Monthly Archives: June 2014

Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Australian waters, Abbott deflects questions

Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Australian waters, Abbott deflects questions

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has deflected questions about reports of a leaky asylum seeker boat 300 kilometres off Christmas Island. Fairfax Media says it has spoken to two people claiming to be on the boat with 151 others. One of them, a woman identifying as Tamil, …

All Ceylon Hindu Congress condemns acts of communalism, religious hatred

All Ceylon Hindu Congress condemns acts of communalism, religious hatred

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (Federation of Hindu Religious Associations and Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka), has strongly condemned acts of communalism and religious hatred again being directed against minority religious groups and in particular the recent incidents affecting Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela areas. …

Modi’s Sweet and Spicy Sri Lanka Strategy

Modi’s Sweet and Spicy Sri Lanka Strategy

By Daniel Alphonsus.                                                                Post-independence India’s foreign policy has been defined more by continuity than …

Sri Lankan Editor calls for arrest of reporter

Sri Lankan Editor calls for arrest of reporter

As journalists around the world reel over lengthy prison sentences handed down to three Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt, a media freedom controversy has erupted in Sri Lanka after the editor of the Daily News called for the arrest of a local Al Jazeera journalist …

US welcomes Sri Lanka rights probe panel

US welcomes Sri Lanka rights probe panel

Speaking at US State Department daily press briefing spokesperson Marie Harf said yesterday (25) that the United States welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s announcement of the distinguished experts who will advise the panel conducting the international investigation into the alleged human …

UK Parliamentarians call for repeal of Sri Lanka’s terrorism laws

UK Parliamentarians call for repeal of Sri Lanka’s terrorism laws

Parliamentarians and campaigners held a discussion at the Houses of Parliament in Britain on Tuesday, where campaigners highlighted Sri Lanka’s repressive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has been used to arrest and detain individuals for years. Organised by the Tamil Information Centre, the event …

UN Human Rights Chief announces details of Sri Lankan  investigation

UN Human Rights Chief announces details of Sri Lankan investigation

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Wednesday that three distinguished experts have agreed to advise and support the team set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, as mandated by the Human Rights Council in …

Is the US Embassy in Colombo behind Anti-Muslim violence?

Is the US Embassy in Colombo behind Anti-Muslim violence?

Political commentator C.A.Chandraprema’s analysis of the Aluthgama clash has given rise to the speculation that the US Embassy in Colombo was behind the whole incident and they exactly knew what was happening in Aluthgama! “The US Embassy should explain to the world how the BBS …

US State Department report on human trafficking released

US State Department report on human trafficking released

  The latest US State Department report on human trafficking has accused Sri Lanka of failing to fully comply with the minimum standards to eliminate human trafficking. According to the Trafficking in Persons 2014 report released on Friday by the US Secretary of State John …

Remains of the hate

Remains of the hate

 Sri Lanka has just experienced the worst communal violence in decades but you wouldn’t always know it from the behaviour of its politicians. Six members of the main Opposition party went on a fact-finding mission to look into the well-being of the animals in Dehiwala …