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India to back Sri Lanka at UNHRC (Audio updated)

India will back Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, Minister in charge of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today. Samarasinghe said that apart from India even Thailand and Malaysia will also back Sri Lanka at the ongoing session. The US is expected to put forward a resolution on Sri [...]

Former AG confirmed coup in Maldives – MDP

A senior political adviser of Maldives President Dr. Mohamed Waheed, former Attorney-General Dr. Hassan Saeed, has publicly admitted that President Mohamed Nasheed was ousted in a coup d’etat, and that Dr. Waheed assumed the Presidency following the coup, the Maldives opposition party, the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) said. MDP Spokesperson for International Affairs Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said that [...]

LIVE: Webcast of UNHRC 19th session

Live webcast of the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.    

Government says committed to probe

The Sri Lankan government informed the UN human Rights Council in Geneva today that it is committed to a mechanism for gathering and assessing factual evidence relating to some episodes which occurred during the war, buttressed by a strong investigative arm. The Minister in charge of human rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, told the 19th session of [...]

G.L regrets Tutu’s statement

External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has written to South African Archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu expressing regret over a statement he has made on Sri Lanka. The Minister said that the best assistance that representations of the international community could afford Sri Lanka in its reconciliation process at this juncture is to provide [...]

Act now UK tells Lanka

The British Government called on Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Jeremy Browne expressed these views at the UN Human Rights Council today (Monday), the opening day of the 19th session. He said in his speech that [...]

Demos held against UNHRC resolution

Massive demonstrations were held this morning in several parts of the country against a resolution to be presented against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Demonstrations were held in Batticaloa, Kandy, Hambantota, Ratnapura, Je-Ela and Dambulla, among other areas, this morning. A massive demonstration is also scheduled to take place in [...]

Government contradicts UN on civilian death toll

The Sri Lankan government has contradicted the United Nations on the civilian death toll during the final stages of the war between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country. In a report made public on Sunday the government said that around 8,000 civilians had died during the final few months [...]

Tea Industry In Crisis After Sanctions On Iran

Thousands of jobs at risk By Indika Sri Aravinda The  tea industry, the country’s second largest net foreign exchange earner is facing a potential crisis as a result of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the US government, the Sri Lanka Tea Board said. Tea Board Chairperson Janaki Kuruppu told The Sunday Leader that [...]

Swastika’s Mother Recounts Ordeal

By Ranee Mohamed and Gazala Anver Pictures by our Puttalam Correspondent A three year old girl who was abducted from her pre-school on Thursday (23) was rescued by the police on Friday (24) at 2.15 p.m. near the Pallama Police area. Three year old Swastika, daughter of Lalitha Dharmalingam of Puttalam Road, Mudalama was taken [...]

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