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Manipulative Christian Conversions in Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna - 12/8/2012
Buddhism which has been the moral and spiritual force in Sri Lanka in the last 2500 years, having survived a prolonged period (nearly 450 years) of persecution and discrimination directed at its adherents under western colonial rule, now faces a serious challenge from a growing Christian evangelical movement, represented mostly by foreign funded non-governmental organisations (NOGs) based in the country. This movement has as its overall aim the creation of a numerically and politically powerful Christian community in Sri Lanka (and also in South Asia) through a rapid conversion ...
Sri Lanka’s Claims for Reparations from Portugal
Senaka Weeraratna - 7/28/2012
The Portuguese while pursuing a policy of destruction and plunder of Buddhist Temples held out various inducements for Buddhists to convert to Christianity. Conversion meant a sure means of exemption from taxes due to the Government.
American Foreign Policy and the HRC Resolution on Sri Lanka
Gibson Bateman - 6/30/2012
Obama and Human Rights
The Obama administration did fight to get a seat on the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2009; something that George W. Bush probably did not even contemplate.
And, as David Bosco has noted, the US has been relatively active at the HRC since that time. Bosco goes on to say that “The United States has laid special emphasis on the Council’s use of special experts, individuals given a mandate to investigate some particular country or human rights theme.”
On the other hand, the Obama administration’s approach towards experts wanting to examine US policy has...
Minister Peiris Goes to Washington
Gibson Bateman - 5/16/2012
On May 18, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris will meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC. The two should have plenty to talk about. The Sri Lankan government’s action plan for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will be at the top of the list.
Are Tamils Rights or Tamil Aspirations denied in Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge - 4/6/2012
Over the years matters have become complicated simply because we have allowed two words to become intermingled confusing facts. While every citizen can demand his/her “right” from the State, no citizen can expect his/her “aspiration” to be given by the State. What we currently face is a plethora of “aspirations” which are unlikely to be ever fulfilled making it wiser to separate the rights from the aspirations and thereafter to inform the State what rights have been denied or even neglected. This is the only way forward and entails proper reconciliation that is practical & realistic.
Post-Geneva Delusions: The Next Steps in Sri Lanka
Gibson Bateman - 4/3/2012
Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs, G.L. Peiris, has recently given one additional reason for the passage of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva: “collective commitments.”
Sri Lanka’s “Truth” Commission: A Brief Assessment of the LLRC Report
Gibson Bateman - 12/19/2011
Readers will find no big surprises after reading the final report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
Elections for Local Bodies to Give Impetus for Local Democracy
Rama Rao - 9/15/2011
Sri Lanka government has announced elections for local civic bodies including the prestigious Colombo Municipal Council on Oct 8. These elections were repeatedly postponed earlier under the emergency regulations. Emergency was lifted in August to keep at bay the pressure from human rights groups for accountability for the crimes committed by the army particularly during the closing phase of Eelam War IV. President Mahinda Rajapakse likes to use these elections to strengthen his democratic credentials though he has brought back the emergency regulations by the back door through amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PAT)
The Sri Lanka issue: Will Manmohan Singh’s Government Fall
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 10/22/2008
The ultimatum given by the ruling DMK government in Tamil Nadu to pull down the UPA government has once again brought the India ’s Sri Lanka policy on the center stage of Indian politics. The way Tamil Nadu politicians are clamoring to stop the ethic war in Sri Lanka , its likely that in case if they pull out from the ruling coalition, the ruling UPA government will soon be reduced to minority. The million dollar question is, will the New Delhi bend to the demand of the Tamil Nadu politicians, and will the DMK and its will allies really pull out from the UPA government?
Sri Lankan Theater Group Leaves An Impression
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 8/11/2007
Three strangely normal plays about life in Sri Lanka particularly in the context of the ongoing war between the Tamil ethnic minority and the Sinhala majority were staged at the Chennai’s Music Academy on Sunday August 5, 2007. Stages Theatre Group, Colombo, performed these plays as part of the theater festival organized by ‘Metro Plus’ of The Hindu newspaper from August 2-12, 2007.
The Hidden Truth behind the Sri Lankan Peace Process
Dominic Whiteman - 10/24/2006
A week after publishing VIGIL Network’s shock-inspiring intelligence report on the activities of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) in the United Kingdom, it seems a good time – after one successful infiltration - to release the details of another successful infiltration some time ago and the factors behind the initiation of the peace process between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government in the late nineties. To tell the world that it took an outsider – just one man with the goal of peace and a shrewd mind – to initiate the peace talks between a country and a terrorist organisation in conflict with that country.
Women Emerge Stronger after the Tsunami
Ravi R. Prasad - 4/15/2005
On April 14, Sri Lankans will celebrate the New Year, but with a difference. Many of them will be performing the ritual of boiling the rice outside their tents instead of their homes. Thousands of families are still homeless, living in temporary shelters along the roadside. Fortunate are those who have got temporary shelters made of tin sheets and wooden planks. But not many have this comfort. The tsunami that struck the coast of Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004, has had a major impact on the social, traditional and customary role of women in the country.
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with the President of Sri Lanka - Tsunami fails to bring the government and rebels closer
Ravi R. Prasad - 4/11/2005
Soon after the tsunami hit hundreds of journalists from all over the world descended on Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Both these countries face serious challenges of secessionist movements. While rebels in Aceh want a separate nation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka are demanding interim administration for the areas that are under their control.