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  • More political henchmen to get on diplomatic gravy trainAnother yahapalana promise broken

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 14:06:50 GMT ] [ Island ]

        Having lambasted the Rajapaksa administration for giving plum diplomatic posts to political appointees at the expense of career diplomats, the present government is catapulting its backers to the top notches of the foreign service, according to sources. Close on the heels of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake succeeding Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Parliament has announced a move to offer coveted diplomatic appointments to incumbent Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Buddhi K. Athauda, the son former minister Athauda Seneviratne. The parliamentary Committee on High Posts has called for public representations on or before June 14, 2017, in respect of Hettiarachchi and Athauda being appointed as heads of missions in Germany and France, respectively. [ Full Report ]

  • ‘Sri Lanka behind mydetention in Malaysia’

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 14:00:10 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Saturday alleged that the Sri Lankan government was behind the decision of the Malaysian government denying him entry into the country. “I participated in the International Tamil Conference in Penang in 2014-15 and we adopted a resolution that Sri Lanka should be tried in the International Court of Justice for its atrocities against Tamils. So, the Lankan government is keen on preventing me from visiting other countries. They want to suppress the killing of Tamils,” Mr. Vaiko told reporters about his detention in the Kuala Lumpur Airport on Friday. [ Full Report ]

  • Sarath Weerasekara to submit petition against Zeid

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 13:51:23 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        A delegation led by former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara is to leave for Geneva on Wednesday to attend the 35th session of the UN Human Rights (UNHR) Council. He said they intend lobbying in favour of Sri Lanka and to handover a petition against UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein for interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign country. The petition is to be handed over to the President of the UNHRC, Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 13:47:49 GMT ] [ Daily O ]

        However, the fact remains that Hambantota is part of the Chinese Maritime Silk Route project, which is part of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. It’s relevance to Chinese designs of increasing its influence by creating logistics bases globally, can’t be wished away. Sri Lanka has now offered the Trincomalee Port for joint development to India. The Sri Lankan port minister wants some of the Hambantota projects to be moved to Trincomalee. The projects now planned at Trincomalee include an India-partnered sugar factory and a Pakistan-partnered cement plant. Funds allocated for Hyatt Hotel in Hambantota are also being diverted to Hyatt Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Quebec murder suspect set free due to trial delays to be deported within weeks

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 13:43:51 GMT ] [ CBC ]

        Canada's Immigration Department says a murder suspect who was set free after his trial exceeded the legal time limit is expected to be sent back to Sri Lanka in the next two weeks. Ewa Staszewicz, a lawyer for the department, confirmed that steps are being taken to obtain the necessary travel documents for Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham. Thanabalasingham, 31, told an Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada hearing Friday he doesn't believe he will be in danger in his home country and no longer needs to be protected as a refugee. [ Full Report ]

  • USS Lake Erie aids disaster-relief efforts after floods in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 13:41:57 GMT ] [ Stars & Stripes ]

        The USS Lake Erie has arrived in Sri Lanka to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of last month’s deadly floods and mudslides. The Sri Lankan government estimates more than 200 have died and tens of thousands have been forced out of their homes by the floods and mudslides after heavy monsoon rain hit the island nation located just south of India. The Lake Erie arrived in the nation’s capital of Colombo on Sunday, a Navy statement said. [ Full Report ]

    - San Diego-Based USS Lake Erie Assists Flood Victims in Sri Lanka - Times of Sandiego
  • Sri Lanka police arrest five over religious violence

  •    [ Jun 12, 2017 13:39:56 GMT ] [ LBO ]

        Sri Lanka police have arrested five people including a member of a hardline Buddhist organization for instigating religious violence against Muslims and a Muslim for defaming Buddhism, police said on Sunday. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques, while the police said at least 16 such cases had been reported since April, Reuters reported. [ Full Report ]

    - Lanka makes first arrest over Muslim hate crimes - Nation
    - Elephant in Sri Lankan Buddhist procession kills monk - AP
  • This culture of impunity should come to an end

