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Sri Lanka: A Key Piece in the Great Game of the Indian Ocean
Sri Lanka: A Key Piece in the Great Game of the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is about to become the epicenter of the tri-polar competition between China, India and the US and can become one of the most intense points of conflict in the near future. All three states have their own interests and priorities in the Indian Ocean region. Sri Lanka hence being located along the east west corridor is the key for them to achieve…

Modern Diplomacy - Feb 14 16:38 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, China ]

Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act
Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act
Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Shavendra Silva of Sri Lanka Under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act

The United States will continue to use all available tools and authorities, as appropriate, to address human rights violations and abuses around the world no matter when they occurred or who perpetrated them. Today’s actions underscore our commitment to support human rights, promote accountability for perpetrators, and encourage reconciliation in support of a…

US State Department - Feb 14 16:22 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SLMilitary, USA, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Proposals for new constitution presented to President

    Proposals for new constitution presented to President

    The proposal has been prepared with five objectives; the rebuilding of the civilizational state, true public representation and the sovereignty of the people, consolidation of a unitary Sri Lanka, and ensuring the balance between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary and to build a society which values responsibilities.

    AD - Feb 14 17:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Isolated by civil war, Sri Lanka’s Jaffna proves to be a herp haven

    Isolated by civil war, Sri Lanka’s Jaffna proves to be a herp haven

    Lead author Thilina Dilan Surasinghe, an associate professor of ecology and conservation biology at Bridgewater State University in the U.S., told Mongabay that the Jaffna Peninsula has not had a baseline survey of its reptiles and amphibians for a long time. “The civil war prevented any such research from taking place,” he said. “To support conservation…

    MongaBay - Feb 14 16:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, World ]

  • Beyond Rajapaksa’s Visit, Are India and Sri Lanka Really on the Same Page?

    Beyond Rajapaksa’s Visit, Are India and Sri Lanka Really on the Same Page?

    Given India’s larger strategic footprint across the Indo-Pacific and India’s Act East policy, BIMSTEC makes sense. But Sri Lanka is not keen. India needs to work on building support for it in other capitals in South Asia. Also, New Delhi has to be able to offer economic opportunities for these countries to make BIMSTEC attractive. Otherwise it will be seen as just…

    Diplomat - Feb 14 16:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • U.S. blacklists Sri Lankan army commander, cites killings, abuses

    U.S. blacklists Sri Lankan army commander, cites killings, abuses

    The United States has imposed sanctions on Sri Lanka’s army chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, for alleged human rights violations including extrajudicial killings in 2009 during the country’s civil war, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. “The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the…

    Reuters - Feb 14 16:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - US bans visits by Sri Lanka army chief over war crimes - AFP
  • Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril

     Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril

    Respect for fundamental human rights in Sri Lanka is in serious jeopardy following Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president in November 2019, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. Rajapaksa, along with his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was named prime minister, were implicated in numerous human rights violations during their previous years in…

    HRW - Jan 15 11:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • China stands by Sri Lanka: Wang Yi

    China stands by Sri Lanka: Wang Yi

    Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has pledged not to allow “any outside influences” to interfere with Sri Lanka’s internal matters, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said on Tuesday. “As Sri Lanka’s strategic partner China will continue to standby Sri Lanka’s interests. China stands for the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity…

    The Hindu - Jan 15 11:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, World, China ]

  • Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

    Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

    The Sri Lankan government should abide by its commitments to replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects its international human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The cabinet of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced on January 4, 2020 that it would withdraw a proposed replacement law, reneging on pledges to…

    HRW - Jan 13 14:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country

    Sri Lanka\'s new leader promises to unite country

    Sri Lanka has suffered decades of religious and ethnic violence. The newly-elected president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has promised to unite the country. Yet, there remains deep distrust among the country's minority groups that voted overwhelmingly against him.

