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Human Rights Violations

  • 1990 | A Tamil man was killed
    Sri Lankan army came along with the Tamil group TELO, abducted the Tamil man named Seenithamby aged 32 and killed him.
  • 1990 | 2 Tamils were stabbed to death by Sinhala homeguards
    4 Tamils were stabbed by the Sinhala home guards armed by the government. T.Arul, T.Tharuman succumbed to the injuries.
  • 1990 | 9 Tamil civilians were killed, peoperties damaged
    The Sri Lankan Army rampaged the village, killed nine Tamil villagers, burnt 7 houses and threw the dead bodies into the flames.
  • 1997 | Asian Human Rights Commission reports on protests against disappearances...
    "A protest rally and picketing was held in front of the main railway station in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 1997, to bring to the attention of the public and the government the disappearances issue. The fate of about 600 people who disappeared from Jaffna Peninsula in recent times is unknown. The general suspicion is that they were killed after their arrests. The protest was supported by the Nava Lanka Samasamja Party and a government Member of Parliament, Vasudeva Nanayakkara.
  • 1997 | Satyagraha at Nallur temple
    The Missing Persons' Guardian Association of Jaffna (MPGA-J)went on its token satyagraha protest at the Nallur Kandasamy temple today.
  • 1997 | Nervous human rights rally in Batticaloa
    A rally to mark World Human Rights day was held in Vanthaarumoolai in Batticaloa today. More than a thousand people took part.
  • 1997 | Tamil student killed by army
    A 19-year old Tamil student was killed when Sri Lankan police at Jayanthipuram (Batticaloa) opened fire on him. The student's name was Kirupananthan Arulnathan. He was killed on the way to his house.
  • 1998 | UNHCR urged to take action
    The Consortium of Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) in Puthukudiyeryppu, in the Mullaithivu district has sent a memorandum to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • 1998 | Batticaloa women protest
    Several women's groups in Batticaloa staged a token sit-in today in Batticaloa town to mark human rights day. About 150 women took part in the sit in demonstration in the town centre. The sit in was organised by eighteen women's groups that are active in the region.
  • 1999 | Demonstrations mark Human Rights day
    A large number of people took participated in a demonstration march and a public meeting held at Vantharumoolai in the government controlled part of the Batticaloa district this morning to mark the Human Rights Day.
  • 1999 | Sri Lanka: The Most Violent Place - 1999 AHRC Human Rights Message
    Sri Lanka is the most violent place in Asia in recent years. The primary reason is the loss of democratic process, due to non-working of the democratic system.
  • 1999 | International Huamn Rights Dat and 10th Anniversary of TCHR
    International Human Rights Day, December 10th, is a day to reflect collectively on human rights violations all around the world, and to continue to seek new ways to expose them. TCHR holds an event annually on this day, and this year it is particularly significant since it is also the 10th anniversary of TCHR. During the last ten years TCHR has been working hard to expose human rights violations, by organising events, seminars, interventions in human rights conferences and other activities and by disseminating information widely through monthly bulletins. Last year TCHR along with human rights organisations round the world commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, as we approach the end of this millennium, acutely aware that the gravest violations of fundamental human rights are still occurring, we held two events, one in France and one in the United Kingdom.
  • 1999 | Assistance for 30,000 displaced
    During the month of November the ICRC assisted 30,000 Sri Lankan civilians displaced within the northern part of the island as a result of the offensive launched on 1 November by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
  • 1997 | Tamil Student Killed By Army
    A 19-year old Tamil student was killed when Sri Lankan police at Jayanthipuram (Batticaloa) opened fire on him. The student's name was Kirupananthan Arulnathan. He was killed on the way to his house.
  • 1997 | Two Pregnant Tamil Women Lose Babies Due To Sinhala Army
    A 24-year old pregnant Tamil woman, Tharmalingam Yasotha, was travelling on a bus recently near Kaluthavai (in Batticaloa district) when a group of Sri Lankan soldiers, also on the bus, dropped a grenade near her. The woman suffered injuries and was taken to hospital, where her unborn baby was discovered to have died in the womb. Also, last Friday at Valaichchenai, Sri Lankan forces opened fire on Tamil civilians, injuring a pregnant mother named Thayalini. Thayalini's unborn baby had to be removed from her womb after bullets went through her stomach, killing the baby.
  • 2000 | SLA arrests, beats-up students
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers arrested four youths from Karuvakerni near Valaichenai in Batticaloa at 3 am today morning and severly beat the youths before releasing them, said village residents.
  • 2000 | Hospital employees to stage demonstration
    Doctors, nurses and other employees of Batticaloa General Hospital have planned to stage a protest march in Batticaloa town tomorrow morning demanding that Security Forces engaged in battle in the North and East should not use civilians as human shields and that no armed personnel should travel in vehicles carrying civilian passengers, hospital sources said.
  • Thirukural - திருக்குறள்

  • Kural: 111 | தகுதி யெனவொன்று நன்றே பகுதியாற்
    பாற்பட் டொழுகப் பெறின்.
    If justice, failing not, its quality maintain,
    Giving to each his due, -'tis man's one highest gain.
    - 12 12
  • Dec 10 TamilCanadian News Archives

  • 1) Dec 10, 2016 13:12:07 GMT |  + 'Pride of the Pacific' trains new Sri Lankan marine corps
    Camp Pendleton Marines wrapped up the first official training mission with the newly created Sri Lankan marine corps last week, the latest sign of the U.S. military stepping up engagement in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Sri Lanka stood up its new naval infantry this year with a core force of seven officers and 150 sailors and modeled it on the U.S. Marine Corps, its Navy announced in November. more ...
  • 2) Dec 10, 2016 13:10:23 GMT |  + What Happened at Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Conference This Year?
    While the existing spider’s web of security relationships and economic co-dependencies within the region informally do amount to a structure of containment of potential conflict, their increasing complexity also means that some states may be prepared to gamble with a few of these relationships. While forums such as the Galle Dialogue strive to inculcate a culture of cooperation and dialogue, only time (and conflict) will tell the true capability of such mechanisms in deterrence and dispute management. more ...
  • 3) Dec 10, 2016 13:08:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt
    "Our main objective is to bring back President Mahinda Rajapaksa," said Basil Rajapaksa, speaking at his new party office on the outskirts of Colombo. "He is our future leader and spiritual leader. ... It's just a matter of time. His vision is our policy." Mahinda Rajapaksa ruled Sri Lanka for nine years beginning in 2005, and had widely been expected to win an unprecedented third term in 2015. He'd built up immense power and was popular among the country's majority ethnic Sinhalese after overseeing the military's brutal defeat of ethnic Tamil rebels, ending a 25-year civil war in 2009. Some supporters even hailed him as a king and a savior. more ...
  • 4) Dec 10, 2016 13:06:35 GMT |  + Tamil NGOs protest against Sri Lankan president's visit
    Several political parties and Indian non-governmental organisations have threatened to hold demonstrations if the Government allows Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena to make a visit to the country. Johor PKR vice-chairman Rony Murugan expressed his dismay over the Sirisena's scheduled visit here, adding that the Government should take into consideration the sentiments of the Tamilians in the country. He said that Sirisena should not be allowed into the country due to his alleged role in the killing of civilians during the Sri Lankan Civil War.
  • 5) Dec 10, 2016 13:05:22 GMT |  + Torture Is ‘Common Practice’ in Sri Lanka, U.N. Panel Finds
    President Maithripala Sirisena swept to a surprising election victory about two years ago promising political changes and human rights protections in Sri Lanka. In delivering its conclusions from hearings conducted over two days in Geneva at the end of November, the United Nations body, the Committee Against Torture, said it was deeply concerned by evidence that torture was “a common practice” routinely inflicted by the police Criminal Investigation Department “in a large majority of cases,” regardless of the suspected offense.
  • 6) Dec 10, 2015 18:57:23 GMT |  + SCC says Tamil refugee claimant deserves second chance
    The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a Tamil teenager who fled the violent aftermath of Sri Lanka's 27-year civil war should have his refugee application reconsidered on humanitarian grounds. By a 5-2 margin, the high court on Thursday reversed a decision by the Federal Court of Appeal that upheld the rejection of Jeyakannan Kanthasamy's claim that he would suffer serious hardship if he returned to his homeland. The ruling offers new guidance to officials on interpreting a section of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act that allows for refugee claims to be granted on "humanitarian and compassionate" grounds. more ...
  • 7) Dec 10, 2015 18:54:32 GMT |  + Sri Lanka clears the decks for controversial Chinese project
    The Sri Lankan government has cleared the decks for the controversial Colombo Port City project to resume, the country’s finance minister told the South China Morning Post. Executives at the related Chinese companies who cannot be identified separately told the Post that the project was expected to restart around February, after all the final details had been worked out. “We have given all the necessary clearances. Now it is up to the investors to sort out the minor details,” said Ravi Karunanayake. “On our part, the government is happy with the environmental impact assessment [EIA] report for the project. It is now under public consultation.” more ...
  • 8) Dec 10, 2015 18:53:15 GMT |  + No to CEPA but nod for economic and technology collaboration with India: Ranil
    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday reiterated his government’s position that it would not sign the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with India but it would enter into a pact on economic and technology collaboration with the neighbour. Expressing his government’s reservations about allowing Indian professionals into Sri Lanka under any new agreement with the neighbouring country, he told Parliament that his country would not sign any pact similar to the CEPA with India. He clarified that his government had conveyed to India its opposition against the inclusion of “services” in the proposed pact and the latter too had agreed to this.
  • 9) Dec 10, 2015 18:52:44 GMT |  + Corruption: Where is Sri Lanka Now?
    December 9 is global Anti-Corruption Day. To mark the occasion, Groundviews used Twitter’s new poll feature in order to gauge what our followers felt about corruption. Since the option to add short polls is still relatively new and under-used, only a few who had the latest version of the mobile app or cast their vote through the web version of Twitter were able to participate. By the end of the day, 89% of those who took the poll said that corruption was an important issue. On December 9, we also asked our readers over Twitter whether they thought the situation regarding corruption had improved or deteriorated after January 8th. more ...
