Supreme Court of Canada to hear appeals in human smuggling cases

[ Ottawa Citizen ][ Apr 18 17:00 GMT ]

Canada’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeals of four denied refugee claimants who say they were ensnared in overly broad interpretations of this country’s human-smuggling laws. Critics have complained that vague wording in the law too easily allows those being smuggled to be lumped together with their smugglers and also unfairly punishes those smugglers who acted purely on humanitarian grounds — not for financial gain. The government says the law should remain broad to effectively deal with the major threat of organized crime. [ full story | comments ]

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LTTE’s global fronts running anti-Lanka propaganda: Gotabaya

[ PTI ][ Apr 18 16:58 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s powerful top defence official Gotabaya Rajapaksa has accused the LTTE’s global network of sustaining an international propaganda campaign against his country by raising millions of dollars annually. He was addressing a regional defence and security conference currently underway in Malaysia, the defence ministry here said. Dwelling on Sri Lanka’s successful counter—terrorism campaign against the banned LTTE which he himself spearheaded, Rajapaksa said much can be learnt from Sri Lanka’s experience. He said a key part of the LTTE’s modus operandi was to mobilise support for itself by whipping up ethnic and communal feelings among the Tamil diaspora overseas. [ full story | comments ]

Sonia Plays Rajiv Card to Defend Congress Lanka Line

[ Indian Express ][ Apr 17 03:33 GMT ]

With barely eight days to go for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday belatedly set foot on the southern soil in Kanyakumari in a desperate bid to woo voters of a State where her party stood politically isolated. The Congress president’s electioneering, the first by a national-level party leader from outside Tamil Nadu, came on a day when her arch rival and BJP prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi heli-hopped three western districts of Tamil Nadu promising to spin magic if elected to power. [ full story | comments ]

OPED: On Youth, Sri Lanka Leads the Way

[ IPS ][ Apr 17 03:28 GMT ]

Sri Lanka will be hosting the World Conference on Youth in Colombo May 6-10 this year. The Conference will be a platform for expanding youth participation and strengthening the voice of youth in matters that concern them the most. This is especially so when the attention of the international community remains riveted on a new post-2015 Agenda for Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Group of 77 (G77) in Vienna, realizing the significance of the opportunity the Conference provides for bringing youth concerns to the forefront of international action, organized a Plenary Discussion Forum on 4th April 2014. [ full story | comments ]

Lankans urged to search for president’s missing macaws

[ AFP ][ Apr 17 03:24 GMT ]

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse have escaped his tightly-guarded official residence in Colombo, his office said yesterday as it appealed for help to trace the colourful long-tailed birds. “The president is very fond of these birds,” an official in his office said, adding that he also cared for other species at the colonial-era President’s House in the capital Colombo. The macaws went missing from their aviary during the traditional New Year holidays this week. Rajapakse’s office released photos of three of them yesterday and appealed for help to find them. [ full story | comments ]

Sex assault trial hears woman testifies to memory loss, feeling of paralysis

[ Toronto Star ][ Apr 16 12:59 GMT ]

The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is testifying as part of a similar fact application by the Crown in the judge-alone trial of two doctors accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a medical student together in a downtown Toronto hotel room. Both men have pleaded not guilty. Superior Court Justice Julie Thorburn will rule whether the woman’s testimony can be used to rule out coincidence in the Crown’s case against one of the men, Dr. Suganthan Kayilasanathan, 36. [ full story | comments ]

The not-so-subtle art of Tamil slogan writing

[ Rediff ][ Apr 15 15:42 GMT ]

If you thought you knew all about sloganeering, maybe you should take a trip to Tamil Nadu. Politicians in the southern Indian state have perfected the art of using catchy idioms and phrases to capture the public imagination, says David Gabri The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu has launched its campaign with the slogan of peace, prosperity and progress. After tasting success in the state, party workers have been told to promote their leader at the national level. All their slogans are aimed at getting into national politics. One slogan plastered all over the state currently says, 'Any CM can do good things, but only Amma [chief minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa] can do God things.' [ full story | comments ]

Suspect in custody after Calgary stabbing leaves five dead

[ Globe and Mail ][ Apr 15 15:37 GMT ]

Five young people are dead in Calgary after a stabbing at a late-night house party. The five victims, four men and a woman, and a male suspect, who was arrested by police canine unit, were all in their late teens or early 20s. Police were called to a house party around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, said spokeswoman Emma Poole. [ full story | comments ]

Canada pulls funding for Commonwealth in flap over Sri Lanka

[ Golbe And Mail ][ Apr 15 13:28 GMT ]

“This decision was not taken lightly,” Mr. Baird said in a statement on Monday. “We can no longer justify providing additional funding to an organization that turns a blind eye to human rights abuses, anti-democratic behaviour and religious intolerance in its member states.” [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: Reconciliation After War

[ Platform ][ Apr 15 13:18 GMT ]

What is certainly missing in much of the political discourse surrounding the Sri Lankan problem is how and in what ways the country and its extremely divided communities can move towards reconciliation and healing. Indeed, what we have seen in the post-war years has only been further levels of inter-communal estrangement and aggression. There has been little sustained dialogue as to how healing will occur, or what needs to be in place in terms of formal apologies, witness statements or reparations, actions from religious leaders and so on, before the country can reconcile itself. [ full story | comments ]

Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds

[ Government of Canada ][ Apr 14 23:46 GMT ]

