Monthly Archives: October 2014

UN Rights Committee reviews Sri Lanka

UN Rights Committee reviews Sri Lanka

The UN Human Rights Committee, on Tuesday 07 October  began reviewing Sri Lanka’s adherence  for rights enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),  and questioned the Government on the steps it has taken to address several concerns. The UN Human Rights Committee …

BBS aiming at setting up a “Buddhist-Hindu Peace Zone in South and Southeast Asia

BBS aiming at setting up a “Buddhist-Hindu Peace Zone in South and Southeast Asia

Radical Sri Lankan Buddhist outfit, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), is aiming at setting up a “Buddhist-Hindu Peace Zone in South and Southeast Asia” with the help of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), an organisation with which India’s ruling party BJP is closely associated. This was …

UK supports international inquiry reiterates FCO minister at meeting with Tamil diaspora

UK supports international inquiry reiterates FCO minister at meeting with Tamil diaspora

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister of State, Hugo Swire reiterated the UK’s strong support for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL) during a meeting with representatives of Tamil diaspora organisations on Tuesday (07) in …

WITNESS’S ACCOUNTS ON SRI LANKA ASYLUM SEEKERS

WITNESS’S ACCOUNTS ON SRI LANKA ASYLUM SEEKERS

By Dead and  Missing  Person’s Parents Front                                                      NANDANI ‘RAPE’ STORY WINS HER ASYLUM IN UK Sri Lanka’s Unfinished War …

India puts Jaffna train back on rails

India puts Jaffna train back on rails

The iconic Yal Devi Express from Colombo to Jaffna will resume its run on October 13, some 25 years after the link was suspended during the height of the Sri Lankan civil war. IRCON, an Indian Railways subsidiary, restored a section of the line from …

Non-Tamil minorities Playing Crucial Role in Reviving North Lanka’s Economy

Non-Tamil minorities Playing Crucial Role in Reviving North Lanka’s Economy

While the Tamil Diaspora and indigenous Sri Lankan entrepreneurs appear to be indifferent to the dire economic needs of the war-battered, Tamil-majority Northern Province, the island’s non-Tamil minorities are setting up factories to provide much needed employment there. MAS Holdings, Hirdaramanis, Timex-Fergasam, and Omega-Line  have …

MEA denies Government saying US policy was ‘softening’

MEA denies Government saying US policy was ‘softening’

Distancing itself from Sri Lankan media reports, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement released on 06 October 2014,that the Sri Lankan government had never said US stance on Sri Lanka was softening, Comments at the daily press briefing of the US Department …

Sri Lanka to be reviewed on human rights treaty

Sri Lanka to be reviewed on human rights treaty

Sri Lanka’s record on its adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) will be reviewed in Geneva later today (7 October). Sri Lanka, a party to the ICCPR since 1980, submitted a report in 2012, in which it outlined its “humanitarian operation” and …

India should assert role as regional leader: Global Tamil Forum

India should assert role as regional leader: Global Tamil Forum

Global Tamil Forum spokesperson and its director of strategic initiatives, Suren Surendiran, presently in Chennai on a private visit, speaks about the Sri Lankan Tamils gaining new hope from change of regime in Delhi. The Tamil Diaspora have expressed backing for an undivided Sri Lanka while …

Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Safety of Journalists

Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Safety of Journalists

A resolution (A/HRC/27/L.7) on the safety of journalists, was adopted without a vote, at the Human Rights Council. It condemned unequivocally all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers and called upon States to develop and implement strategies for combating impunity for attacks and …