Monthly Archives: July 2014

State Dept comments on Sri Lankan NGO freedom of expression

State Dept comments on Sri Lankan NGO freedom of expression

The US Department of State spokesperson, Jen Psaki releasing a statement on 8 July, 2014. raised concerns regarding Sri Lankan NGO Freedom of Expression. The statement said; The United States is concerned by reports that the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense has ordered registered Non-Governmental …

BBS want Pope Francis to apologize

BBS want Pope Francis to apologize

A Buddhist group accused of instigating recent attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka says Pope Francis must apologize to Buddhists for atrocities allegedly committed by Christian colonial rulers of the South Asian island nation when he visits next year. “We are waiting till the Pope …

High Court injunction blocks handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

High Court injunction blocks handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

The High Court has granted an interim injunction to block the handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, just hours after the Government confirmed another vessel had been returned. On Monday the court heard an urgent claim from barristers seeking to protect the group, …

Australia’s deportation of asylum seekers could breach international law says UNHCR

Australia’s deportation of asylum seekers could breach international law says UNHCR

Speaking at the noon briefing on Monday, 7 July 2014, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman For Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR), expressed deep concern over Australia’s announcement that it had returned 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities. U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY DEEPLY CONCERNED …

Sinhala soldier who collaborated with LTTE arrested in Malaysia with two Tamils and a Muslim

Sinhala soldier who collaborated with LTTE arrested in Malaysia with two Tamils and a Muslim

The Malaysian Police in a sweeping counter terrorist operation launched simultaneously on Thursday July 3rd 2014 arrested four persons of Sri Lankan origin suspected of terrorist activity with alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) and an Islamic extremist group. It is learnt …

Katchatheevu issue has to be revisited by Centre: BJP

Katchatheevu issue has to be revisited by Centre: BJP

Virtually endorsing the ruling AIADMK’s demand for retrieval of Katchatheevu, BJP on Sunday said the issue of Indian sovereignty over the islet, ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974, has to be revisited. “The issue of Indian sovereignty over Katchateevu has to be revisited,” …

National Shoora Council says complain to IGP if concerned of Al-Qaeda in SL

National Shoora Council says complain to IGP if concerned of Al-Qaeda in SL

The National Shoora Council (NSC) – an alliance of national level Muslim organisations in Sri Lanka has urged those concerned of an Al-Qaeda presence in the country to lodge complaints with the IGP without demonizing the Muslim community. While urging concerned parties to lodge complaints with …

Australian Government under fire for returning 41 asylum seekers

Australian Government under fire for returning 41 asylum seekers

The Australian Government has ignored calls from the opposition and human rights groups and returned 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has received a lashing for his handling of the issue from all sides of government, including former Liberal Prime Minister …

Australia says 41 asylum seekers handed back to Sri Lanka

Australia says 41 asylum seekers handed back to Sri Lanka

Australia said on Monday 41 asylum seekers had been handed back to Sri Lankan authorities at sea, a move that has galvanized opposition to its hardline policy against illegal arrivals and revived fears of rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Australian border patrol personnel intercepted the …

Club de Madrid calls to stop clashes

Club de Madrid calls to stop clashes

The Club de Madrid has been following with deep preoccupation the recent clashes between Muslims and Sinhalese in Aluthgama & Beruwala as part of what seems to be another manifestation of religious intolerance. Photo Credit: The Hindu Times/AP The Club de Madrid has been warning for many …