    Al Jazeera - Dec 08 12:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • India wants to woo Sri Lanka. But China stands in the way

    India wants to woo Sri Lanka. But China stands in the way

    As a giant neighbour physically so proximate, India has a very complex relationship with Sri Lanka and is very different from that between Beijing and Colombo. That there is an ethnic overlay of the Tamil-speaking people across the Palk Straits, which divide peninsular India and Sri Lanka, make Colombo’s ties with Delhi unique. The Tamil question has, in fact, been…

    CNA - Dec 08 12:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, China ]

  • Sri Lankan official fined over throat-slitting gestures in London

    Sri Lankan official fined over throat-slitting gestures in London

    A senior member of the Sri Lankan military has been convicted of public order offences in London and fined thousands of pounds after a court ruled he was not protected by diplomatic immunity. Brig Priyanka Fernando was filmed making throat-slitting gestures towards Tamil protesters outside the Sri Lankan high commission in London on 4 February 2018. The…

    The Guardian - Dec 08 12:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UK ]

  • Sri Lankan Critics Fear a Crackdown Is Underway, and Some Flee

    Sri Lankan Critics Fear a Crackdown Is Underway, and Some Flee

    Fears of a potential crackdown on critics of the newly returned Rajapaksa political dynasty in Sri Lanka are rising just days after the election, as officials and journalists who investigated the Rajapaksas for human rights abuses and corruption began trying to flee the country, officials said.

    New York Times - Nov 29 14:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, World ]

  • In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka

    In Gotabaya’s Lanka: Many fear the rise of majoritarian sentiment in Sri Lanka

    Less than a fortnight after Sri Lanka’s November 16 presidential elections, the country is faced with two realities. One, a new regime buoyed by its triumphant support base and eager to consolidate an iron political grip. Second, a political opposition in utter disarray, with some citizens consumed by anxiety. Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ascent to the presidency has made…

    Indian Express - Nov 29 14:43 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Sri Lanka Wants to Undo Deal to Lease Port to China for 99 Years

    Sri Lanka Wants to Undo Deal to Lease Port to China for 99 Years

    Sri Lanka’s new government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants to undo the previous regime’s move to lease the southern port of Hambantota to a Chinese venture, citing national interest. Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2017 changed the terms, saying it would be difficult to pay the loans taken to build the project. He agreed to lease the port…

    Bloomberg - Nov 29 14:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Economy, China ]

  • Swiss raise alarm over 'attack' on Sri Lanka embassy employee

    Swiss raise alarm over \'attack\' on Sri Lanka embassy employee

    Swiss authorities have hit out at the detention of an employee of the country's embassy in Sri Lanka, branding the development "grave and unacceptable". A spokesman for Switzerland's Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday that the embassy employee was "detained against her will on the street and threatened at length" in an attempt to…

    Al Jazeera - Nov 29 14:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, EU ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka launches probe into kidnapping of Swiss embassy worker - Swissinfo
  • How to regain friends in Sri Lanka

    How to regain friends in Sri Lanka

    Two quick developments took place in India-Sri Lanka relations in the days following the election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the President of Sri Lanka. First, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar upended at least two decades of established practice by taking the first flight to Colombo to greet the new president. Until now, it used to be a newly elected Sri Lankan…

    Indian Express - Nov 29 14:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India ]

  • Swiss embassy worker kidnapped and threatened in Colombo

    Swiss embassy worker kidnapped and threatened in Colombo

    A local employee of the Swiss embassy in Sri Lanka has been temporarily kidnapped and threatened by unknown assailants in what the foreign ministry has called a “serious and unacceptable attack”. On Wednesday, the Swiss foreign ministry confirmed the incident and told swissinfo.ch in a written statement that the woman was threatened in order to force her to…

    SwissInfo - Nov 27 17:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Prez invites Tamil diaspora to work together to develop country

    Prez invites Tamil diaspora to work together to develop country

    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the Tamil diaspora to work together to develop the country and help the people irrespective of their community. The President has said this in an interview with Nitin A. Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief of Bharat Shakti.in and SNI. When the interviewer commented on peaceful existence, the President said, “Yes, so rather than…

    DM - Nov 25 16:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Prez to renegotiate Hambantota Port deal