  • 10) Dec 10, 2015 18:48:01 GMT |  + Government too restrictive in child refugee cases, Supreme Court rules
    The Supreme Court of Canada has told the Canadian government it has misread the “humanitarian and compassionate” grounds for letting failed refugee claimants stay, applying too restrictive a definition, particularly where children are involved. “Because children may experience greater hardship than adults faced with a comparable situation, circumstances which may not warrant humanitarian and compassionate relief when applied to an adult, may nonetheless entitle a child to relief,” Justice Rosalie Abella wrote for the court’s majority in the 5-2 ruling on Thursday morning. more ...
  • 11) Dec 10, 2015 18:46:56 GMT |  + 347 dead in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu since October 1
    As many as 347 persons have died in Tamil Nadu in various rain-related incidents since October, the state government said on Thursday. While, 347 human lives were lost since October 1, about 17.64 lakh people were rescued and sheltered in 6,605 relief centres across the state, it said. The government, which has expedited rehabilitation efforts, said over 1.28 crore food packets have been distributed and an immediate relief amount of Rs 67.47 crore was disbursed among over 1.11 lakh families. Twelve columns of army, 48 National Disaster Response Force teams, 400 navy and Coast Guard personnel, five helicopters from Indian Air Force, two from the Coast Guard and two from Navy were deployed for relief operations, an official release said. more ...
  • 12) Dec 10, 2015 13:34:20 GMT |  + 10 Karaikal Fishermen Detained by Lankan Navy
    Even as 37 fishermen from the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu are languishing across the Sri Lankan prisons for the past few weeks, in a fresh round of apprehension, as many as 10 fishermen on board a mechanised boat ventured from Karaikal fishing harbour were apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy in the wee hours of Thursday. Meanwhile after the arrest, the detained fishermen were found to have ventured into sea without availing the mandatory tokens required for fishing ventures officially issued by the Karaikal fisheries department. more ...
  • 13) Dec 10, 2015 13:28:42 GMT |  + Fonseka willing to forgive LTTEer who targetted him
    Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday said that as Southern youth responsible for insurrections in 1971 and 1987-89 had been pardoned after re-habilitation there was no reason why the northern youth should not be released in a similar manner. He was responding to a query by The Island as regards a statement made by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that the government was planning to release two hardcore undercover operatives now in custody including one known as Morris responsible for smuggling in the female suicide bomber into the army headquarters and exploded a bomb critically injuring the Field Marshal when he was the army commander. more ...
  • 14) Dec 10, 2015 13:25:32 GMT |  + SL to sign Convention against Enforced Disappearances
    Sri Lanka would sign the International Convention for the Protection of all persons from Enforced Disappearances at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Foreign Ministry said. Sri Lanka’s Permanent UN Representative A. Rohan Perera is to sign the Convention today (New York time). The Act of the Convention, which will hold governments accountable for enforced disappearances, is being drafted and is scheduled to be passed in parliament next month. more ...
  • 15) Dec 10, 2015 13:20:53 GMT |  + Scottish landmine charity reaches major milestone in war-torn Sri Lanka
    The Halo Trust, which is based in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, has taken a lead role in the lengthy operation. Damian O'Brien, Halo's Sri Lanka programme manager, said his teams were still clearing mines from people's back gardens. He said: "Since 2002 we have cleared 200,000 mines working with other agencies, but the Halo Trust is the largest operating in Sri Lanka.The Halo Trust employs 500 Sri Lankans, almost half of them women are women. Many were left widowed by the conflict and are now sole breadwinners for multiple dependents. more ...
  • 16) Dec 10, 2014 19:03:50 GMT |  + Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections on January 8, 2015. The campaign will feature large public events‎ and rallies. Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent. U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid polling stations, large public gatherings, political rallies, and demonstrations. U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media in case of public disturbances. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • 17) Dec 10, 2014 14:42:07 GMT |  + Chinese arms from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu give Kerala Naxals a boost
    It has been noted in Intelligence files that some Chinese smugglers who have set up their base in Sri Lanka are behind the supply of arms. These smugglers are connected to two political families in both countries who have ensured that no action is taken. The Koddikarrai fishing port is one of the safest dens for smugglers to push their arms. This port has witnessed smuggling since the pre-independence era where smugglers from Sri Lanka would land at this port with opium and take back beedis in exchange.
  • 18) Dec 10, 2014 14:34:59 GMT |  + The antagonism towards Malala in Pakistan
    Winning any Nobel Prize - let alone the celebrated Nobel Peace Prize - is usually a cause for national jubilation. But in Pakistan the excitement felt by some at the news that 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest person ever to win the peace prize has been met in equal part by antagonism. On social media congratulatory messages were followed closely by scornful and sarcastic ones."She is a normal, useless type of a girl. Nothing in her is special at all. She's selling what the West will buy." more ...
  • 19) Dec 10, 2014 14:29:09 GMT |  + On Sri Lanka, ICP Asks UN Genocide Adviser Who Cites Failure, Rights Up Front
    UN's Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said what happened in 2009 was a failure of the international community, with the killing of thousands "under our eyes." As the belated investigation of war crimes in Sri Lanka mandated by the UN Human Rights Council proceeds, new evidence concerning the "white flag killings" of surrendering Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam leaders has emerged.
  • 20) Dec 10, 2014 14:20:56 GMT |  + Man falsely accused of fraud claims he was racially profiled
    A Toronto man originally from Haiti is suing a bank, his real estate broker and police for nearly $250,000 after he claims he was racially profiled when he was falsely accused of trying to deposit a fraudulent $9,000 cheque. Frantz St. Fleur, who was a customer of Scotiabank for nearly 10 years, says he walked into a Toronto-area branch on a Saturday morning in April. St. Fleur says he wanted to deposit a cheque issued by RE/MAX into his tax-free savings account. more ...
  • 21) Dec 10, 2014 11:26:24 GMT |  + Digambaram, Radhakrishnan for Maithri
    Former Deputy Ministers P. Digambaram of the National Workers Union and V. Radhakrishnan of Upcountry People's Front have pledged their support to common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The two former deputy ministers made this announcement at a news briefing being held at the opposition leader’s office in Colombo. more ...
  • 22) Dec 10, 2013 20:18:00 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances
    Hundreds of Sri Lankans have held a demonstration in Colombo, demanding to know the whereabouts of two activists who disappeared two years ago. Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan organised rallies against political disappearances before being apparently abducted in the north of the country. The rally was held on the second anniversary of their disappearance. The crowd blamed the government and security forces, but they have always denied involvement. Another demonstration on human rights, in the east of the country, was attacked by government supporters leaving one of its organisers injured: he was admitted to hospital. more ...
  • 23) Dec 10, 2013 14:28:00 GMT |  + Thavisha Peiris killing: 'World destroyed' by stabbing
    Six weeks after Thavisha Peiris was stabbed to death in Sheffield on his final shift as a pizza delivery driver, his mother Sudarma Narangama is a long way from coming to terms with his death. "I feel like the whole world has been destroyed," Mrs Narangama told me. "It was hard bringing him up, it was a lot of love and sacrifice, all wiped out, now we have no hope for the future." Mr Peiris, 25, had studied at Sheffield Hallam University and, having graduated in 2011, was on the cusp of a new career as an IT consultant when he was killed on 27 October. more ...
  • 24) Dec 10, 2013 14:26:12 GMT |  + EU piles pressure on Sri Lanka over human rights record
    The European Union (EU) has asked Sri Lanka to allow free access to UN officials investigating the allegations of human rights violations in the country. "We welcome the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Envoy on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and encourage the Sri Lankan government to extend further invitations to facilitate outstanding visit requests by other UN special mandate holders, including the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances," a EU statement issued here today said.
  • 25) Dec 10, 2013 14:24:53 GMT |  + Rough justice
    Her wrinkled face and grey hair speak volumes about Arputhammal's long battle to save her son from the gallows. A frail woman in her sixties, she is the mother of A.G. Perarivalan, one of the three convicts facing capital punishment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. “My son will return home soon,” she said. “He is innocent. I have hopes.” A 55-minute documentary, called Uyirvali—Sakkiyadikkum Satham, on Perarivalan's life from his childhood to the assassination case, has boosted her hopes. more ...
  • 26) Dec 10, 2013 14:20:17 GMT |  + Shrinking the financial fallout of natural disasters
    Relief will be more easily and quickly available, and the economic fallout much more manageable, if governments project and plan fiscally for potential natural disasters and their human and economic toll well in advance, experts say. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has calculated that since 2000, economies have lost as much as US$2.5 trillion due to natural hazards. In 2011 Thailand lost around 5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to floods, and Japan lost some 4 percent of its GDP to the earthquake and tsunami. more ...
  • 27) Dec 10, 2013 14:05:50 GMT |  + MP Parm Gill Calls Upon The Sri Lankan Government To Uphold Key Commonwealth Principles
    Tamil community representatives met with Brampton-Springdale MP Parm Gill and Calgary East MP Deepak Obhrai, and to discuss the Government’s principled stand on human rights, rule of law, freedom of religion, and the Prime Minister’s decision to not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has failed to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values, which are cherished by Canadians. As such, Prime Minister Harper did not attend the 2013 CHOGM in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Canada is deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable. more ...
  • 28) Dec 10, 2013 10:25:38 GMT |  + US to Keep Close Watch on Lanka's Human Rights Record
    The US is keeping a close tab on Sri Lanka to see that it develops a credible justice mechanism to address allegations of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, a top American official has said. "We do also continue to be concerned about on going issues regarding restrictions on freedom of the press and expression, on the erosion of the rule of law and violence against religious minorities," US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said yesterday in Washington.Harf also expressed concerns about continuing reprisals faced by Sri Lankan human rights defenders.
  • 29) Dec 10, 2012 19:10:46 GMT |  + Jaffna teachers to continue protest
    While seven of the 11 Jaffna University students in TID custody were released today, Jaffna university teachers said they would return to work only if the others in custody were also released.Union President R. Vigneswaran said university teachers were informed that the university general body would meet today to decide if teachers should return to work or continue to stay away until the other four students were released. “We will stay away from work even if students come for lessons,” he said. more ...
  • 30) Dec 10, 2012 19:07:37 GMT |  + Sri Lanka After Civil War: From a New Dawn to Dictatorship?
