As UN Said Closed to Complaints on Sri Lanka, Lankan Dip In Censorship Alliance

UNOAs UN Said Closed to Complaints on Sri Lanka, Lankan Dip In Censorship Alliance[Inner City Press ][By Matthew Russell Lee ]

UNITED NATIONS, November 17, updated Nov 18 — On Sri Lanka at UN headquarters in New York the disinterest and delegation continue. On November 17, Inner City Press asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq the following, transcript here, video on Inner City Press YouTube here:[ full story


For Mannar Bishop, Joseph Vaz led John Paul II and Francis to Sri Lanka[ Asia News ][ Nov 19 15:32 GMT ]

John Paul II’s visit in 1995 and Francis’ visit in 2015 are linked by a “blessed coincidence,” embodied by the figure of Fr Joseph Vaz “who brought the Catholic faith to Sri Lanka and proclaimed the Word of God in defiance of persecution under Dutch rule,” said Mgr Rayappu Joseph, bishop of Mannar.For Mgr Joseph, Pope Francis’ visit is doubly important because he “will be the first pope to set foot in northern Sri Lanka [where the civil war raged until 2009] where he will meet the Tamil population.”In the Diocese of Mannar, “Tamils are the majority but the district is also the only one in Sri Lanka where Catholics are the largest group with 32 per cent.” [ full story |


Sri Lanka’s civil war: Giving voice to the voiceless[ The Economist ][ Nov 18 14:57 GMT ]

Maya Arulpragasam is a British-born rapper of Sri Lankan heritage, better known as M.I.A. Her background is rather different from that of most people working in the music industry. Her father was heavily involved in the fight to defend the rights of the minority Tamil community in Sri Lanka, and M.I.A. spent her early life in the northern, Tamil-dominated part of Sri Lanka. During the 25-year civil war, which saw fighters struggling to create a Tamil homeland before final defeat in 2009, she returned to Britain with her mother and siblings. M.I.A. can speak to an audience of millions about what she saw. But the accounts of ordinary people caught up in the same horrendous conflict, which killed up to 100,000 people, are not usually heard. [ full story |


Former LTTE member reported missing in Jaffna[TamilNet]

31-year-old Anthonimuthu Anton Jeyaron has been reported missing since Monday, according to a complaint by his wife in Jaffna on Tuesday. The incident comes amidst Sri Lanka Army stepping up harassment of former LTTE members before Tamil Eelam Heroes Day on 27 November. The Sri Lanka Army had earlier released Mr Jeyaron after so-called rehabilitation, his wife further said. He had been in Vanni till May 2009 and surrendered to the SL military at the end of the war. Full story >>