    Prez to renegotiate Hambantota Port deal

    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says he will renegotiate the Hambantota Port deal with China. Rajapaksa expressed these views during an interview with Nitin A. Gokhale, Editor-in-Chief of BharatShakti.in and SNI. “Even though China is a good friend of ours and we need their assistance to develop, I’m not afraid to say that the deal was a mistake. I will request…

    Morning - Nov 25 16:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Ranil is staying put; postpones decision to quit

    Ranil is staying put; postpones decision to quit

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was expected to resign after he met President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today has not done so and has deferred the decision to quit to a series of meetings scheduled for tomorrow and the day after. The new President and the Prime Minister met at the Presidential Secretariat and discussed “the way ahead for the government and…

    RN - Nov 19 15:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka tells UN it will take its own path to reconciliation

    Sri Lanka tells UN it will take its own path to reconciliation

    Sri Lanka has told the United Nations that as a sovereign State it will take its own path to reconciliation. Speaking at the Security Council Open Debate on ‘Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations’ Kshenuka Senewiratne, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN said that Sri Lanka will…

    Morning Leader - Feb 14 16:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • India asks Sri Lanka to resume Tamil reconciliation process

    India asks Sri Lanka to resume Tamil reconciliation process

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his counterpart from neighbouring Sri Lanka on Saturday to resume a post-civil war reconciliation process with minority ethnic Tamils that appears to have stalled since a new president was elected last year in the island nation. "We had an open conversation about reconciliation in Sri Lanka. I'm confident that the…

    CTV - Feb 14 16:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Fulfil the demands of the families of the disappeared

    Sri Lanka: Fulfil the demands of the families of the disappeared

    The Sri Lankan government must deliver justice, truth and reparation to the families of the forcibly disappeared, Amnesty International said today, as the global human rights organization expressed solidarity with the families of the disappeared marching on 14 February in Colombo. “The commemoration is a poignant reminder of the painfully long wait of families of…

    AI - Feb 14 16:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Buddha heirloom returned to Sri Lanka by Hampshire family

    Buddha heirloom returned to Sri Lanka by Hampshire family

    A Buddha statue from an important religious site has been returned to Sri Lanka, 100 years after it was gifted to a British man. Members of the Bell family have handed this statue down through the generations after archaeologist and explorer Harry Charles Purvis Bell, known as HCP Bell, was given the statue during a visit to a temple in the 19th century, while he…

    BBC - Jan 16 12:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History ]

  • Sri Lanka's leopards are under threat, but this woman is determined to save them

    Sri Lanka\'s leopards are under threat, but this woman is determined to save them

    Having endured a bloody civil war from 1983 until 2009, Sri Lanka is now at peace and developing rapidly. That's good news for the country as a whole, but the island nation's leopards are under threat. Sri Lankan conservationist Anjali Watson says that as forests where leopards live are cleared to plant crops and build homes, the big cats are being squeezed into…

    CNN - Jan 15 11:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • A Chinese traveler was caught trying to smuggle 200 live scorpions out of Sri Lanka

    A Chinese traveler was caught trying to smuggle 200 live scorpions out of Sri Lanka

    A unnamed Chinese traveler was caught red-handed when he attempted to smuggle 200 live scorpions out of Sri Lanka on Monday. The 30-year-old man was scheduled to fly to Guangzhou in southern China from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport when authorities detected the live scorpions in his checked-in luggage, Sri Lanka Customs spokesman Sunil Jayarathna told…

    CNN - Jan 15 11:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: China ]

  • Sri Lanka elephants: 'Record number' of deaths in 2019

    Sri Lanka elephants: \'Record number\' of deaths in 2019

    A record number of elephants - 361 - have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths to be reported since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people. There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing them is illegal, but the animals often come into…

    BBC - Jan 13 14:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Families waiting for news from their children

    Families waiting for news from their children

    Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 10 years ago but there has been little progress in tracing those who disappeared during and after the violent end to the war. About 20,000 people, mostly Tamils, are thought to still be missing. Many believe their relatives are alive and in the hands of the security forces - a view rejected by the government. These families meet and…

    BBC - Dec 08 12:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera review – coming of age in Sri Lanka

    Suncatcher by Romesh Gunesekera review – coming of age in Sri Lanka

    Kairo is growing up in 1960s Sri Lanka at a moment of gathering political repression and destabilising social change. His father is a dyed-in-the-wool communist, in an armchair sort of way. His mother is trying to work out what to do about her son’s education now the schools have been suspended. But Kairo doesn’t care too much about all this.

