India should boycott CHOGM – AIADMK, DMK

The two biggest political parties in Tamil Nadu have called for India to pull out of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka later this year. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha said participation in the event would “embolden” Sri Lanka. “...Any high level participation or engagement from the Indian side in the CHOGM will not only embolden the Sri Lankan regime but also incense public opinion and sentiment in Tamil Nadu on this every sensitive issue even further”, her letter said. “As an emerging great power and an aspirant...

US warns of international war crimes investigation

In an interview with BBC world service, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert Blake, urged Sri Lanka to adhere to the recently passed United Nations Human Rights Council resolution. Blake outlined Sri lanka’s responsibility to conduct an “independent and credible” inquiry into war crimes, warning that it may be forced to investigate war crimes should Sri Lanka fail to produce an adequate inquiry. Blake warned that it would become dire necessity to form an ‘International Committee’ to investigate allegations of war crimes if Sri Lanka make...

BBC Tamil blocked as UN HRC voted in Geneva

The stated-run Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) reportedly blocked BBC Tamil services on the island, in the run up to a United Nations Human Rights Council vote on Sri Lanka last week. Writing in the Asian Correspondent, Sri Lanka Campaign Director Fred carver reported that BBC Tamil services were disrupted, with reports on the Human Right Council session replaced by unrelated material, or by pro-government pieces. Bashana Abeywardane of Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) stated, “The replacement of the BBC coverage constitutes a direct infringement of the right to...

‘International community will look at other steps’ – US State Dept

In a US State Department Daily Press Briefing this week, Spokesperson Victoria Nuland has stated that if Sri Lanka was not “forthcoming” in steps towards accountability, then the international community will examine other steps that can be taken. See question from 35 mins 45 seconds Responding to a question querying the next steps the Sri Lankan government should take, Nuland responded , “ They should implement the plan that they have never implemented. They should listen to the words of the international community. As you know, we welcome the passage of this new resolution; 24 other...

Imperialists are trying to divide SL - Youth Affairs Minister

Commenting on resolution 22/1, Minister of Youth Affairs, Dalas Alahapperuma, told reporters that the UNHRC was being misused by "imperialists" to divide Sri Lanka. Source Associated Press .

SL Petroleum Minister blames 'LTTE diaspora' for resolution

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo on Friday, the Minister of Petroleum, Susil Premajayantha, 'accused the LTTE diaspora of attempting to influence the international community against Sri Lanka'. Source Colombo Page .

JHU calls for Asian brotherhood without India

Reacting to India's vote in favour of the resolution that has been adopted at the UNHRC, the JHU (part of the ruling UPFA), called on the government to form an Asian brotherhood of states, without India. In a statement, the JHU said : " We urge the government to build a foreign policy for Asian solidarity and brotherhood without India " Commenting on the statement, JHU leader and Sri Lanka's Minister of Technology Research, Champika Ranawaka said: "We urge the government not to grant commercial or diplomatic favours because India has disregarded our sovereignty". "We also wish to stress that...

Govt must reconsider importing from India and US - NFF

The National Freedom Front (NFF) - a party within the ruling UPFA coalition, called on the government to reconsider the economic engagement with India and the US. The NFF media spokesperson, Mohamed Muzamil, said the government must reconsider importing products from India and the US.

SLMC writes to Rajapaksa calling for anti-Muslim campaign to end

In a letter to the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan Muslim Council (SLMC) called for the anti-Muslim attacks by Buddhist groups to end. A letter signed by the President of the Muslim Council N.M. Ameen said : “Their campaign has also affected all businesses – not just Muslims’ – and resulted in a threat to the maintenance of law and order affecting all communities. These groups have been using the traditional media, social media, public meetings, posters, leaflets, and the circulation of rumours and misinformation insulting Muslims to inculcate a sense of fear and hatred of Muslims among Sinhalese. They are using abusive language when referring to our religious practices and publicly calling for a boycott of businesses run by Muslims,”

'Life does not stop on 21st march'... - US

The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele Sison, spoke about post-resolution steps, following the adoption of the second resolution on Sri Lanka, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva last week. Speaking to press at the American Centre in Geneva, Sison, outlined that Sri Lanka had been given ample time and space to address allegations of violations of human rights abuses and humanitarian law, n oting , " Three years and 10 months since the conclusion of the war might be considered ample 'time and space' provided to Colombo to make progress on investigating human...