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Sri Lanka, as It Heals From War

Sri Lanka, as It Heals From War

          My two-week trip  was my second visit to the Jaffna Peninsula,  a 400-square-mile expanse of Technicolour temples and arid, surreally beautiful landscapes in northern Sri Lanka that have only recently opened to tourists after a 26-year civil war. I had …

DMK threatens to pull out ministers over Sri Lanka issue

     The United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) key ally DMK threatened to quit the UPA government unless the U.S.-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council was strengthened with a firm demand for an independent international probe into war crimes. “If this demand is …

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 …

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 …

Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

       (Reuters) –  President Mahinda Rajapaksa is under fire from the U.N. Human Rights Council, which last year adopted a United States-sponsored resolution demanding that Sri Lanka ensure government troops who committed war crimes during the final stages of its war against Tamil rebels …

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 …

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. …