    The Guardian - Dec 08 12:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • His Warning Could Have Stopped Sri Lanka Easter Attack. Now He Lies In The Hospital

    This next story is about a man who is either an unsung hero to his country or a snitch. He's been called both. He is from Sri Lanka, an island nation where suicide bombers killed more than 250 people at hotels and churches last Easter. This man knew the attackers and suspected what they were planning. But when he tried to intervene, he became a target. NPR's Lauren…

    NPR - Dec 08 12:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past

    Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past

    As sri lanka’s long civil war was drawing to a close in 2009, the army surrounded 100,000 civilians on a tiny sliver of beach, barely three square kilometres in size. Mixed in among them were a small number of separatist guerrillas, the remnants of a once-formidable force that had been battling for an independent state for the country’s Tamil minority for 26…

    The Economist - Nov 29 14:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • The Rajapaksas Will Ruin Sri Lanka’s Economy

    The Rajapaksas Will Ruin Sri Lanka’s Economy

    On Nov. 18, Gotabaya Rajapaksa took his oath as Sri Lanka’s seventh executive president, at the sacred Buddhist temple Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradhapura. Three days later, his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was sworn in as prime minister. It is no coincidence that Gotabaya’s inauguration ceremony occurred at an ancient temple built by Sinhalese King…

    Foreign Policy - Nov 29 14:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

  • India announces $450 million line of credit to Sri Lanka

    India announces $450 million line of credit to Sri Lanka

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday a financial assistance of $450 million to Sri Lanka including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held "fruitful" talks with the island nation's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The talks focused on issues like fulfilling aspirations of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, ways to boost security and trade…

    PTI - Nov 29 14:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Economy ]

  • The Struggle for Democracy in Sri Lanka

    The Struggle for Democracy in Sri Lanka

    The terms “bourgeois democracy” and “bourgeois-democratic revolution” have often been confused by socialists, because they seem to imply that democracy is a gift from the bourgeoisie, is inseparable from capitalism, and has nothing to do with socialism. It is true that in many revolutions against feudalism, absolutism, and imperialism, the mass of working…

    Jacobin - Nov 29 14:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Top detective who investigated high-profile cases flees Sri Lanka

    Top detective who investigated high-profile cases flees Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has put airports on alert to stop police detectives leaving without permission after a top officer who had reportedly received death threats fled the island nation, police said. The alleged threats against inspector Nishantha Silva came after the November 16 election of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was under investigation by him.

    Al Jazeera - Nov 29 14:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • SL to fully review UNHRC resolution 30/1: FM

    SL to fully review UNHRC resolution 30/1: FM

    “Sri Lanka will revisit all bilateral agreements, particularly the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) worked out by the previous government, and if necessary, introduce amendments. After assuming duties as Foreign Relations Minister this morning, he told Daily Mirror that…

    DM - Nov 25 17:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Gotanomics: Can it turn around the ailing Sri Lanka’s economy?

    Gotanomics: Can it turn around the ailing Sri Lanka’s economy?

    Gotanomics has some modest economic goals to be achieved during 2020-5, compared to over ambitious goals set by previous governments. Economic growth is to be lifted from the current below 3% to 6.5%. Per capita income which stands at present at $ 4,000 is to be increased to $ 6,500, a midpoint in Sri Lanka’s journey toward a high income country.

    FT - Nov 25 16:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Ranil to resign tomorrow ; 15-member cabinet under caretaker govt to be appointed:sources

    Ranil to resign tomorrow ; 15-member cabinet under caretaker govt to be appointed:sources

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to resign from his position tomorrow (Nov 20), sources said. This decision had been made during Wickremesinghe's meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this evening. According to sources, the resignation would pave the way for the appointment of a 15-member caretaker cabinet by the President till the General…

    ST - Nov 19 15:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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