‘The Human Rights and Democracy Report 2013′ on 10 April 2014. The report presents an  analysis of human rights around the world.This report provides an overview of activity in 2013 by the FCO and its diplomatic …

UN strengthens key human rights reporting system

UN strengthens key human rights reporting system

    International human rights reporting received a significant boost after the UN General Assembly on Wednesday approved steps to strengthen the system for reviewing how member states comply with their human rights treaty obligations. The General Assembly resolution (A/68/L.37) aims to streamline and harmonise …

BBS mayhem at Media briefing

BBS mayhem at Media briefing

  By Latheef Farook.                                                              A small minority of Muslim families were living peacefully for centuries in …