Ranil’s bodyguard dies

Ranil’s bodyguard dies

🕔16:30, 24.Mar 2012

A bodyguard of opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe died this morning after suffering a heart attack. The police said that the bodyguard, a policeman, had died while taking part in a training exercise with several other officers. He had

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Sri Lanka warns of a world dictator

Sri Lanka warns of a world dictator

🕔10:47, 24.Mar 2012

Sri Lanka has warned that there is an attempt by one country to dictate to the world through which arises the threat of pressure or even military aggression. A statement by Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council on

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Police to probe Mervyn’s threat

Police to probe Mervyn’s threat

🕔09:37, 24.Mar 2012

The police are to investigate the statement made by Minister Mervyn Silva in Kiribathgoda yesterday where he had threatened to break the bones of some human rights activists and journalists. Silva had also claimed that former convener of the Free

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Lanka rejects technical assistance

Lanka rejects technical assistance

🕔17:50, 23.Mar 2012

The government has refused to accept technical assistance from outside when addressing allegations on the violation of international humanitarian law despite the adoption of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. Acting External Affairs Minister D.E.W Gunasekara, in a

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I will break your bones says Mervyn

I will break your bones says Mervyn

🕔17:45, 23.Mar 2012

Minister Mervyn Silva warned today that he is ready to “break the bones” of human rights activists Sunanda Deshapriya, Nimalka Fernando and Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu. Silva also claimed that it was he who forced the former convener of the Free Media

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Pillay warns Sri Lanka

Pillay warns Sri Lanka

🕔16:55, 23.Mar 2012

The High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today warned that there must be no reprisals against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in the aftermath of yesterday’s adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on Sri Lanka. During

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Tamara receives threatening letter

Tamara receives threatening letter

🕔16:35, 23.Mar 2012

The Sri Lankan ambassador in Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam has received an anonymous threatening letter which is being followed up by the police and UN security, the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said today. Tamara Kunanayakam took over

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Eight arrested for raising funds

Eight arrested for raising funds

🕔16:28, 23.Mar 2012

The Chilaw police arrested eight people who claimed they were raising funds for a patient but did not have the proper authorization. According to the police media unit, anyone who collects funds from the public on the streets need to

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TNA calls for genuine reconciliation

TNA calls for genuine reconciliation

🕔12:29, 23.Mar 2012

The Tamil National Alliance on Friday called on the government to take tangible action to advance genuine reconciliation in the country. In a statement on the outcome of a vote on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC),

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Manmohan justifies vote

Manmohan justifies vote

🕔08:16, 23.Mar 2012

Justifying India’s decision to vote in favor of the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said it was done to express concerns over the Tamil issue. Speaking on the sidelines

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Nasheed in Sri Lanka

Nasheed in Sri Lanka

🕔08:04, 23.Mar 2012

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed was scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka yesterday, Haveeru online reported. This is the first time Nasheed has travelled abroad since his resignation on the 7th of last month. Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) stated

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PM to address parliament

PM to address parliament

🕔22:44, 22.Mar 2012

Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne is to address parliament tomorrow (Friday) on the repercussions of the UN Human Rights Council vote on Sri Lanka, government sources told Colombo Gazette. In his address to parliament, the Premier is expected to spell out

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Hillary to meet G.L soon

Hillary to meet G.L soon

🕔19:23, 22.Mar 2012

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she will meet External Affairs Minister .L Peiris soon to discuss the outcome of today’s vote at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). A statement by Clinton’s office said that today’s action by

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Lanka defiant after vote

Lanka defiant after vote

🕔18:07, 22.Mar 2012

The Sri Lankan government remained defiant despite losing a key vote at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said that most countries which voted with Sri Lanka were acutely conscious of the danger of

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Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at UNHRC

Resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at UNHRC

🕔16:22, 22.Mar 2012

The resolution on Sri Lanka was passed at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) a short while ago with  24 countries voting for it and 15 against it. Eight countries abstained from voting. Meanwhile the Indian media reported that India

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Sri Lanka rejects U.S resolution

Sri Lanka rejects U.S resolution

🕔15:29, 22.Mar 2012

Sri Lanka’s special human rights envoy Minister Mahinda Samarsinghe, speaking at the UN Human Rights Council a short while ago, said Sri Lanka rejects the resolution presented by the U.S and urged those “living in glass houses” to be cautious

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US refuses to postpone vote

US refuses to postpone vote

🕔15:13, 22.Mar 2012

US Ambassador to Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, rejected a call from Cuba to postpone the vote on the resolution on Sri Lanka when it was presented to the UN Human Rights Council a short while ago. She also said that

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Sri Lanka submits 14 point document

Sri Lanka submits 14 point document

🕔13:50, 22.Mar 2012

Pushed to the wall on the US sponsored resolution against it at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Sri Lankan government is now trying to stall the vote citing legal and procedural implications. On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan

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Government MPs protest against resolution

Government MPs protest against resolution

🕔13:13, 22.Mar 2012

Government parliamentarians staged a protest outside parliament today against the U.S sponsored resolution which will be taken for a vote at the UN Human rights Council in Geneva today. The government members carried placards and wore black armbands during the

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Concerns over hate campaign

Concerns over hate campaign

🕔11:07, 22.Mar 2012

Concerns have been raised over a hate campaign launched by the state media against some journalists in the private media as well as human rights workers and NGOs in the country. State owned ITN has, for the past few days,

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