They stopped the boats, but at what cost?

[ SBS Dateline ][ Sep 30 15:28 GMT ]

The investigation was carried out by asylum seeker expert and Go Back To Where You Came From presenter Dr David Corlett, and here he gives his opinion on what he found and Australia’s asylum seeker policy in general… The government has all but claimed victory in stopping asylum seeker boats. Offshore processing and turning around boats at sea have been important elements in achieving this goal. Also important has been its efforts at returning asylum seekers, especially Sri Lankans. [ full story | comments ]

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Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

[ The Age ][ Sep 30 15:25 GMT ]

Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, which lost a civil war with the Sri Lankan government that ended in 2009. [ full story | comments ]

Hardline Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu to battle 'jihad threat' with Sri Lanka monks

[ AFP ][ Sep 30 14:50 GMT ]

A controversial Buddhist cleric from Myanmar announced Sunday he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka, alleging that their religion is under threat from Islamic jihadists. The Mandalay-based monk Wirathu, addressing a convention in Colombo of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Force, said they would work together to protect their common religion. The BBS has been accused of instigating hate attacks against minority Muslims and Christians in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka’s propaganda finds a home in Washington

[ Asian Correspondent ][ Sep 30 10:21 GMT ]

Irrespective of how this article came to be published, it’s important to understand that this is a dangerous piece of state-sponsored propaganda. It’s also important to note that this is not the first time that PRISM has been used as a propaganda platform for the Sri Lankan government. The regime in Colombo may now be using more sophisticated tactics to try to influence Western policymakers and the broader international community. Let’s hope that Colombo’s target audience knows how to read between the lines. [ full story | comments ]

'Burmese bin Laden' monk announces partnership with hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka to defend their religion

[ Independent ][ Sep 29 18:26 GMT ]

"It's the responsibility of the monks as Buddha's sons to teach bad and uncivilised people to become good and civilised," he said. "If there is danger in one place, other countries need to help and protect them." He did not spell out how he would work with BBS. The BBS convention was held amid mounting speculation that there will be an early presidential election in Sri Lanka, possibly as soon as January, in which Rajapaksa is expected to run for a third term. [ full story | comments ]

The nightmare of returning to Sri Lanka

[ SMH ][ Sep 29 18:18 GMT ]

The Abbott government has all but claimed victory in stopping asylum seeker boats. Offshore processing and turning around boats at sea have been important elements in achieving this goal. Also important has been its efforts at returning asylum seekers, especially Sri Lankans. In October 2012, the Labor government introduced a new "enhanced screening" process in order to return Sri Lankans arriving by boat within days. [ full story | comments ]

Five schools of thought about where the world may be headed next

[ Globe and Mail ][ Sep 28 13:25 GMT ]

It has been 26 years since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stood before the United Nations General Assembly and used Woodrow Wilson’s phrase “new world order” to describe the “profound social change” that was about to take place in the relations between the world’s nations and their people. The world, he said, was about to experience a major change driven by “new nations and states, new public movements and ideologies.” Over the next quarter-century, Mr. Gorbachev’s new world order became, simply, the world order: a world built on a broad agreement among most major countries that democracy and liberal economy were desirable goals; ... [ full story | comments ]

Rajapaksa meets Modi in NY, says13 A not discussed

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 28 11:24 GMT ]

This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Mr. Modi was sworn-in as India’ Prime Minister in May this year. “The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues,” Mr. Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, “The issue was not discussed in the meeting”. [ full story | comments ]

Buddhist composes symphony to mark Pope's Sri Lanka visit

[ CNA ][ Sep 28 11:18 GMT ]

In an effort for religious reconciliation, the Sri Lankan government has commissioned a symphony from a Buddhist composer to commemorate Pope Francis' voyage to the nation which will take place in January.“The visit of the Holy Father is a landmark occasion for Sri Lanka,” Cardinal Ranjith said. “We warmly welcome Pope Francis to our country, which is rich in religious and cultural values.” “We must use this occasion to demonstrate to the world our values.” The symphony was commissioned by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the nation's public radio network. The idea for the symphony was that of the SLBC's chairman, Hudson Samarasinghe. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka nationalists to host controversial Myanmar monk

[ AFP ][ Sep 28 02:32 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's main Buddhist nationalist group on Saturday (Sep 27) announced it will host a radical cleric from Myanmar who is accused of fanning religious tensions, at a convention which is already attracting opposition from minority Muslims. Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Force, which has been accused of instigating hate attacks on the island, said the Mandalay-based monk Wirathu would be an honoured guest at its convention in Colombo on Sunday. The BBS said Muslim and Catholic groups were trying to block Wirathu's visit. "Racists, extremists and fundamentalists are trying to undermine our international convention," the group said in a statement. [ full story | comments ]

India suspicious as Chinese submarine docks in Sri Lanka

[ Times of India ][ Sep 28 02:27 GMT ]

The docking of a Chinese submarine in Colombo on a long-range deployment patrol earlier this month is yet another indicator of the ever-increasing forays of the People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The PLA-N is fast transforming from a "green-water" force used to operating close to its own shores into a potent "blue-water" force, one with "long legs". Though the Indian Navy has been tracking the increased activity of Chinese warships in the IOR, including submarines quietly on the prowl in the Bay of Bengal, this is a rare instance of a PLA-N submarine openly berthing in the region that India considers its "own strategic backyard". [ full story | comments ]

