Monthly Archives: June 2017

An inappropriate Tuk-Tuk touch

An inappropriate Tuk-Tuk touch

The US Embassy, in a security message dated 26 June, cautioned US Citizens to maintain  security awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime. The release said: U.S. Embassy Colombo has been made aware of an increase in incidents …

It’s safe to return

It’s safe to return

Sri Lankan Minister Manoharan Ganesan is currently touring Australia.  A trade unionist, the leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) and Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), he is also a the Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages. Mr Ganesan wants the asylum seekers in …

Indian political party urges Indian Govt to provide protection

Indian political party urges Indian Govt to provide protection

A Hindu political party in India, has written to the Indian government to provide protection to a controversial Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka who who is well known for making alleged hate speeches and attacks against minority communities. The Hindumahasabha – Loktantrik political group headed by …

Reorienting the Relationship

Reorienting the Relationship

In May 2014, the newly elected Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi kickstarted his tenure by inviting the heads of all SAARC countries for his swearing-in ceremony, suggesting that contacts with neighbours should be made a matter of routine than treated as exception. This has …

Tamil leaders involved in anti-Tamil conspiracy

Tamil leaders involved in anti-Tamil conspiracy

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, alleged on Wednesday, that there is a plot by the Sri Lankan government to deny a just political solution to the Tamils in association with some Tamil leaders. The bid to create confusion in the …

Demand for probe into departments headed by Vigneswaran

Demand for probe into departments headed by Vigneswaran

The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the principal constituent of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is demanding a probe into complaints about the working of departments directly under Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. …

Is International Human Rights Law Under Threat

Is International Human Rights Law Under Threat

Delivering the Grotius Lecture at the Law Society, London on 26 June 2017 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, referred to the petition submitted to the President of the UN Human Rights Council by Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara based on …

Religious Leaders Seek Justice For Suspected Tamil Rebels

Religious Leaders Seek Justice For Suspected Tamil Rebels

Buddhist, Christian and Muslim clergy are calling for the release of suspected Tamil separatists held for years under Sri Lanka’s controversial anti-terrorism laws. The prisoners are believed to have been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act issued during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. The …

Religious Violence

Religious Violence

A resurgence of violations against Muslims and Christians in Sri Lanka justifiably has alarmed domestic and international observers. Religious violence in Sri Lanka is nothing new. There were similar concerns – particularly with respect to anti-Muslim incidents in 2014 – when the island nation’s previous …

Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi on fishermen issue

Palaniswami writes to Narendra Modi on fishermen issue

Lamenting that the Sri Lankan Navy had detained as many as 14 Tamil fishermen who set sails from Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai districts, Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami on Monday said that the recurring attacks showed the island nation’s ‘intolerant attitude’ and ‘scant respect’ for the …