‘Sensationalised and biased’ - Sri Lanka lashes out at Human Rights Watch

Responding to a damning Human Rights Watch report, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has lashed out against the findings claiming that “sensationalized and biased reporting” risks “risks igniting and aggravating domestic discord”. In their statement, the Foreign Ministry claimed that Sri Lanka was “engaged in pursuing sustainable peace” through a “domestically designed and executed reconciliation and accountability process”. Human rights advocates have long criticised this commitment noting the government’s failure to hold accountable perpetrators of mass atrocities and the lack of political will...

Sri Lanka makes it mandatory for hotel services to charge tourists in foreign currency as dollar crisis worsens

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has published a gazette notification, mandating that hotel services accept payments from tourists only in foreign exchange as the islands economic crisis worsens. The gazette notification notes that hotel services registered with and licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority are required to, Accept payments for services rendered to persons resident outside Sri Lanka only in foreign exchange. Deposit such foreign currency into a Business Foreign Currency Account of the hotel service provider or sell to a licensed bank within three business days...

Sri Lanka makes it mandatory for hotel services to charge tourists in foreign currency as dollar crisis worsens

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has published a gazette notification, mandating that hotel services accept payments from tourists only in foreign exchange as the islands economic crisis worsens. The gazette notification notes that hotel services registered with and licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority are required to, Accept payments for services rendered to persons resident outside Sri Lanka only in foreign exchange. Deposit such foreign currency into a Business Foreign Currency Account of the hotel service provider or sell to a licensed bank within three business days...

Sri Lanka makes it mandatory for hotel services to charge tourists in foreign currency as dollar crisis worsens

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has published a gazette notification, mandating that hotel services accept payments from tourists only in foreign exchange as the islands economic crisis worsens. The gazette notification notes that hotel services registered with and licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority are required to, Accept payments for services rendered to persons resident outside Sri Lanka only in foreign exchange. Deposit such foreign currency into a Business Foreign Currency Account of the hotel service provider or sell to a licensed bank within three business days...

‘Utterly irresponsible, destructive and a burden on the society’ – University of Colombo’s new Vice-Chancellor lashes out at students

The newly appointed Vice Chancellor at the University of Colombo launched a scathing attack on undergraduates at the university this week. Professor H.D. Karunaratne was speaking at an event aimed at sending students from Sri Lanka to Tokyo University, with Sri Lanka’s education minister, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Japan’s ambassador to the country were all present at the event. Whilst he praised students at Tokyo, Karunaratne said that undergraduate students in Colombo “were an utterly irresponsible and destructive lot, in spite of receiving government sponsorship...

Fundamental rights under serious jeopardy in Sri Lanka warn Human Rights Watch

In their year-end report, Human Rights Watch detailed how the Rajapaksa regime has placed fundamental rights under “serious jeopardy” with “escalated surveillance and intimidation targeting victims’ families and human rights defenders”. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has decried the report claiming that the report was “exaggerated and unduly negative”. He further warned that the “sensationalized and biased reporting” risks “risks igniting and aggravating domestic discord”. The statement also condemned the evidence gathering mechanism contained in the latest UN Human Rights Council resolution...

Biloela Tamil family win court case, but fight against deportation continues

A Tamil family who were removed by Australian authorities from their home in Biloela almost four years ago have won an important court case which will allow them to apply for new bridging visas this week, though their battle against deportation to Sri Lanka continues. The Murugappan family won their case in the Federal Circuit Court, following a ruling that found Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to prevent three members of the family from applying for bridging visas was procedurally unfair. Three members of the family - Nades and Priya and their daughter Kopika – were...

Murdered for uncovering a massacre – Remembering Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan

Events were held in Batticaloa today to remember Tamil journalist Subramaniyam Sugirdharajan 16 years on from his murder, as calls were renewed demanding justice for his murder. At the Batticaloa Press Club, lamps were lit before a garlanded portrait of the slain journalist, whilst at Gandhi Park later in the day a march was held. Deputy Chief Minister of Batticaloa Municipal Council K. Sathiyaseelan, civil society activists, journalists, and others were in attendance. Sugirdharajan was murdered just weeks after the Trinco 5 massacre, in which five Tamil students were gunned down on a...

Tamils will not sell their birthright – C V Wigneswaran

In an address to parliament, C.V. Wigneswaran, stressed that Sri Lanka current economic woes are driven by the government’s failure to meet the demands of the Tamil nation. Chastising the attempt by Sri Lanka’s President to sweep over the underlying issues for Tamils, Wigneswaran states: “The President wants us to leave our kith and kin, leave those who voted for us, leave those who are awaiting their freedom from Sinhala hegemony in the North and East, leave those who have lost their lands to Government Departments and the Armed Forces and join him to take bread to our people!” “Man does not...

‘Unacceptable’ - India snubs Tamil heritage in Republic Day Parade

Responding to the Indian government’s decision to exclude Tamil Nadu’s submission for its 75 th annual Republic Day parade, Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin maintained that this was “unacceptable”. “Exclusion of the tableau of Tamil Nadu will deeply hurt the sentiments and patriotic feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu. That the committee chooses to ignore and reject all of these seven designs shown to it as per the modifications suggested by its members is unacceptable” Stalin wrote in an open letter that urged India’s Prime Minister to intervene. The central theme of the parade...

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