'Unthinkable sexual abuse and torture': Sri Lankan asylum seekers say they have been victims of harrowing brutality after being sent home by Australia

[ Daily Mail ][ Sep 30 15:00 GMT ]

Despite enduring unthinkable daily brutality and sexual abuse over accusations of links to the Tamil Tigers, these Sri Lankans will not give up on fleeing the persecution they are experiencing in their country - regardless of the cost. Dr David Corlett went undercover in Sri Lanka under the guise of a tourist for a week last month to find out what became of some of the failed asylum seekers who were sent back to their country by Australia. Those accused of being associated with the defeated Tamil Tigers spoke of the living hell they have suffered since returning to their homeland as they retold the horror of being abducted and continuously tortured by Sri Lankan security forces until their family paid a bribe for their freedom [ full story | comments ]

OIC chief to visit Sri Lanka

[ Arab News ][ Sep 30 10:27 GMT ]

The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Sri Lanka on an invitation from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy. Iyad Madani, OIC secretary-general, is due to visit the country shortly. “This is the first time such a visit is being made to Sri Lanka and we are really proud of it,” the official said, pointing out that an advance team will go to Colombo shortly to make preparatory arrangements for Madani’s visit. [ full story | comments ]

‘Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act should be repealed’

[ Hindu ][ Sep 30 10:18 GMT ]

Civil society members and politicians came together at a campaign in Colombo, seeking the release of Balendran Jeyakumari, who was arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in March this year. They demanded that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) — under which Ms. Jeyakumari was detained — be repealed immediately.A presidential commission — set up by President Mahinda Rajapaksa — tasked with inquiring into complaints regarding missing persons has so far received nearly 20,000 petitions from families of missing persons. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka outlines 12% defence budget increase

[ Janes ][ Sep 29 18:21 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan government proposed on 26 September a 2015 defence budget of LKR285 billion (USD2.18 billion), a 12% increase over military spending in 2014. The allocation - contained in the government's 2015 appropriation bill - amounts to about 16% of the total expenditure for the year and about 2% of national GDP. The government provided no comment or supporting information about the defence budget, although unidentified official sources cited in local media said the increase was the first step of a drive to boost the defence budget to LKR370 billion by 2017. [ full story | comments ]

Radical Myanmar monk joins hands with Sri Lankan Buddhists

[ Reuters ][ Sep 29 18:13 GMT ]

"Today, Buddhism is in danger. We need hands to be firmly held together if we hear alarm bells ringing," he told a convention that was held at an indoor stadium in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Sunday. "I'd like to announce that 969 and I will join hands with Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena to protect Buddhists all round the world," he said, referring to a group that has been accused of tyrannizing the minority Muslim community in Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

SLAF returns land, but wings of owners clipped

[ Sunday Times ][ Sep 28 11:27 GMT ]

The Air force last Thursday returned more than 240 acres of paddy lands to 37 families In Keppapilavu, a village in Mullaitivu District. There were conditions attached. Before the lands were given back, the owners were met by senior Air Force officers individually and asked to sign a document agreeing to the conditions. One of the conditions was that if there would be any civil war in future, those lands would be willingly given back to the Air Force.The conditions further said if the lands were not given back willingly, legal procedures would be instituted to take the land back to the Air Force. Another condition was that the owners cannot put up permanent fences or plant big trees such as coconut in those lands. [ full story | comments ]

ANC Formally Approves Moves In Lanka

[ Sunday Leader ][ Sep 28 11:22 GMT ]

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally approved efforts of the South African Government to mediate in Sri Lanka, South African media reports said.ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg that the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) agreed to support government initiatives and the special envoys appointed to facilitate peace processes in Lesotho, South Sudan and Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Amma Mia: Political vacuum grips Tamil Nadu

[ DNA ][ Sep 28 02:33 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Saturday disqualified from contesting elections for six years following her conviction in a corruption case by a special Bangalore court. Finding her guilty of amassing wealth estimated over Rs 66 crore, disproportionate to her known sources of income, during her first tenure as chief minister in 1991, special judge John Michael Cunha also slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore on her – the highest fine to be imposed by a court in a corruption case in India. [ full story | comments ]

Modi meets Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa

[ PTI ][ Sep 28 02:30 GMT ]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during which key issues, including bilateral and regional, was discussed. This was the second meeting between the two leaders after Modi was sworn-in on May 26 this year. "The meeting was cordial and good. We talked about various issues," Rajapaksa told PTI after emerging from the over 30 minute-long meeting. Asked about India pushing for expeditious implementation of the 13th Amendment, the President said, "The issue was not discussed in the meeting". [ full story | comments ]

Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory wants to increase engagement with North and East of Sri Lanka

[ Tamil Mirror ][ Sep 28 02:26 GMT ]

Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory said he is open to discussion with elected officials in the North and East of Sri Lanka in order to capitalize on the strengths of the community. At a press conference on Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 with the Tamil media, John Tory said he has had conversations with Northern Provincial Council Chairman Mr. CVK Sivagnanam and expressed his interest to explore ways on how to create opportunities that benefit both Sri Lanka’s North and East as well as Toronto, a city with a large Tamil Diaspora. “There is a large Tamil population in Toronto who are very entrepreneurial and successful and we should capitalize on this strength to benefit all communities of Toronto,” said Mr. Tory. [ full story | comments ]


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