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Report launch: Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka to intercept asylum seekers is in urgent need of rethink

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

A new report has found that Australia’s cooperation with Sri Lanka to prevent would-be-refugees from seeking protection is riddled with human rights risks and should be stopped immediately. The report, Can’t flee, can’t stay: Australia’s interception and return of Sri Lankan asylum seekers, which is based on interviews with government officials, information obtained through freedom

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International action being called for today, is a consequence of the Rajapaksa Government’s paralysis on addressing grave crimes committed in this country: UNP

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

“This crisis Sri Lanka faces internationally is not, as the Government would prefer the people believe, an international conspiracy or petty jealousy against the Sri Lankan state for defeating terrorism,” the UNP pointed out. The statement said the UNP had repeatedly appealed to the Government to address the allegations raised in the international arena with

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UNP slams govt, service providers over internet censorship

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

The United National Party today expressed deep concern over reports that state owned and private internet service providers are now “colluding with the repressive Rajapaksa regime” to curtail the freedom of information even further in Sri Lanka. “After years of using violence, intimidation and coercion to silence Sri Lanka’s mainstream media, the regime has turned

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Today’s News Roundup 01.03.2014

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

By S. Skanda Can’t Understand need for US sponsored resolution at UNHRC: President Rajapaksa COLOMBO, Feb 28, 2014 –speaking to foreign correspondents at temple Trees yesterday (Friday), President Mahinda Rajapaksa on said he was upset at the thought of being censured by the UN’s rights body at its meeting in March this year. The president

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Video: Yemeni Girl cries Stones instead of Tears

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl has baffled doctors as her eyes oozed out stones instead of tears, triggering panic in her rural area that it could be either magic or epidemic. Doctors said they still could not give an explanation for such a phenomenon since the girl, Saadiya Saleh, is not suffering from any know disease.

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BLACK JANUARY: ‘Samabima’ January issue is out

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

January 2014 issue of the ‘Samabima’ newspaper is out now. This issue is titled ‘Black January’ and pay tributes to the slain journalist Lasantha Wickremathunge who was killed in a High Security Zone in Colombo in broad day light. After 5 years, his killers were not brought to the justice. ‘Samabima’ is the Sinhala publication

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News Briefs on 07.01.2013

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

DISTORTED HISTORY MAY CAUSE FUTURE RACIAL INCITEMENT: WIGNESWARAN “It is no use southern politicians declaring on each and every occasion the slogan ‘One Nation, One people’. Ours is a country with different backgrounds “through a new constitution the one government rule must be changed,’” said C.V. Wigneswaran Chief Minister of the northern provincial council after

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Festering opposition to the Rajapaksa cult is slowly rising

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda Despite all efforts of the government to suppress dissent and steamroll all opposition, cracks in the monolithic structure are now happening. Not major incidents, but the cracks are beginning to appear and its happening in the Gampaha district where the president’s hand-picked men operate. First we had the case of the notorious

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Update 2: Nepal Election Updates-From a Diary of an Election Observer

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

18th November, 2013 Today we had an orientation. The main Maoists group is split. Prachanda group is contesting. The other team with 33 small parties are calling for boycott and also hurling petrol bombs. So it is like our JVP time in the late 80s. This will affect the voter turn out. CP Maoist who

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Sri Lanka’s Climate of Fear

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published: November 13, 2013 Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has had a record of serious human rights violations and failed to provide accountability for wartime abuses. In August, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, issued scathing observations on the state of

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