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  • Sri Lanka justifies troop presence in former war zones

  •    [ Apr 13, 2014 2:21:06 GMT ] [ Times of India ]

        A day after three key operatives of the banned LTTE were killed in a major military operation in Sri Lanka's north, the government on Saturday justified maintaining troops in the former war zones. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's special envoy on human rights and government minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said Friday's incident has underlined the need to keep the military on alert. "We were asked and criticized about the presence of the military in the north and the need to scale down its presence by the international governments at the Geneva UN human rights council ... We explained to them the need to keep the military going as it was a decision for a sovereign government to take in view of the national security needs," he said. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka – Straining the Commonwealth

  •    [ Apr 13, 2014 2:01:07 GMT ] [ Huntington News ]

        The Commonwealth of 53 nations is facing yet another ordeal because of the government of Sri Lanka. This time the Sri Lankan government is refusing to co-operate with a UN-mandated investigation. On March 21 the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution requesting the UN Human Rights Commissioner to undertake “a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka”. The “both parties” to which the resolution refers are the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the so-called Tamil Tigers) who fought a bloody war that finally ended in May 2009 after 26 years. [ Full Report ]

  • BBS On The Warpath

  •    [ Apr 13, 2014 1:57:43 GMT ] [ Sunday Leader ]

        The Bodu Bala Sena was at it again! This time they stormed a press conference and verbally abused a monk and a Muslim cleric over a resettlement issue and all this in front of the police officers who stood there doing nothing. The press briefing was organized by the Jathika Bala Sena to inform what they said over the alleged resettlement of Muslims in the Wilpattu National Park were misgivings. The Bodu Bala Sena had accused Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen of illegally resettling the Muslims families in the land within the park. [ Full Report ]

  • Britain lists Sri Lanka as 'country of concern' in annual human rights report

  •    [ Apr 11, 2014 14:58:58 GMT ] [ PTI ]

        Britain has listed Sri Lanka as a " country of concern" in its latest annual human rights report, released days after it co-sponsored a US-backed resolution against the country at the UNHRC. The British foreign office's 2013 annual report has noted that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka was of serious concern. Britain was one of the co-sponsors of the US-backed resolution passed last month at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka's human rights accountability and reconcili .. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka troops kill three men in search for Tamil Tigers

  •    [ Apr 11, 2014 12:58:34 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lanka's military on Friday shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island's war nearly five years ago, a spokesman said. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said troops were carrying out a cordon and search operation in a jungle area of the former war zone when three men armed with grenades and guns tried to escape. [ Full Report ]

    - Sri Lanka Says It Killed 3 Trying to Revive Rebels - AP
  • Controversial MP trip to Sri Lanka cancelled at 11th hour

  •    [ Apr 11, 2014 12:57:30 GMT ] [ Channel 4 News ]

        An all-expenses-paid trip by five UK MPs and their partners, including business-class travel to and from Sri Lanka, is cancelled amid cross-party recriminations - hours before departure. The timing of the trip was controversial – coming just two weeks after the United Nations launched an investigation into alleged war crimes and continued human rights abuse in Sri Lanka. This week, Sri Lanka said it would refuse to cooperate with the UN inquiry. The trip, and all its costs, would have been borne by the Sri Lanka-based charity "Foundation of Goodness," founded by legendary spin-bowler Muttiah Muralitharan. He is an ethnic Tamil, who has been criticised for his support for the government. [ Full Report ]

  • Jim Flaherty's values were forged by blue-collar roots, a big Irish family and heartbreaking adversity

  •    [ Apr 11, 2014 12:55:21 GMT ] [ Globe and Mail ]

        Right from birth, the odds were stacked against Jim Flaherty’s success. The sixth of eight children in a family of Liberal supporters. A hockey player measuring in at 5-foot-3. A kid from a blue-collar suburb navigating the leafy, gentlemanly climes of Princeton University. A twice-defeated candidate for leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. Hands on the country’s purse strings just as all the money was vanishing. [ Full Report ]

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  • We have no links with Rajapaksa: 'Kaththi' director

  •    [ Apr 11, 2014 12:53:18 GMT ] [ Deccan Chronicle ]

        The Vijay-Samantha starrer, Kaththi, which is directed by AR Murugadoss, was mired in controversy recently as it was alleged that one of the movie’s producers, Subashkaran, of Lyca Productions had close links with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several Tamil organisations raised objections and demanded an explanation from the makers of the movie, namely Ayngaran International and Lyca. Now, Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International met the press and denied those allegations. [ Full Report ]

  • Lanka nabs 60 for ‘reviving terror acts’

  •    [ Apr 11, 2014 12:52:23 GMT ] [ AFP ]

        Sri Lankan police have arrested 60 people accused of trying to revive a separatist group behind a civil war that left tens of thousands dead, a spokesman said on Thursday. The suspects, including 10 women, were detained in a crackdown over the past month and were being questioned about attempts to reorganize the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. “We are questioning them with a view to ensure that there is no resumption of war in this country and to prevent communal violence breaking out,” Rohana told reporters in Colombo. [ Full Report ]

  • Former finance minister Jim Flaherty is dead at 64

  •    [ Apr 10, 2014 19:02:25 GMT ] [ Globe and Mail ]

        Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has passed away, only weeks after resigning his cabinet post. Emergency crews were called to the 64-year-old’s Ottawa condo Thursday afternoon. A source said he died of a massive heart attack. Several police cars were parked outside Mr. Flaherty's Ottawa home, in the Byward Market area. Police are expected to make a statement shortly. [ Full Report ]

