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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 ]

 Human Rights Gains in Grave Peril
 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 ]

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  • 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 ]

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  • 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 ]

  • Is Sri Lanka the Next Argentina?

    Is Sri Lanka the Next Argentina?

    It remains to be seen what political direction Sri Lanka will take under Rajapaksa. But if the government pursues non-inclusive policies, this almost certainly will lead to weak resource mobilization, continuing dependence on external financing on onerous terms, low rates of foreign direct investment, and stagnant export growth. In these circumstances, macroeconomic…

    ProjectSyndicate - Nov 19 15:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Rajapaksa likely to re-boot Sri Lanka-China ties

    Rajapaksa likely to re-boot Sri Lanka-China ties

    The unfinished, purple-headed Lotus Tower soars uselessly into the Colombo sky, mired in corruption allegations – a project typical of China’s misadventures in Sri Lanka under a political dynasty that has just returned to power. With the Rajapaksas clan now back, Beijing will likely be too, experts say. On Monday Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as president,…

    Asia Times - Nov 19 15:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, China ]

  • Work for SL Tamils' welfare, Rajapaksa tells TN leaders

    Work for SL Tamils\' welfare, Rajapaksa tells TN leaders

    Namal, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, issued a two-page statement tearing into MDMK chief Vaiko, PMK’s S Ramadoss and VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan for their comments criticising Gotabaya’s ascension to Presidency. “A few leaders in Tamil Nadu had never thought constructively about the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils. Instead they use the Sri…

    DH - Nov 19 14:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, History ]

  • ‘He is an unforgiving, ruthless man’: Sri Lanka minorities fear election of new president

    ‘He is an unforgiving, ruthless man’: Sri Lanka minorities fear election of new president

    “We knew right from the beginning that the Sinhala Buddhists of this country will be behind my victory. Although I knew I would be voted in by the Sinhala Buddhists, I expected the Tamils and Muslims to also be part of my victory. “But my expectations were not met. Yet, as your new president I request you again to join hands with me for the future development…

    Independent - Nov 19 14:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

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