Monthly Archives: October 2014

UK, Canada, Australia warn citizens of Sri Lanka’s restrictions on travel to North

UK, Canada, Australia warn citizens of Sri Lanka’s restrictions on travel to North

The UK, Canada and Australia warned their citizens of the Sri Lanka’s new travel restrictions on visiting the North of the island, in updated travel advisories this week. The UK’s Foreign Office’s travel advice states: Local travel – North The security forces have imposed restrictions …

UK Stands By Its Position On Sr Lanka

UK Stands By Its Position On Sr Lanka

The British Government has taken a very active role on the Sri Lankan issue, especially at the UN Human Rights Council. In a wide ranging interview with The Sunday Leader the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, spoke about the UK position on Sri Lanka, …

Tamil Nadu parties want ban on LTTE lifted

Tamil Nadu parties want ban on LTTE lifted

Political parties that back the LTTE have become vociferous in their demand for lifting the ban on the outfit after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) asked the Council of European Union to quash restrictive measures imposed on it in 2006. PMK founder S. Ramadoss …

EU Decision on LTTE has No Bearing on India

EU Decision on LTTE has No Bearing on India

The European Union court, which struck down the sanctions imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the EU in 2006, had its own reasons to do so. Significantly, the court has not lifted the freezing of the assets owned by the banned …

Jayalalitha gets bail

Jayalalitha gets bail

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, who was sentenced to four years’ simple imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case and imposed a Rs. 100-crore fine for her offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on 17 October 2014. The interim …

UK expresses concern

UK expresses concern

Expressing concern over rights violations in the North and East, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in its update dated 16 October 2014, of the Country of Concern Corporate report on Sri Lanka, highlighted clamp downs on freedom of religion and expression, impunity for …

EU court annuls LTTE anti-terror measures on procedural grounds

EU court annuls LTTE anti-terror measures on procedural grounds

European Union judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions against the Tamil Tigers that were imposed by the EU but said on Thursday that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being. The court said a decision by EU leaders in …

Japan asks Sri Lankan lawyer to retract part of UN report

Japan asks Sri Lankan lawyer to retract part of UN report

The government has asked Radhika Coomaraswamy, who compiled a 1996 UN report that determined that so-called comfort women had been forcibly recruited to serve as “sexual slaves” for the former Imperial Japanese Army, to retract a part of its contents, it was learned Wednesday. According …

EU court cancels Tamil Tiger sanctions on technicality

EU court cancels Tamil Tiger sanctions on technicality

EU judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions imposed on the Tamil Tigers by the European Union, citing a technicality, but said on Thursday that the assets of the Sri Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being. The bloc’s lower court said a decision by …

European Court to rule on LTTE terrorist designation

European Court to rule on LTTE terrorist designation

The European Court of Justice will rule on Thursday (16 October) whether European Union leaders were right to include the LTTE – a Sri Lankan nationalist militant organisation – on a list of terrorist organisations subject to an asset freeze. In its 2006 decision, EU …