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Tamil Nadu shuts down colleges to prevent student protests

Tamil Nadu shuts down colleges to prevent student protests

      As students protest over Sri Lankan Tamils issue gained momentum with a massive agitation involving students proposed for next week, the Indian Government has asked 438 arts and science colleges in Tamil Nadu to be closed immediately as student organisations across the state gear …

The UPR report of Sri Lanka adopted at the 22ndsession of the UNHRC

The UPR report of Sri Lanka adopted at the 22ndsession of the UNHRC

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      Statement at the Adoption of the Report of the UPR Working Group by Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe MP, Minister of Plantation Industries, Special Envoy of H.E. …

India may tilt against Sri Lanka at Geneva

     Despite Sri Lanka’s hopes, India is likely to back the US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva against Colombo – if there is a vote. But this decision will not be influenced by the anger in Tamil Nadu against …

Sri Lanka Army baffled by rights abuses

Sri Lanka Army baffled by rights abuses

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      The Sri Lanka Army Friday said it was baffled by allegations against the military and vowed to battle the “malicious propaganda network”. Army Commander Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya said the military had been facing “unfounded allegations” since it crushed …

Canada’s special envoy for the Commonwealth to Sri Lanka

Canada’s special envoy for the Commonwealth to Sri Lanka

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Canada’s special envoy for the Commonwealth Hugh Segal is on his way to Sri Lanka as pressure mounts to relocate the Commonwealth’s heads of government meeting being held in Colombo later this year because of concerns over deteriorating human …

National Geographic Traveller features Sri Lanka

National Geographic Traveller features Sri Lanka

       The National Geographic Traveller, one of the most widely read magazines in the world, has featured Sri Lanka in its UK edition. Tear drop-shaped Sri Lanka, cast …

Bharatha’s sister to speak at UNHRC today

Bharatha’s sister to speak at UNHRC today

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–        Six family members of slain SLFPer Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra will attend the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva today while one family member is scheduled to address the session with regard to the killing of …

US Congressman calls for war crimes probe

US Congressman calls for war crimes probe

     Representative Eliot Engel, a Democrat member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress, has written to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing serious concern regarding the deterioration of democracy and lack of progress on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. Saying …

India tells Sri Lanka to release 53 fishermen

India tells Sri Lanka to release 53 fishermen

India Thursday told Sri Lanka to treat the 53 Indian fishermen arrested by its navy humanely and release them at the earliest. The external affairs ministry said Sri Lankan authorities arrested 19 fishermen Wednesday and another 34 Thursday for allegedly fishing in Sri Lanka’s waters. …

Appeal from Tamil Civil Society to the International Community regarding the upcoming resolution in UNHRC on Sri Lanka

Appeal from Tamil Civil Society to the International Community regarding the upcoming resolution in UNHRC on Sri Lanka

    This appeal, signed by civil society activists who live and work in the North and East of Sri Lanka, seeks to state our position with regard to the resolution on Sri Lanka to be tabled at the 22nd sessions of the UN Human Rights …