Monthly Archives: May 2015

GTF holds talks on Lanka

GTF holds talks on Lanka

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a diaspora group based in London, had talks today with the South African Government on Sri Lanka. The GTF said that on an invitation from the Deputy Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa, Ms. …

Film on slain TV journalist banned

Film on slain TV journalist banned

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to certify ‘Porkalathil Oru Poo,’ a film based on real life story of television journalist, Isaipriya, who was allegedly killed in captivity by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the final stages of the civil war …

No Room for Separatism and Violence, says Lankan Cannes Star

No Room for Separatism and Violence, says Lankan Cannes Star

Jesuthasan Anthonythasan, the Tamil Tiger child soldier who attained international stardom when his film Dheepan bagged the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, has well and truly abjured violence and separatism, which had marked his life in Sri Lanka. “Though the Tamil diaspora may want …

New ‘Silk Road’ could alter global economics

New ‘Silk Road’ could alter global economics

Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination. China is building the world’s …

Working group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit Sri Lanka

Working group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to visit Sri Lanka

Chair-Rapporteur of the UN’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), Ariel Dulitzky and his team will arrive in Sri Lanka on 4 August at the invitation of the government to assist in the local probe mechanism intended to deal with alleged human rights …

Jaffna violence: ‘external elements’ could be involved

Jaffna violence: ‘external elements’ could be involved

There is a lurking suspicion over the role of “external elements” in the large-scale violence that Jaffna witnessed last week. The trigger was a recent incident of rape and murder of an 18-year-old schoolgirl in Pungudutivu, west of Jaffna. When the girl’s body was found …

India-Iran Strategic Chabahar Port to be Operational by December

India-Iran Strategic Chabahar Port to be Operational by December

India expects the strategic Chabahar port in Iran, which will give sea-land access to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan, to be operational by December next year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Notwithstanding objections from the United States, India inked a strategic deal with Iran for the development …

Sri Lanka’s Daughter

Sri Lanka’s Daughter

By Thisuri Wanniarachchi                                                  Every 90 minutes a girl or a woman in Sri Lanka is forced to have non-consensual sex. This is …

Police Slammed Over Ex-war Zone Gang Rape

Police Slammed Over Ex-war Zone Gang Rape

Sri Lankan police came under fire Saturday for their failure to act after the gang rape and murder of a teenage girl in the district of Jaffna, as tensions heightened in the former war zone following angry protests over the incident. Children’s Affairs Minister Rosy …

US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom

US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom

The International Crisis Group (ICG), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Committee to Protect Jorunalsits (CPJ) and Freedom From Torture (FFT) briefed a US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka on human rights progress under Sri Lanka’s new regime, in Washington on 20 …