Posts Tagged ‘ Commonwealth ’

CHOGM – The morning after

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

By M.A. Sumanthiran In the heady days leading up to Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 a government minister stated that ‘The CHOGM will …bring more fame to our country and provide a great opportunity to showcase Sri Lanka’s post war developments….this conference…will provide a great opportunity for them (the Commonwealth Heads of State)

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Sri Lanka military to probe blocking of foreign media

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Sri Lanka’s military promised on Friday to investigate why AFP journalists were prevented from working in the country’s former war zone this week by soldiers who said they were under orders to restrict the media. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) video journalist and a photographer were obstructed in the Northern province by local military officials on

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David Cameron challenged to justify arms sale to Sri Lanka

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Sir John Stanley, chairman of the arms export control committee. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian Chairman of arms control committee said it was ‘not credible’ to claim weapons exported were all used to combat piracy David Cameron must explain why the government has allowed machine guns and assault rifles to be exported to Sri

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After the shambles of Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth needs a relaunch

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

Behind the scenes, this was an ill-attended mess (Photo: Getty) First, the good news: David Cameron kept his promise to “shine a light” on Sri Lanka’s human rights record when he visited the country for the Commonwealth summit. If President Mahinda Rajapaksa thought this occasion was going to be a chance to showcase his regime,

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CHOGM: Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa hits out at critics

Nov 18th, 2013 | By

Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hit out at critics amid heightened scrutiny of his government’s human rights record on the eve of a Commonwealth summit hosted in Colombo. The president said his government ended killings in the country by defeating Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009. Several leaders are boycotting the

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Sri Lanka Causes Embarrassment to Commonwealth “Friends” Australia and New Zealand

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

By Dharisha Bastians Days ahead of being crowned king of the Commonwealth of Nations, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a jubilant mood. The Sri Lankan Head of State is often pictured beaming with pride at various precursor events leading up to the main Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that will get underway at his namesake theatre

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Text of Opening speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the opening of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

President Rajapaksa, ladies and gentlemen Thank you for your kind welcome. My wife and I are very glad indeed to be joining you here in Colombo. At the personal request of The Queen, I am delighted to be addressing you this morning on behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth. Her Majesty’s deep affection for

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Britain, Commonwealth, Democracy

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

By Izeth Hussain  On the face of it, the Commonwealth seems to be a comic institution. Its core values are proclaimed to be democracy and human rights, but its heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) is this year being held in Sri Lanka which has a stinking record for violation of democratic principles and human rights.

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Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Summit comes under fire

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov. 13 (UPI) — Sri Lanka’s government is on the defensive ahead of the 53-nation Commonwealth Summit following complaints of interference from a British television crew. The team from Channel 4 TV was prevented from visiting the former war zone in the north when their train was stopped by pro-government protesters, the BBC

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Friction over Sri Lankan rights record shows at Commonwealth as president defends gov’t effort

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

By Associated Press, Published: November 14 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president lashed out at criticisms of his nation’s human rights record, saying Thursday that the government deals with any complaints of abuses committed during or after its bloody 27-year civil war. Pro-government protesters, meanwhile, attacked the headquarters of the main opposition party. President Mahinda Rajapaksa was

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