Update on SL News

January 3, 2012 Comments Off on Update on SL News

Global Post – Sri Lanka: new test of India’s global influence

Deccan Chronicle – ‘The Tamil diaspora does not want peace

New York Times (Opinion) – Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Government ready to discuss scopes on Police, land powers with TNA – Govt Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella

The Hindu – ICG wants independent international investigation into Sri Lanka’s civil war

India Ministry of External Affairs – Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri Lanka

BBC Sinhala – 26,000 not resettled due to HSZ

BBC Sinhala – India cannot dictate terms says Govt

BBC News – Sri Lanka ‘wheelchair tax’ condemned by UK charity

Sky News Australia – Sri Lankan MP held over Briton’s death

Groundviews – Ending the Exile and Back to Roots: Fears, Challenges and Hopes

Deccan Chronicle – Tamils to blame for Lanka solution delay: Rajapaksa

Deccan Chronicle – ‘For Lanka, India comes first’

Counter Punch – A Brief Assessment – Sri Lanka’s Truth Commission

ColomboPage – Sri Lankan government ready to discuss police and land powers with Tamil party

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice – Lessons learned?

IEWY News – LLRC recommendations will help accelerate national reconciliation – Russia

The Economic Times – Lankan lessons: War crimes and Rajapaksa regime

The Sunday Leader – Tamils, Indians, The LLRC Report And Rajapaksa Politics

Xinhua News – Sri Lanka’s PM commends China for strong support

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: Extravagance — national pride to continue in 2012 as well?

Asian Human Rights Commission – SRI LANKA: The New Year Wish List- 2012

Ex FMs of Britain and France on Lanka

June 23, 2011 Comments Off on Ex FMs of Britain and France on Lanka

New York Times Opinion (20/06) – The Silence of Sri Lanka

by David Miliband and Bernard Kouchner

In April 2009, we travelled together as foreign ministers to Sri Lanka, as 25 years of fighting between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers neared its end.

The remaining fighters were trapped in the northern most part of the country — along with large numbers of civilians. U.N. estimates put the numbers of civilians there in the last few months of the war at over 300,000.

Our purpose was simple: to draw attention to the human suffering, to call for humanitarian aid and workers to be allowed in, and to call for the fighting to stop. More

Some articles from the past week

April 13, 2011 Comments Off on Some articles from the past week

The Economic Times (9/04) – LTTE international network still active: Lanka PM

US Department of State (8/04) – 2010 Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka

ColomboPage (09/04) – Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Commission receives over 300 written submissions on missing persons in the East

The Nation (10/04) – UN plans to ‘ambush’ Lanka during festive week

Freedom of Expression in Sri Lanka (Blog) (09/04) – FMM condemns action against Uthayan

The Sri Lanka Guardian – Resisting The Rajapaksa-Yoke, Psychologically

The Island (08/04) – US does not support separatism — Blake

The Sri Lankan Daily Mirror (08/04) – TNA says HSZs not necessary now

One year on, Prageeth is remembered…

January 30, 2011 Comments Off on One year on, Prageeth is remembered…

BBC – S Lanka literary festival discusses journalist’s plight

During a lunchtime session at the Galle Literary Festival, one isolated-looking teenager sat among the audience.

He watched for a while before getting up and joining his mother standing at the back.

They were the 16-year-old son and the wife of Prageeth Eknaligoda, a journalist-come-cartoonist missing since 24 January 2010.

They visited the annual festival to lobby its participants on his plight – a plight which has inspired some to call for a festival boycott and provoked a debate in Sri Lanka.

Mr Eknaligoda, who had written articles critical of the government, was apparently abducted on his way home from the office and has not been seen since. More

BBC – Prageeth missing due to ‘chemical weapon probe’

The main reason for the disappearance of a journalist is an investigation he carried out on the alleged use of chemical weapons by Sri Lanka forces, says his wife.

