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Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, U.S., U.N. critical of decision
Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, U.S., U.N. critical of decision

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of serious human rights violations.“I am deeply troubled by the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army,…

Reuters - Aug 19 18:22 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

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General accused of war crimes to head Lanka Army
General accused of war crimes to head Lanka Army

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights terms Shavendra Silva’s appointment ‘deeply troubling’ President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday named a general accused of war crimes as commander of the Sri Lankan Army, sparking concern over the appointment that the UN later termed “deeply troubling”. In his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,…

Hindu - Aug 19 18:17 GMT - more ... [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Rajapaksas want power to protect themselves, not country’s security

    Rajapaksas want power to protect themselves, not country’s security

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, in Jaffna, yesterday, that the Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa had asked for another mandate from the people, saying that they wanted to strengthen the country’s security, but when they were in power they protected only themselves and those close to them.Speaking…

    Jaffna - Aug 16 17:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Private sector should be involved in deciding price controls: Harsha

    Private sector should be involved in deciding price controls: Harsha

    In an effort to improve data-based policy making,Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday said an Analytics Unit has been established to act as the “brain of the Government”,to find solutions to deal with cost-of-living issues, beyond slapping arbitrary price controls. Dr. de Silva, speaking to media, pointed…

    FT - Aug 16 16:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Gota is the weakest candidate: JVP

    Gota is the weakest candidate: JVP

    The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday said the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had selected the weakest option as a presidential candidate when it announced former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their presidential hopeful. Speaking to media at JVP head office in Battaramulla, Pelawatte, Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said Gotabaya Rajapaksa lacked…

    FT - Aug 13 13:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan Health Ministry warns of possible dengue outbreak

    Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has warned of a possible dengue outbreak as the number of deaths from the disease has reached 56 and the number of those affected has risen to over 36,000 so far this year, local media reports said here Tuesday. The government epidemiology unit said the worst affected districts were capital Colombo, Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo,…

    Xinhua Net - Aug 13 13:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, World, SriLanka ]

  • Ranks bestowed an insult to security forces: SF

    Ranks bestowed an insult to security forces: SF

    Filed Marshal Sarath Foneka said yesterday the ranks bestowed on two senior military officers such as the rank of Admiral of the Fleet awarded to former navy commander Wasantha Karannagoda was an insult to the security forces. “Citing an example, he said foreign countries bestowed such a rank on an officer only if he commands large number of ships, at least nine…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 13 13:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • PM: will Gotabaya seek pardon for sins of Rajapaksa regime?

    PM: will Gotabaya seek pardon for sins of Rajapaksa regime?

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asked whether SLPP Presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa would seek pardon for all the sins committed by the previous Rajapaksa regime. He noted that Rajapaksa, in his nomination acceptance speech on Sunday, had pledged to ensure an environment free of fear and suspicion for each and every citizen born in this country. …

    CDN - Aug 13 13:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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  • Time for Canada to deal with its garbage at home

    Time for Canada to deal with its garbage at home

    Many Canadians think that all garbage, particularly the stuff in those shipping containers, is worthless. That’s wrong. There’s energy and money in what we think of as garbage. Case in point, those 1,500 tonnes of mixed plastics returned from the Philippines will be mostly incinerated in Burnaby, B.C., to produce electricity for 16,000 homes. And maybe someone…

    Toronto Star - Jul 22 18:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, SriLanka ]

  • Tamim Iqbal allays security fears ahead of Sri Lanka tour

    Tamim Iqbal allays security fears ahead of Sri Lanka tour

    Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal said on Monday that his team is happy to come forward in helping out Sri Lanka after being cleared by security, as the players are aware of how tough it can be when teams are starved off cricket at home. BCB opted not to tour Sri Lanka initially after security concern were raised following the terrorist attack in April, and only…

    CricBuzz - Jul 22 18:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

    Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

    Sri Lanka on Monday (Jun 22) extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people. Under the law, security forces can interrogate suspects without court orders. More than 100 people have been arrested in the crackdown launched after the bombings,…

    Reuters - Jul 22 18:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, SriLanka ]

