Author joins call to boycott Galle festival

January 27, 2011 Comments Off on Author joins call to boycott Galle festival

AFP – S. African author Galgut boycotts S. Lanka lit fes

South African award-winning novelist and playwright Damon Galgut has boycotted a literary festival in Sri Lanka because of concerns over the country’s rights record, organisers said Thursday.

Galgut, a winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2003 for “The Good Doctor”, set in post-apartheid South Africa, declined to take part in the Galle Literary Festival despite arriving in Sri Lanka this week, organisers said.

“We are sorry to announce that Damon Galgut has decided to lend his support to the ongoing international campaign by rights activists to highlight shortfalls in human rights here,” Shyam Selvadurai, the festival curator said.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for us that Damon heeded this ridiculous campaign,” Selvadurai told reporters. “But the festival will go on, with over 60 writers participating.”

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a Sri Lankan right group last week asked foreign writers to boycott the five-day Galle festival because of alleged rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

Galgut, whose latest novel, “In a Strange Room,” is shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, was not immediately available for comment.

RSF said Wednesday that “hundreds” of Internet users had signed a boycott petition led by Noam Chomsky, Arundathi Roy, Ken Loach, Antony Loewenstein, Tariq Ali, Dave Rampton and R Cheran. More

Boycott Sri Lankan sports, Tamils urge

August 8, 2009 Comments Off on Boycott Sri Lankan sports, Tamils urge

Toronto Sun : Boycott Sri Lankan sports, Tamils urge
New Zealand should scrap its friendly cricket tour of Sri Lanka.

Indeed, Tamil protesters are now calling for a worldwide boycott of Sri Lankan sports and products until alleged human rights abuses end.

A small group of Tamil protesters yesterday held a subdued vigil outside the Sutton Place Hotel, where New Zealand maintained a consulate facility, to protest the Blackcaps elite cricket team playing Sri Lanka’s team.

Protesters say there should be an international boycott of Sri Lanka, until at least human-rights organizations and non-governmental organizations can enter camps to ensure those displaced during the civil war are well and sent home.
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