Monthly Archives: September 2014

SL prison officers denied Canadian visas

SL prison officers denied Canadian visas

Two top Prisons Department officials who were to participate in the World’s Prison Day celebrations scheduled to be held in Victoria, Canada, have been denied visas on grounds that Sri Lanka had violated human rights. A senior prison officer said he was surprised that the …

Academic tells conference delegates not to upset Sri Lanka over human rights

Academic tells conference delegates not to upset Sri Lanka over human rights

A University of Sydney academic has urged delegates at a human rights conference to go soft on the Sri Lankan government, which has refused to investigate war-time atrocities that allegedly occurred at the end of its civil war five years ago. Danielle Celermajer, an associate …

Speculation rife over Modi-Rajapaksa meet in New York

Speculation rife over Modi-Rajapaksa meet in New York

There is speculation here as to whether SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet PM Narendra Modi at the open-ended meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session at New York later this month. The Commonwealth is to hold …

Church asks not to politicize pontiff’s visit

Church asks not to politicize pontiff’s visit

The Roman Catholic Church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the Pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the head of the Catholic Church on the island, …

Pope Francis to arrive on January 13 2015

Pope Francis to arrive on January 13 2015

Addressing the first official media conference at Archbishop’s House,  Colombo to announce the arrival of the Pope to Sri Lanka in January 2015, Cardinal Malcom Ranjith  said that His Holiness the Pope will arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at 9 a.m. on January …

Global observer needed for talks says Sampanthan

Global observer needed for talks says Sampanthan

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought an international observer’s presence at talks with the Sri Lankan government. Responding to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview to The Hindu published on Thursday — in which he said his government was open for talks with the TNA — …

Pakistan rejects report of spy arrest in India

Pakistan rejects report of spy arrest in India

Pakistan today rejected a report that India had arrested a Sri Lankan on the charge of spying on behalf of Pakistani intelligence agencies, saying this may be a “recycling” of some old incident. “This may be the recycling of a month old report claiming that …

NPC passes resolution wanting UN investigators

NPC passes resolution wanting UN investigators

Northern Provincial Council has adopted a resolution calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate with the UN and allow the UN’s OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka team to enter the country. The resolution was tabled by the Council Member M.K. Shivajilingam and adopted …

Sri Lanka port deals may stoke security fears

Sri Lanka port deals may stoke security fears

China is expected to shore up its maritime strength by securing port development deals in Sri Lanka when President Xi Jinping tours South Asia. While Beijing is keen to make goodwill gestures to countries in the region, the port deals could stoke fears China will …

UN Sec-Gen says Sri Lanka failed to respond to UN special mandate holders

UN Sec-Gen says Sri Lanka failed to respond to UN special mandate holders

The United Nations Secretary General, noted the Sri Lankan government had failed to reply to concerns raise by special mandate holders regarding the intimidation of human rights campaigners, in a report entitled “Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of …