Monthly Archives: July 2014

India to inform SL about Pakistan Embassy Official

India to inform SL about Pakistan Embassy Official

India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of this …

US report says BBS was behind a growing wave of anti-Muslim activities

US report says BBS was behind a growing wave of anti-Muslim activities

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013  was released by the US State Department on 28 July 2014. The Annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in each country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, …

U.S. concerned on media freedom in Sri Lanka

U.S. concerned on media freedom in Sri Lanka

The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was …

Lankan refugee trafficking exposes chinks in security

Lankan refugee trafficking exposes chinks in security

The recent arrest of two boat owners from Puducherry for trafficking Sri Lankan refugees to Australia through the sea route has exposed big gaps in coastal security, according to intelligence agencies.The Puducherry police arrested the two men based on a tip-off by the Australian government …

Asylum seeker court hearing is brought forward

Asylum seeker court hearing is brought forward

The high court has convened a special hearing on Monday afternoon about the case of 157 asylum seekers who spent weeks at sea. The hearing will be held at 2.15pm and consider the detention and processing of the Tamil asylum seekers who the immigration minister, …

Greens senator wants to ensure asylum seekers are aware of their rights

Greens senator wants to ensure asylum seekers are aware of their rights

The Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says she will visit Curtin detention centre in Western Australia to ensure asylum seekers transferred from the boat intercepted in the Indian Ocean are aware of their rights. “I’ll try to get to Curtin in the next few days to …

Solheim Ready To Testify

Solheim Ready To Testify

Former Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim, says he is ready to testify before the Government Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the war. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Solheim said that he has nothing to hide and is willing to share whatever he knows with …

India told Lanka to resolve Tamil issue

India told Lanka to resolve Tamil issue

India has told Sri Lanka that it needs to resolve the Tamil issue for making progress in bilateral trade and commerce, a senior BJP leader has said. “We have told them (Sri Lanka) that you should resolve the Tamil issue if you want trade and …

Protesters disrupt workshop for journalists

Protesters disrupt workshop for journalists

A press workshop in Colombo for Tamil journalists was disrupted on 26 July 2014 after protesters gathered outside Sri Lanka’s Press Institute, where the workshop was to take place. This was the 3rd training for northern journalists which was disrupted in just 2 months  a journalist …

Australia PM defends treatment of migrants held on boat

Australia PM defends treatment of migrants held on boat

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday said his government’s treatment of a boatload of 157 asylum-seekers who have been kept at sea for weeks would underline its resolve to stop people-smuggling. Abbott, who came to power in September promising to “stop the boats” bringing …