April 29, 2010 Comments Off

Both New Delhi and Tokyo often contend that their efforts at polite persuasion are more effective than the public condemnation they describe as the “western way”. There is a time and place for

April 28, 2010 Comments Off

By Reporters Without Borders / Reporters Sans Frontières “In what country do you appoint an arsonist to put out fires?” Reporters Without Borders asked today after learning that Mervyn Silva, a politician notorious for

April 26, 2010 Comments Off

In Colombo’s shanty towns, Tamils are more concerned about daily needs than the struggle for independence. Nina de la Preugne meets the Tamils for whom Eelam won’t pay the bills. The walls vibrate

April 23, 2010 Comments Off

To freely create, subscribe to and be part of an idea, without coercion or fear, underpins all social and political associations. Citizenship is essentially an idea, and a powerful one. On the one

April 22, 2010 Comments Off

According to Tapan Bose, a well-known Indian journalist, film producer and a political activist, Basil Fernando’s book provides us an insight into “abysmal lawlessness and the zero status of the citizens”, the militarisation

April 20, 2010 Comments Off

Col R Hariharan served in Sri Lanka as the head of intelligence for the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990 and is still well connected with the Indian

April 18, 2010 Comments Off

Tapan Bose is no stranger to violence and human rights abuse in South Asia. As Secretary General of the South Asia Forum for Human Rights, and based in Nepal, he has seen and

April 15, 2010 Comments Off

19th May marks the first anniversary of the end of the internal conflict between Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which lasted for more than 30 years.

April 6, 2010 Comments Off

An Interfaith Coalition, which brings together representatives of the four main religions, called on all candidates and citizens to act without violence, abuse and corruption in the elections on 8 April. They state

April 5, 2010 Comments Off

The UN agencies produce a regular update of the situation in Sri Lanka. The highlights of the March report are: 1) Menik Farm (the largest detention centre in Sri Lanka) currently hosts a