Over 130 media reports in a fortnight on Sri Lankan war crimes and CHOGM

November 8, 2011 Comments Off on Over 130 media reports in a fortnight on Sri Lankan war crimes and CHOGM

The below list of media coverage is only a fraction of what we have managed to collate over the past fortnight. There have been reports, especially radio and television, which are not available readily online and hence are not included but will be archived on our website in the near future.

The media craze that exploded in Australia in the lead up to the CHOGM has shown us that although world leaders will play politics on the issue of human rights, the Australian media and public will give issues such as accountability for war crimes and restoration of justice the importance they deserve.

In the face of mounting criticism, in failing to convince the world that it is not guilty, the Sri Lankan government has resorted to confuse the world through propaganda which aims to defame, discredit and distract those who are bold enough to step up and speak out against the Sri Lankan regime. These actions of a desperate regime are indicative of how low this pathetic government will stoop to, and are a measure of the success of our work.

The Tamil people in the North-East of the island of Sri Lanka have no rights, no freedom and no voice. It is our responsibility to stay strong, stay positive and most importantly stay focused on what the job at hand is.

Public Relations Team
Australian Tamil Congress

30 October

2SER FM – Sri Lanka war crimes claim

30 October

SMH Opinion Editorial – Human rights inaction ‘a disgrace’

Radio New Zealand – Amnesty wants CHOGM meeting shifted from Sri Lanka

The Conversation – Devil in the discretion? Experts on the CHOGM 2011 communique

SMH – Sri Lanka pitches for Games over breakfast

AFP – Britain urges Sri Lanka to make progress on rights by 2013

News.com.au – Sri Lanka spruiks the 2013 CHOGM

29 October

SMH Opinion Editorial – See no evil is Australia’s way on war crimes

The Age Opinion Editorial – Crew arranges deckchairs on stricken empire liner

SMH – Gillard double-crossed over Games bid

The Australian – CBD shut down as protesters march into Perth

SMH – Sri Lanka outflanks Gillard on Games bid

Perth Now – Take CHOGM off Sri Lanka, says ex-PM

28 October

Channel 10 News – CHOGM Protests

The Age – Sri Lanka spurns war crime claims

SMH – Tamil protesters want Rajapaksa arrested

Herald Sun – Tamils want Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrested

ABC TV Lateline – Queen welcomes 54 countries to CHOGM

Al Jazeera – Commonwealth’s relevance in question

The Star – Taking a stand on Sri Lanka

Radio Netherlands – Sri Lanka issue divides Commonwealth

Radio Netherlands – UNSG calls for more accountability on Sri Lanka human rights

AFP – Protest peaceful at Commonwealth summit

27 October

ABC Drum Unleashed – War crimes in Australia’s too-hard basket?

The Australian – Tamils still ‘enslaved’ in northern Sri Lanka

SMH Opinion Editorial – Sri Lankan rights abuses top the bill as leaders talk

Amnesty International – Commonwealth leaders must stop Sri Lanka hosting key summit

Australia Network News – Global concerns

Reuters – Commonwealth ministers stumble over human rights

ABC News – Gillard raises human rights concerns with Sri Lanka

ABC Radio Connect Asia – Australian PM raises allegations with Sri Lankan leader

ABC Radio Melbourne – Sri Lanka dealing with war allegations: president

ABC Radio Newcastle – Gillard rules out Sri Lanka CHOGM boycott

The West Australian – Commonwealth values put to test by Sri Lanka

The West Australian – No plans to move 2013 summit from Sri Lanka: Australia

Canberra Times – Gillard raises war crimes allegations

ABC Radio Connect Asia – Sri Lankan spokesman rejects war crimes accusations

The Australian – Push for tougher rights sanctions

The Age – PM pushes hard line on Sri Lanka

The West Australian – No plans to move 2013 summit from Sri Lanka: Australia

Sky News – Next CHOGM in Sri Lanka

The West Australian – Sri Lanka says war crimes allegations ‘propaganda’

ABC TV 7.30 Report – CHOGM report

Toronto Sun – Commonwealth takes steps to beef up human rights monitoring

The Star – How to revive the Commonwealth

SBS News – PM raises human rights concerns with Sri Lanka

26 October

The Australian – Fraser backs call to bar Colombo

Channel 10 News – Sri Lanka accused

NineMSN – New Sri Lanka war-crime evidence: judges

Australia Network News – Australia raises alleged human rights abuses with Sri Lanka

ABC Radio PM Program – Rudd concedes some nations may boycott CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka

SBS World News – Tamils maintain CHOGM pressure on Sri Lanka

The Wire – Sri Lankan President avoids war crime indictment (part 1)

The Wire – Sri Lankan President avoids war crime indictment (part 2)

The West Australian – Commonwealth seeks to avoid slide into irrelevance

ABC Radio Connect Asia – Sri Lanka govt under fire over Tamil national question

Perth Now – PM raises war crimes with Sri Lanka

ABC Lateline – Gillard questions Sri Lanka’s investigation of war crimes

The Conversation – Why the Commonwealth must take action against Sri Lankan war crimes

