Rajakpakse ropes in ex-UN war crime experts to probe civil strive

rajapakseCOLOMBO: 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

UN warns Colombo against fanning hatred

muslimCOLOMBO: 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

‘Pressured’ Chennai cinemas stop screening Sri Lankan love story

filmlankaCHENNAI: 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).

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‘Politicians err because of ignorant civil servants’

kumaribalasoriyaCOLOMBO: 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