Monthly Archives: August 2014

Mass grave exhumation delayed

Mass grave exhumation delayed

Sri Lankan officials on Monday sought more time to exhume a suspected mass grave in a former war zone after failing to secure the services of forensic experts. The site in the eastern coastal town of Kaluwanchikudy has been under investigation since a resident petitioned …

Narendra Modi may visit SL next year: Swamy

Narendra Modi may visit SL next year: Swamy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may visit Sri Lanka early next year, according to Dr Subramanian Swamy, head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Strategic Action Committee. Swamy told select journalists on the sidelines of the Sri Lankan Army’s Defence Seminar here on Monday, that India’s …

Northern and Eastern Provincial Council members call for UN to investigate genocide

Northern and Eastern Provincial Council members call for UN to investigate genocide

Thirty-three members of the Northern and Eastern Provincial Council have written to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling on the investigative team to examine the mass killings of Tamils from at least 1974 onwards and explore the charge of genocide …

UN questions measures taken to address HR violations

UN questions measures taken to address HR violations

The 112th session of the Human Rights Committee will be held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 7 to 31 October with Sri Lanka being discussed on October 7 and 8. The reports to be considered during the 112th session are those of …

NIA seeks information from Malaysia on Sri Lankan suspect

NIA seeks information from Malaysia on Sri Lankan suspect

The National Investigation Agency has sent a request to the Malaysian authorities seeking information under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty on a Sri Lankan national who following his arrest there purportedly revealed a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan’s ISI to target the U.S. Consulate in Chennai …

Kaushal to urge compromise

Kaushal to urge compromise

Indian human rights activist, Avdhash Kaushal, who has been invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to join a panel of experts which will advise the Presidential Commission on missing persons and war crimes, will urge Rajapaksa and the minority Tamils to go for a …

4000 US $ GDP promise for 2015 will not be reached even by 2026

4000 US $ GDP promise for 2015 will not be reached even by 2026

Optimism about Sri Lanka’s future growth abounded at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s economic summit held last week. The running refrain was that Sri Lanka doubled its gross domestic product (GDP) per person between 2004 and 2009, will repeat that success by 2015 and from …

Suicide Rate Up in Jaffna Post-war: Univ Professor

Suicide Rate Up in Jaffna Post-war: Univ Professor

Peace returned to Jaffna after a 30-year brutal war in May 2009. But paradoxically, the suicide rate has gone up there since the end of the war. Statistics collected by Dr Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, show that in 2005, at the …

Clashes erupt at audio launch of Tamil movie

Clashes erupt at audio launch of Tamil movie

Clashes erupted on Saturday at the audio launch of a Tamil movie based on the Sri Lankan army’s killing of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran’s son Balachandran. Pulipaarvai, or the Tiger view, made by Praveen Gandhi, talks about the last days of the 12-year-old and is …

We are not extremists, we work closely with some moderate Muslim groups

We are not extremists, we work closely with some moderate Muslim groups

Just like in Burma, the recent years have seen the unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority on the upswing in Sri Lanka. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)—Sinhalese for Buddhist Power Force—actually …