Monthly Archives: July 2014

Asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka – Paradise lost

Asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka – Paradise lost

Dozens of Pakistani asylum-seekers have been locked up in a detention camp in southern Sri Lanka following mass arrests that the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, says it never saw coming. The sweep started on June 9th in Negombo, a breezy seaside resort famous for its churches …

Kithu  Handa says campaign to undermine Pope’s visit

Kithu Handa says campaign to undermine Pope’s visit

Kithu Handa (Voice of the Catholics) – the national movement to protect the Catholic religion asserts the demand made by  Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary, Galagoda Atte Gnanasara for the Pope to apologize to Sri Lankan Buddhists, is part of a plan that is …

Let’s Resolve Our Problems Internally

Let’s Resolve Our Problems Internally

Many have observed that the domestic process of investigating alleged human rights violation of the country is rather sporadic; it lacks accountability and has made no progress. Meantime, some have been blaming the United National Party (UNP) for not managing the situation in 1983 during …

New laws to control NGOs

New laws to control NGOs

The government is to incorporate new laws to register all not-for-profit or non-profit organizations (NPOs) as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. The ministry charged that NPOs presently registered under the Sri Lanka Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 are …

MEA defends NGO restrictions

MEA defends NGO restrictions

The Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs has defended the recent circular, sent to NGOs, prohibiting them from engaging in certain activities. A statement by the External Affairs Ministry said that as required by the regulations in the country, all NGOs registered with the NGO …

The great South African secret

The great South African secret

Is South Africa involved in Sri Lanka to facilitate a political settlement to the ethnic problem or isn’t it? As it grapples with trying to showcase an internal credible process internationally and reining in its angry political allies at home, the Rajapaksa Government can’t seem …

Sri Lanka’s Tamil groups upset by Australian minister’s omission

Sri Lanka’s Tamil groups upset by Australian minister’s omission

IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison made a secret, whirlwind trip to the former Tamil Tiger-held north of Sri Lanka last night where he met the Colombo-appointed governor but snubbed the elected Tamil chief minister. Mr Morrison flew into the northern city of Jaffna, once held by …

Scott Morrison visits  Jaffna

Scott Morrison visits Jaffna

Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has reportedly made a secret visit to the war-torn Sri Lankan region of Jaffna during his whirlwind stop in the South Asian nation. The ABC understands Mr Morrison arrived in Jaffna by helicopter yesterday afternoon after attending the inauguration of …

23 Buddhist Organizations issue joint statement on the clashes in Aluthgama

23 Buddhist Organizations issue joint statement on the clashes in Aluthgama

Twenty three Buddhist organizations have issued a joint statement, which they claim to be the true story behind the Aluthgama clashes. They also expressed disappointment over the manner in which the media reported the incident saying it was evident that a media censorship imposed by …

Obama nominates Sison to top UN Security Council post

Obama nominates Sison to top UN Security Council post

US President Barack Obama has nominated US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison as the Deputy Representative of the US in the UN Security Council. Issuing a statement the White House announced that the President Obama intends to nominate Ambassador Michele Jeanne Sison as the …