Games-Sri Lankan cycling team stopped by police on motorway

[ Reuters ][ Jul 23 17:14 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's cycling team took to the open road for training at the Commonwealth Games but prompted a police response as they rode along one of Scotland's busiest motorways on Wednesday. Four cyclists, wearing Sri Lankan team training jerseys, travelled along the M74, braving 70 mile per hour traffic and the wrath of Scottish police since bicycles are banned on motorways.Police stopped the quartet near the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton after calls from concerned motorists and informed them that they were breaking the law. [ full story | comments ]

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PMK flays "denial" of visa to UN team

[ PTI ][ Jul 23 17:13 GMT ]

NDA ally PMK today slammed the Centre for its reported refusal to grant visa to a UN team probing alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, saying if it was true, it will become "dark pages" in the history of human rights. Citing reports, party founder leader S Ramadoss said Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had confirmed this besides saying that the refusal of visas was a very significant gesture by India. "If such reports are true, then it will create a big dent [ full story | comments ]

Britain will never be a champion of democracy while it sells arms to tyrants

[ The Guardian ][ Jul 23 13:34 GMT ]

Attention is focusing on British-made weapons being sent to Moscow, and understandably so. Vladimir Putin was once a friend of Britain, given cover by Tony Blair as he razed Chechnya to the ground, but now – in the typically Orwellian manner of British foreign policy – he has been transformed into enemy number one. And yet David Cameron's definitive claims that an absolute arms embargo has been put in place against Russia have been torpedoed: according to a cross-party group of MPs, there are more than 200 licences in place to sell arms to Putin's government. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka president skips Commonwealth Games amid protest threats

[ AFP ][ Jul 22 15:53 GMT ]

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse will skip the Commonwealth Games starting this week in Glasgow despite being chair of the bloc, his office said Tuesday, after activists threatened to protest at his attendance. Rajapakse's spokeswoman denied he had decided to stay away because of the threat of demonstrations over Colombo's alleged human rights abuses. "No such visit was scheduled," Mohan Samaranayake told AFP. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: Was it a Genocide?

[ SAAG ][ Jul 22 13:10 GMT ]

However, it is a gradual process to term any event as a genocide and the same would be expected with the case of Sri Lanka. In case of Bosnia, the U.S., and the U.N. Security Council all rejected the phrase “genocide” at first, preferring “ethnic cleansing” instead, as genocide would require international action. Whether the victims can expect any “remedial justice” might be speculative at this stage but it is clear from the facts given to us by the U.N. and relevant international laws that the government of Sri Lanka can be found guilty of genocide and war crimes. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka's militant monk rejects Dalai Lama as spiritual leader

[ AFP ][ Jul 22 13:03 GMT ]

A firebrand Sri Lankan monk on Tuesday criticised the Dalai Lama for urging the island's Buddhists to halt violence against minority Muslims and rejected him as a global spiritual leader. Buddhist monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara said the Dalai Lama was ignorant of the "true situation in Sri Lanka" and accused the Nobel Peace Prize winner of being a victim of "Islamic extremist propoganda". [ full story | comments ]

Boat people will not be sent to Sri Lanka

[ SMH ][ Jul 19 11:43 GMT ]

Justice Kenneth Hayne said that given the asylum seekers were in custody it was important that the legal battle over their future ended as quickly as possible. ''The parties are just going to have to bend their back to get on with it,'' he said. ''I am not going to let this case devolve into a procedural morass. There's got to be some sense shown.''Justice Hayne said the case appeared to come down to whether the government had the power to intercept the asylum seekers and take them to a country other than Australia. [ full story | comments ]

Amnesty calls on Australia to return 153 asylum seekers to shore

[ The Guardian ][ Jul 17 16:07 GMT ]

Amnesty International has called on the Australian government to return the 153 Tamil asylum seekers detained at sea for three weeks back to shore to have their claims processed. Court documents have shown that the asylum seekers, around 37 of whom are understood to be children, are being held in harsh conditions on an Australian ship understood to be the customs vessel Ocean Protector. The claim document, submitted as part of an ongoing high court challenge to the legality of asylum seeker’s detention, revealed they are being held in windowless locked rooms, with no access to translators and with family groups being split up. [ full story | comments ]

John Tory sharpens attack on Rob Ford’s record

[ Toronto Star ][ Jul 16 18:04 GMT ]

Rob Ford returned to the mayoral debate circuit on Tuesday with the same talking points he deployed successfully before his two-month leave of absence. His rivals were better prepared this time. Ford, making his first debate appearance since he entered rehab for substance abuse in May, was greeted by a supportive crowd and friendly questions at a Pentecostal church in Scarborough. [ full story | comments ]

Rob Ford touts Scarborough subway plan in mayoral debate

[ CBC News ][ Jul 16 18:00 GMT ]

The future of transit in Toronto was a hot topic during a rowdy mayoral debate in Scarborough on Tuesday, as Rob Ford faced more questions over his honesty in his first debate since returning from rehab for alcohol and drug abuse. Five high-profile candidates exchanged barbs over each other’s transit plans, with Ford repeating his well-worn promise to build new subways across the city. “I’m the subway mayor,” Ford told attendees, prompting both cheers and jeers. “Everybody knows it.” [ full story | comments ]

India should support UN probe against Sri Lanka, delegation from TN tells external affairs minister

[ Times of India ][ Jul 16 17:52 GMT ]

A delegation led by Dharmapuri MP and PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss met external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum demanding India support a UN probe against Sri Lanka. Retired IAS officer Devasagayam, former Dharmapuri MP Senthil and advocate K Balu, who represent a forum called Civil Society Coalition for Justice and Peace, were the other members of the delegation. The memorandum said India's stand on the UN probe against the Island nation was shocking. "Considering the fact that the Sri Lankan government has repeatedly betrayed its trust, misplaced though it may be, India should support the investigation and adopt a proactive role to facilitate the 'credible international investigation' to succeed", it said. [ full story | comments ]

Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition regarding the Black July Pogrom

[ NDP ][ Jul 23 14:45 GMT ]

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the Black July pogrom: “Today, New Democrats’ thoughts are with the Tamil community in Canada and around the world as we commemorate Black July. We remember the hundreds of Tamils who were killed and the thousands who were displaced when their homes and businesses were destroyed in Sri Lanka from the violence that ensued from the pogroms targeting Tamils that began on July 23, 1983. The perpetrators and organizers of the violence have never been held accountable for their actions. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka hardline monk denounces Dalai Lama

[ Al Jazeera ][ Jul 23 13:33 GMT ]

A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk leading an anti-Muslim campaign has accused the Dalai Lama of being influenced by "Muslim extremists" and said the Tibetan spiritual leader could not be accepted as a world Buddhist leader. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the secretary general of the Sri Lankan Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), spoke out on Tuesday after the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader called on monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to end violence towards Muslims in their countries. Clashes broke out in two Sri Lankan towns with large Muslim populations in June during a BBS-led protest. [ full story | comments ]

View from Sri Lanka: Jaitley-Modi populist budget promises reforms later

[ SAAG ][ Jul 22 13:14 GMT ]

India’s long-term economic (and political) prospects are more assured than Lanka’s for the reason that political leadership, most of the time since 1948, has been serious about its business – admittedly the outgoing Congress government, Manmohan Singh notwithstanding, was a failure. Here in Lanka, at least in recent years, miserable-we have suffered a bunch of buffoons, lining their pockets, abusing the power of incumbency, and stoking base rabble passions to hang on to office. Over there they have one cabinet minister for every 52 million people, here in Lanka we groan under the yolk of some 40 political dabblers in cabinet (I have lost count) for a population of 21 million. Is this not symptomatic of waste, amateurishness and rank lack of probity? [ full story | comments ]

Narendra Modi wants 'excellent' relations with Sri Lanka: Subramanian Swamy

[ PTI ][ Jul 22 13:05 GMT ]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants "excellent" relations with Sri Lanka, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said as he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa here today and underlined that the end of the LTTE campaign in this country had ensured the security of India too. Swamy, the chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Committee for Strategic Action, is here to deliver a talk on 'India under Modi: relevance for the region and the world'. [ full story | comments ]

Refusal to name war crimes probe team highlights UN hypocrisy – GL

[ Island ][ Jul 19 11:45 GMT ]

External Affairs Miniter, Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday said that the government of Sri Lanka couldn’t accept a secret investigation team tasked with inquiring into alleged atrocities committed during the eelam war IV. Prof. Peiris was responding to yesterday’s The Island exclusive headlined ‘UN sidesteps critical issues, refuses to name investigation team’ with strapline ‘OHCHR’s and Pillay’s positions contradictory.’ [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka to investigate war crimes; appoints foreign experts

[ Reuters ][ Jul 17 16:11 GMT ]

Sri Lanka's president has extended the terms of a commission investigating missing people and possible war crimes in the country's 26-year civil war, bringing in foreign experts for the first time to advise on the inquiry, the government said on Thursday. Mahinda Rajapaksa's move, contained in a document issued this week and obtained by Reuters on Thursday, comes as international pressure intensifies on Sri Lanka to investigate the final stages of the war in 2009 to crush ethnic minority Tamil separatists. [ full story | comments ]

Canada Concerned About Restrictions on Civil Society and Non-governmental Organizations in Sri Lanka

[ Government of Canada ][ Jul 17 16:03 GMT ]

The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement concerning restrictions on civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sri Lanka: “Canada is deeply concerned by reports of efforts to restrict legitimate activities of civil society and non-governmental organizations in Sri Lanka. We urge the Sri Lankan authorities to respect the right to freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and the right to take part in public affairs. [ full story | comments ]

International community must not forget Sri Lanka

[ Asian Correspondent ][ Jul 16 18:01 GMT ]

The U.S. Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka held a hearing on July 9 in Washington, D.C. Good intentions notwithstanding, it’s unclear how powerful this caucus will be. Since the conclusion of the nation’s civil war in May 2009, lobbying efforts regarding Sri Lanka have been intense in both Washington and New York City, headquarters of the United Nations (U.N.). [ full story | comments ]

When it comes to persecution, we've given Sri Lanka plenty of help

[ The Guardian ][ Jul 16 17:55 GMT ]

The Sri Lankan Navy band was busy last week, learning the tune to Waltzing Matilda. They played it to welcome Scott Morrison, the Australian immigration minister, who was visiting to launch two patrol boats donated by the Australian government. A photo of the moment, tweeted by journalist Jason Koutsoukis, showed Morrison sitting alongside president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother, defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Perhaps it didn't worry Morrison that there are growing calls to prosecute Gotabaya Rajapaksa for war crimes, because of his actions in 2009 during the Sri Lankan civil war. Australia has been aware of Sri Lanka's breaches of human rights for some time. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil asylum seekers being held at sea in windowless locked rooms

[ The Guardian ][ Jul 16 17:48 GMT ]

More than 150 Tamil asylum seekers on board an Australian border protection vessel are being detained in windowless locked rooms with men kept apart from their families against their will, newly released high court documents have revealed. A statement of claim document submitted to the court by lawyers acting for 86 of the 153 asylum seekers also reveals that they have had no opportunity to deliver their protection claims – despite all claiming to be refugees – and had no access to a qualified translator despite almost all being unable to speak English. [ full story | comments ]


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