    After decades of civil war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government, the country has finally achieved peace and is starting to experience economic prosperity. Though significant problems remain within the small island nation, Westerners should be careful not to impose their ideals onto the population which is trying to navigate life after civil war as best it can. More than three years after the bombs fell silent and the Chinese-made Multi-Launch Rocket systems put into storage, the myriad 'campaigns for justice' in Sri Lanka keep multiplying. more ...
  • 31) Dec 10, 2012 19:00:26 GMT |  + India wants Colombo to cut levy on automobile import
    Clearly unhappy over the decision of the Sri Lankan Government to impose fresh import duty on automobile exports from India, the Government, on Monday, indicated that it would explore the option through diplomatic channels to prevail upon Sri Lanka to bring down the import tariff as such a move could hit Indian vehicle exports to the Island nation. more ...
  • 32) Dec 10, 2012 16:41:47 GMT |  + Remembering The Dead Rites And Rights Of The Living- Bishop Duleep de Chickera
    This is why the recent Jaffna University incidents, the impeachment of the Chief Justice and some deaths among rioting prisoners in Welikada should not to be seen as sporadic, rash or clumsy mistakes. They are all pointers to an expanding type of governance and a shrinking democratic space. This is also why, regardless of how far north or south we or the other may be, we have to recognise that we are our sisters’ and brothers’ keeper. more ...
  • 33) Dec 10, 2012 16:31:48 GMT |  + Tamil women coerced into joining the military
    Womens Action Network (WAN), as a collective of 11 women's groups from the North and the East, is deeply concerned by the recent efforts to recruit women into the military in the districts of Killinochchi and Mullaitheevu. Post-war development has failed to provide the most basic needs for those who live in Killinochchi and Mullaitheevu, especially the women of the area. People continue to live in vulnerable situations without sufficient security and independence, so may even lack the basics such as a safe place to sleep.
  • 34) Dec 10, 2012 16:25:40 GMT |  + Mihin Lanka lands in Madurai
    “Mihin flies you to a rich culture with onward connection to exciting destinations” reads a small advertisement board displayed at the Madurai airport where the inaugural Colombo-Madurai flight of Mihin Lanka landed on Friday. The board displayed the unique selling proposition (USP) of Sri Lanka’s low-fare airline which boasts of providing connecting flights to various global destinations from the Colombo airport. more ...
  • 35) Dec 10, 2012 16:17:53 GMT |  + Commonwealth announces dates for 2013 Heads of Government meeting
    President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today announced that the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013. CHOGM is held every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making body. Commonwealth leaders agreed on Sri Lanka as the 2013 host for the meeting when they met in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009. They reaffirmed this decision at the 2011 CHOGM in Perth, Australia. more ...
  • 36) Dec 10, 2012 16:13:52 GMT |  + Protest for Lalith and Kugan
    The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) today held a protest in front of the Fort Railway Station demanding the government to release the two human rights activists Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandun who were abducted last year in Jaffna. During the protest the FSP members brought a huge dummy of a white van and set fire to it while symbolizing the many abductions and disappearances which took place in Sri Lanka in the recent past. more ...
  • 37) Dec 10, 2012 16:09:27 GMT |  + Australia must go in to bat for Tamils
    Cricket Australia and the Australian government cannot keep avoiding this issue. They must seriously consider a ban on future fixtures against Sri Lanka. As protests and calls for a boycott continue this summer, the message to the Sri Lankan government, via its cricket team, is the same one used against apartheid South Africa 40 years ago. There can be no normal sport in an abnormal society. more ...
  • 38) Dec 10, 2012 16:04:27 GMT |  + India training Sri Lankan military
    India provides short-term and long-term training programmes to military personnel from Sri Lanka and other neighbouring countries, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Monday. The training covers both technical and non-technical streams, the minister said in a written statement in the Lok Sabha. Members P. Lingam and Prabodh Panda wanted to know if Sri Lankan army personnel were still being trained by the Indian Army.
  • 39) Dec 10, 2012 16:02:41 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's impeachment panel finds chief justice guilty
    Sri Lanka's chief justice has been found guilty of three charges in impeachment proceedings by a parliamentary panel, a government official said on Saturday, in a case which has sparked opposition protests and raised international concerns. It was not immediately clear if Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female head of the Supreme Court, has to step down effectively from now or has to wait until parliament debates the impeachment investigations in January. more ...
  • 40) Dec 10, 2012 15:29:32 GMT |  + MP Stephen Woodworth expresses renewed concern over human rights violations in Sri Lanka
    Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, has expressed renewed concern over human rights violation in Sri Lanka in light of recent reports of violent clashes on the University of Jaffna campus between Tamil students and security forces. “Parliamentarians have the responsibility to make it our first priority to raise our voice in support of every person’s fundamental human rights,” said Woodworth. These latest incidents are evidence of ongoing tensions directed at Tamils in Sri Lanka. more ...
  • 41) Dec 10, 2012 15:23:00 GMT |  + EU receives Nobel peace prize
    The European Union's three presidents have collected the Nobel peace prize in Oslo in recognition of six decades of work promoting "peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights". David Cameron was one of six EU leaders who decided not to attend. But his deputy, Nick Clegg, was there to represent the UK at the Nobel Institute. Attendees heard the Nobel committee president, Thorbjoern Jagland, praise the EU's role in transforming a European "continent of war" into a "continent of peace". more ...
  • 42) Dec 10, 2012 11:02:03 GMT |  + Jaffna University Simmering…
    “Is this the way the government approaches reconciliation? This incident showed that the government is not serious to bring about reconciliation between the communities. If tamil students cannot express themselves by a simple lighting of lamps, where are the human rights that the government says is in place? Within an independent Sri Lanka anyone can remember their dead political heroes. Even the LTTE should have that right.” more ...
  • 43) Dec 10, 2012 10:59:21 GMT |  + Indian realty firms redraw strategy in SL
    Among the Indian companies to launch projects in the capital city had been L and T, Accor Developers, Eco Homes, Shreyas Developers, Suchir India and Krrish. However, many of them failed to take off. They have had to wind up their businesses and quit, leaving flat buyers in the lurch. This trend had caused concern among India’s policy makers and those promoting Indian investment in Sri Lanka.
  • 44) Dec 10, 2012 10:57:36 GMT |  + BJP worried over Sri Lanka attacks on Indian fishermen
    The BJP Monday demanded a meeting between Indian fishermen and the Sri Lanka Navy following the deaths of fishermen from Tamil Nadu in alleged attacks by the island nation's navy. "Some time ago I heard two fishermen were killed by Sri Lankan navy, and recently I heard five fishermen were killed," said Sushma Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha."The Indian and Sri Lankan maritime boundaries are close and are sometimes crossed," he said. "Indian fishermen cross the maritime boundary and come in the way of merchant ships."
  • 45) Dec 10, 2011 1:54:02 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's Civil War [VIDEO]
    Documentary filmmaker Callum Macrae, Malinda Seneviratne, Editor-in-Chief of Sri Lanka's The Nation, and Bob Templer of the International Crisis Group present and assess both the Sri Lankan government and international community's perspectives on that country's decades-long sectarian conflict. Tunku Varadarajan, editor of Newsweek International, moderates the discussion. more ...
  • 46) Dec 10, 2011 1:41:50 GMT |  + Dead bodies in exclusion zone - British MEP
    A Member of the European Parliament who’s just led a delegation visiting Sri Lanka says he believes there are many bodies of dead civilians buried in exclusion zones where the final fighting of the civil war took place in 2009. Member of European Parliament Richard Howitt said there should be full access to the areas. But the government says the zones are off-limits because there are landmines there. The number of civilian war deaths remains hotly disputed. more ...
  • 47) Dec 10, 2011 1:40:46 GMT |  + Sri Lanka's cricket crisis
    On a Saturday afternoon in one of the poorer parts of Colombo, a group of men and boys are playing street cricket, Sri Lankan-style. Some of the fielders stand on the adjacent railway line. Between them and the batsman there is a pile of rubble. The wicket is an old piece of wood sitting on two bricks and propped up by a plank. "Cricket is the best sport in Sri Lanka - I like to play for my team and I do my best," a beaming 14-year-old tells the BBC. He means the Sri Lankan national team. more ...
  • 48) Dec 10, 2010 11:40:57 GMT |  + TGTE: Only an Independent State Can Ensure Survival of Eelam Tamils
    Today, the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) joins hundreds of thousands of people across the world to mark International Human Rights Day. After the end of the Second World War, Countries around the world got together to create a new world order to prevent future large scale killings, war and to protect human rights.The TGTE recognizes and celebrates the Human rights defenders who have spoken out and continue to speak out, against the abuses and violations of International Law perpetrated by the Government of Sri Lanka against the Eelam Tamil people.
  • 49) Dec 10, 2010 11:10:37 GMT |  + Peace Prize to Be Awarded to Imprisoned Dissident
    Imprisoned in China and with close family members forbidden to leave the country, the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is to be represented at the prize ceremony here on Friday by an empty chair. The last time that happened was in 1935, when Hitler prevented that year’s winner, Count Carl von Ossietzky, who was imprisoned in a concentration camp, and indeed anyone from Germany from attending the ceremony. In normal years, representatives from all 63 diplomatic missions accredited in Oslo generally attend. But this year, China is boycotting. A total of 15 countries, including Russia, have said that they would not attend more ...
  • 50) Dec 10, 2010 3:57:20 GMT |  + Sri Lanka: 'We are investigating the war'
    As calls for an international probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka increase, the Sri Lankan Government tells Channel 4 News its domestic inquiry must be allowed to "achieve its objectives". The Sri Lankan Government says its investigation into its civil war must be allowed to achieve its objectives. Human rights charities have reacted strongly to a Channel 4 News investigation into the Sri Lanka 'war crimes' video evidence, which has managed to identify one of the victims for the first time as Tamil Tiger journalist, Isaipriya. more ...
  • 51) Dec 10, 2010 3:57:05 GMT |  + What the Tamils could expect from the UN Panel of Experts
    Justice and accountability are of utmost importance following mass atrocities. During the past three decades of armed conflict in Sri Lanka mass atrocities have been committed resulting in 150,000-200,000 people being killed, many thousands of children are orphaned, around 67,000 women are widowed and hundreds of thousands displaced internally. Over 500,000 Tamils have fled the island taking refuge in many foreign countries. During the final phase of the brutal military push into the Tamil held territory in first half of 2009 in the north-east of the island, terrible atrocities were committed against the 300,000 – 400,000 innocent Tamil civilians who were driven by the Sri Lankan security forces into a narrow swath of land along the coast.
