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  • Our detention highlights the Sri Lankan government is unwilling to allow a free exchange of ideas.-  Aus. senator Read more >

    Our detention highlights the Sri Lankan government is unwilling to allow a free exchange of ideas.- Aus. senator

    Detained in Sri Lanka: Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon. Photo: Katherine Griffiths  Lee Rhiannon Jan Logie released after being detained in Sri Lanka by Ben Doherty Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon has been released from the custody of Sri Lankan government officials and allowed to leave the country.She was not charged, neither formally deported, though the Sri […]

  • Sri Lanka: Australian, Kiwi MPs Detained  and Released Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Australian, Kiwi MPs Detained and Released

    November 10, 2013 Two opposition parliamentarians from Australian and New Zealand were detained by immigration officers this morning for allegedly violating immigration laws.Immigration officers seized the passports of the two parliamentarians as they prepared to hold a press conference at the office of the Tamil National Alliance in Colombo.Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon and New Zealand Greens […]

  • CHOGM: Govt. wasting billions while poor are ignored .

    United National Party (UNP) Western Provincial Councillor Harshana Rajakaruna said the government was spending billions of rupees for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) while turning a blind eye to the plight of the poor, who were badly in need of relief. “The Government has imported 54 luxury Mercedes-Benz cars worth more than Rs.1.6 […]

  • No visas to meet VIP’s or for conferneces during CHOGM .

    The Government will not provide visas to any foreignerto attendconferences or meetings with Government officials in November except to those attending the scheduled events of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the Ministry of External Affairs said. The decision was communicated to all Lankan missions and to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the Ministry […]

  • Sri Lanka to set up National Inquiry on Torture, It will be monitored by Commonwealth, says Kamalesh Sharma Read more >

    Sri Lanka to set up National Inquiry on Torture, It will be monitored by Commonwealth, says Kamalesh Sharma

    <a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sri-lanka-to-set-up-national-inquiry-on-torture-says-kamalesh-sharma/article5330283.ece?textsize=large&test=1″ title=”Large Text Size” >T+</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;·&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/sri-lanka-to-set-up-national-inquiry-on-torture-says-kamalesh-sharma/article5330283.ece?textsize=small&test=2″ title=”Small Text Size”>T-</a> Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma… “We are also putting in place a scheme that will help Sri Lanka progress towards national reconciliation.”  “We are also putting in place a scheme that will help Sri Lanka progress towards national reconciliation.” Parvathi Menon The Commonwealth Secretariat will […]

  • Manmohan Singh’s Sri Lanka Dilemma Read more >

    Manmohan Singh’s Sri Lanka Dilemma

    Dinuka Liyanawatte/ReutersTamil women in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, on Aug. 27, holding images of their family members, who reportedly went missing during the war between the Sri Lankan army and the separatist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. By JYOTI MALHOTRA/ NYT  On Nov. 15, the presidents and the prime ministers of an array of countries […]

  • David Cameron presses for Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry Read more >

    David Cameron presses for Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry

    Add captionDavid Cameron is due to be the first British leader to visit northern Sri Lanka since the country’s independence Rowena Mason and Sam Jones /The Guardian,   David Cameron has said an international inquiry into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka may be needed, as he prepares to attend a Commonwealth summit there. The […]

  • Sri Lankan human rights dominate Commonwealth Q&A Read more >

    Sri Lankan human rights dominate Commonwealth Q&A

    Hugo Swire (@HugoSwire), the minister of state for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), was answering questions from the public ahead of next week’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s human rights record dominates a Twitter Q&A session, with FCO minister Hugo Swire, about the next week’s Commonwealth summit. Foreign […]

  • William Hague: a boycott of Sri Lanka would be wrong Read more >

    William Hague: a boycott of Sri Lanka would be wrong

    Britain’s presence at the Commonwealth summit will achieve more than an empty chair would William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, is firmly against a boycott of the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka Photo: AFP/GETTY By William Hague Next week, the Prime Minister and I will travel to Sri Lanka for the latest Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. […]

  • CHOGM in Sri Lanka: Do you approve of this? Read more >

    CHOGM in Sri Lanka: Do you approve of this?

    Civilians who had been trapped in Sri Lanka’s north, during the last month of the war. May 2009. © Private This image was taken in the last month of Sri Lanka’s bloody armed conflict. These people were among the tens of thousands of civilians who were killed and wounded at that time. Caught in the […]

  • India: MEA recommends PM attend CHOGM Read more >

    India: MEA recommends PM attend CHOGM

    < a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mea-recommends-pm-attend-chogm/article5313955.ece?textsize=large&test=1″ title=”Large Text Size” >T+</a> · <a href=”http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mea-recommends-pm-attend-chogm/article5313955.ece?textsize=small&test=2″ title=”Small Text Size”>T-</a> ? Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can draw solace from the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party has adopted a positive line on his travelling to Colombo. File photo Manmohan Singh As pressure mounted from within the Union Council of Ministers seeking that […]

  • Sri Lanka No fire Zone : Commonwealth secretariat disturbed

    The Commonwealth Secretariat says it is “disturbed” by scenes and testimonies in the ‘No Fire Zone’ video on Sri Lanka.Commonwealth Secretariat spokesman Richard Uku tweeted saying the controversial video show the ugliness of war.He said that learing lessons and reconciliation are key for Sri Lanka to go forward. “According to international standards, truth, accountability and […]

