The battle for sacred ground

The battle for sacred ground

🕔07:45, 11.Apr 2013

The misty mountain village of Kuragala, just off Balangoda, came alive on Monday when a Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter landed in the area carrying Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a full retinue of military, Police and intelligence officers onboard.

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Urgent need for visible rights reform

Urgent need for visible rights reform

🕔11:27, 9.Apr 2013

By Meenakshi Ganguly President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent Walk the Talk on the Indian news channel NDTV was illuminating. He claimed that the now-defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had planned to take over all of Sri Lanka — not

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The ticking clock of extremism

The ticking clock of extremism

🕔11:50, 4.Apr 2013

Whipped up by hard-line groups, the anti-Muslim frenzy sweeping the country reached a pivotal moment last Thursday. Under the cover of darkness, an angry mob, led by men in saffron robes, stormed a clothing chain consistently and repeatedly vilified by

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The reconciliation gap

The reconciliation gap

🕔08:56, 28.Mar 2013

A swashbuckling opening for the country’s second airport ahead of a vote on a US backed resolution against Sri Lanka could not quite take away the sting of defeat at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Days later, warning bells

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“Goni Billa” Hate Speeches Cause Rise in Attacks

“Goni Billa” Hate Speeches Cause Rise in Attacks

🕔08:55, 21.Mar 2013

There is much concern among members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka over the increasing number of unprovoked attacks on Muslim women wearing the “Abaya”, the robe like overgarment that covers the whole body. The issue is being viewed

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Losing the ideas battle

Losing the ideas battle

🕔01:50, 14.Mar 2013

The heavy Police guard at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo early Monday morning created the impression that there would be VIP movement at the hotel premises that day. But instead of politicians, it was a large contingent of senior Buddhist monks

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Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate in papal race

Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate in papal race

🕔16:23, 10.Mar 2013

Sri Lanka’s Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith heads the Catholic church in a predominantly Buddhist nation, but a stint in the Vatican has made him a long-shot candidate to be the next pope. A stern traditionalist, Ranjith was appointed by the outgoing

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A cry for justice

A cry for justice

🕔08:43, 10.Mar 2013

The quote “Justice delayed is justice denied” is very near to the family of British national Khuram Shaikh after he was killed in Tangalle on Christmas Day 14 months ago. Words and more words is all Shaikh’s family has heard

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Foot soldiers of the Empire

Foot soldiers of the Empire

🕔07:14, 7.Mar 2013

Hard-line Sinhala groups like the Bodu Bala Sena essentially have a singular objective. They aim to spread fear and suspicion about communities and people whose customs and way of life are alien to most. Once upon a time, before a

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Delegates At London Conference Call For Probe

Delegates At London Conference Call For Probe

🕔09:24, 3.Mar 2013

As the United States pushed for accountability in Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, another meeting was underway in London organized by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). British government and opposition representatives as well as

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UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

🕔07:20, 28.Feb 2013

The beautiful Palais des Nations building in Geneva, once the home of the Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, will host a screening of the latest instalment in a British documentary series tomorrow that relentlessly seeks to expose alleged crimes of

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Pressure mounts as D-day nears

Pressure mounts as D-day nears

🕔11:41, 24.Feb 2013

Pressure has been mounting on Sri Lanka during the past week as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins its 22nd session in Geneva tomorrow. Several human rights groups and nongovernmental organizations have submitted reports to the Council regarding Sri

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Rushing to ignite a religious war

Rushing to ignite a religious war

🕔20:34, 17.Feb 2013

By Tisaranee Gunasekara That last refuge of the persecuted might be vanishing. Faraz Shauketaly of The Sunday Leade was shot in his place of residence. The three gunmen escaped, naturally. In Sri Lanka, some criminals never get caught. Why was

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LOOKING TO SRI LANKA TO CHAMPION COMMONWEALTH VALUES

LOOKING TO SRI LANKA TO CHAMPION COMMONWEALTH VALUES

🕔12:38, 15.Feb 2013

Opinion by Alistair Burt, Minister for The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office When the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam met their demise in 2OO9 at the hands of the Sri Lankan army, no right minded person mourned their fall. Before

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The ghosts of expediency

The ghosts of expediency

🕔07:59, 14.Feb 2013

Domestic political victories in the short term, often won at a great cost to democracy, liberty and the rule of law have a way of haunting the Government internationally for years to come. Certain international manoeuvrings are beginning to indicate

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The struggle for liberty: 65 years on

The struggle for liberty: 65 years on

🕔07:17, 7.Feb 2013

“The rise of the Nazis was made possible because the elite of German society worked with them, but also, above all else, because most in Germany at least tolerated this rise. Human rights do not assert themselves on their own;

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Breaking the silence

Breaking the silence

🕔08:05, 5.Feb 2013

By Chrishmal Warnasuriya   The calm ex post facto the storm – Since the sudden “fizzling down” of the hyperactivity in Hulftsdorp I’ve been hounded with questions like “why are you now silent”, “so what will (you’ll) do next” etc

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STRATEGY FOR DEMOCRATIC RESISTANCE, MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE

STRATEGY FOR DEMOCRATIC RESISTANCE, MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE

🕔23:31, 3.Feb 2013

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka   However bad things are in Sri Lanka today and however bad things may get, there is almost nothing that cannot be reversed in three years when elections come around. That election may however be the last

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Geneva 2.0: Lessons unlearnt

Geneva 2.0: Lessons unlearnt

🕔07:36, 31.Jan 2013

“I received information from a third party. Either myself or the Government does not know anything about Eknaligoda – it is only God who knows” – Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris, in a statement before the Homagama Magistrate on 5

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Life aboard a sanctions-hit Iranian ship which fled Sri Lanka

Life aboard a sanctions-hit Iranian ship which fled Sri Lanka

🕔12:24, 30.Jan 2013

The eight Indian crew members on board the MV Amina had no inkling they were trapped on the frontline of the West’s economic war against Iran. All experienced seamen, they joined the Iranian-flagged cargo ship last year. Within months, they

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