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Sri Lanka: Deteriorating Within!
Sri Lanka: Deteriorating Within!

The ending of the 30 years of blood sucking conflict has given a fearless situation, where people were facilitated to breathe freely. But, what are we seeing in little more than eight years after ending of the conflict? Once we sucked blood out of each other while letting our brothers and sisters to wet the soil with their life in premature deaths. Now, we are…

Nation - Jun 26 19:31 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lankan boatpeople sent home
Sri Lankan boatpeople sent home

The return of Sri Lankans from Christmas Island to Colombo overnight on a government charter jet has fuelled speculation that Australian Border Force has inter­cepted a suspected asylum vessel in the past week. A plane chartered by the ­Department of Immigration and Border Protection has left the Australian territory in the early hours of this morning with about…

Australian - Jun 26 10:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Refugees, SriLanka, Australia ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Tamil group calls for international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice system

    Tamil group calls for international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice system

    A leading Tamil diaspora group has demanded the participation of international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice processes in the wake of a UN report that was critical of country’s judicial system. According to the GTF, such criticism justified the need for the inclusion of international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice processes. However,…

    IE - Jun 25 23:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Reporter seeks justice for 'white van' torture in Sri Lanka

    Reporter seeks justice for \'white van\' torture in Sri Lanka

    The sight of a white van still haunts Poddala Jayantha, a Sri Lankan journalist exiled in the U.S.Eight years after he was abducted in his home country, he says he saw only a pair of hands pulling him inside the vehicle where he was tortured for hours. He had broken bones in both his legs, fingers smashed, body burnt, beard and hair cut and stuffed inside his mouth. A…

    ABC - Jun 25 22:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, History ]

  • Rajiv Gandhi killer, in jail for 27 years, says he has lost purpose in life, wants euthanasia

    Rajiv Gandhi killer, in jail for 27 years, says he has lost purpose in life, wants euthanasia

    Robert Pious, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has written to the Tamil Nadu government seeking mercy killing. He said he has been in prison for over 27 years and has lost any purpose in life. "I've been in prison for more than 27 years now...I can understand the intention of the government and as none of my family member have come to see…

    India Today - Jun 21 13:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, HumanRights, Tamil Nadu ]

  • Tamil People Seek New Political Leadership - Suresh Premachandran

    Tamil People Seek New Political Leadership - Suresh Premachandran

    As far as EPRLF is concerned, we are definitely having differences with Mr. Sampanthan and the ITAK. There is a difference between what we promised to people and what we are doing now. That is more so in working out constitutional reforms and living up to the aspirations of Tamil people. There are differences between the ITAK and the EPRLF. Tamil people are against…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 21 11:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, History ]

  • Govt accuses UN of producing false report on Sri Lanka

    Govt accuses UN of producing false report on Sri Lanka

    The government yesterday said UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of the justice system, Monica Pinto, had produced a false report on Sri Lanka, distorting facts to undermine the country’s sovereignty. Making a ministerial statement in Parliament, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said Pinto’s report had made false statements with a…

    Island - Jun 21 11:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s firebrand monk invokes Muslim menace

    Sri Lanka’s firebrand monk invokes Muslim menace

    ‘Trump is a good man and I pray for him every day,” Galagoda Atte Gnanasara told me in late April, later bragging that he himself is even better than U.S. President Donald Trump. Gnanasara is Sri Lanka’s notorious rabble-rousing monk and leader of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Power Force, a radical nationalist religious organization. He draws crowds…

    Japan Times - Jun 21 03:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka: Minister Threatens Defender of Minority Rights

    Sri Lanka: Minister Threatens Defender of Minority Rights

    The Sri Lankan government should immediately repudiate statements by the country’s justice minister threatening to disbar a prominent lawyer for speaking out against attacks on religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today. The incident highlights the government’s failure to fully investigate and prosecute recent attacks on Muslims and Christians in the…

    HRW - Jun 21 03:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN ]

  • Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

    Special features in updated draft of new Constitution

    It has stated that “The Constitution should specifically state that the Sri Lankan State is “undivided and indivisible.” It should specify that “No Provincial Council or other authority may declare any part of the territory of Sri Lanka to be a separate State or advocate or take steps towards the secession of Province or part thereof, from Sri Lanka.” …