  • Investigations on Dr. Shafi: NPC seeks possibility of handing over probe to SIU

    Investigations on Dr. Shafi: NPC seeks possibility of handing over probe to SIU

    Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said an attorney had lodged a complaint with the NPC stating that investigations carried out by the CID against Dr. Shafi should be withdrawn. “The lawyer had requested in the complaint that the investigations should be handed over to a Special Investigation Unit which should comprise police teams from the CID, the Kurunegala…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 19 15:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Church calls for Sri Lanka attacks probe

    Church calls for Sri Lanka attacks probe

    "This investigation should be thorough and should be transparent," Bishop J.D. Anthony Jayakody, the auxiliary bishop of Colombo, said in the capital on July 18. The report of its findings should be made pubic, he added. "If an independent body investigates on the Easter Sunday blasts, then the truth will come out," the bishop said. A local jihadist group called…

    UCA News - Jul 19 15:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Colombo, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Kalmunai north Gets fully fledged divisional secretariat

    Kalmunai north Gets fully fledged divisional secretariat

    The government has set up a fully-fledged divisional secretariat in Kalmunai north having acceded to a request by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) ahead of the vote on the no-confidence motion on Thursday, a parliamentarian said yesterday. Earlier, it functioned as a sub office of the Kalmunai Divisional Secretariat but the TNA wanted it elevated to a fully-fledged…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 12 17:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, TNA ]

  • Sri Lanka negotiates new military deal with US

    Sri Lanka negotiates new military deal with US

    The prime minister said negotiations were ongoing as the new document contained provisions Sri Lanka was "not able to accept", without elaborating on what they were. His comments came days after President Maithripala Sirisena said he would not let the government headed by his pro-West arch-rival conclude any deal giving US forces freer access to Sri Lanka. "I…

    AFP - Jul 12 17:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, USA, SriLanka ]

  • Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

    Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

    The case of Shegu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi has become a focus of national attention in Sri Lanka since he was arrested in May and accused of sterilizing women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. He was arrested two days after a front-page story appeared in a nationalist newspaper alleging that an unidentified doctor had sterilized as many as 4,000 women after…

    Reuters - Jul 12 17:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka: Muslims Face Threats, Attacks

    Sri Lanka: Muslims Face Threats, Attacks

    Sri Lankan authorities have failed to take appropriate action against those seemingly inciting violence against members of the Muslim community. On June 16, one of Sri Lanka’s most senior monks, Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero, delivered a nationally televised speech in which he propagated widespread but baseless claims that Muslim restaurants are seeking to…

    HRW - Jul 05 15:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • 'I'm your minister and you're a f---ing loser': Eugene Melnyk recounts Lisa MacLeod's alleged public tirade

    \'I\'m your minister and you\'re a f---ing loser\': Eugene Melnyk recounts Lisa MacLeod\'s alleged public tirade

    “So I’m just there, we’ve got families and friends in a small group and I’m surrounded by people from Ottawa — and I see from the corner of my eye somebody trying to bust through,” Melnyk said in a phone interview Thursday. “I’m thinking, ‘OK, might be a crazed fan and that’s fine. I’ve gotten used to it. And all of a sudden it’s this woman…

    Ottawa Citizen - Jul 05 13:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada ]

  • Sri Lanka’s New War

    But in the past decade, religious minorities – including Christians and Muslims – have been subjected to riots and discrimination. Security analysts say a rise in more conservative teachings, values and behaviour by some Muslims has made parts of the community susceptible to radicalisation. “There have been several signs that radicalisation and extremism…

    AlJazeera - Jul 02 19:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: The wartime strongman who wants to run Sri Lanka

    Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: The wartime strongman who wants to run Sri Lanka

    At a funeral for one of the victims of Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings, a grief-stricken relative wailed and shouted: "We need Gota, We need Gota." She was referring to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the wartime defence chief who played a leading role in crushing Tamil rebels in a bloody civil war which ended 10 years ago. Sri Lanka's minority Tamils loathe Mr Rajapaksa…

    BBC - Jun 30 21:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

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