Monthly Archives: July 2014

Bishop rejects UN criticism of asylum seeker policy

Bishop rejects UN criticism of asylum seeker policy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended the Abbott government’s asylum seeker policy after the United Nations said it was “profoundly concerned” by reports on the treatment of Tamil asylum seekers. “Australia abides by its international obligations and will continue to do so, but we will …

Sri Lanka’s government accused of turning a blind eye

Sri Lanka’s government accused of turning a blind eye

The attackers stormed in close to midnight, tearing through town with gasoline bombs and clubs before carting away piles of cash and jewelry they stole from Muslim families in this tiny corner of Sri Lanka. The onslaught incited by the Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist …

President Xi set for historic Sri Lanka visit

President Xi set for historic Sri Lanka visit

China’s President Xi Jinping will this year become the first Chinese head of state to visit Sri Lanka in three decades, underlining Beijing’s renewed push to deepen its strategic and economic presence in the neighbourhood and in the Indian Ocean. Mr. Xi’s visit was discussed …

Australian Immigration Minister to arrive in Sri Lanka

Australian Immigration Minister to arrive in Sri Lanka

 Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will arrive in Sri Lanka on 9 July 2014, for talks with Sri Lankan authorities, the Ministry of External Affairs said. Morrison is set to arrive amid mounting controversy regarding the fate of some 200 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers …

Malaysian police make new arrests of suspected Sri Lankan Tamil activists

Malaysian police make new arrests of suspected Sri Lankan Tamil activists

Malaysian police said on Friday they had arrested four foreign nationals suspected of having links to Sri Lanka’s defeated separatist Tamil Tigers, the second such detention aimed at the group’s militants in the southeast Asian country. The four are believed to be senior members of …

Britain’s House of Lords told Lanka’s local probe failed

Britain’s House of Lords told Lanka’s local probe failed

During the  the House of Lords debate on 2 July 2014 the British Government  informed that Sri Lanka’s domestic mechanism to address issues related to the war, had failed to meet expectations. This was stated by Baroness Warsi in reply to a question asked by …

UK calls on Sri Lanka to endorse the declaration to end Sexual Violence in Conflict.

UK calls on Sri Lanka to endorse the declaration to end Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The UK continued its call on Sri Lanka to endorse the declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the British High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement on Thursday 3 July 2014. Read statement below: In Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a …

U.N. Chief Urges Sri Lanka to Protect Muslims Under Attack

U.N. Chief Urges Sri Lanka to Protect Muslims Under Attack

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Sri Lankan government to “take necessary measures” to prevent any further attacks against minority Muslims in the country. Asked to respond to reports of violence there, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told IPS “the secretary-general is concerned about …

India fears growth of fundamentalism in Sri Lanka after riots

India fears growth of fundamentalism in Sri Lanka after riots

Security experts have expressed serious concerns over the recent riots in Sri Lanka, and have stressed the need for Colombo to take steps to control the situation, fearing that riots may be exploited by ‘foreign elements’ wanting to carry out a terror strikes in southern …

US Supreme Court: Police Need Warrants to Search Cell Phone Data

US Supreme Court: Police Need Warrants to Search Cell Phone Data

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant to search the vast amount of information on a suspect’s cellphone, broadly protecting Americans’ privacy rights in the digital age. The opinion, by Chief Justice John Roberts, dismissed law-enforcement arguments that no legal …