Lanka’s Geneva envoy, army in talks

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.…

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

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…

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Govt. actions need to be consistent locally and internationally

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…

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Sri Lanka: Heading Towards Systematic Stratocracy

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…

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Q&A with British-Sri Lankan Soprano Kishani Jayasinghe

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…

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