  • 52) Dec 10, 2010 3:56:07 GMT |  + Sri Lanka war crimes probe demanded by rights groups
    International human rights groups have joined Tamil diaspora groups and the UN to call for a full investigation into possible Sri Lankan war crimes. Their call follows the recent release of a video by Tamil diaspora websites showing the bruised body of a pro-rebel female news reader. The UN and rights groups say that the probe should also examine alleged crimes committed by Tamil Tiger rebels. The Sri Lankan military has dismissed the idea of an international inquiry. more ...
  • 53) Dec 10, 2010 3:55:44 GMT |  + The Ram-Rajapaksa Tape: Fictional
    Following the sordid Nira Radia affair, Indian journalism has been exposed at the highest levels- with few honorable exceptions- to be filled with power brokers as morally bankrupt as our politicians. And at a time when there are few senior journalists left in India to comment with any credibility on media ethics, Mr N.Ram, Editor of The Hindu group has bravely come forward to take up the challenge. In his newspaper editorials, on television talk shows and in lectures to students of journalism Mr Ram has called for introspection within the media and a ruthless ‘weeding out' of all those guilty of violating basic principles of the profession.
  • 54) Dec 10, 2010 3:39:25 GMT |  + Sri Lanka child thought killed in 2004 tsunami is found
    Sri Lankan child protection officials say they have found a six-year-old girl previously believed to have been lost or killed during the 2004 tsunami. The girl was living with a couple who claimed falsely to be her parents, said Anoma Dissanayake of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA). "She was not legally adopted and her identification papers were falsified," Ms Dissanayake told the BBC. "We will now be conducting DNA tests to find her real parents." more ...
  • 55) Dec 10, 2010 3:37:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka to boycott Nobel ceremony amid Chinese pressure
    Amid intense Chinese pressure, Sri Lanka on Thursday decided not attend Friday's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo for jailed Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo. "As of now, our position is not to attend the ceremony," Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters. "We are not the only country that took up that position, there are lots of countries that are not attending the event," he said. The Minister was responding to questions whether Sri Lanka will attend the Nobel peace prize award ceremony.
  • 56) Dec 10, 2009 12:37:09 GMT |  + Power and Accountability in Sri Lanka
    This is the moment to campaign to hold Sri Lanka responsible. The abuse in the camps is not over, and the episode remains an international scandal. Government and military leaders should face international justice – as should the surviving leaders of the LTTE for their brutal treatment of civilians in the conflict. In the west, civilians must press their political leaders to initiate UN action and non-governmental organisations should consider establishing an unofficial international commission of enquiry to prepare the ground. Above all, those outside Sri Lanka should remember that the traumatised survivors - whether in the camps or outside - need support and assistance in rebuilding their lives, of a kind which Sri Lanka's government and armed forces are unlikely to provide.
  • 57) Dec 10, 2009 12:32:23 GMT |  + Human Rights in Post-War Sri Lanka: Challenges and opportunities
    To commemorate Human Rights Day, falling today, Groundviews interviewed a number of leading activists in Sri Lanka to find out their perspectives on current challenges facing human rights in post-war Sri Lanka. After asking each of them to define human rights as they saw and understood it, Groundviews asked the activists to comment on the Sri Lankan State’s protection of human rights, the nexus between human rights and human dignity and opportunities for greater human rights protection over the coming years.
  • 58) Dec 10, 2009 12:31:06 GMT |  + Lanka assures India political solution after polls
    A Sri Lankan delegation on a visit to India said today that efforts for a political solution to the Tamil question will be initiated immediately after the presidential elections and all constitutional amendments needed for the political solution will also be made, the Press Trust of India reported. "The discussion was very good. It was a very cordial meeting," Basil Rajapaksa told reporters in New Delhi. He said the Tamil civilians living in the camps in northern Sri Lanka have all the democratic rights. "They are going to vote," was his refrain when asked whether they will be given constitutional rights before the polls.
  • 59) Dec 10, 2009 12:27:40 GMT |  + Palk Strait continues to be a problem: Sri Lankan Navy Chief
    Sri Lanka Navy Chief T.S.G. Samarasinghe on Thursday said that the understanding between Colombo and New Delhi on handling contentious issues arising from the fisher folk of both sides straying in to each other’s waters has eased the tensions to a great extent. “I also took this occasion to reiterate the need to strictly adhere to the understanding reached in October 2008 on matters relating to fishing. The Sri Lankan government clarified that it does not contemplate putting up any military structures at Katchchativu,” the External Minister had said after the meeting with the Sri Lankan delegation.
  • 60) Dec 10, 2009 3:57:28 GMT |  + Displaced Sri Lankan Tamils 'still denied freedom of movement'
    Sri Lanka says it won't bring charges against 11,000 former Tamil Tigers rebels it says were found among displaced civilians in the country's refugee camps. Colombo says many former rebels were young people coerced into fighting, and that they are being rehabilitated. But 200 former rebels are under arrest and will be prosecuted. The government also says it is on track to return civilians to their homes in the island's north-east by the end of January. Colombo claims that the 130,000 people waiting to be resettled enjoy complete freedom of movement and can leave at any time, but civilians themselves dispute those claims
  • 61) Dec 10, 2009 3:57:20 GMT |  + For whom will the war be Waterloo?
    As the political and propaganda war rages, we see more crossovers, double crosses, double games and agendas within agendas with most politicians apparently taking decisions for their personal gain, glory or safety. On Monday, the joint opposition suffered a major blow when UNP national organiser and Central Provincial Council opposition leader S.B. Dissanayake announced he was going back to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Mr. Dissanayake slammed UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and claimed he was using General Fonseka as a cover to remain as party leader. He also warned that if General Fonseka won the presidential election with JVP support, there might be military rule. His crossover came amid reports that he might be offered the premiership in the Rajapaksa administration but a government spokesman denied it.
  • 62) Dec 10, 2009 3:53:28 GMT |  + US calls for more rights progress in Sri Lanka
    The United States said Wednesday it was willing to extend more aid to Sri Lanka provided there was progress in political reconciliation and human rights. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake commended Sri Lanka's progress to resettle thousands of civilians displaced by ethnic conflict, but said "much more" needs to be done to bring lasting unity. "An important element of reconciliation is safeguarding and protecting the rights of all Sri Lankans," Blake told reporters in Colombo after meetings with the president and senior government officials. more ...
  • 63) Dec 10, 2008 13:32:14 GMT |  + Canadian Peace Alliance passes emergency resolution on Tamil IDP crisis
    The room was filled with high emotions and a huge round of applause as the Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA) convention unanimously passed the emergency resolution to take action on the Tamil IDP crisis. The resolution called on all CPA member organizations to urge the government of Canada to condemn the government of Sri Lanka for its attacks on the Tamils, and to immediately allow international and local NGOs to provide assistance to the internally displaced people. The emergency resolution also called for CPA member organizations to mobilize emergency demonstrations and other efforts to end the sufferings of the Internally Displaced People, and support the CanadianHART’s campaign to bring an immediate end to the sufferings of the Tamil IDPs.
  • 64) Dec 10, 2008 11:33:28 GMT |  + State of Human Rights in Sri Lanka on 60th anniversary of UDHR
    Although it is sixty years since 'Ceylon' as the Island was then known gained independence from Britain, and sixty years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations, Tamils of Sri Lanka are yet to enjoy the benefits of UDHR. According to the Annual Report for 2007 of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), more than 5000 cases of disappearances are pending without clarification from the Sri Lankan Government. Data shows that there are more extra-judicial killings in the East now after the Government’s celebrated 'liberation of the East'.
  • 65) Dec 10, 2008 11:31:54 GMT |  + Sri Lankan govt has public backing for war on Tigers: survey
    The Sri Lankan government has overwhelming public support for its war against the Tamil Tigers, and most people believe the rebels will soon be defeated, an opinion poll published Wednesday shows. The privately run research group TNS Lanka questioned 500 people living outside the northern conflict zone between October and November. The result will be greeted by the government as an endorsement of its decision in January to pull out of a Norwegian-brokered truce with the LTTE and escalate its offensive.Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has said he will not accept anything short of the rebels' total surrender.
  • 66) Dec 10, 2008 11:25:35 GMT |  + Security Council Must Stop Using Veto in Cases of Genocide, Group Says
    Members of the United Nations Security Council should not be allowed to use their veto power to block or weaken resolutions on genocide or mass atrocities, a bipartisan team of former policymakers said Tuesday, as the U.N. marked the 60th anniversary of the convention against genocide. Too often, the group said in a report, the price of all five permanent members agreeing on a resolution “has been the watering down of a response to an emerging threat to the point at which the resolution is ineffectual in averting the threat.” The 174-page report was released Tuesday by the taskforce co-chairs, former Defense Secretary William Cohen and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
  • 67) Dec 10, 2008 4:06:50 GMT |  + Australia Government gives $4m in food aid to Sri Lanka
    The $4 million in food aid will be distributed to about 230,000 people displaced by the violence in the northern Vanni region. Foreign Affairs minister Stephen Smith said he was deeply concerned about the worsening humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka and called for the warring sides to respect the rights of civilians. "(They) should allow civilians, including aid workers, to move freely in areas under their control," he told reporters.
  • 68) Dec 10, 2008 3:22:15 GMT |  + Opposition gets set for battle asLanka gets the Red Alert on genocide
    Even as the world commemorates Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60 years ago today, Sri Lanka is struck another deadly blow by international bodies, as the New York based Genocide Prevention Project released a damning new report to mark the occasion. The report lists Sri Lanka among top eight Red Alert regions including Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia as engaged in genocidal conflict. The report combines the findings of five leading independent watch lists. Red Alert countries include Afghanistan and Iraq alongside regions said to be currently engaged in genocidal conflict such as Sudan’s Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.
