Violence

President rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

AFP: President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers. “I am not going to allow non-governmental organisations to dictate how to run my Government. I will not listen to their calls to prosecute my troops,” the president

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SriLanka: Families of missing persons subjected to threats, intimidation

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

The intelligence wing of the occupying Sri Lankan military and the ‘Terrorist’ Investigation Department (TID) operatives in the North intimidate and threaten the families of the missing persons as many of the victims were not prepared to give up their complaints. The latest harassment comes in the wake of the so-called ‘independent’ Presidential Commission on

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Video: We The People: The Power of ‘She’

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Can Indian Feminism ape the Western model of the 70s. Does the word ‘feminism’ still have resonance in the 21st century. On We The People, we debate if women in the 21st century are finally free?



In Sri Lanka, Muslims replacing Tamils as perceived enemy

Jan 14th, 2014 | By

Attacks on mosques stir anew religious tensions in Sri Lanka, where about 9 per cent of the population — 1.4 million — practise Islam.  ERANGA JAYAWARDENA / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Attacks on mosques in Sri Lanka have stirred anew religious tensions in this country, where about 9 per cent of the population — 1.4 million

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India-US relations sink to new low over diplomat arrest and strip search

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

By S. Skanda January 09, 2014, Washington has put on hold an official visit to New Delhi, as India orders the closure of the US Embassy club. The world’s two most populous democracies with bilateral trade of $100 billion a year are witnessing an escalation of their worst row in years. Amid rising diplomatic tensions,

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Lasantha Wickrematunge: Justice Delayed

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Text and Pictures By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Rays of sun breaking through at the grave site Grave site decorated with fresh flowers, and candles Lal Wickrematunge, older brother of Lasantha Wickrematunge is seen grieving at his brother’s grave Lasantha Wickrematunge’s fifth death anniversary was marked today. Family members, friends, and colleagues gathered at his grave site in

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South Sudan descending into chaos

Dec 25th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda Fighting has gripped South Sudan for a week, after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Machar has denied the claim, and has accused Kiir of carrying out a vicious purge of his rivals. The clashes have left hundreds dead and sent tens of thousands of

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Should we be surprised if some young Muslims hate the West?

Dec 21st, 2013 | By

By STEPHEN GLOVER This story is excerpted from a longer article which appeared in the Daily Mail, on 21.12.2013 There are aspects of recent British and U.S. foreign policy which make the response of young Muslim militants explicable, though not at all defensible. Look, for example, at America’s appalling record at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected Muslim

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Sri Lanka: Statement Condemning the Arrest and Unlawful Detention of Seven Tamil Youth, and Calling for their Immediate Release

Dec 21st, 2013 | By

We the undersigned, strongly condemn the arbitrary arrest and illegal detention of Raveendran Kajeepan (21), Alfred Piratheepan (30), Murukaiya Ashokkumar (35) and Nageswarasri Yarsan (22) from Jaffna, and the arrest and continued detention of three other youth* from Mannar, by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) between the 25th and 27th of November, 2013. It has

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800 Tamil families hit in the name of Sri Lanka-NTPC project

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

A white, rectangular board with Sinhala and Tamil letters appears once every few metres along the iron fence around a huge expanse of land in the sea-facing town. ‘Ilangai Minsara Sabaikkuriya Kaaniyaagum. Utpravesithal thadai’ [This land belongs to the Ceylon Electricity Board. Entry is banned] reads the board. This is where a 500-MW capacity, coal-fired

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