August 2014

‘Fascists’ in Saffron Robes? The Rise of Sri Lanka’s …

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  ‘Fascists’ in Saffron Robes? The Rise of Sri Lanka’s … www.amren.com/…/fascists-in-saffron-robes-the-rise-of-sri–lankas-buddh… 18 Jul 2014 – The Rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Ultra-Nationalists … he issues an explicit threat to Muslims, using a derogatory term for the minority. … Dayan Jayatilleke, a political scientist and former Sri Lankan diplomat, referred to the group’s… How is it that Buddhist monks–exponents of a religion associated with  … Buddhist extremists attack moderate monk in Sri Lanka … www.worldbulletin.net/…/buddhist-extremists-attack-moderate-monk-in-… 26 Jun 2014 – Moderate monk Wataraka Vijitha Thero has been slammed by Buddhist … America-Canada …. Sri Lanka’s defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of the President, … UK summons Ethiopian diplomat over opposition official’s arrest …Myanmar Buddhists threaten death to Muslims in Mandalay Connecting the Dots on Buddhist Fundamentalism | The … thediplomat.com/2014/…/connecting-the-dots-on-buddhist-fundamentali… 30 May 2014 – The Diplomat … In addition, a coalition of Buddhist monks and laypersons in Myanmar … Knowing Buddha Foundation has identified another “threat” to Buddhism. … In Sri Lanka, the resurgence of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism began after…. A […]

Sri Lankan mob storms meeting of disappeared Tamils’ families

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Pro-Sri Lankan government activists stormed a meeting between families of the disappeared and foreign diplomats in Colombo on Monday evening. The pro-government mob, led by a group of Buddhist monks, forcibly entered the meeting and threatened the Tamil participants. The US embassy Acting Deputy Head of Mission Michael Honigstein and representatives from Britain, Switzerland, France and the European Union missions in Colombo participated in the meeting. “You are anti-Sri Lankans and greedy for US dollars,” the mob shouted at the families. The local organizers of the meeting said the pro-government mob used threatening language against diplomats too, AFP reported. The Buddhist monk who led the mob, the Venerable Anguludelle Jinananda Thero, said the meeting was illegal and its participants were therefore “terrorists, not innocent civilians”. […]

Rajapakshe supporters threaten American and European diplomats

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 Thugs & Monks invaded the witness giving place illegally and traspassing the property but the police asked the people who gave the witness to attend the police station. This should have been an humiliating experience for any civilised country, but not for the Sinhalese government. Men and women were invited to make representations for their missing loved ones. While they were doing so, thugs who were Buddhist monks dashed into the meeting place and disrupted the gathering. These are regular happenings in Sri Lanka and would have been passed off as one of those many incidence, but for the presence of US, UK. EU and Swiss diplomats. In the presence of these diplomats the Buddhist thugs dared to attack the Tamils, who risked their lives […]

Nedumaran for strong condemnation of Sri Lanka

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The Tamizhar Desiya Munnani on Monday urged the Union government to condemn Sri Lanka in the strongest terms for publication of a derogatory article on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lankan Defence website. Speaking to reporters, Tamizhar Desiya Munnani president P. Nedumaran said that all political parties in Tamil Nadu had condemned the Sri Lankan Government in the strongest terms forcing Lanka to issue an apology and remove the derogatory post from the website. However, that was not enough as the incident deserved condemnation in the strongest terms from the Centre. Mr. Nedumaran said that no other country had dared to depict the Chief Minister of an Indian State in such a manner, adding that the soft stand […]

Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera in a mysterious accident!

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Future of Executive Presidency was not discussed – MR    Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake had a narrow escape when the cab he was travelling in collided with a ‘tipper’ truck carrying a sand load at Holipitiya on the Ratnapura- Horana road last week.  Anura who was in the rear seat suffered shock and contusion on the chest though he did not sustain external injuries. A motorist driving past the scene of the accident who had recognized the JVP Leader as a victim of the accident had rushed him along with the other injured to the Ratnapura General hospital. The doctors who attended on Anura Kumara who was suffering severe pain in the chest lost no time in transferring him to Colombo National Hospital […]

Janaka Mallimarachchi’s revelations on political killings Vijaya’s killer killed

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By Anura Bandara Rajaguru  In a dramatic turn of events that connect to tragic political assassinations over the past quarter century, the truth seems to be emerging in a slow but steady manner. Film idol, the late Vijaya Kumaratunga was known as the heart throb of the silver screen. The actor turned politician was shot dead opposite his Polhengoda residence in the manner most gruesome by an unidentified gunman on 16 February 1988. Bullets were sprayed mercilessly at his face, which had attracted millions of film fans across the country. He lay in a pool of blood that day when his wife Chandrika Kumaratunga rushed to the scene from the house. Vijaya was gone…gone forever…millions shed tears. The heart throb of the silver screen was no […]