  • 69) Dec 10, 2008 2:49:02 GMT |  + European Union Commission grants GSP+ trade status to 16 countries
    The European Commission granted duty-free access on Tuesday to 16 developing countries for thousands of products, to start next year and run until the end of 2011. However, the eligibility of two of the countries listed -- El Salvador and Sri Lanka -- was under investigation by the European Commission over their implementation of certain U.N. and ILO conventions, the statement said."While the investigations are ongoing, the countries continue to receive preferential access, but depending on the findings they could be withdrawn from the scheme," it said.
  • 70) Dec 10, 2008 2:32:06 GMT |  + 60th anniversary of universal declaration of human rights – UDHR, a brief analysis on Sri Lanka
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10th December 1948 by the United Nations at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Since then this day has been celebrated all over the world as “International Human Rights Day”. Today is the 60th anniversary. The UDHR contains thirty articles. Articles 1 and 2 outline the philosophical claim of the UDHR and emphasise that human beings are born free in equal dignity and are entitled to all rights and freedoms without any kind of discrimination. Articles 3 to 21 deal with Civil and Political rights and articles 22 to 27 deal with Economic, social and cultural rights.
  • 71) Dec 10, 2007 20:04:54 GMT |  + The new diplomacy for the new century - British High Commissioner Dominick Chilcott
    Given the lack of trust on both sides, sadly the prospect is for the conflict to continue. In those circumstances, we expect to see the distinction between combatants and non-combatants upheld as well as other international humanitarian law and human rights law. We should see fewer attempts to demonise UN agencies, NGOs and their staff on the basis of wholly unsubstantiated allegations. For example, the government should make clear it does not support the JVP’s campaign against UNICEF.
  • 72) Dec 10, 2007 19:16:23 GMT |  + Human Rights Day 2007 And Sri Lanka
    The world celebrates the Human Rights Day today. Terrible lessons learnt from the human miseries and disasters during the World War and the multiple needs of the ever-evolving civilised societies demanded civilised securities, resulting in the much needed formulation of the International Human Rights Charter, fifty years ago, the launching of which is commemorated as the Human Rights Day. Today, a number of UN officials, including the Hon. High Commissioner for Human Rights has clearly and publicly pointed to a series of human rights violations in the island. The International community have also addressed openly the deterioration in the human rights and international humanitarian law (IHLs) situation in Sri Lanka.
  • 73) Dec 10, 2007 19:10:26 GMT |  + Inter-AgencyStanding Committee Country Team - Situation Report
    INGOs and UN agencies limited programmes implementation in the Vanni last week due to the volitale security situation. Some agencies working with local implementing partners were able to conducted limited activities for IDPs and vulnerable people. UNICEF through the local NGO Annai Illam conducted a psycho-social training for 56 students of the Kilinochchi Central College. The security situation remains tense due to the presence of armed non-state actors in Batticaloa. There are reports of abductions, killings and daily harassment of civilians.
  • 74) Dec 10, 2007 18:03:59 GMT |  + Sri Lanka must investigate rights abuses -group
    Human rights abuses have made Sri Lanka one of the most lawless places in the world and the government must do more to investigate them, a regional human rights group said on Monday. The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission complained of what it called "the constant killing" of people in police detention and the falsification of information to "justify crimes committed by state agencies"." Describing Sri Lanka's criminal justice system as "dysfunctional", the group said "As long as this situation remains, life will re
  • 75) Dec 10, 2007 16:47:35 GMT |  + Paramilitary marches civilians in Batticaloa
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) operated paramilitary Pillyan Group Monday noon forced hundreds of civilians from Kathirave'li and Vaakarai areas that were recently captured by the SLA in the East, into government operated buses, taken from depots in Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa and Vaazhaichchenai, to forcibly participate in a march held at Batticaloa city with the protection of SLA, Special Task Force (STF) and the Police. Meanwhile, the federation of non governmental organisations in Batticaloa was instructed by the paramilitary to call its members to march against the lack of humanitarian assistance by the GoSL.
  • 76) Dec 10, 2007 16:31:25 GMT |  + 'Early independence' for Kosovo
    Kosovo will declare independence from Serbia "much earlier" than next May, a Kosovo Albanian spokesman says. The statement comes as a UN deadline for agreement on the future of Kosovo is set to expire, after months of talks which have failed to break a deadlock. Kosovo is still a province of Serbia, but ethnic Albanian leaders there have threatened to declare independence after Monday's deadline passes. EU diplomats say they are close to reaching a unified position on Kosovo.
  • 77) Dec 10, 2007 16:16:03 GMT |  + Tamil people are facing genocide while the world watches
    On this international human rights day, we like to draw the attention of the people of the world to the genocide facing the Tamil people by the Sri Lanka State. Almost every grave human rights violations, described in the human rights instruments of the United Nations, are being violated against the Tamil people by this State. This year alone, 580 Tamil civilians have been killed and 422 disappeared by the Sri Lanka State. Among those killed and disappeared are hundreds of children. The world is standing by and just watching these gruesome death squad activities of the Sri Lanka State.
  • 78) Dec 10, 2007 15:41:44 GMT |  + Japan to keep up Sri Lanka aid despite rights concerns
    Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said on Monday Tokyo would continue to offer economic assistance to Sri Lanka despite the suspension of some U.S. and British aid this year over human rights abuses in the continuing civil war. Fukuda was speaking to reporters alongside visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the two leaders held talks."I conveyed to the president Japan's intention to cooperate for peace in Sri Lanka as well as economic development," Fukuda told reporters. more ...
  • 79) Dec 10, 2007 15:39:04 GMT |  + Sri Lanka rupee falls 0.75 pct on bank dollar buys
    Sri Lanka's rupee fell 0.75 percent on Monday as strong bank demand for dollars to cover short positions weakened the local unit, while shares edged down for a third straight day in thin trade. The rupee closed at 108.96/109.02 per dollar, down from Friday's close of 108.15/20, and its first fall in the last eight sessions. Dealers said the rupee rose to 108.05 early in the day, touching its highest since April 3, but then fell back, almost entirely due to banks snapping up dollars.
  • 80) Dec 10, 2007 15:37:01 GMT |  + E-freight delays hurt Sri Lanka’s airfreight status
    SRI Lanka’s logistics industry is calling for government action to speed up the implementation of a promised paperless cargo clearing system. “The current service provider will never achieve the objectives, so I urge the private sector to lobby government to throw away the current service provider or get a new service provider to compete with them,” said Niral Kadawatharatchie, chairman of the Freight Forwarders Association.
  • 81) Dec 10, 2007 12:17:18 GMT |  + India links Manmohan's Sri Lanka visit to devolution
    Sri Lanka's announcement that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh plans to visit Colombo in February has surprised India as it wants to link his trip to tangible progress in the island's peace process. Those who know the prime minister's priorities feel that Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogolagama has spoken prematurely by stating that Manmohan Singh will attend Sri Lanka's 60th independence anniversary celebrations Feb 4, 2008.
  • 82) Dec 10, 2007 12:16:15 GMT |  + Rights group urges foreign intervention in Sri Lanka
    A human rights group on Monday urged immediate international action in Sri Lanka to prevent abductions and killings of civilians by government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. In a statement marking international human rights day, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said Sri Lanka had the highest frequency of cases of disappearances in the world reported to the United Nations. "The present situation requires immediate scrutiny and action on the part of the UN and the international community," the AHRC said in a statement. It added that there were virtually no investigations into abuses.
  • 83) Dec 10, 2007 12:15:29 GMT |  + Japan to give 1.9 billion yen in grants to Sri Lanka
    Japan will officially approve economic assistance of 1.9 billion yen in grants-in-aid to Sri Lanka next week to promote peace and mid- to long-term economic development and to eradicate poverty in the country, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura told visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday. Rajapaksa assured Komura of the Sri Lankan government's efforts to conclude at an early date a draft on a power transfer agreement to resolve the conflict with the Tamil Tigers, while also urging the international community to pressure the Tamil Tigers to engage in dialogue with the government, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
  • 84) Dec 10, 2007 12:09:32 GMT |  + Pakistan-Sri Lanka Bilateral Trade Volume Increases
    A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has had a positive impact on bilateral trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the country's exports to Sri Lanka touched a figure of US$87.9 million during last year. This was stated by the vice President Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zubair F. Tufail while talking to Bandula Gunawardena, Trade Minister of Trade Marketing and Consumers Affairs of Sri Lanka on Thursday, says a press release.
  • 85) Dec 10, 2006 23:25:01 GMT |  + Sri Lanka - official declaration of Eelam war IV
    Today, the Tamil Centre for Human Rights, in association with other Human Rights organisations, Institutions, Human rights defenders and many others around the world mark the 58th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – UDHR, which opened up the pathway to many conventions, covenants and declarations to promote and protect human rights world-wide. Some countries have ratified major human rights covenants, yet persistently and flagrantly violate even non-derogable rights, in grave breach of their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. This is an urgent concern of all who work for the human dignity of all.
  • 86) Dec 10, 2006 16:07:29 GMT |  + Civilians flee as rivals say over 110 killed in Sri Lanka fighting
    Some 3,000 civilians are fleeing as heavy artillery duels in Sri Lanka's restive northeast killed more than 110 people, including 41 civilians, according to rebels and security forces. The two sides said sporadic mortar bomb attacks and artillery fire continued throughout Sunday along the Trincomalee and Batticaloa district borders. The International Red Cross said more than 3,300 people were displaced Sunday. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in a statement asked both the military and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to comply with international humanitarian law.
  • 87) Dec 10, 2006 16:00:50 GMT |  + 19 civilians including 8 children killed - SLA offensive repulsed for the second day
    The military offensive by the Sri Lankan army began at 6.00am today and was attempting to move into Pannichchankerni, the southern end of the Vaharai area. Nineteen civilians were killed in this offensive, by the SLA artillery fire, that fell into the Kandalady Arunthathy school converted into a refugee camp. Due to continuous shelling people were unable to pause to hold any funeral rites for the dead. Seventeen of the dead have so far been buried at the spot. Among today’s nineteen dead are at least eight children including a four month old baby. The school is completely destroyed.