  •    [ Jun 09, 2017 18:32:38 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        I do not want to approach this matter in a spirit of confrontation. I want to approach it from the perspective of what would be in the best interests of the country and all its people while ensuring truth and justice What happened to unarmed civilians in violation of human rights and humanitarian laws must not be confused with legitimate actions taken by the State against armed combatants carrying on an armed struggle against the State. No one should be allowed to confuse the execution of legitimate duties by a government and the wanton killing of unarmed civilians in furtherance of the political agendas of persons holding high office​ [ Full Report ]

  • Angry crowd gathers at Malaysian consulate in Chennai

  •    [ Jun 09, 2017 18:22:46 GMT ] [ FMT ]

        The Malaysian consulate in Chennai has come under heavy police protection after a large crowd gathered outside the premise to protest Malaysia’s move to bar popular politician V Gopalasamy from entering the country today. Better known as Vaiko, the 73-year-old founder of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) party in Tamil Nadu was stopped by Immigration officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.30am today despite having a valid visa. The Chennai-based Tamil Samayam news portal reported that a large multitude of MDMK supporters had gathered outside the consulate’s grounds at Cenotaph Road by late afternoon. [ Full Report ]

    - Tamil Politician Vaiko Denied Entry Into Malaysia, Questioned Over LTTE: Report - NDTV
  • Sri Lanka defends China’sBelt and Road project

  •    [ Jun 09, 2017 18:18:24 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        Chinese investment in Sri Lanka is reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route”, said visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, defending his government’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative. “The fact is that regional trade needs to move forward. If one country is doing a project, that is not against another country,” Mr. Karunanayake told journalists at the end of his two-day visit to New Delhi. “Like Hong Kong was a launching pad for China, Sri Lanka would like to be a hub of economic activity for India,” he added. [ Full Report ]

  • Optometrist To Travel To Sri Lanka To Provide Eye Care

  •    [ Jun 06, 2017 16:37:47 GMT ] [ AOP ]

        Hospital optometrist Maulia Selvarajah will fly to Sri Lanka in September where she will spend two weeks in some of the country’s most deprived areas, including Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi, providing eye care and dispensing spectacles. These remote areas in Sri Lanka that were heavily affected by the 30 year civil war. The Sri Lankan born optometrist, who works at Moorfields in Bedford, will also provide the patients that she treats with information leaflets that are designed to educate them about the importance of eye health, common ocular conditions and diet. [ Full Report ]

    - Weʼre raising £3,000 to provide eye care services and prescription glasses to Mulaitheevu and Klinochchi. - Fundraising Page
  • Over 121, 000 affected by drought in Jaffna

  •    [ Jun 06, 2017 16:32:33 GMT ] [ Sunday Times ]

        Over 121, 000 persons from 33, 000 families in the Jaffna district have been severely affected by the prevailing drought situation, Jaffna District Secretary N. Vedanayagam said. According to the District Secretary, Kayts, Maradankaini, Karainagar, Sangilipaai, and Chelanai are among the places which have been severely affected by the drought. There are severe water shortages in Punkuduthivu and Mandathivu in Jaffna, with many water sources have already dried up. Many people have been forced to wait by the roadside hoping to collect some water. Action has been taken to provide people of these areas water with the aid of bowsers. [ Full Report ]

  • Freeland rejects Trump's nationalist policies, says Canada will step up to lead on world stage

  •    [ Jun 06, 2017 16:25:43 GMT ] [ CBC ]

        Canada will step up to play a leadership role on the world stage as the U.S. turns inward to focus on its own national interests, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a major policy speech today. "The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership, puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course," she said. "For Canada, that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order. We will follow this path, with open hands and open hearts extended to our American friends, seeking to make common cause as we have so often in the past." [ Full Report ]

  • Stories of Resilience

  •    [ Jun 02, 2017 15:36:21 GMT ] [ SoS ]

        'Stories of Resilience' is a project by the Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR) that aims to document and share stories of strength, courage and resilience of Tamil civilians before, during and after the armed conflict. ACPR intends to preserve these stories for current and future generations of Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Diaspora as part of a broader conversation about Tamil identity. This project aims to contribute to efforts around the world to document and share stories of Tamil survival, by documenting stories of those who still live in Sri Lanka and continue to persevere. [ Full Report ]

