Monthly Archives: July 2014

Canada concerned about restrictions on civil society

Canada concerned about restrictions on civil society

The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement concerning restrictions on civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sri Lanka: “Canada is deeply concerned by reports of efforts to restrict legitimate …

Katchatheevu’s sovereignty has never been with Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi

Katchatheevu’s sovereignty has never been with Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi

DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday opposed in the Supreme Court the Centre’s stand that Katchatheevu belonged to Sri Lanka in light of the 1974 agreement and said the sovereignty over the islet “was never with Ceylon but with India.” On Monday, the court granted …

The rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist ultra-nationalists

The rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist ultra-nationalists

Shortly before Buddhist mobs made a deadly rampage through Muslim neighborhoods near the town of Aluthgama, Sri Lanka last month, a man with cropped hair and glasses stood before expectant crowds to deliver an explosive speech. Video footage of the rally, called following a traffic …

What more Congress can do to promote accountability in Sri Lanka

What more Congress can do to promote accountability in Sri Lanka

The Obama administration has taken the lead internationally to promote accountability in Sri Lanka. The principal focus is on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country’s decades long civil war. But those efforts are also important to addressing the situation of Tamil, …

US should push prosecution of individuals in Sri Lanka

US should push prosecution of individuals in Sri Lanka

The US has the opportunity to prosecute Sri Lankan war criminals and place sanctions on Sri Lanka, the Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka heard at a discussion last week. The caucus held its second such event on Capitol Hill on 9 …

Foreign experts for probe

Foreign experts for probe

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expanded the mandate of the Presidential Commission on mission persons and appointed three international experts to advice the commission. In a Gazette notification, President’s Secretary Lalith Weerathunga said that the President is of the opinion that the Commission of Inquiry should have …

One month after the anti-muslim violence in Aluthgama-Statement by Secretariat for Muslims

One month after the anti-muslim violence in Aluthgama-Statement by Secretariat for Muslims

A Statement by the Secretariat for Muslims on the Need for Action. June 16, 2014 It is one month since violence in Aluthgama, Dharga Town, Welipanna, and Ambepitiya in Beruwela – primarily targeting the Muslim community – killed 4 persons, injured over 80 individuals, destroyed …

Sri Lanka Urges U.S. to Reduce Human Rights Focus

Sri Lanka Urges U.S. to Reduce Human Rights Focus

Sri Lanka is urging the U.S. to avoid letting human rights concerns dominate the relationship between the countries five years after the end of a civil war that killed as many as 40,000 civilians. Reconciliation in Sri Lanka is occurring at a “rapid pace” and …

Support UN probe, delegation from TN tells external affairs minister

Support UN probe, delegation from TN tells external affairs minister

A delegation led by Dharmapuri MP and PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss met external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum demanding India support a UN probe against Sri Lanka. Retired IAS officer Devasagayam, former Dharmapuri MP Senthil and advocate K …

Key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Sri Lanka.

Key security and political risks which UK businesses may face when operating in Sri Lanka.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) ‘Overseas Business Risk – Sri Lanka’ report, updated and published on 16 July 2014, examines key security and political risks that UK businesses may face when operating in Sri Lanka. Doing business in Sri Lanka is not without …