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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 …

UNHRC: Sri Lanka Resolution finalised

UNHRC: Sri Lanka Resolution finalised

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–          An informal discussion on the 3rd draft of the US sponsored resolution on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka was held at the Geneva UN HQ, room no 27. It was organized by the US mission …

Games In Geneva And A Series Of Own Goals By The MEA

Games In Geneva And A Series Of Own Goals By The MEA

      There is a very strange game being played out in Geneva, the implications of which decision makers in Colombo have not understood – or else, having understood, they simply do not care. Though the motivations of those attacking us vary, their aim …

Canada returned over 500 Sri Lankans

Canada returned over 500 Sri Lankans

     Canada has returned over 500 Sri Lankans under a ‘Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration’ program, the Canadian media reported today. The Montreal Gazette reported that Canada was the only funding source for this particular project which runs from Jan. 2012 to the end …

Sri Lanka hopeful of Indian backing at UNHRC

Sri Lanka hopeful of Indian backing at UNHRC

        Sri Lanka on Wednesday said it remained hopeful of India’s backing against a U.S. sponsored resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Karunatillaka Amunugama told Xinhua that India is likely to make its decision …

Does David Miliband speak and act on behalf of the UK Government?

Does David Miliband speak and act on behalf of the UK Government?

By Shenali Waduge David Miliband and a host of other UK MPs are denigrating a democratic and sovereign nation using their office in a personal vendetta that revolves around courting Tamil constituents in the UK in order for them to win votes and possibly other …

Upcoming Geneva UN Resolution Against Sri Lanka – Not Exactly a Surprise

       On one level it is surprising that the United States and the international community is not willing to let go of its desire to punish Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses at the end of its 30-year war against the LTTE …

U.N. urged to Act on Abuses Against Muslims in Sri Lanka

U.N. urged to Act on Abuses Against Muslims in Sri Lanka

     In an appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom, Mr. Heiner Bielefelt,  Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, urged the UN Rapporteur to visit Sri Lanka to investigate abuses against Muslims, including attacks on Mosques by groups led by Buddhist monks. “Abuses against Muslims include …

Japan calls on Sri Lanka to implement all LLRC recommendations

Japan calls on Sri Lanka to implement all LLRC recommendations

     While welcoming Sri Lanka’s National Action Plan for implementation of some of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, Japan today called on Sri Lanka to in future take up the recommendations that are not included in the National Action Plan. Delivering a …