The Sunday Leader

Embassy monitors return of deportees

The British Embassy in Colombo today monitored the return of a group of failed asylum seekers who had been deported from Britain. According to the Embassy, the British Deputy High Commission in Sri Lanka Robbie Bulloch monitored the return of 52 failed asylum seekers at the Katnayake airport. “I visited Colombo airport today to observe [...]

EU tells UNHRC to act

The European Union (EU) today told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to encourage Sri Lanka to fully implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The Foreign Minister of Denmark Villy Sovndal, speaking on behalf of the EU at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council today, said that [...]

Boys arrested for entering girl’s school

The police arrested 43 boys this morning for attempting to enter a leading girl’s school in Colombo, the police said. According to the police the boys were supporting Royal College for the ‘Big match’ season which is currently underway. The Colpetty police arrested 32 boys while the Kurunduwatte police arrested 11 others. Just last week [...]

G.L briefs Uganda on developments

External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has briefed Uganda on the post war developments in Sri Lanka, the Uganda government said in a statement. G.L met Uganda Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Kampala yesterday and discussed the war and trade ties between both countries. The delegation had the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Uganda based in Nairobi, [...]

Woman found dead at Renuka hotel

A 48 year old woman was found dead at the Renuka hotel in Colombo, the police media unit said this morning. The police said that the woman was found dead in her room after the hotel staff had forced open the room door. The staff had been suspicious as the room remained closed since the [...]

UK defends the decision to deport asylum seekers

Britain has questioned concerns raised by two charities which say that Sri Lankan Tamils deported from the UK are at danger of being tortured or raped. Another charter flight returning people to the island nation, including Tamil and Sinhala failed asylum-seekers, is due to leave on Tuesday. But Human Rights Watch and Freedom from Torture [...]

US says resolution still under discussion

The United States says the resolution on Sri Lanka which was to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council is still under discussion. U.S Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said this in a twitter interview conducted by the State Department today. “the res. is under discussion; great [...]

Vaiko writes to Manmohan on Sri Lanka

MDMK chief Vaiko today termed as shocking a Sri Lankan official’s claim about New Delhi’s backing of Colombo in the ongoing UNHRC session and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to support it. “It is shocking that Mahinda Samarasinghe, the chief Lankan negotiator, has stated that India will support Sri Lanka in the crucial voting [...]

Lankan media gagged says RSF

Reporters Without Borders calls on all members of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, which began its 19th session yesterday, to pass a resolution condemning the Sri Lankan government’s violations of freedom of information and to demand an end to threats and violence against news media and human rights defenders in Sri Lanka. “For [...]

EU council also backs move

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) has backed moves to keep Sri Lanka on the agenda of the UN Human Rights Council. A statement by the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union said that the decision was taken yesterday when the council met to adopt its priorities at the UN Human [...]

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