Monthly Archives: July 2014

UN rights experts urge “ stop the promotion of hatred and faith-based violence”

UN rights experts urge “ stop the promotion of hatred and faith-based violence”

Aiming to stem the tide of violent attacks and recrimination against Sri Lanka’s Muslim and Christian communities, a group of United Nations human rights experts called on the Government on 2 July 2014, to adopt urgent measures to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based …

MP warns ICC of a turbulent environment if UN takes action

MP warns ICC of a turbulent environment if UN takes action

Government MP for Colombo district, Thilanga Sumathipala, warned the International Criminal Court (ICC)  of a “turbulent environment” and inter-ethnic violence in Sri Lanka and beyond, if the UN was to take action against Sri Lanka following an international inquiry into mass atrocities. This was stated by …

EU calls for cooperation with inquiry and implementation of the LLRCrecommendations

EU calls for cooperation with inquiry and implementation of the LLRCrecommendations

The EU issuing a statement on 1 July 2014, on the appointment of the UN investigation team on Sri Lanka said “We welcome the appointment by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay,of three renowned experts Martti Ahtisaari, Silvia Cartwright and Asma Jahangir to …

No plans to pick up asylum seekers from Australian authorities

No plans to pick up asylum seekers from Australian authorities

The Sri Lankan military says it has not intercepted a boatload of Tamil asylum seekers bound for Australia refuting reports the Sri Lankan Navy were preparing to pick them up mid-ocean. The Sri Lankan military says it has not intercepted a boatload of Tamil asylum …

Pope to visit the North

Pope to visit the North

Pope Francis will visit the North during his visit to Sri Lanka next year, a spokesman from the Bishop’s House in Mannar said yesterday. The spokesman said the delegation of the pope’s security personnel who are now in the island met the authorities of the …

It will be a very difficult task for any government to stop people from contacting investigators

It will be a very difficult task for any government to stop people from contacting investigators

One of the three international experts appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to lead the international inquiry into mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, Asma Jahangir, expressed confidence in the inquiry’s ability to deliver answers despite the Sri Lankan government’s persistent refusal to …

Sri Lanka signs contract with Madison Group in US to Assist External Affairs Ministry

Sri Lanka signs contract with Madison Group in US to Assist External Affairs Ministry

Sri Lanka has signed a one-year $180K contract with Madison Group to assist its ministry of external affairs in “creating a situational awareness of current affairs” in the island state off the coast of India. The Associated Press reported today that a new United Nations …

Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US

Gnanasara Thera Banned From Entering US

The Bodu Bala Sena alleges that the US State Department has taken measures to cancel its General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s visa to the United States. Speaking to Asian Mirror, BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage said an official of the US Embassy had contacted …

If proven I will resign

If proven I will resign

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday denied any involvement with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or any fringe organisations as alleged. Speaking to the Daily Mirror during an exclusive interview Rajapaksa asserted that he would resign from his post …