  • 88) 17:59 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + “Right to Self-detrmination contributes to global peace” - Tamilselvan
    Excerpts from the keynote address delivered by Mr.S.P.Tamilselvan, Head of the LTTE Political Division today, 10 December 2005 in the International Human Rights Day celebrations under the auspices of the NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) held at the Cultural Hall Auditorium in Kilinochchi: “The Tamil liberation struggle for our right to self -determination evolved as a protest against the undemocratic genocidal pattern of governance of the Tamil Nation by successive governments of Sri Lanka from the time the island became independent of colonial rule. Being alienated in power sharing, the Tamil people were motivated to decide for themselves their political destiny through the liberation struggle. more ...
  • 89) 13:26 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + Tigers demand urgent talks to defuse Sri Lanka war fears
    Tamil Tiger rebels have asked Norway to arrange urgent peace talks with Colombo to prevent Sri Lanka from sliding back into war after 31 people died in a week of violence. A report on the website of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) says they have told Norway's top envoy here, Hans Brattskar, immediate negotiations should begin to maintain a tenuous truce in place since February 2002. "Our commitment to the ceasefire and the peace process remains undiluted and what we request now is to urgently arrange a high-level meeting between the parties...," said the LTTE's political wing leader S. P. Thamilselvan. In a report on their official website, the LTTE said only face-to-face negotiations could "bring about normalcy and avoid confrontational postures between the civilians and the occupying military." more ...
  • 90) 13:26 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + War By Other Means
    The violence which exploded across the Northeast –particularly in Jaffna – in the past week has understandably sent shockwaves throughout Sri Lanka and alarmed international actors with a stake in securing peace in the island. The frustration of the international ceasefire monitors is palpable, particularly given that just a week ago it appeared the smouldering yet relentless violence of the shadow war seemed to have eased, if not ceased. The lull ushered in by the Presidential election of November 17 was shattered last Thursday when gunmen murdered two pro-LTTE Tamil activists and wounded a third in Army controlled Jaffna. Subsequently, there has been an eruption of violence against the security forces in the northern peninsula – amid clashes between Army-backed paramilitaries and the Tigers in Batticaloa and simmering communal tensions in Trincomalee. But it is the situation in Jaffna that is being nervously watched most closely. more ...
  • 91) 13:25 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + Persecuted North East Muslims petition LTTE chief
    The LTTE chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has asked his district-level units to allay the fears of the Muslims in Sri Lanka's North Eastern Province, who had petitioned him about the killings, abductions and threats they were receiving allegedly from the LTTE. This was stated by the LTTE's political wing leader, SP Tamilselvan, after he met the Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Hans Brattskar, in Kilinochchi on Friday. "Our National Leader received a memorandum from the Muslims' representatives requesting intervention on alleged threats. Immediate action was taken to address this issue through our District Political Heads to intensify interaction with Muslim community leaders and allay their fears," Tamilselvan said, according to a press release of the LTTE's Peace Secretariat. more ...
  • 92) 13:22 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + Two Tamils abducted and killed in Sri Lanka's volatile east
    Suspected members of a breakaway Tamil Tiger faction abducted and killed two Tamil men with alleged links to the mainstream rebel group, Sri Lankan police and rebels said Saturday. The men were allegedly snatched from their homes in eastern Valaichenai town on Friday night, and their bodies were found Saturday, said a local police officer, asked not to be named because he is not authorized to talk to media. The pro-rebel Web site TamilNet confirmed the incident, saying the two were killed for their alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, which is fighting to create a homeland for Sri Lanka's 3.2 million ethnic Tamil minority. more ...
  • 93) 05:20 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + Rebels warn Sri Lanka: Last chance to avert war
    Sri Lanka's government faces its final opportunity to avert a return to a civil war, the Tamil Tigers have warned, vowing to use all available resources to fight unless given a homeland. The Tigers, who used suicide bombers to devastating effect in their drive for autonomy and have threatened to resume their struggle next year unless given political powers in the north and east, said their deadline depends on new President Mahinda Rajapakse's response. "We don't prefer war. If a war is thrusted on the Tamil people, the Tamil people and the LTTE (will) make use of all the resources available to fight back," S.P. Thamilselvan, head of the Tigers' political wing, told Reuters in the northern rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi in an interview late on Friday. more ...
  • 94) 05:19 GMT, Dec. 10, 2005 |  + LTTE condemns the brutal murders of two sisters
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) condemns the murder of two sisters in Amparai. The women are the sisters of Mr Pohulventhan, who surrendered to the LTTE after killing four members of the paramilitary force, the Karuna Group, which included key member, Iniyabarathy. The following is a statement released by the Batticaloa Political Wing of the LTTE : “The LTTE, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, human rights organizations and other organizations that are working for peace have requested governments that were in power over the past three years to the control the lowly actions of the paramilitary groups that have been violating the ceasefire agreement.” more ...
  • 95) 21:42 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + Monk stages fast unto death
    Buddhist monk has staged a hunger strike demanding the rearrangement of the Bollywood extravaganza on Saturday claiming the concert is a conspiracy against the Buddhists. Ratmalane Seelawansa thero who staged the fast unto death at Sri Thiranagame Buddhist centre said the Bollywood musical has undermined the first year death anniversary pujas for Gangodawila Soma thero. Sunday mark the first year anniversary of the death of a senior monk Gangodawila Soma thero and monks say it should be spent in prayer and "meritious deeds". About a dozen have set up camp outside a venue for a Bollywood extravaganza on Saturday in Colombo. “This musical show has undermined the commemoration services we have organised for Soma Thero and it provokes the Buddhists and followers of the Soma Thero,” more ...
  • 96) 21:39 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + Dinesh Rajaratnam freed
    Sri Lankan truck driver Dinesh Rajaratnam taken hostage in Iraq last October has been released along with his Bangladeshi colleague Abul Kashem, the Foreign Ministry confirmed yesterday. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Himali Arunatilleke said Rajaratnam is now with the Sri Lankan representative in Lebanon. However, she declined to disclose whether Dinesh is still in Iraq or Lebanon, citing security reasons. It has been conveyed that the two truck drivers abducted by Iraqi militants known by the name Al-Sural-Sunnah (Islamic Army) on October 28, were unhurt at the time of their release. "We have informed the family of his release," she said adding that arrangements will be made to bring him home shortly. more ...
  • 97) 21:21 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + Government’s suggestions sabotaging the Tamil people’s struggle for equlity and justice
    International federation of Tamils (IFT), a confederation of Tamil organizations around the world, urges The President of Sri Lanka and her Government to reconsider their bellicose attitude towards the Tamil nation and their obstinate refusal to acquiesce to the request of the LTTE, for unconditional talks, based on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal, a package of suggestions with a view to alleviate the sufferings of the Tamil people and meet the urgent humanitarian needs, in their war-torn land. A persistant refusal by the Sri Lankan government to agree with the request of the Tamil nation may lead to further deterioration of the situation already prevailing in the country. The IFT fears the prolonged nonchalant attitude of the President could turn out to be a colossal mistake, disrupting the current peace situation and ending peace-talks, abruptly. more ...
  • 98) 14:38 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + NESOHR commemorates International Human Rights Day
    "Tamil people by virtue of having been subject to state oppression and made to lead a refugee life for decades together are the most appropriate and deserving people to institutionalize a human rights mechanism of their own and in that respect NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) is a timely innovation", said Mr. S.P. Tamilselvan in his Chief Guest address at NESOHR's commemoration of International Human Rights Day today 10th December 2004 held at the Kilinochchi Cultural Hall. It is very unfortunate though that the HR organizations that make lengthy reports on a non-existence 'child soldier' problem while genocidal oppressive rule was going on for decades together subjecting the Tamil people to innumerable displacements, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture, mass massacre and all form of inhuman treatment that civilized people would abhor. more ...
  • 99) 14:36 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + Iraqi militants free Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi hostages
    Iraqi militants have released a Sri Lankan truck driver and his Bangladeshi colleague after holding them hostage for 43 days, the foreign ministry said Friday. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now in a position to state that Dinesh Rajaratnam is presently with the Sri Lankan Ambassador into whose custody he was released by the Iraqi authorities,'' the ministry said on its Web site. A group calling itself the Islamic Army abducted Rajaratnam, 37, and his Bangladeshi colleague, Abul Kashem, on Oct. 28. The insurgents snatched the pair, who were working for a Kuwaiti transport company, as they entered an undisclosed American base. more ...
  • 100) 14:33 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + Sri Lanka parliament approves radical 2005 budget
    Sri Lanka's parliament gave final approval to the government's 2005 budget on Friday, officials said, paving the way for the biggest state worker pay hike in over a decade, tax cuts on essential foods and higher taxes on luxury goods. Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama's budget, which was unveiled in November, cuts customs duties on raw materials and axes subsidies on goods from fuels to electricity except for the poorest. Amunugama's maiden budget, the government's first since coming to power in a snap April election, raises salaries of public sector workers, who account for around 1.0 million of island's 19 million people, by 40 percent. more ...
  • 101) 13:39 GMT, Dec. 10, 2004 |  + Right speech and right conduct
    Time is propitious for our leaders to reflect on correct speech and correct conduct even though they are light years away from correct thoughts. The usual Sri Lankan practice is to kick a fallen man in his teeth and say: "You deserved it." There could be others who may put him back on his feet, not necessarily because of altruism but to win political accolades for their supposed magnanimity. To pass judgement on such matters is, of course, a matter for moralists and historians and not newspapermen. Like all malignancies that have crept into the Sri Lanka body politic this aspect of wrong and abusive speech and conduct has spread unrestrained because of not only public tolerance but tolerance and even active encouragement given by the leadership of political parties. more ...
  • 102) 14:35 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + The Commonwealth Secretariat - On Thin Ice
    Today the Commonwealth Secretariat's historic and glorious prestige has been put on thin ice by Sri Lanka. Hopefully it will quickly melt with British acumen and foresight. The embarrassment facing the people of the Commonwealth is Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar's application, sponsored by Ms. Kumaratunge President of Sri Lanka, for election as Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He is quite conspicuously identifiable in Sri Lanka's politics, in straight and plain language, as her "political henchman." Regardless of whatever high political office he claims to have held under her political patronage, he cannot deny that it was for his henchman services to her. He is a Tamil, but without Tamil political support and recognition. more ...