  • Lanka provides the argument for disbanding the Commonwealth

    Murali Shanmugavelan The country has no business hosting an event  meant to promote human rights Next week Sri Lanka will host Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM), apparently the first Asian country to host it in 24 years.  According to its charter, the Commonwealth is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant […]

  • Sri Lanka should be condemned, not acclaimed Read more >

    Sri Lanka should be condemned, not acclaimed

    Sri Lankan troops chase local residents protesting against the alleged poisoning of drinking water in the village of Weliweriya in August, Getty Images  As Sri Lanka prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on 15 November, its government is feeling rather pleased with itself. Since defeating the Tamil Tiger insurrectionary movement in […]

  • Sri Lanka: Commonwealth must honour its own commitments Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Commonwealth must honour its own commitments

    CHOGM: Amnesty Youth (London) getting ready  to remind their  PM and FM of HR violations in Sri Lanka (02.11.2013) Vidya Venkathe choice of Sri Lanka as a venue for CHOGM 2013 has always remained controversial. But now that most member countries have agreed to go ahead and participate in the high-profile summit happening in Colombo, […]

  • Open appeal to CHOGM: Ensure that the Commonwealth values on Freedom of Expression respected in Sri Lanka; Ensure unhindered access to media – FMM sri Lanka Read more >

    Open appeal to CHOGM: Ensure that the Commonwealth values on Freedom of Expression respected in Sri Lanka; Ensure unhindered access to media – FMM sri Lanka

    The Press Freedom watch dog of Sri Lanka Press release/01.11.2013 Open appeal to CHOGM: Ensure that the Commonwealth values on Freedom of Expression respected in Sri Lanka; Ensure unhindered access to media  The Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka makes these open appeals the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri […]

  • Singh’s CHOGM Dilemma

    Malik Neal Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, is facing mounting internal political pressure on whether India should attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November. His critics insist that India join with Canada in boycotting the Commonwealth meet to protest Sri Lanka’s dismal human rights record and […]

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s saviour or war criminal? Read more >

    Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s saviour or war criminal?

    Rajapaksa, a small-town lawyer without a university degree, is thus very different, As host of next month’s Commonwealth heads of state meeting, the president’s human rights record is under close scrutiny. For some he’s a robust leader dealing with the bitter legacy of civil war. As host of next month’s Commonwealth heads of state meeting, […]

  • Khurshid will attend CHOGM Read more >

    Khurshid will attend CHOGM

    Salman Khurshid  External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will represent India at the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) summit, though the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging boycott of the meeting because of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. In a television interview, Mr. Khurshid confirmed his participation in next month’s meeting; but there […]

  • Malaysian opposition wants Govt to boycott CHOGM Read more >

    Malaysian opposition wants Govt to boycott CHOGM

    Lim Guan Eng DAP wants Malaysia to join Canada and India in boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in protest of Sri Lanka’s human rights abuses.“Malaysia must boycott this as a humanitarian protest against The recalcitrant Sri Lankan government’s stubborn refusal to account for the deaths of tens of thousands of […]

  • TNA tells CM to boycott CHOGM Read more >

    TNA tells CM to boycott CHOGM

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has told Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C.V. Wigneswaran to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).Constituent parties of the TNA had reached a conclusion that the party must boycott the summit and the stand has been officially communicated to Wigneswaran.A three hour discussion was held between the constituent parties […]

  • Cameron, Suu Kyi agree on Lanka Read more >

    Cameron, Suu Kyi agree on Lanka

    Engage all sides British Prime Minister David Cameron and Burmese opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi have both agreed that engaging Sri Lanka is the right way to go on the human rights issue.Aung San Suu Kyi, who met Cameron in London on Wednesday, said that if he goes to Sri Lanka he […]

  • Boycott CHOGM meet: T.N. Assembly Read more >

    Boycott CHOGM meet: T.N. Assembly

    Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Indian government to “completely boycott” the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in November in Sri Lanka. The Hindu Tamil Nadu Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Indian government to “completely boycott” the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting […]

  • Sri Lankan Government would do well to seriously consider the significance of Canada’s CHOGM decision

    M.A. Sumanthiran MPMuch has been said concerning Sri Lanka hosting the approaching Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A significant part of the discussion has been with regard to Canada’s decision to boycott CHOGM.In his official statement Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that: “When Sri Lanka was selected to host the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of […]

  • Commonwealth must stop Sri Lanka stifling human rights efforts – AI

    Diplomats from Commonwealth countries meeting in London today must push Sri Lanka to end its continuing crackdown on human rights defenders, Amnesty International said. The Commonwealth Committee of the Whole is meeting 17-18 October to prepare for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo in November.“Commonwealth countries must agree new […]

  • Scandal of Sri Lanka’s disappeared Read more >

    Scandal of Sri Lanka’s disappeared

    A controversial Commonwealth summit takes place in Sri Lanka next month. The country has more outstanding cases of disappeared people than anywhere else in the world, apart from Iraq. The Telegraph investigates By David Blair, Mannar The abductors arrived in a white van shortly before midnight, stopping outside a modest home in a palm-fringed town […]

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