Oman may support SL if sanctions imposed on Iran cause crisis

A delegation from the Omani government has discussed ways to support Sri Lanka in the event of a crisis due to sanctions placed on financial institutions dealing with Iranian crude oil, according to a Sri Lankan official. "The two ministers discussed in detail how Oman could assist Sri Lanka in the event of a crisis, if Sri Lanka is unable to import crude oil from Iran," a ministry official with knowledge of the talks between Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayantha and Mohammad bin al-Rumhy told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Omani Oil Minister al-Rumhy is thought to have offered the sale...

Retailers boycott Sri Lankan goods after consumer pressure - Chennai

R.G Sakthi Saravanan, the head of the oldest consumer cooperative society, the TUCS (Triplicane Urban Coopoerative Society) has instructed the chain of affiliated shops to remove products from Sri Lanka, following increasing pressure from Tamil activists on the ground. Two activists from the Boycott Sri Lanka Team in Tamil Nadu made their representations to Saravanan after finding Sri Lankan biscuits on sale at TUCS outlets. In a written complaint to the TUCS, the activists drew attention to the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu government last year urging economic sanctions against the...

Lankan Navy arrest 43 Indian fishermen

At least 43 Indian fishermen and 6 boats have been held under the custody of the Sri Lankan Navy, in the latest of a series of alleged attacks and arrests on Indian fishermen. The arrest follows growing allegations of attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy, evoking strong protests in Tamil Nadu. The Sri Lankan Navy though has denied all such claims that it has been behind these attacks. In a statement on its website, the Navy declared , "Sri Lanka Navy expresses deep concerns over the malicious allegations repeatedly accusing the navy of harassing Indian fishermen," The attacks come just days after...

Sri Lanka press freedom worsens – RSF

Sri Lanka's press freedom is continuing to deteriorate according to the World Press Freedom Index. The annual report , compiled by Reporters without Borders (RSF), saw Sri Lanka drop to 163rd place out of 178 countries that are ranked, placing it below countries such as Pakistan and Azerbaijan, and just one place above Somalia. "In Sri Lanka (163rd), the stranglehold of the Rajapakse clan forced the last few opposition journalists to flee the country. Any that stayed behind were regularly subjected to harassment and threats. Attacks were less common but impunity and official censorship of...

Tracking tourists

Not content with the military running hotels and conducting whale watching tours, Sri Lanka's Immigration and Emigration Department announced Tuesday that a permanent monitoring unit would be established to keep track of Sri Lanka's tourists. The decision came after 161 Muslim tourists who had overstayed their visas and engaged in activities "other than tourism", were asked to leave. The department's head, Chief Chulananda Perara, said, “They must leave on or before January 31 and we have no intention of extending their visas. We have unconfirmed reports that they have been engaged in various...

Lapping it up

Daily Mirror 24/01/12 Sri Lankan daily newspaper, the Daily Mirror, illustrates its conclusions of India's external affairs secretary's visit to Sri Lanka. Related articles: Satiated by hot air, Krishna leaves (19 Jan 2012) India hopes (17 Jan 2012) TNA tells India 'no progress' on talks (16 Jan 2012)

Tamil prisoners moved as riots engulf Welikada prison

More than 180 Tamil political prisoners have been moved from Magazine prison in Welikada after clashes between prisoners and guards led to at least 31 people having sustained injuries. The Tamil prisoners were moved to the main complex of the prison and were reportedly transferred to another jail for their own safety, after riots took over Magazine prison. Previous prison riots, notably in 2000 , 1997 and 1983 , have resulted in Tamil political prisoners being murdered by Sinhala mobs. Several buildings have been set alight by the prisoners as they flung stones at prison guards, who...

‘No progress towards justice’

Human Rights Watch has stated that Sri Lanka has made “no progress” towards accountability and justice for war crimes committed during the civil war, and that the government has “ deepened repression of basic freedoms”, in its World Report 2012. The New York-based NGO went on to note that the government has “continued to stall on accountability for abuses by the security forces” with Asia director Brad Adams, commenting , “In 2011, accountability remained a dead issue, the media faced increasing censorship, and the long-standing grievances which led to the conflict were not seriously...

Repression continues under military's 'watchful eye'

Those imprisoned, for alleged being LTTE cadres, continue to face military repression long after they are released, said Velvettithurai's urban councillor, MK Sivajilingam. He added, "These former LTTE cadres are now forced to live under the watchful eye of military intelligence . Some of them are told to report to the military once a week and others are told to come once a month," " They are told that they will face death if they get involved in anti government politics ." In 2009, Sri Lanka's military arrested and detained tens of thousands of young Tamil men and women for allegedly being...

Another tourist sexually abused in Matara

Details have emerged of a 25-year old Dutch woman holidaying in Sri Lankahaving been allegdly sexually assaulted by a hotel owner in Matara earlier this year. The incident prompted Netherlands Embassy First Secretary Jaco Beerends to comment , “The sexual abuse of a female Dutch national at a guest house in Matara can be considered a ‘terrible’ incident and the authorities must act upon any incident that concerns the safety of tourists arriving in the country.” The victim, who lodged a complaint with the Matara police, could not follow up the case however, as she left the island. The accused...

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