A Reflection on Conflicts in Sri Lanka

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we make this reflection, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects, to their Elders both past and present. We, individuals who grew up in the south of Sri Lanka, are grateful to the Uniting Church for providing us with this opportunity to reflect upon the conflicts that have taken place in that island. Given time constraints we will not deal with the wider socio-economic factors, but these need to be kept in mind during…

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Sri Lankan refugee in UK imprisoned

A 31-year-old Sri Lankan asylum seeker in UK, has been imprisoned for 30 months on charges of sexually attacking a woman. This comes three years after, he was saved from deportation in a campaign led by his local MP, on Wednesday (14th September). The man reportedly made advances at a 21 year-old woman, who had rejected his advances at a night shelter. Bristol Crown Court heard that, the woman had woken up at 3 AM and found herself being sexually harassed by the man. DNA evidence at the scene of…

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Catholic Peace Mission in Jaffna challenges Colombo’s propaganda on ‘reconciliation’

[TamilNet, Friday, 16 September 2016, 23:16 GMT] While the President of genocidal Sri Lanka has brushed away the objective criticisms on the utter failure of one-way-determined ‘Sinhala-Only Reconciliation’ as mere propaganda coming from ‘fundamentalist media’ in the North-East, Rev. Fr. S.V.B. Mangalarajah, the president of the Justice & Peace Commission in Jaffna, has issued a report exposing some of the fundamental failures of this ‘one-way’ determined campaign of ‘reconciliation’ and the so-called ‘good governance’. Lands of the people not returned, political prisoners not released, lack of accountability for missing persons,…

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SriLankan Airlines: Insufficient Fuel On Board Heathrow Flight Forces Diversion To Gatwick

A SriLankan Airlines flight operating from Colombo to London Heathrow on the 15th of September 2016 was forced to divert to London Gatwick due to insufficient fuel on board. The scheduled SriLankan Airlines flight piloted by Capt. P. Manathunga was sent into a holding pattern by the Air Traffic Control tower prior to its arrival into London Heathrow. Sensing insufficient fuel after completing a few minutes in a holding pattern, Capt. Manathunga was then forced to divert to London Gatwick instead. It is reported that the Airbus A330 – 300…

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