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Sri Lankan foreign minister denounces UN rights chief
BBC, June 2. The Sri Lankan government has hit out against UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, accusing her of hounding the country on rights issues.

The indignation was expressed by new Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris.

It came a day after Ms Pillay repeated her view that an international body was needed to look into war crimes allegations in the Sri Lankan context.

Prof Peiris told the BBC of Sri Lanka's "frustration" at her continued backing for an international probe. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 1 15:24:08 EDT 2010


Pressure on Bollywood to boycott IIFA
NDTV, June 2. Southern film stars are calling on the Bollywood counterparts to skip the IIFA Awards that are being held in Colombo in solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils. The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce has also threatened to boycott any Bollywood star who turns up for the function. The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce has issued an open threat to Bollywood stars, "Boycott IIFA Awards in Colombo or face the music down south." The chamber has decided not to screen films of stars who choose to attend the IIFA Awards. They will not cooperate with Hindi directors and technicians as well. They say it's not too late to postpone the function and shift the venue to another country More...
Published: Tue Jun 1 15:26:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief
afp, June 1. GENEVA The United Nations human rights chief called on Sri Lanka to allow an international probe into the government's final offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels last year.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, acknowledged that the Sri Lanka government had created a post-war reconciliation commission to look into alleged human rights violations, and provide justice to victims.

"However, based on previous experience and new information, I remain convinced that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere," she told the UN Human Rights Council. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 31 19:40:26 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka
reuters.com, June 1. May 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka has just celebrated the first anniversary of victory over the Tamil Tiger separatists, which ended a three-decade war and ushered the Indian Ocean nation into the ranks of Asia's emerging frontier markets... Back to the top

Tamils protest Salman Khan's Sri Lanka visit for IIFA function
ANI, June 1. Members of the Tamil community staged a protest here on Sunday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka for International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket body 'corrupt' - minister
afp, June 1. COLOMBO The governing body for cricket in Sri Lanka is the island nation's third-most dishonest institution, the country's new sports minister said on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new cricket selectors race against time to prepare for World Cup
AP, June 1. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Former skipper Aravinda de Silva has been appointed Sri Lanka's chief cricket selector and set the challenge of preparing a team capable of winning a World Cup just nine months away... Back to the top

Huge civilian toll in Lanka war: Indian doc
HT, June 1. One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were "massive casualties" among the civilian population... Back to the top

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