  • 103) 14:22 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + Toronto: Terrible toll of racial profiling
    Racial profiling in Ontario is a pervasive problem that robs citizens of their dignity, drains the economy and erodes trust in law enforcement, a new report concludes. In an 81-page study, "Paying the Price: The Human Cost of Racial Profiling," Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Keith Norton yesterday warned that racist stereotyping is a grave concern in Canada's most ethnically diverse province. The Star obtained access to a police database that held records of more than 480,000 incidents in which a person was arrested or ticketed, and close to 800,000 criminal and other charges. The newspaper's analysis of the data found, among other things, that black people charged with simple drug possession were taken to a police station more often than whites facing the same charge. more ...
  • 104) 13:28 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + Fresh talks fail to end Sri Lanka power struggle
    A fresh round of talks between Sri Lanka's president and the prime minister failed to end a month-old power struggle that undermined a Norwegian-backed peace bid with Tamil rebels, officials said. The two squabbling leaders met Wednesday for nearly two hours but failed to sink their differences. "There was no conclusion on any of the key matters," a source close to the talks said. "There is no agreement on another round of talks either." more ...
  • 105) 12:46 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + Sri Lankan crisis talks impasse
    Sri Lanka's feuding president and prime minister have made no progress in their latest attempt to resolve a month-old power struggle, reports say. President Kumaratunga met Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for two hours at her Colombo residence on Wednesday to try to broker agreement. The talks came ahead of a 15 December deadline the two have set for a deal. Their differences centre on peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels who are demanding autonomy in the north-east. more ...
  • 106) 12:39 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + From riches of statesmanship to rags of party politics
    Ayubowan, Vanakkam, Assalamu Allaikum and best wishes for United Nations Human Rights Day today when Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi receives the Nobel Peace Prize for her battle on behalf of women. As you watch the events you would probably remember that at the turn of the millennium you were among those in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize and space prophet Arthur C. Clarke reportedly predicted you might get it within the next three years. But your rapidly changing performance and policies since the December 2001 General Election have driven you far behind if not off the track . more ...
  • 107) 12:31 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + Parents of Jaffna missing protest against HRC
    The Jaffna Missing Persons Association and Mothers’ Front held a protest in front of the office of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRC) in the northern town Wednesday. The protesting parents of the 234 young Jaffna men and women who went missing after they were arrested by the Sri Lanka army in 1996 and 97 accused the HRC of sidelining their issue in its recent work on the human rights situation in the northern province. They condemned the inaction of the HRC despite persistent appeals by the Jaffna Mothers’ Front and the Missing Persons Association. more ...
  • 108) 12:28 GMT, Dec. 10, 2003 |  + Sri Lanka still in limbo after president, PM meet
    Sri Lanka's president and prime minister met on Wednesday for a fourth time since their power struggle burst into the open, but came no closer to ending a rift that has stalled efforts to bring lasting peace to the island.Officials said President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had set no date for another meeting and that Wednesday's session had sidestepped the key issue of who should lead efforts to put the peace process back on track. ''There is no conclusion as yet,'' said Malik Samarawickreme, the chairman of Wickremensinghe's United National Party, who is part of a committee charged with finding ways the two can work together. more ...
  • 109) 16:03 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Varathan Group attack injures two civilians
    Ex-militants of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) currently part of Varathan Group working closely with the Special Task Force (STF) in Araiyampathi, Batticaloa district, attacked and seriously injured two civilians near Mariamman Kovil road Sunday 6.45 pm sources in Batticaloa said. Sellan Kulendran, a father of three, has been admitted to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital and Thiyagan Sevagan has been admitted to the Arayampathi Hospital, sources said. more ...
  • 110) 16:00 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka protestors injured in clash
    Reports from northern Sri Lanka say 12 people have been injured after police opened fire at unruly protestors outside the office of a Tamil militia party. The incident occured in Nelliady, 30 kilometres north-east of Jaffna, where a crowd had been calling for the removal of the office of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP). The EPDP are bitterly opposed to the Tamil Tigers who are currently involved in peace talks with the government. The local police say protestors were picketing the EPDP office from morning but left after the police asked them to go. more ...
  • 111) 14:20 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + LTTE peace negotiators in Switzerland
    LTTE peace negotiators are now in Switzerland studying the Swiss federal system, diplomatic sources told the Daily News. The LTTE delegation comprising Anton Balasingham, political wing leader S.P. Thamilchelvam, Colonel Karuna, Dr J. Maheshwaran and V. Rudrakumar left for Oslo on Sunday for Geneva where they are expected to meet Swiss politicians, constitutional affairs experts to discuss the Swiss experience of federalism. In the second round of talks the Government and the LTTE set up three sub-committees one of which is focused on political affairs co-chaired by Prof G.L Peiris and Dr. Balasingham. more ...
  • 112) 11:32 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lanka to unveil new constitution
    The Sri Lankan government is setting the stage to introduce a new constitution which would incorporate a solution to the Tamil minority ethnic conflict. Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told a news conference in Colombo that the government would introduce the new constitution soon after a final settlement is reached following the discussions with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). more ...
  • 113) 07:16 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Will federal model work for Sri Lanka Tamils?
    Some analysts believe what Sri Lanka needs is a political system based on the principle of confederation. They feel that only such a system would be able to protect and advance the interests of minorities, such as Tamils and Muslims. Under such a system, it is entirely possible for Tamils to maintain their own institutions, such as the police, the armed forces, the judiciary and the financial system. If the proposed federal system seeks to negate the presence of Tamil institutions, then there is real danger that substantial autonomy may not materialise in the north and east. more ...
  • 114) 07:07 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + 'War imminent if federal solution is rejected'- Minister Peiris
    The United National Front (UNF) government Monday said if the attempt to find a political solution to the ethnic conflict through a federal constitution is rejected then there is high likelihood of war breaking out again. "Instead of amending the clauses of the present constitution, the government has decided to table a new constitution that will embody the new political framework," said Professor G.L.Peiris, Minister of Constitutional Affairs and cabinet spokesman at a press briefing Monday in Colombo. more ...
  • 115) 06:55 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Indian Foreign Secretary calls on Tyronne : Future deals with LTTE will not affect India
    Any future settlement or agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will not in anyway affect the interest of India, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando assured visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal yesterday. Fernando assured Sibal who called on him at his official residence, that Sri Lanka will continue to follow its Non-Aligned foreign policy, even during this crucial period, Foreign Ministry sources said. more ...
  • 116) 06:52 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Norwegians key to resolution of civil war in Sri Lanka
    Efforts mediated by Norway to end the 19-year civil war in Sri Lanka advanced further yesterday with an announcement by the Sri Lankan government that it formally supports power-sharing with the Tamil Tigers. But the signs of progress appear to be concrete. Representatives of the Tigers have already reportedly visited Switzerland to study the federal system there, and – according to Mr Peiris – are examining examples in Canada, Australia, Germany and India. more ...
  • 117) 18:58 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Sri Lankan president says PM out to kill her



    Thamizh Eelam Political Leader in Switzerland:
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    Courtesy: IBC Tamil Radio & Thamizh Naatham

    Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused the prime minister of trying to assassinate her and said the country cannot progress with the present government. Kumaratunga told her party supporters on Sunday that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had carried a gun and threatened to kill her if she did not cooperate with the political cohabitation arrangement. "The prime minister of this country is threatening the president saying 'I will throw your people in jail. I will kill your people. I will throw your security guards in jail... "'Now he brings a gun and says 'I will kill you'. I swear to God, he said it," Kumaratunga said in her speech, a copy of which was obtained by AFP Tuesday. more ...
  • 118) 16:59 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + What really is development?
    The dominant theory of development wants each human person to be free to sink or swim unaided by any other in the economic sea, to buffet all alone the waves of supply and demand as they rise and fall. The State should not intervene in interpersonal economic relationships but leave these to be determined by individual persons themselves acting out their various roles in the rough and tumble of "free" market forces. At the centre of development, therefore, as its subject and its object, or as the one directing it and the one for whom it is intended, there is and there has to be, irreplaceably, the human person in community. This is the first and most important difference between the concepts of development and 'development'. more ...
  • 119) 16:47 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + With rights come responsibilities



    Respect for human rights a prerequisite for peace Progress is possible when ideals become action

  • Twelve hurt in Sri Lanka protest - BBC
  • Today is Human Rights Day nationally and internationally. The most comprehensive document embodying the broadest consensus of contemporary civilization on human rights exists in the form of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The U.N. General Assembly adopted this document on Dec. 10, 1948. Article 1 of the U.N. Charter proclaims that the role of the world body is to maintain international peace and security and also to promote respect for human rights. We learn (or should learn) from history that respect for human rights and absolute justice is a prerequisite for bringing about and keeping international peace. more ...
  • 120) 16:24 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga complains of harassment
    Today the politicians do not know how to govern the country. They work for their own sake. However, we entered politics in order to work for the country. I am ready to give up this position if it is the wish of the people. This is my ninth year as President. I have my doubts about peace. We started the process by putting forward the Draft Act before the people. What is happening today is quite different to our way. The Prime Minister invited me on three occasions to support the government, but I replied that I cannot support them in wrongful activities. more ...
  • 121) 16:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + ICRC needs 938.7 million Swiss francs to help victims of armed conflict and internal violence in 2003
    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today presented its priorities and funding requirements for 2003, appealing for nearly one billion Swiss francs for humanitarian work in some 80 countries. Among the most substantial budget increases compared with 2002 are those for Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Myanmar and Colombia, while the most significant reductions are those for Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • The missing - a major ICRC initiative
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  • 122) 06:49 GMT, Dec. 10, 2002 |  + Dissidents given time to accept Hakim leadership
    The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) politburo Monday night decided to ask all dissidents except those five expelled from the party last Monday to rejoin the party accepting the leadership of Mr.Rauff Hakim without any conditions. However the expelled five dissidents will not be taken back to the party, SLMC spokesman said. The SLMC politburo Sunday night expelled Deputy Minister Mr. A.L.M.Athaullah, Dr.K.M.Hafrath, S.Subairdeen, Dr.A.Uthumalebbe and A.J.Mussamil for openly flouting the party discipline in an attempt to overthrow Mr.Rauff Hakeem from the post of president. more ...
