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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 ]

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 ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • 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 ]

  • Sri Lanka blasts: Probes of ex-defence secretary, police advised

    Sri Lanka blasts: Probes of ex-defence secretary, police advised

    Sri Lanka's attorney general advised the acting police chief to launch a criminal investigation of the former defence secretary over "major lapses" that contributed to security failures before the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people. Attorney General Dappula de Livera said on Monday he decided to recommend an investigation of Hemasiri Fernando…

    Al Jazeera - Jun 30 21:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Kadirgamar Murder case : LTTE suspect dies

    Kadirgamar Murder case : LTTE suspect dies

    LTTE suspect alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was in the Magazine Prison has died. The 62-year-old died while receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital. It is said that the death was due to kidney-related disease.

    CDN - Jun 25 19:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka 'super woman' cop guilty of child abuse

    Sri Lanka \'super woman\' cop guilty of child abuse

    Sri Lanka's Supreme Court fined an award-winning woman police officer for illegally detaining and intimidating a teenage girl to frame a local politician for rape, officials said Friday. Chief Inspector Waruni Bogahawatte was also ordered to pay 100,000 rupees ($570) as compensation to the victim while the state was also ordered to pay 50,000 rupees in the hearing…

    AFP - Jun 14 14:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka attacks: India arrests man 'linked to Easter Sunday bomber'

    Sri Lanka attacks: India arrests man \'linked to Easter Sunday bomber\'

    Indian anti-terrorism investigators have arrested a man with alleged links to the suicide bomber who planned Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday attacks. Investigators said Mohammad Azharuddin, 32, was friends on Facebook with Zahran Hashim, the alleged ringleader of the attacks, claimed by Islamic State (IS). The arrest followed raids on a suspected IS militant…

    BBC - Jun 14 13:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka Easter bombings: 'I lost my brother and sister

    Sri Lanka Easter bombings: \'I lost my brother and sister

    David Linsey's brother and sister were killed in the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka. Now the 21-year-old, from Oxford, wants to get a "sense of healing" by raising money for the hundreds of families affected by the disaster. He has set up the Daniel and Amelie Linsey Foundation in memory of his siblings, and wants to raise £500,000 for victims of the blast.

    BBC - Jun 07 15:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • UK Foreign Office downgrades warnings over travel to Sri Lanka

    UK Foreign Office downgrades warnings over travel to Sri Lanka

    British travellers are no longer being warned against travelling to Sri Lanka following a change in the UK Foreign Office’s advice. The FCO issued a warning against all but essential travel on 25 April, four days after the Easter Sunday terror attacks, which killed 253 people, including eight British nationals. The latest advice, updated on 6 June, states that…

    The Guardian - Jun 07 15:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Tourism, UK ]

  • The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka's Easter bombings

    The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka\'s Easter bombings

    When bombs planted in churches and hotels killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, few had realised that the nation had a problem with Islamist militancy. One man who did, reports the BBC's Secunder Kermani, was Mohammad Razak Taslim. Lying on a hospital bed, Mohammad Razak Taslim's face contorts with pain. The left side of his body is completely…

    BBC - May 31 13:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Sexism, slander, hatred: Sri Lanka’s culture of online abuse

    Sexism, slander, hatred: Sri Lanka’s culture of online abuse

    The threats began after Jegatheeswaram Jeyachandrika decided to contest local government elections. Clutching a file of printouts, Meena, as she is known, points to a Facebook post in which she is pictured, circled in red, among a group of people. “We opened some new shops that day, part of a collective project,” she says. “This post implies that I’m the…

    The Guardian - May 30 14:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • CPA Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero

    CPA Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero

    The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses its deep shock and concern over the Presidential pardon of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, who was released from prison on 23rd May 2019. The pardon raises a number of pressing questions which the President and the government are obliged to answer. Gnanasara Thero was convicted of four contempt of court charges by…

    CPA Lanka - May 24 16:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka president pardons hardline Buddhist monk

    Sri Lanka president pardons hardline Buddhist monk

    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned a hardline Buddhist monk who is accused of inciting violence against ethnic minority Muslims and convicted of contempt of court, officials said on Wednesday. The president’s office did not give any reason for the pardon, which was condemned by a security thinktank as a blow to Sri Lanka’s “battered rule of…

    Reuters - May 22 18:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka

    Ethnic and Religious Violence Surges in Sri Lanka

    Collective punishment and blame are far too common in the immediate aftermath of ethnically and religiously motivated violence. The ideology of ‘bin Ladenism’ is fueled in large part by a persecution narrative, which reprisal attacks and draconian legislation targeting a religion only serve to reinforce. Groups like the Islamic State are transparent in their…

    CipherBrief - May 21 19:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, SriLanka ]

  • Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

    Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

    The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka last month were a massive human tragedy for a country that has already experienced too much violence. Prior to the attacks on Christian churches and luxury hotels, Sri Lanka was already a deeply divided nation. The bombings and their aftermath have worsened long-standing problems and may lead to a bleak future of communal clashes,…

    Foreign Policy - May 21 15:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

  • 'Distasteful alliances': The secret story of Canada's fight against migrants

    \'Distasteful alliances\': The secret story of Canada\'s fight against migrants

    In 2009 and 2010, two boats carrying hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka — the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea — reached Canadian shores. Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to do everything in his power to prevent the arrival of other ships carrying what he called "illegal" migrants. This Migrant Smuggling Prevention Strategy Harper created was…

    CBC News - May 21 15:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, Canada ]

  • In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them

    In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them

    In the towns hit by violence, both Muslims and Sinhalese said they still felt unsafe, despite the increased presence of armed forces in the region. Jiffriya's Sinhalese neighbour said he feared reprisal attacks, and pointed to the presence of naval officers as evidence of such a threat. Meanwhile, many Muslims said they feared they could be attacked again. In…

    Aljazeera - May 21 15:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, SriLanka ]

  • Civilians trapped between Sri Lanka's army and the Tamil Tigers

    Civilians trapped between Sri Lanka\'s army and the Tamil Tigers

    In May 2009 the Sri Lankan army finally crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels, ending 25 years of civil war. In the final weeks of the conflict thousands of civilians were trapped alongside the rebel fighters under heavy shelling as the government forces closed in. Foreign journalists and aid workers were prevented from reaching the fighting.

    BBC - May 21 15:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka DNA tests confirm Easter attacks ringleader was hotel bomber

    Sri Lanka DNA tests confirm Easter attacks ringleader was hotel bomber

    Sri Lanka's police Tuesday said DNA tests confirmed that the ringleader of the Easter attacks, Zahran Hashim, was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Shangri-La hotel. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the government's main forensic laboratory matched Hashim's daughter's DNA with the remains of one of the bombers at the hotel.

    AFP - May 21 15:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • China trip and son's wedding: Sri Lanka leader denounced after Easter bombings

    China trip and son\'s wedding: Sri Lanka leader denounced after Easter bombings

    After coming under fire for not acting on warnings about Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is now facing criticism over his leadership in the aftermath of the Islamist attacks. On Monday last week, just as anti-Muslim riots were spreading in apparent reprisal for the attacks, Sirisena embarked on a three-day…

    Reuters - May 21 15:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

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