ABC TV News – Sri Lanka spokesman rejects human rights allegations

ABC South West Victoria – War crimes case decision upsets Tamils

West Australian – War crimes heat on Sri Lanka

Adelaide Now – Leaders split on human rights abuses

Blacktown Sun – Reform push sets PM for human rights showdown

Perth Now – Sri Lanka to host despite abuse record

International Business Times – Attorney General Rejects War Crimes Charges, Cites Rajapaksa’s Diplomatic Immunity

ABC News – War crimes case decision upsets Tamils

SMH – Fraser calls for war crimes investigation into battle with Tamil Tigers

NineMSN – Democracy commissioner debated in Perth

Reuters – Human rights to test Commonwealth leaders

Australia Network News – War crimes

News.com.au – Next CHOGM in Sri Lanka despite concerns

ABC News – War crimes case decision upsets Tamils

Deccan Chronicle – Tamil Aus community criticises govt decision to stop cases against Rajapakse

ABC TV 7.30 Report – Leaders descend for CHOGM

ABC Radio Connect Asia – Australia rejects calls to charge Sri Lanka’s visiting president

Globe and Mail – Harper’s stand on Sri Lanka is just not cricket

The Telegraph – Commonwealth leaders to discuss succession and Sri Lanka at Perth summit

AFP – Sri Lanka says war crimes allegations ‘propaganda’

25 October

The Australian – War crimes case against leader

The Age – Sri Lankan President accused in Australian court

ABC Radio PM Program – War crimes accusations gather pace as Sri Lankan President arrives

ABC News – Australian accuses Sri Lankan president of war crimes

ANU News – Diplomatic Immunity could be tested for war crimes: expert

ABC Lateline – Attorney-General kills war crimes charges

ABC Radio On Air Highlights – Australian AG vetoes Sri Lanka war crimes case

ABC Radio On Air Highlights – Australia rejects calls to charge Sri Lanka’s visiting president

NineMSN – Wait for report on Sri Lankan crimes: Rudd

Australia Network News – Commonwealth gathering

ABC Radio News – Two views of Sri Lanka’s war

ABC News – No war crimes case against Sri Lanka leader

SMH – Sri Lankan envoy welcomes crimes case halt

Reuters – Australia mounts pressure on Sri Lanka over war crimes

The West Australian – Sri Lanka calls Australian war crimes case ‘hilarious’

The Australian – Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa enjoys immunity in Australia

The West Australian – Australia presses Sri Lanka over war crimes claims

The Conversation – Experts respond: indicting the Sri Lankan president for war crimes

The West Australian – Sri Lankan files war crimes brief in Australia

International Business Times – War Crimes Charges Filed Against Visiting Sri Lankan Leader

Herald Sun – Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran files war crimes indictment against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

ABC Drum Unleashed – Time is of the essence

Green Left Weekly – War criminal Rajapaksa to visit Perth

Canberra Times – Do the right thing and have Samarasinghe recalled

The Conversation – Experts respond: indicting the Sri Lankan president for war crimes

SMH – Govt must OK Sri Lanka president’s case:PM

NDTV – War crimes charges filed against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

SBS World News – No prosecution for Sri Lanka president

24 October

ABC TV Lateline – Australian accuses Sri Lanka’s president of war crimes

ABC Radio Connect Asia – Australian accuses Sri Lanka’s president of war crimes

Reuters – Sri Lankan Tamils press for justice

The Vancouver Sun – Canada rallies behind Commonwealth human-rights reports

AFP – Australia presses Sri Lanka over war crimes claims

Toronto Sun – Harper to champion human rights at Perth summit

23 October

Green Left Weekly – War criminal Rajapaksa to visit Perth‎

20 October

BBC Sinhala – CHOGM must deal with war crimes in Sri Lanka – ICJ

19 October

ABC Unleashed – A diplomatic dilemma of the Sri Lankan kind

The Australian – Secrecy and denial are also war crimes

SMH – Commissioner hits back over Tamil war crime claim

Sky News – Greens want Sri Lankan envoy recalled

18 October

SMH – Sri Lanka faces pressure on war crimes claim

The Age – Rudd quizzed over envoy

ABC 7.30 Report – Allegations of Sri Lankan war crimes in the spotlight

ABC Radio PM Program – Human Rights campaigners want Canberra to investigate Sri Lanka war crime allegations

ABC Radio Connect Asia – Australian police examine Sri Lanka war crimes dossier

ABC TV News – Sri Lankan president under investigation

The Wire – Pressure mounts on Sri Lanka over war crimes

NineMSN – Sri Lanka submission a matter of urgency

ABC Radio Sydney – Calls to suspend Sri Lanka from Commonwealth

Independent.UK – Australian police study Sri Lanka ‘war crimes’ dossier

17 October

The Age – Sri Lankan envoy ‘war crimes’

ABC Radio PM Program – AFP considers war crimes investigation against Sri Lankan dipomat

Channel 10 6.30 with George Negus – Sri Lankan war criminals

ABC Radio Sydney – Sri Lankan diplomat named in war crimes brief

ABC Radio Asia Pacific – Australian police examine Sri Lanka war crimes dossier

Reuters – Australia pressured to investigate Sri Lanka envoy for warcrimes

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