  • 123) 16:39 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + Three rebels and one army officer killed in Sri Lanka
    Government soldiers shot dead three Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's northeast, the defence ministry and police say. In the east rebels killed one army intelligence officer. The casualties are the first since the United National Party won parliamentary elections on December 5. In eastern Batticaloa, the body of army officer K Satkunanathn was found riddled with bullets, and police say they suspect rebels shot him. Batticaloa is located about 136 miles east of Colombo. more ...
  • 124) 15:29 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + Political Bickering in Sri Lanka
    In a first sign of a post-election power struggle, the United National Party of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday asked President Chandrika Kumaratunga not to interfere with its formation of a Cabinet. ``For a smooth and democratic transition of power, the president should let the prime minister decide his Cabinet freely,'' Wickremesinghe's spokesman, G.L. Peiris, said in a televised interview. more ...
  • 125) 15:24 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + International Monetary Funds To Match Reforms
    The International Monetary Fund said Monday that it would actively support Sri Lanka's new United National Party-led government if reforms are made a priority. "They (the new government) can get anything they want in proportion to what they actually do," Nadeem Ul Haque, the IMF's senior resident representative in Sri Lanka, told Dow Jones Newswires in a telephone interview. more ...
  • 126) 15:18 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + Letters of resignation from PA MPs?
    Sources say that some of the newly elected People’s Alliance MPs have been summoned to the President’s House and requested to sign letters of resignation from their Parliamentary seats. They also say that only some of the MPs have been asked to sign the letters while others have not been asked. This has come in view that the President feels that some of her MPs might switch sides and as a safety measure has taken letters from those she feels will defect. more ...
  • 127) 15:14 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + International Human Rights Day - Press Release
    Today, on International Human Rights Day, we would again like to express our sympathy to the families and friends of the victims in the crime wave in America on September 11, 2001. We strongly condemn this fanatic and terrorist assault. Today, the world is experiencing new dimensions of problems in the context of human rights and terrorism. Opportunist states boldly categorise legitimate opposition as terrorism, taking advantage of the present climate. Certain states continue to carry out ethnic cleansing whilst impressing the world that they are convinced of the need to look into the root cause of the problems! more ...
  • 128) 11:58 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + TULF leader nominated to Parliament
    ``The elections have proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the Tamil people are solidly behind the Liberation Tigers. The Tamils have endorsed the Liberation Tigers as their sole representatives,'' Mr. Parajasingham, who was elected from Batticaloa, said. The results were also an endorsement that the Tamils were a ``distinct nation'' and that they had the right to self- determination. more ...
  • 129) 11:53 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + Power-sharing rejected as Sri Lanka PM grapples with cabinet
    Sri Lanka's main opposition rejected a power-sharing offer Monday, the first day in office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, underscoring an uneasy cohabitation government ahead. Wickremesinghe, 52, was sworn in Sunday by his arch political rival, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and was set to open talks with smaller political parties to form a government of national reconciliation. more ...
  • 130) 11:49 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + First post-election political bickering surfaces in Sri Lanka
    In a first sign of a post-election power struggle in Sri Lanka, the prime minister's United National Party asked the president not to interfere with its formation of a Cabinet. ''For a smooth and democratic transition of power, the president should let the prime minister decide his Cabinet freely,'' G.L. Peiris, spokesman for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, said in a televised interview. It was the first time since the Dec. 5 parliamentary election that either side has addressed Wickremesinghe's role in the government. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is constitutionally Sri Lanka's most powerful official. more ...
  • 131) 16:41 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + German driver arrested after police discovered illegal Tamil immigrants in his truck
    A truck driver from Germany has been charged by police after 46 illegal immigrants were discovered in the back of the vehicle he was driving, officials said Sunday. Erich Langer, 47, from Koln-Muelheim, a suburb of Cologne, was stopped by police on Friday in the village of Salisbury, near Chippenham, southwest England. Officers allegedly found Tamil men, women and youths inside the rear compartment of the truck. Some were treated for dehydration. more ...
  • 132) 11:38 GMT, Dec. 10, 2001 |  + Mutur Tamils appeal to Kofi Annan
    Hundreds of Tamils in Mutur east in the southern part of the

    CHEMMANI
    Jaffna missing youths’ parents protest again
    The parents of more than 600 youth who went missing in Jaffna after being arrested by the Sri Lanka Army in 1996-97 marched in silence through the northern town Monday to protest against "government apathy".

    Trincomalee district demonstrated Monday demanding that the Sri Lanka army and Navy should stop bombarding their villages immediately. More than thirty thousand Tamils live in about forty villages in Mutur east. “We are unable to fish in the sea because Sri Lanka Navy gunboats attack us. We are unable to cultivate our rice fields because the SLA indiscriminately fires artillery on us day and night. Our children do not go to schools due to traumatic experiences caused by the loss of lives in their families”, states the memorandum sent to the Secretary General of the United Nations by the Tamils of Mutur east through the Consortium of the Non-Governmental Organizations in Trincomalee south Monday after the demonstration Monday morning to observe the World Human Rights Day. more ...
  • 133) 23:35 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Sri Lanka.
    The tenth day of December 1948 was a historic day. It was a day of one of the greatest achievements, indeed a landmark, in human history. This was the day the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Fifty-two years on, on the 10th of December 2000, it is well for Sri Lankans to look back and reflect on what their government has done for human rights. What have they achieved? more ...
  • 134) 20:55 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + LTTE wants ban lifted
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Organization wants the ban imposed on its activities by the Sri Lankan government to be lifted prior to direct talks occurring between it and the Government. Although it has not made such a request formally, the LTTE has conveyed a message through the Norwegian facilitators to Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar giving notice of its intention to do so when the time is opportune, it is learnt. more ...
  • 135) 20:43 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + India: Humans right day celebrations
    JUSTICE DAVID ANNOUSWAMY Retired Judge of Chennai High Court FLAGGED OFF THE CAMPAIGN VAN. MrS.Thirumal, Secretary of an NGO namely ROSE welcomed the gathering. Dravida Peravai General Secretary N.Nandhivarman in his speech mentioned that at three stages refugees came to India. After the ethnic holocaust in the year 1983 nearly 1,20,000 refugees came fleeing from the clutches of Srilankan hoodlums. Particularly in between 24 th June 1983 to 29 th July 1989 the total number of refugees arrived here from Srilanka amounts to 1,34,053. Thereafter in the aftermath of 1987 accord between India and Srilanka particularly between 24 December 1987 and 31 August 1989, 25,585 refugees were sent back. Most of them preferred to go to Western countries than to Srilanka. more ...
  • 136) 20:36 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + 52nd Anniversary of the UDHR - International Human Rights Day
    The Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR/CTDH, in association with other Human Rights organisations, Institutions, Human rights defenders and with many others round the world celebrates the 52nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - UDHR. more ...
  • 137) 19:30 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + Mammoth Crowds Remember Tamil Heroes in London Arena
    A massive crowd of over 20, 000 Eelam Tamils proudly stood up to salute their red and yellow national flag with the insignia of the Tiger in its centre at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening in the main amphitheatre of the prestigious London Arena in the waterfront of River Thames. The audience consisting of Tamil men, women and children, most of them in their traditional Tamil costumes. more ...
  • 138) 16:40 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + SLA arrests, beats-up students
    Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers arrested four youths from Karuvakerni near Valaichenai in Batticaloa at 3 am today morning and severly beat the youths before releasing them, said village residents. more ...
  • 139) 13:58 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + Sri Lanka seeks foreign funding with peace offering
    Sri Lanka is preparing for a crucial meeting of its international donors with a promise of peace as the economy is buffeted by ever-escalating military spending that is steadily draining foreign reserves. The Paris aid consortium meeting which has been delayed by over a year is finally set to meet next week and review the island's economic political management amid unprecedented defence expenditure. more ...
  • 140) 13:04 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + India deports 'King of Eelam'
    Eelaventhan, a wellknown Tamil activist of the Gandhian mould and a household word in Tamil nationalist circles has been deported from India. The simple and transparent reason as stated by Indian authorities is that the former Translator residing in India for nearly two decades did not have a valid visa.Since he was legally an "overstay" Indian immigration officials had to deport him to Colombo is the official Indian version. Technically this position may be correct but the real and underlying reasons for this deportation seem to be different. more ...
  • 141) 12:58 GMT, Dec. 10, 2000 |  + Talking peace with the Tigers
    For the past so many months, everybody and his brother, and sister to boot, have been talking about ‘talking peace with the Tigers’, while in the same breath saying that the solution to the problem is not a political one but a military one, meaning that the Tigers should be wiped off the face of the earth before ‘peace’ can come back to this country. All this talk about ‘talking peace’ has brought this country nowhere. On the contrary, it has only exacerbated feelings on both sides. more ...
  • 142) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + WHEN DID BALASINGHAM GO TO LONDON?
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  • 143) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Demonstrations mark Human Rights day
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  • 144) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Jaffna NGOs appeal to UN
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  • 145) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AND 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TCHR
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  • 146) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + World: Indonesia set to release last political prisoners
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  • 147) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Playing the Sinhala card
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  • 148) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Stop this shoddy treatment
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  • 149) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka: The Most Violent Place - 1999 AHRC Human Rights Message
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  • 150) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Dozens of Sri Lankan refugees killed in artillery attack on church
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  • 151) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Mannar PLOTE organiser killed
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  • 152) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Constitutional Immunity to Protect The Acts of The Lankan President?
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  • 153) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Two Sri Lanka opposition members killed at meeting
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  • 154) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka leader to use polls as mandate for peace
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  • 155) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + No solution to Sri Lanka ethnic issue without new constitution
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  • 156) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + 2 EPDP MPs break ranks
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  • 157) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Tamil lackeys backing handicap jockey
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  • 158) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Sri Lanka president woos business for votes
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  • 159) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + DEATH NOTICE TO HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER IN JAFFNA.
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  • 160) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + MP WANTS SACRED PLACES IN NORTH EAST DECLARED PEACE ZONES.
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  • 161) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Suicide bomber in Colombo?
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  • 162) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1999 |  + Sinhala hardliners press for military solution
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  • 163) 11:11 GMT, Dec. 10, 1998 |  + Delhi pulling peace strings
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