Sri Lankans look to boycott India...

Dock workers at one of Sri Lanka’s main container ports have called for a boycott of cargo shipped from neighbouring India in response to the anti-Colombo protests continue to take place in Tamil Nadu. The workers, who were all affiliated with the ruling party, staged the protest at Colombo harbour, demanding that the government retaliate to calls, by Tamil Nadu politicians, for trade sanctions against Sri Lanka. Speaking to the Associate Free Press, a union spokesperson, Nalin Apsono, told reporters, “There is an anti-Sri Lanka campaign in Tamil Nadu, we want the port to stop handling cargo...

Buddhists threaten Sri Lankan cricketers

Hundreds of people have attended a protest organised by the “Ravana Balaya” Buddhist group, which includes several monks, outside the headquarters of Sri Lanka’s cricket board. The protestors demonstrated against the decision by Sri Lankan players to take part in the Indian Premier League, despite widespread protests against their country. The protestors vowed that they will “take action against the cricketers who are prostituting themselves for money” . “These cricketers have prostituted themselves for Jayalalithaa’s money. We respect those who refused to bow down to money power,” the...

Tamil newspaper office attacked in Kilinochchi

The office of the Tamil newspaper Uthayan was vandalised and its employees attacked on Wednesday morning by a group of unidentified persons. According to one of the owners and TNA MP E. Saravanapavan, masked attackers used poles to attack the manager and staff including two delivery boys at the Uthayan office in Kilinochchi. Three employees have been admitted to hospital with serious injuries, whilst four others sustained minor injuries. Equipment such as an office computer and distribution vehicles including two motorcycles were also vandalised. Saravanapavan has pointed the finger at...

Sri Lankan conspiracy theories ...

The Sri Lankan Army dispelled allegations of media intimidation, claiming instead, that special interest groups were being funded to highlight that there is no media freedom in Sri Lanka. Addressing a workshop organised by the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission, Army spokesman, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya, purported that groups were engaged in funded efforts to portray to the international community that there is no media freedom in Sri Lanka. The army spokesman went on to argue that , “There are no obstructions in the country for the publication of news, news reporting or sale of...

ACF reiterates call for international investigation

French charity Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has reiterated calls for an international, independent investigation into all allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, noting that the recently passed resolution at the UN HRC on Sri Lanka was "not enough". Speaking to AlertNet , ACF's Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor Pauline Chetcuti, said, "It's great that the international community got together to pass this resolution, but it's really not enough because the terms of the resolution are not strong enough and it doesn't force Sri Lanka to do something concrete". "What we are calling for is an...

Ranil visits India

The leader of the UNP, Ranil Wickremasinghe, left on a two day official visit to India today. According to party sources the visit is following an official invite by the Indian government. He is to hold bilateral talks with the Indian president Pranab Mukherjee, reports Colombo Page.

Charges against Buddhist attackers dropped

The suspects in an attack on a Muslim business have been released, after a court in Colombo dismissed all charges against them. Seventeen people, including 3 monks, were arrested after last week’s attacks on a clothing store owned by Muslims, one of several attacks on Muslims in recent months. "The case was dropped because the parties (police and the victim) did not want to proceed," a court official said, who declined to be named. "The magistrate warned the monks to follow Buddha's teachings or face serious consequences," he said. The lawyers for the owners of the “Fashion Bug” store in...

JVP calls for rejection of LLRC, UNHRC resolutions and OHCHR report

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, an opposition Marxist party in Sri Lanka, has called upon all 'Sri Lankans' to completely reject the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Comission, a report by the Office of the High COmmissioner for Human Rights, and resolutions passed at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2012 and March 2013. Politburo member of Sri Lanka's Marxist party JVP and co-convener of the Anti-Imperialist People's Movement, K D Lalkantha stated that the reports should be rejected as part of "the international community's conspiracy to create a Tamil Eelam", which JVP founder...

Kollywood stars gather in solidarity

Prominent members of Tamil Nadu's film industry held a day-long fast on Tuesday, in solidarity with state-wide student protests. The protest by the South Indian Artistes Association, led by Sarath Kumar, appealed to the Union government to recognise the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly calling for a referendum on the issue of Eelam. Concerns about Tamil fishermen's grievances at the hands of the Sri Lankan navy were also voiced. All of Kollywood's leading names were among the attendees including Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Sivakumar and sons Suriya and Karthi, Trisha,...

Attacks on Christians on increase in SL - Charity

The Barnabas Fund has reported that there has been a sharp increase in attacks on Christians by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The charity said there were 10 anti-Christian attacks in March alone, including the bruning down of a church and a “brutal attack” on the home of a pastor. Police are also accused of threatening a pastor to stop holding Christian services. Barnabas Fund said: "It is rare to hear of so many anti-Christian incidents in one month in Sri Lanka; these may indicate a concerted campaign by Buddhists. "On 24 March, hard-line Buddhist group the Bodu Bala Sena said that Sri Lanka is...

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