Archive for April, 2013

A federal Labor backbencher has broken ranks and called for Australia to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka later this year. Canada’s government has already threatened to boycott the November meeting in protest against alleged human rights violations. A newly released Amnesty International report has   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

China has overtaken Japan as Sri Lanka’s top tourist market in East Asia generating more tourists from around September 2012, official data show. In February 2013, arrivals from China rose 57.9 percent to 6,145 compared to a growth of 12.2 percent to 4,724 by Japan. Japan has been Sri Lanka’s   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Sri Lankan government is intensifying its crackdown on critics through threats, harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks, Amnesty International said in a report released today. The document, Assault on Dissent reveals how the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is promoting an official attitude that equates criticism with “treason” in   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

India’s DMK leader M. Karunanidhi urged the Indian Central government to emulate former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in taking strong action to stop the attacks on Tamil Nadu’s fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, Express News reported today. Pointing out that the Centre had so far ignored the calls from   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Canadian government has taken its first decisive move with regard to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) saying it will not send a full delegation to the November summit in Sri Lanka. Earlier the Canadians had called for improvements on the human rights issue in Sri Lanka failing   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

A UN human rights expert says she’s shocked the Sri Lanka will be allowed to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this year despite ongoing cases of torture and disappearances. Yasmin Sooka, who was asked by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

Australia’s Greens leader Christine Milne has accused the Gillard government of placing domestic politics ahead of human rights by refusing to boycott the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. Describing it as hypocrisy on Labor’s part, the Greens leader said sending asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

A systematic attempt to ‘Sinhalise’ areas in the North, especially in Vavuniya is underway, opposition parties charge. Members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and even the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) said that in some instances Sinhalese families were being settled in predominantly Tamil areas with state support, the Sunday Leader   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

The Sri Lankan government is to acquire over 6,000 acres of land in Valikamam, Jaffna despite protests by the land owners. According to reports from Jaffna, notice has been issued by the District office of the Ministry of Land and Land Development that the land will be acquired under the   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]

While  Western-countries move to boycott the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo is threatening to gain traction, particularly in Canada and Australia, an unfazed Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations hosted a gala event last week promoting the Commonwealth Business Forum which will take place November   [ மேலும் படிக்க ]