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will suspend its voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat and reallocate the funds for the next two years. “As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues,” said Baird. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada took a strong and principled stand in not attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, and today’s announcement is an extension of that leadership. [ full story | comments ]

SC rejects plea seeking probe into Army’s role in action against LTTE

[ PTI ][ Apr 18 16:57 GMT ]

A plea seeking probe by a Special Investigative Team into the alleged role of Indian Army in Sri Lankan government's 2008-2009 operation against LTTE was today declined by the Supreme Court which said the issue was beyond its domain and had "political shades". "There are issues which are absolutely beyond the domain of the court and this is one of them," a bench of justices R M Lodha and Kurian Joseph said. [ full story | comments ]

Australian Tamil Congress denies terrorism links

[ Radio Australia ][ Apr 17 03:32 GMT ]

It is now nearly five years since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, but the fallout is far from over. The United Nations has authorised an investigation into allegations of war crimes by both sides in the conflict. For its part, the Sri Lankan government is on the offensive against more than a dozen international Tamil organisations it has labelled as "financiers of terrorism", among them a group in Australia. The Australian Tamil Congress denies it has any links to terrorists and the Australian government says the group is not listed as a terrorist organisation under its criminal code. [ full story | comments ]

Playing with fire

[ The Hindu ][ Apr 17 03:27 GMT ]

Prasanna Ramaswamy’s play Valarkalai (The River Flows) — as a part of the ongoing Sangeet Natak Akademi festival by SNA award recipients and Fellows for 2013 — will be presented this Thursday evening. Describing the theme of the production, she says, “When the Tamil people of Sri Lanka are destroyed both in body and spirit, stripped of all human and civil rights through a brutal State which doesn’t adhere to any regulation and the constituted policing/mediation bodies playing their own political games, worst of it being fielded by the Indian State, the discourse inevitably is specific, Sri Lanka centric. [ full story | comments ]

Under attack on Sri Lanka Tamils issue, Sonia Gandhi raises Rajiv Gandhi's killing

[ PTI ][ Apr 16 13:04 GMT ]

Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them."I am aware that some political parties accuse us that we have not done anything for Tamils in Sri Lanka. I want to ask them is there any party other than Congress which has done more for the Sri Lankan Tamils," she said. [ full story | comments ]

The ‘Mad Monk’ Phenomenon: BBS as the underside of Sinhala-Buddhism

[ Groundviews ][ Apr 15 15:48 GMT ]

The marauding Buddhist monks, who appear to be tied to a long political leash, have run out of control. They need to be stopped. But it is equally necessary to take a cold look at the complexity of the phenomenon that groups such as Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) have come to represent. This is no freak show, and is hardly an aberration in post-war Sri Lanka; also because we know now that critics such as Ven. Dambara Amila (JVP) who predicted that the BBS was bound to dissipate in a matter of months were hopelessly wrong. [ full story | comments ]

A soft account of the Rajiv Gandhi era

[ The Hindu ][ Apr 15 15:40 GMT ]

When you look at the Rajiv Gandhi era the first impression you get is that here was a reluctant entrant into politics who was forced to take the reins of power upon the assassination of his mother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who was in a hurry to find a quick fix to complex problems like Punjab, Assam and Sri Lanka, ushered in a technological revolution, brought in far-reaching changes in the polity by enacting laws to ban defection and by introducing the panchayat raj system, took early steps to liberalise the licence-permit raj and wanted to take India into the 21 century, but did not live to see it. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka to provide counselling to kin of war missing

[ PTI ][ Apr 15 15:33 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan government-appointed panel probing the cases of thousands of missing people during the nearly three-decade-long war with the LTTE will provide counselling to the kin of those disappeared, an official said Tuesday. HW Gunadasa, Secretary to the Presidential Commission inquiring into cases of alleged disappearances in the north and eastern provinces, said the Commission was working with the health authorities. "We have learnt from the Commission's sittings held in north and east that some families had suffered multiple disappearances. They have as a result suffered much mental stress. The Commission therefore decided to have a strategy to tackle the issue," Gunadasa said. [ full story | comments ]

Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

[ IRIN ][ Apr 15 13:20 GMT ]

“I think right now there is still room for a robust national inquiry that meets international standards,” Jehan Perera, director of the National Peace Council (NPC), a Colombo-based advocacy group, told IRIN. “Let me make it very clear - domestic incentives for change are close to nothing,” Kumaravadivel Guruparan, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Jaffna University, countered, arguing that international pressure had built up precisely because local mechanisms had failed. [ full story | comments ]

Canada suspends $10-million contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat over alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

[ National Post ][ Apr 15 03:41 GMT ]

Canada is suspending its $10-million contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat over the alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, which currently chairs the 53-nation alliance, Foreign Minister John Baird said Monday. Mr. Baird said Ottawa could no longer justify funding “an organization that turns a blind eye to human rights abuses, anti-democratic behavior and religious intolerance in its member states.” The money will be directed elsewhere, he said. [ full story | comments ]

Lanka war zone grave an ordinary cemetery

[ Khaleej Times ][ Apr 14 21:06 GMT ]

A grave site with over 60 bodies in the former war zone, suspected to be a mass grave, is just a normal cemetery, said the Sri Lankan Archeology Department. Road workers laying down pipelines last December stumbled upon the grave at Thiruketheeswaram in Mannar, a former war zone that was 
under the control of the Tamil Tiger rebels for 15 years. The discovery sparked speculations that the grave site was a mass grave containing bodies of Tamil civilians who disappeared during the country’s war between the government forces and the Tamil Tigers. [ full story | comments ]

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