Sri Lanka’s accountability crisis

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Five years after the end of the armed conflict between Sri Lankan armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka is in a deeply precarious position. A recent UN Human Rights Council resolution calls for an international investigation into alleged crimes. Sri Lanka’s 2014 War Victory Day. Demotix/Sanka Vidanagama. All rights reserved. “The worst of their deeds we will never know: that we must be prepared to accept. To know the worst, we will have to extrapolate and use the imagination. The worst is likely to be whatever we think them capable of (capable of ordering, capable of turning a blind eye to); and what they are capable of is, all too plainly, anything.” – J.M. Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year. On […]

Sri Lanka Must Respect Indian Sensibilities

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Protests against a derogatory article that appeared in a Sri Lankan website continue in Tamil Nadu. What agitates the people in the state and elsewhere in the country is that the website belonged to the defence ministry of Sri Lanka. The article referred to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s letters to prime minister Modi and was accompanied by an illustration which was in bad taste. The letters had been written to protest against the frequent arrest and harassment of Tamil fishermen. Following protests, the website removed the article and the illustration. What’s more, the Sri Lankan defence ministry tendered an unconditional apology to the prime minister and the chief minister. Ordinarily, all this should have ended the matter. It is, perhaps, a measure of […]

Monks shouted hateful slogans, made unfounded accusations and behaved threateningly towards the families of the disappeared

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CSR meeting triggers tense situation A tense situation was reported at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), at Deans Road, Maradana this evening when a group of people forcibly entered a meeting at the CSR where the organizers claimed that families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were meeting with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community.Meanwhile, the US embassy in Colombo in a statement expressed concern about the disruption of the meeting.“The meeting that included US Embassy officials was interrupted by angry protesters, including a group of monks. The mob forced its way into the meeting on the grounds of a Colombo Catholic church, where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with civil society […]

Lankan HC summoned over article; conveyed ‘anger and concern’ of MPs

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New Delhi: India on Monday summoned the Sri Lankan High Commissioner and lodged a protest against a derogatory article about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa which rocked parliament here.  Sri Lankan High Commissioner Sudharshan Seneviratne was summoned by the External Affairs Ministry and was conveyed the “anger and concerns” among parliamentarians on the issue in the strongest possible words by the Joint Secretary incharge of Sri Lanka division in MEA, officials said here. Earlier, in response to agitation in parliament by AIADMK members who trooped into the Well demanding a statement from the government, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said “the issue raised by (AIADMK leader) V Maitreyan is indeed very serious. India strongly condemns it. We will definitely summon […]

AG wants Khuram murder sentences enhanced

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The Attorney General yesterday filed an appeal in the High Court stating that the sentences imposed on the convicts of British aid worker Khuram Sheikh’s murder were not sufficient.While requesting to amend the punishments given to the convicts the AG also suggested that these convicts should be given death sentence or life imprisonment as they committed the murder using weapons as members of an unlawful assembly.The petition also noted that the Judge had reiterated that fourth accused in the unlawful assembly had used a firearm and that in cases of unlawful assembly an offence committed by one applies to all in the group.On July 18, four convicts including former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana who were found guilty of killing British tourist Khuram […]

U.S. Embassy accuses racist Sri Lankan police

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The US Embassy in Colombo has accused the Sri Lanka police of supporting a mob in its efforts to shut down a meeting in Maradana today where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community. A statement by the US Embassy in Colombo said that the meeting that included U.S. Embassy officials was interrupted by angry protesters, including a group of monks. The mob forced its way into the meeting on the grounds of a Colombo Catholic church, where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community. The U.S. Embassy is concerned that the initial reaction of the local police […]

Security tightened at SriLankan office

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Consequent to the attack on the SriLankan Airlines booking office at Tiruchi, in India on Saturday, the City Police has provided security to the office. A team of police personnel have been deployed in front of the office to thwart any such untoward incidents, The Hindu newspaper reported today. Police personnel forming part of the Quick Reaction Team have also been roped in to provide security to the airlines office. A nine-member team headed by a Sub Inspector is providing security in two shifts round-the-clock, said police sources. A police vehicle has been stationed near the office as a precautionary measure, a senior police officer said. The City Police arrested two persons on Saturday after they threw stones on the glass panes upon entering the office […]