  • Rising from the ashes, Jaffna library writes new chapters

  •    [ Jun 02, 2017 15:34:45 GMT ] [ Hindu ]

        In June 1981, an organised mob, reportedly of Sinhalese persons, set fire to the building, destroying all that was thoughtfully collected for generations of Tamil youth. The incident delivered a major blow not just to the library, but to the dreams and aspirations it had nurtured. Some consider it a major provocation in the lead up to Sri Lanka’s civil war.After years of being situated at the heart of a conflict, the library has now become a venue for high-level meetings. During their visits to the north, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former British PM David Cameron met Tamil leaders here. [ Full Report ]

  • UNESCO warns scrapping of SL sites from list if not maintained well

  •    [ Jun 02, 2017 15:31:39 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        UNESCO has informed the government that it will be compelled to remove several archeological sites in Sri Lanka from the world heritage list as they have not been maintained properly, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today. Minister Kariyawasam, under whose purview the Department of Archeology comes, told a media briefing that UNESCO had informed him that it would have to remove sites such as Dambulla and Galle Fort from the world heritage list as they were not maintained properly. [ Full Report ]

  • Urgent Action: Priest Harassed Over Memorial To Dead War Victims

  •    [ Jun 02, 2017 15:30:27 GMT ] [ Amnesty USA ]

        Sri Lankan priest, Father Elil Rajendram, is being harassed by the police over his efforts to help families memorialize their loved ones lost during the armed conflict. Stop the harassment of Father Elil and other activists and victims involved in efforts to remember those who died during Sri Lanka’s armed conflict; Ensure families and human rights defenders are free to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association, without fear of reprisal and in accordance to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; Reminding them that the Sri Lankan government has an obligation to deliver truth, justice, reparation to victims and to ensure non-recurrence of violations and calling on the government to permit and support memorialization as an integral part of any reparation mechanism. [ Full Report ]

  • Ensure no impunity for hate crimes: EU

  •    [ Jun 02, 2017 15:26:41 GMT ] [ Daily Mirror ]

        The European Union (EU) today emphasized the importance of the Sri Lankan Government and the Police to ensure that there is no impunity for hate crimes in the country. EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue said it was important that religious communities are at the forefront of efforts to promote understanding and oppose the spreading of hate. "Sri Lankans know all too well the consequences of religious and ethnic hatred. These reprehensible actions are intended to sow discord at a time when national reconciliation and tolerance is moving forward,” he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Diplomats in Sri Lanka urge government action against anti-Muslim attacks

  •    [ Jun 02, 2017 15:23:59 GMT ] [ Reuters ]

        Diplomats on Thursday condemned violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka and urged the government to uphold minority rights and freedom of religion. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques. Muslims have blamed the attacks on Body Bala Sena (BBS) or the "Buddhist Power Force", an organization that says the spread of Islam is a threat to Buddhism as the dominant religion. It denies any involvement. "It is important that the rule of law be applied against those perpetrators and it's important that minority rights and freedom of religion are upheld," one of the diplomats, Canadian high commissioner Shelley Whiting, told reporters. [ Full Report ]

    - International pressure on Sri Lanka to stop hate crime against Muslims - Hindustan Times
  • Resettlement and Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Justice Denied

  •    [ May 31, 2017 20:54:58 GMT ] [ The Oakland Institute ]

        Justice Denied exposes the many issues that continue to plague land release and resettlement in the country, and the failure of the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its international commitments to transitional justice. The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy large quantities of land; land released by the government is often of poor quality, hindering the ability of many to rebuild their livelihoods; there is a vast and unmet need for housing and infrastructure for those displaced during the civil war; and ever-changing timelines for resettlement have bred mistrust in the government. Although the war ended in 2009, the country’s military budget has more than doubled since then, raising serious doubt about the government’s intent to demilitarize the North and East. [ Full Report ]

    - Justice Denied: A Reality Check on Resettlement, Demilitarization, and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka - The Oakland Institute
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