    - Former finance minister Jim Flaherty dies - Toronto Star
  • Tamil asylum seeker fighting for his life

  •    [ Apr 10, 2014 15:00:05 GMT ] [ SMH ]

        A Sri Lankan asylum seeker on a bridging visa is fighting for his life after dousing himself in petrol following a decision by the Australian immigration department to deport him back to Sri Lanka. A report by the Human Rights Law Centre last month showed many asylum seekers who are sent back to the country face the threat of torture from the very authorities they had fled. Late last month the United Nations Human Rights Council ordered an international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Australia did not co-sponsor the bill. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said it was a "deeply distressing incident." [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka inquiry: a Tamil asylum-seeker speaks

  •    [ Apr 09, 2014 16:20:05 GMT ] [ Open Democracy ]

        “With all my heart I want this International inquiry to be heard, mainly to restore justice against all the human-rights abuses made by both parties during the last civil war and the ongoing disappearances and violence against innocent individuals and human-rights defenders.”..."The profound truth is that there cannot be a credible inquiry in Sri Lanka by its own government, which has effectively destroyed the independent judicial system.” [ Full Report ]

  • How strategic is Sri Lanka?

  •    [ Apr 09, 2014 16:15:57 GMT ] [ CNN ]

        America now views Sri Lanka as increasingly strategic -- mostly because China does. The paradox of such competition is that it is precisely in the countries viewed as most strategic by multiple powers that one can least impose one's valuesSri Lanka's strategy is to leverage Chinese and other investment to boost its own industries such as tourism, but also its main exports: textiles, garments and tea. But will it succeed in leveraging great power machinations for its own -- rather than foreign -- enrichment? [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Displaced:Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka place their hopes in a recent UN resolution.

  •    [ Apr 09, 2014 16:10:54 GMT ] [ Diplomat ]

        When the conflict ended in 2009, Rajapaksa sought to eliminate the official number of IDPs as quickly as possible by returning Tamil civilians to their home districts. In September 2012, the government of Sri Lanka declared all IDPs “resettled.”Official figures, however, ignore communities like Sampur, which are displaced within their home districts. Investigative work by a Sri Lankan think tank, Center for Policy Alternatives, indicates that government deregistration of IDPs ignored intra-district barriers to resettlement such as military seizure of land. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka accused of ill-treating women it suspects of Tamil Tiger links

  •    [ Apr 09, 2014 16:07:25 GMT ] [ Guardian ]

        A Sri Lankan women's rights group has claimed the government is arresting innocent female relatives of men it suspects are trying to revive the Tamil Tiger rebel group and subjecting them to ill-treatment. Women's Action Network described the cases of six women it says were arrested from the north and east, the former civil war zone, because authorities suspected their male associates or family members had rebel links. [ Full Report ]

  • Statement from the Canada Revenue Agency

  •    [ Apr 09, 2014 13:00:18 GMT ] [ CRA ]

        We have received information concerning an Internet security vulnerability named the Heartbleed Bug. As a preventative measure, the CRA has temporarily shut down public access to our online services to safeguard the integrity of the information we hold. Applications include online services like EFILE, NETFILE, My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client. [ Full Report ]

    - Canada Revenue Agency shuts down online services over security fears - Toronto Star
  • Truth about our relationship with Sri Lanka: opinion

  •    [ Apr 08, 2014 15:28:17 GMT ] [ Newcastle Herald ]

        THE opinion piece by Gordon Weiss ("Stance on Sri Lanka needs urgent rethink", 4/4) includes a number of assertions that need correction. Most seriously, Mr Weiss makes the untrue claim that during a visit to Tamil regions in Sri Lanka's north and north-east just over 12 months ago I was given a guided tour by the Sri Lankan military. I led a delegation that included Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and Justice Minister Michael Keenan. [ Full Report ]

  • Sri Lanka: Asset Freeze Threatens Peaceful Dissent

  •    [ Apr 08, 2014 15:26:59 GMT ] [ HRW ]

        The Sri Lankan government’s decision to label 16 overseas Tamil organizations as financers of terrorism is so broad that it appears aimed at restricting peaceful activism by the country’s Tamil minority, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should provide evidence of the unlawful activity of specific groups and individuals or remove them from the list. On April 4, 2014, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris made public an order signed on March 20, on the advice of the defense secretary, freezing the assets and financial resources of entities ranging from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was militarily defeated in 2009, to nonviolent Tamil organizations around the world. [ Full Report ]

    - Canada questions motive behind diaspora bans, says will not help reconciliation - Tamil Guardian
  • ​India refuses to rock Sri Lanka’s boat on human rights issues, but for how long?

  •    [ Apr 08, 2014 15:25:28 GMT ] [ RT ]

        India has managed to negotiate a dangerous curve in its relations with Sri Lanka, a crucial Indian backyard where China and Pakistan have steadily enlarged their strategic footprints in recent years. As the closest neighbor, with thousands of years of relations with Sri Lanka, India cannot remain untouched by developments in that country. India abstained from voting at the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) on March 27 on a resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. [ Full Report ]

  • Building a co-operative future in Sri Lanka

  •    [ Apr 08, 2014 15:24:34 GMT ] [ Co-operative News ]

        The Co-operative College’s Stirling Smith has just returned from running a training course for Sri Lankan co-operators in Madurai, India. Imagine meeting a group of people who had all lost a family member or close friend in a brutal civil war. I have just finished teaching such a group in Madurai, in the south of Tamil Nadu. They had all come across the narrow Palk Straits that separate Sri Lanka from India and were from the Tamil minority that has lived in the north of the island – previously known as Ceylon – for a thousand years. [ Full Report ]

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