Monthly Archives: October 2015

Red Cross probes claim of sex-for-aid demand in former war zone

Red Cross probes claim of sex-for-aid demand in former war zone

The Red Cross in Sri Lanka said on Monday it was investigating a claim that one of its staff demanded sexual favours from a woman in return for providing her with a grant as part of an Indian government-sponsored scheme for war-displaced people. Mahieash Johnney, …

Tamil Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike

Tamil Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike

Tamil political detainees, including former Tamil Tiger guerrillas, started a hunger strike on Monday in Sri Lanka, calling for their immediate release. Around 100 prisoners took part in the strike, Xinhua news agency quoted prisons department officials as saying. The prisoners called for a pardon …

Pillaiyan arrested

Pillaiyan arrested

Sri Lanka’s police Sunday arrested a regional politician linked to former president Mahinda Rajapakse over the 2005 assassination of a Tamil lawmaker highly critical of his administration. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, a former chief minister of the Eastern province, was arrested by the police Criminal Investigations Department …

Tamils in Jaffna still struggling to rebuild their lives

Tamils in Jaffna still struggling to rebuild their lives

As Sri Lanka’s government begins a path towards reconciliation and addressing the atrocities of the past, Tamils in the war-torn Jaffna province are still struggling to rebuild their lives. The predominantly-Hindu region was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting between government forces and …

Tamil expatriates want Sri Lanka, TNA to talk

Tamil expatriates want Sri Lanka, TNA to talk

Tamil expatriates here have urged the Sri Lankan government and the country’s main Tamil party to discuss ways of bringing about constitutional reforms without resorting to secret deals. “It was the overwhelming understanding that there is a need to urge both the government and the …

Talking about a resolution: Hugo Swire

Talking about a resolution: Hugo Swire

The British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a post in a Foreign and Commonwealth Office site; For those of you who don’t know Sri Lanka, it’s a beautiful country – with world-class national parks, world heritage sites and pristine tropical …

Pressuring Sri Lanka

Pressuring Sri Lanka

By Taylor Dibbert.                                                                         Last Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights …

Sri Lanka at Crossroads

Sri Lanka at Crossroads

There’s been a seismic shift. The publication of the UN report on Sri Lanka in September put on record indisputably and for posterity the terrible suffering endured by Tamils in the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war. That acknowledgement of the atrocities is …

Increase retirement age to 65 – Minister Harsha de Silva

Increase retirement age to 65 – Minister Harsha de Silva

The retirement age should be increased to 65 years, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said while speaking at the National Pensioners’ Day Symposium at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institution. Minister said Sri Lanka does not have a sustainable pension structure. “Problems relating …

China sends special envoy to Sri Lanka to mend ties

China sends special envoy to Sri Lanka to mend ties

In a significant move, China has dispatched a special envoy to Sri Lanka, where major Chinese investments are being reviewed since a Beijing-friendly president was ousted from power in January and a recent parliamentary election reinstated a national unity government seeking a more neutral foreign …