    Sunday Times - Jun 12 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

    Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

    Fears have been expressed that, resulting from climate change, the Jaffna peninsula may become semi-desert in the not-too-distant future. It would be timely in this context for a team of agricultural scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs to study this possibility and determine whether semi-desertification may, in fact, prove to be of great benefit to the…

    Island - Jun 12 14:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

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  • ‘Sri Lanka behind mydetention in Malaysia’

    ‘Sri Lanka behind mydetention in Malaysia’

    MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Saturday alleged that the Sri Lankan government was behind the decision of the Malaysian government denying him entry into the country. “I participated in the International Tamil Conference in Penang in 2014-15 and we adopted a resolution that Sri Lanka should be tried in the International Court of Justice for its atrocities…

    Hindu - Jun 12 14:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Malaysia, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

    Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

    However, the fact remains that Hambantota is part of the Chinese Maritime Silk Route project, which is part of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. It’s relevance to Chinese designs of increasing its influence by creating logistics bases globally, can’t be wished away. Sri Lanka has now offered the Trincomalee Port for joint development to India. The Sri…

    Daily O - Jun 12 13:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • USS Lake Erie aids disaster-relief efforts after floods in Sri Lanka

    USS Lake Erie aids disaster-relief efforts after floods in Sri Lanka

    The USS Lake Erie has arrived in Sri Lanka to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of last month’s deadly floods and mudslides. The Sri Lankan government estimates more than 200 have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes by the floods and mudslides after heavy monsoon rain hit the island nation located just south of India. The Lake…

    Stars & Stripes - Jun 12 13:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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      - San Diego-Based USS Lake Erie Assists Flood Victims in Sri Lanka - Times of Sandiego
  • This culture of impunity should come to an end

    This culture of impunity should come to an end

    I do not want to approach this matter in a spirit of confrontation. I want to approach it from the perspective of what would be in the best interests of the country and all its people while ensuring truth and justice What happened to unarmed civilians in violation of human rights and humanitarian laws must not be confused with legitimate actions taken by the State…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 09 18:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka defends China’sBelt and Road project

    Sri Lanka defends China’sBelt and Road project

    Chinese investment in Sri Lanka is reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route”, said visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, defending his government’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative. “The fact is that regional trade needs to move forward. If one country is doing a project, that is not against another country,” Mr.…

    Hindu - Jun 09 18:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Over 121, 000 affected by drought in Jaffna

    Over 121, 000 affected by drought in Jaffna

    Over 121, 000 persons from 33, 000 families in the Jaffna district have been severely affected by the prevailing drought situation, Jaffna District Secretary N. Vedanayagam said. According to the District Secretary, Kayts, Maradankaini, Karainagar, Sangilipaai, and Chelanai are among the places which have been severely affected by the drought. There are severe…

    Sunday Times - Jun 06 16:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, NGOs, History ]

  • Stories of Resilience

    Stories of Resilience

    'Stories of Resilience' is a project by the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) that aims to document and share stories of strength, courage and resilience of Tamil civilians before, during and after the armed conflict. ACPR intends to preserve these stories for current and future generations of Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Diaspora as part of a broader…

    SoS - Jun 02 15:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • UNESCO warns scrapping of SL sites from list if not maintained well

    UNESCO warns scrapping of SL sites from list if not maintained well

    UNESCO has informed the government that it will be compelled to remove several archeological sites in Sri Lanka from the world heritage list as they have not been maintained properly, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today. Minister Kariyawasam, under whose purview the Department of Archeology comes, told a media briefing that UNESCO had informed him…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 02 15:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, UN ]

  • Ensure no impunity for hate crimes: EU

    Ensure no impunity for hate crimes: EU

    The European Union (EU) today emphasized the importance of the Sri Lankan Government and the Police to ensure that there is no impunity for hate crimes in the country. EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue said it was important that religious communities are at the forefront of efforts to promote understanding and oppose the spreading of hate. "Sri Lankans…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 02 15:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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