Bruce Haigh: SL is a corrupt police state

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Sri Lanka Guardian – The Sri Lankan Government Has Tarnished Its Own Image – Bruce Haigh

The Sri Lanka Government killed press freedom

China and India friendship with Sri Lanka will end in tears with the Sri Lanka losing autonomy

Sri Lankan diplomatic missions have been a partisan disgrace.

Interviewed by Nilantha Ilangamuwa

The Sri Lankan Government has tarnished its own image, without help from anyone else, Bruce Douglas Haig, former Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka in 1994, said in an exclusive interview with the Sri Lanka Guardian. More

Whale killers tells world to leave Tamil killers alone

June 17, 2010 Comments Off on Whale killers tells world to leave Tamil killers alone

Reuters –Japan urges world not to dictate to post-war Sri Lanka

By Ranga Sirilal

Japan on Wednesday urged the world not to dictate to Sri Lanka amid post-war reconciliation efforts and renewed calls from the West for a probe into possible war crimes.

Sri Lanka last month celebrated the first anniversary of its victory against Tamil Tiger separatists, ending 25 years of civil war, and rights groups used the occasion to push for an international war crimes investigation. More

Alston tells UN: Independent inquiry of GoSL needed

June 17, 2010 Comments Off on Alston tells UN: Independent inquiry of GoSL needed

UN – Domestic inquiries into extrajudicial killings insufficient, UN expert stresses

An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka.

In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

“Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added. More

IIFA in a SL pickle as stars stay away?

June 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

DNA – Tamil protests keep celebs away from IFAA

by Prithwish Ganguly & D Ram Raj

The organisers of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards could be ruing their decision to hold the ceremony in the Sri Lankan capital this year.

Because of strong protests by Tamil groups against IIFA holding the ceremony in Colombo, the top actors of tinsel town have cited prior commitments to give the occasion a miss. More

Indian doctor: GoSL shelled children

June 5, 2010 Comments Off on Indian doctor: GoSL shelled children

Hindustan Times – Huge civilian toll in Lanka war: Indian doc

by Sutirtho Patranobis

One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were “massive casualties” among the civilian population.

The Sri Lankan government has denied any targeted killing of civilians and contested figures by the United Nations that 7,000 civilians died in the final phase of the conflict.

“We were not prepared (for what we saw) when we reached the camp… the extent of injuries… long lines of people,” the doctor told HT over phone from India, speaking on condition of anonymity. more

GoSL: UN's call for foreign intervention "hindrance"

June 5, 2010 Comments Off on GoSL: UN's call for foreign intervention "hindrance"

BBC – Sri Lankan foreign minister denounces UN rights chief

by Charles Haviland

The Sri Lankan government has hit out against UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, accusing her of hounding the country on rights issues.

The indignation was expressed by new Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris.

It came a day after Ms Pillay repeated her view that an international body was needed to look into war crimes allegations in the Sri Lankan context. More

AFP – Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief called on Sri Lanka to allow an international probe into the government’s final offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels last year.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, acknowledged that the Sri Lanka government had created a post-war reconciliation commission to look into alleged human rights violations, and provide justice to victims.

“However, based on previous experience and new information, I remain convinced that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere,” she told the UN Human Rights Council. More

Channel 4 gets Amnesty award for GoSL war crime coverage

June 3, 2010 Comments Off on Channel 4 gets Amnesty award for GoSL war crime coverage

Channel 4: Sri Lanka coverage success for Channel 4 News at Amnesty Media Awards

Channel 4 News picked up both awards it was nominated for at last night’s Amnesty Media Awards. Our Sri Lanka coverage won the TV News Coverage and Somalia journalist Jamal Osman won the Gaby Rado award for new journalists.

The Amnesty Media Awards recognise “excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism’s significant contribution to the UK public’s awareness and understanding of human rights issues”.

In the TV News Category, the team behind Channel 4 News’ Sri Lanka coverage won against stiff competition from Sky’s “Falujah Babies” report and another Channel 4 News piece – Nick Martin’s report from Ciudad Juarez on child trafficking across the US border. More

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