COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday directed a Commission of Inquiry appointed by him to probe the roles of Sri Lankan army and the rebel Tigers, during the nearly 30 year war, for alleged violation of international humanitarian law.
The announcement comes about three months after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that calls for an international probe into Sri Lanka’s rights record. Continue reading
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has banned non-government organisations (NGOs) from holding press conferences under a new order from the defence ministry seen by AFP yesterday, raising new fears for freedom of speech.
The order, sent widely to civil society groups earlier this month, said all NGOs should refrain from “unauthorised activities with immediate effect”. Continue reading
NEWDELHI: Australia has intercepted a boatload of 41 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and handed them back to Sri Lankan authorities, the government said on Monday. Continue reading
COLOMBO: United Nations experts on Wednesday called on Sri Lanka to adopt urgent measures to stop promotion of racial and faith-based hatred, and violence against Muslim and Christian communities by Buddhist groups with extremist views, and bring perpetrators of such violence to justice.
The UN’s call for religious tolerance from the UN experts comes a fortnight after the hard-line Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) staged a large protest rally in Aluthgama that resulted in inter-communal violence, during which four people died and about 80 were injured. Continue reading
CHENNAI: A Sri Lankan movie, portraying the post-war travails in the island-nation, was on Saturday taken off screens after cinemas running the film allegedly received threat calls from pro-Tamil nationalist groups.
The producers of the movie, ‘With You, Without You’ (Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka), an Indo-Sri Lankan collaboration directed by noted Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage, have now written to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa seeking her intervention to put the movie back on the screens. (Official Film Trailer inside).
COLOMBO: The Asgiriya Chapter want the ruling government to do away with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, without succumbing to the pressures exerted by India. Continue reading
COMMENT, KARACHI: Pakistan, on Sunday May 25, released 151 Indian prisoners, 59 of whom were released from Karachi and 92 from Hyderabad.
The following day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took off for India to be present at Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as prime minister of India. Continue reading
COLOMBO:Pope Francis will pay a two day visit to Sri Lanka in January 2015 and then to Philippines was an announcement he made at a news conference in the aircraft on his return home to the Vatican. Continue reading
COLOMBO: It was mostly due to the ignorance of the State officials that politicians erred, the Governess of the Southern Province Kumari Balasooriya said in a sudden state of enlightenment.
“We can observe the loopholes of good governance and the government officials, who are unaware of these things, should be responsible for them. Perhaps, they make mistakes, according to the requests made by the politicians,” she said. Continue reading
COLOMBO: Young school teachers with talents, vision and good attitudes, are being invited to be a part of the Sri Lanka National Cadet Corps (NCC), known to be a unique organization with a vision to develop and mould the character of young school boys and girls. Continue reading