Sri Lanka needs to go ‘faster’ on rights: Cameron

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Cameron said Rajapakse wanted more time to address the claims Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron urged Sri Lanka Saturday to move “further and faster” to address allegations of war crimes, saying the issue would remain high on the international agenda. “The Sri Lankan government needs to go further and faster on human rights and reconciliation,” Cameron told a press conference at an ongoing Commonwealth summit in Colombo. “I accept it takes time but I think the important thing is to get on the right track,” added Cameron who paid an historic visit on Friday to the island’s war-torn north. “This issue is not going to go away, it’s an issue of international concern.” The UN and rights group say as many as 40,000 civilians may […]

U.N. says Sri Lanka closely working with Pakistan

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GENEVA/COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka must stop deporting Pakistani asylum seekers, a practice banned under international law, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Saturday. Related Stories Asylum-seekers held on high seas to be taken to Australia AFP Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be taken to Australia Associated Press Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland Reuters Australia sends asylum-seekers to Nauru, as India offer refused AFP Australia sends 157 asylum seekers to Nauru detention center Reuters Sri Lanka began arresting asylum seekers and refugees on June 9 and has since detained 214 Pakistanis and Afghans in two asylum centers, UNHCR said. Authorities in Colombo said the influx of illegal immigrants in the past year had become a burden on state resources and potentially compromised state and regional […]

Pakistan HC official in Colombo moved out

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New Delhi: Amid mounting pressure from India, Pakistan is understood to have quietly withdrawn its official from its High Commission in Colombo following an allegation against him that he was involved in conspiracy to target the US and Israel consulates in south India at ISI’s behest. Counselor (Visa) Amir Zubair Siddiqui had been withdrawn even before NIA’s request under Mutual Assistance Legal Treaty (MLAT) reached Colombo as his presence had become untenable to his diplomatic duties, officials here said. Pakistan, which has been on the back foot, maintained that Siddiqui’s tenure had got completed in Sri Lanka and he has since returned to Islamabad. Press Attache at the Pakistani High Commission here Muhammad Daud Ehtisham was approached by PTI through e-mail for his comment, but he […]

When Jayewardene wanted to hang Prabhakaran

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“Dixit told me Rajiv wanted Prabhakaran killed” When Jayewardene wanted to hang Prabhakaran New Delhi: Sri Lankan president J.R. Jayewardene asked Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986 to hand over Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran to him so that he could hang him in Jaffna. Jayewardene made the request to Gandhi during the SAARC summit in Bangalore, reveals former Congress leader K. Natwar Singh in his autobiography, ‘One Life is Not Enough’ (Rupa).   Natwar Singh was then a member of the Gandhi government. New Delhi had asked Prabhakaran to come to Bangalore so as to meet Jayewardene in a bid to end the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict. ‘We had kept Prabhakaran’s presence in Bangalore a secret but somehow President Jayewardene got to know. […]

C4′s Macrae willing to share war info

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The producer of the controversial documentary videos on Sri Lanka aired by Britain’s Channel 4 television, Callum Macrae, says he is prepared to fully co-operate with the UN led investigation on the war in Sri Lanka. Macrae had produced a series of videos related to the war, including the ‘No-Fire Zone’ series which alleges war crimes were committed during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. Macrae says that while the proceedings of the investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka is entirely confidential he will be happy to fully co-operate with the investigators when appropriate. The OHCHR investigation is to look at allegations that war crimes had been committed during the war in Sri […]

Big power silence on Gaza, warning for Lanka

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The situation in the Gaza region in the Palestine territories has multiple issues. Foremost among them are the mounting civilian casualties in the clash between Israel and the Palestinian group, Hamas, an off-shoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. But there are also those issues that have a bearing on countries like Sri Lanka. The ‘Palestinian problem’ if one was to broadly describe what is the single biggest outstanding issue in West Asia had its beginnings, like so many other conflicts of the modern world, in what colonial Britain left behind. The Balfour Declaration carved out a state of Israel and jettisoned the indigenous Palestinians from their homeland more than half a century ago. Today, the Palestinians are stateless. There are two sides to the current crisis […]

As UN probe begins, controversy over local inquiry

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The first phase of the international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka has begun in Geneva. The exercise, the Sunday Times learnt, is the study of voluminous material including complaints which the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has received. The idea is to categorise them before the formal process begins towards the end of this month. Originally they were expected to begin this task in mid-July. That will include testimony from witnesses. A source familiar with the process said on the telephone from Geneva that Skype interviews have been carried out with related parties in Sri Lanka to clarify or corroborate matters referred to in the material available. This is being described as a preliminary measure. With hardly a month […]

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