12th August 2014

Lanka’s Geneva envoy, army in talks

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Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinath Aryasinha had had talks with the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on issues related to Sri Lanka. The army media unit said that the talks took place at the Army Headquarters today. During the brief meeting they had exchanged views on matters of relevance and various world-wide developments taking place in relation to Sri Lanka. Discussions also centered on the Defence Seminar – 2014 themed ‘Global Challenges’ which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka, the army said. Towards the end of the brief meeting both Commander and the visiting Ambassador exchanged mementos as tokens of remembrance and goodwill. Military Secretary, Major General Amal Karunasekara and Director Training, Brigadier Ralph Nugera also took […]

Hidden from view, Sri Lanka is trampling over the rights of its Tamil population

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The government has been trying its best to silence the country’s remaining Tamils without drawing the world’s attention With all the horrors taking place in Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, Sri Lanka has understandably fallen off the international radar. However, what you must know is that this suits Sri Lanka’s President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, just fine. Yet the brutal methods he has used to defeat the Tamil Tigers — which ignore the cost of civilian casualties and frequently trample on human rights — are very similar to the ones used by those currently fighting in the spotlight. They are even being admired from afar: within the last two months army and police officers in Nigeria and Pakistan have expressed interest in learning from Sri Lanka’s example. […]

Govt. actions need to be consistent locally and internationally

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By Jehan Perera The government has criticised sections of the diplomatic community for getting involved in events targeting a particular region and community which lead to volatile situations and urged the diplomatic community to be more conscious of local sensitivities when attending events of an emotive nature.  This has followed the growing interest that some embassies have been demonstrating in ensuring that civil society space for dissent is not restricted by the government.  When an event organized by a civil society group to give voice to the grievances of family members of those who had gone missing in the war was held in Colombo last week, it was broken up by outsiders.   This led to several embassies issuing an unprecedented joint statement. The embassies of […]

Sri Lanka: Heading Towards Systematic Stratocracy

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By Kishok Jeyachandran – Five years on from the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, the international community’s patience with the government in investigating gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law is exhausted. It comes almost five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s protracted and bloody civil war—a conflict that saw the death of tens of thousands of civilians and the ‘disappearance’ of thousands more. And it comes because no one has been held accountable for any of the gross human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by both sides to the conflict. The final phase of the war was a bloodbath. As the brutal, secessionist Tamil Tigers were pushed back into a rapidly shrinking pocket of territory […]

Q&A with British-Sri Lankan Soprano Kishani Jayasinghe

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Born and raised in Colombo, Kishani Jayasinghe was planning a career as a lawyer when she radically change course to become an opera singer. The decision was the right one: in 2006, the young soprano made history by becoming the first Sri Lankan opera singer to perform at the Royal Opera House, London, and her career has taken off internationally. Jayasinghe will be performing the Singapore Lyric Opera’s Gala Concert on August 2 at the Esplanade Concert Hall, with Filipino-American tenor, Arthur Espiritu. Their audience can expect a night filled with excerpts from a variety of celebrated operas such as Faust’s The Jewel Song, Lehár’s Vilja Lied, Puccini’s La Bohème, Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Blouin Artinfor talked to the Soprano about her career and favorite roles. […]