…“In 2008, Prageeth wrote and informed the diplomats about the Sri Lankan government’s usage of chemical weapons against the people in the north,” she told the BBC…More

BBC – In pictures: Missing Sri Lankan artist is remembered
Click here to watch a slideshow of Prageeth’s drawings and cartoons

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

Is ASIO using the SL Govt for info?

December 30, 2010 Comments Off on Is ASIO using the SL Govt for info?

The Australian (30/12) – Push to accept last of Viking refugees

POLITICAL pressure is mounting on the Gillard government to justify adverse security assessments against 10 Oceanic Viking refugees.

The 10 have been detained for more than a year in Romania despite being promised early resettlement to end the maritime standoff.

Yesterday, a leading refugee lawyer demanded the government come clean and confirm whether the ASIO determination followed back-channel advice from Sri Lankan military intelligence.

The government says it is working closely with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to resettle the Romanian-based Sri Lankans, who include two young children.

The Australian (18/12) – Minister seeks alternative country for Oceanic Viking Tamils

Rajapakse goes after the diaspora (good luck)

December 23, 2010 Comments Off on Rajapakse goes after the diaspora (good luck)

Thaynilam (21/12) – War against Tamil diaspora started – Sri lanka president

After destroying Tamils aspirations in their homeland, the sri lankan government started another war this time against the Tamil Diaspora.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tuesday that defeated ‘terrorist’ elements abroad were defaming Sri Lanka.

His comments at a military academy came less than two weeks after he cancelled an address at the Oxford Union in London because of protests by the Tamil ethnic minority in London.

‘Their latest weapon is to defame our country and throw allegations at our war heroes, accusing them of war crimes, Rajapaksa said in Diyatalawa, 160 kilometres east of Colombo.

‘We have already commenced the battle against them in the international sphere and are committed to continue it,’ he said.

Tamil groups in exile are calling for investigations into allegations of war crimes during the final stage of army operations that ended Sri Lanka’s 26-year war against separatist Tamil rebels in May 2009.

The government on Friday granted permission for a United Nations panel to testify before a national commission investigating the war’s final months.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon created the panel to advise him on human rights issues related to Sri Lanka’s military offensive in the northern part of the country.

The government disputes a UN estimate that 7,500 civilians were killed during the final months of the conflict.

Soon the Tamil language will be outlawed in Sri Lanka

December 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

Tamilnet (12/12) – SL cabinet decides to abolish Tamil version of ‘national anthem’

The first cabinet meeting convened by Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa after returning from London decided to abolish the Tamil version of Sri Lanka’s national anthem, Sunday Times reports. The ‘shortcoming’ of having two national anthems should be rectified and in no other country was the national anthem used in more than one language, Mahinda Rajapaksa told his cabinet Wednesday. The Tamil version of the national anthem of Ceylon and later Sri Lanka was adopted in 1948 at the time of the so-called independence. It was an exact translation of the Sinhala original, sung in the same tune. Supporting Rajapaksa, minister Wimal Weerawansa said that even in neighbouring India, where around 300 languages were used, the national anthem was only in Hindi. But the SL minister was ignorant of the fact that the national anthem of India is in Bengali.

The Elders speak out against the Govt of SL

August 11, 2010 Comments Off on The Elders speak out against the Govt of SL

Elders member Lakhdar Brahimi is a member of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice

The Elders – Sri Lanka’s disturbing actions met by ‘deafening global silence’

No real progress on reconciliation
Persecution of critics is ‘terrifying’
See quotes from Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi and Mary Robinson below

Black July – Remembering Silenced Voices – Sydney Sunday 25th

July 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

We remember the 3000 Tamil lives that perished; the 150,000 rendered homeless; as a result of the state backed anti – Tamil pogrom in the island of Sri Lanka.

We remember the victims of July 1983; the unspeakable tragedies endured by them; each innocent, but for the crime of being born Tamil.

We remember the victims of today; those left without recourse to law or aid…

…and finally, we remember that hope for the helpless lies in the strength of our voices.


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