Monthly Archives: August 2014

Beaten and spied on,asylum seekers reveal oppression

Beaten and spied on,asylum seekers reveal oppression

The Sri Lankan navy vessel docked late one afternoon in Batticaloa. A group of 41 men, women and children disembarked, flanked by navy personnel. From the shore they were ordered into vans and driven through the night to Galle on the southern coast. They continued …

UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

The UN Refugee Agency has criticised Sri Lanka for deporting 36 Pakistani asylum seekers last week, urging the government to stop the deportations and granting the UNHCR access to the remaining refugees. UNHCR has learnt that a total of 36 Pakistani asylum-seekers have been deported …

President to visit Pakistan by August end

President to visit Pakistan by August end

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit Pakistan later this month to take stock of the bilateral relations and identify potential areas for cooperation. External Affairs Ministry in Colombo said that Rajapaksa will visit Islamabad later this month without elaborating on the dates of the …

Uva: A high stakes game

Uva: A high stakes game

Uva-Wellassa, the ‘land of one hundred thousand paddy fields,’ will go to the polls to elect its provincial representatives for the sixth time about six weeks from now. The border between Sri Lanka’s beautiful central hills region and its dry zone runs through the Uva …

Pope Francis urges young not to waste time on Internet and smartphones

Pope Francis urges young not to waste time on Internet and smartphones

Pope Francis has urged 50,000 German altar servers not to waste time on the Internet, smartphones and television, but to spend their time on more productive activities. “Maybe many young people waste too many hours on futile things,” the Pope said in a short speech …

The CIA must tell the truth about my Rendition

The CIA must tell the truth about my Rendition

This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee is fighting the White House and the CIA over pre-publication redactions made to a Congressional report on the agency’s use of torture and rendition. This debate is very personal for Khadija al-Saadi, who at 12 years old was rendered from Hong …

President requests report on article on Defence Ministry website

President requests report on article on Defence Ministry website

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that he has requested for a report on how a defamatory article on Indian leaders was published on the Defence Ministry website without authorisation. President Rajapaksa informed the media of this when he met with newspaper editors and news directors of …

External Affairs Ministry Statement on the Meeting at CSR on 4th August

External Affairs Ministry Statement on the Meeting at CSR on 4th August

The attention of the External Affairs Ministry has been drawn to an incident that occurred at the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo on 4th August. According to reports, a meeting had been organized by the NGO “Right to Life Human Rights Centre” involving …

Ex-RAW chief said LTTE commander was India’s mole, Rajiv’s case investigator says

Ex-RAW chief said LTTE commander was India’s mole, Rajiv’s case investigator says

Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination turned the tide of history, impacted lives and continues to engage politicians, bureaucrats and investigators. Former Rajiv aide R D Pradhan’s revelation in his book ‘My years with Rajiv and Sonia’ that a ‘mole’ from the LTTE had found refuge in 10 …

Framework and methodology of OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka released

Framework and methodology of OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka released

The final framework and  methodology of investigation on war crime  in Sri Lanka has been issued by the UN OHCHR Team dated 1 August 2014. The period under investigation is that covered by the LLRC, that is, from 21 February 2002 until 15 November 2011. The legal …