The Lanka Academic

JUNE 22, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 77


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Sri Lanka criticises UN human rights inquiry appointment
Australia Net, June 23. A United Nations panel appointed to investigate human rights violations in the final months of Sri Lanka's civil war is running into top level local opposition. A senior Sri Lankan official says the panel is seriously flawed because of the appointment of former Indonesian attorney general Marzuki Darusman as its head. He says Mr Darusman has been involved in the island before and had disagreements with local authorities. More...
Published: Tue Jun 22 23:09:50 EDT 2010

UN's Ban names advisory panel on Sri Lanka war
Reuters, June 22. UNITED NATIONS, June 22 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General on Tuesday announced the formation of a three-member panel to advise him on whether war crimes were committed in Sri Lanka during the final months of its war against Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Sri Lankan government had urged Ban not to appoint the advisory panel, saying it has its own commission to investigate possible rights violations at the end of its war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam separatists in May 2009.

The panel will be chaired by Indonesia's former Attorney General Marzuki Darusman, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters. Darusman was also recently named the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 22 14:04:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

A whiff of fresh air in ties with Sri Lanka
Gulf Times, June 23. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse’s recent visit to India, his first since the comprehensive military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May last year followed by his own stupendous victory in both the presidential and parliamentary elections, marked the changed contours of the nations’ bilateral ties and provided both sides the opportunity to signal a readiness to take the relationship to a new level. This was reflected in the joint statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Rajapakse, and the slew of agreements signed to strengthen and expand bilateral co-operation to cover the widest possible area. The co-operation pledged by India in security matters, power and rail linkages, oil exploration and cultural exchange is expected and designed to deepen India’s involvement in Sri Lanka’s economy and development. The focus on furthering mutual economic and strategic interests is what has kept the interaction going between the two nations since the 1990s, when India consciously rolled back its self-destructive policy of intrusion. More...
Published: Tue Jun 22 23:11:44 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Former female rebels employed in Sri Lankan capital
Xinhua, June 23. The Sri Lankan government said 400 former female Tamil Tiger rebels began to work in Colombo's garment factories on Tuesday after completing their rehabilitation... Back to the top

High Court Upholds Antiterror Law
wsj, june 22. WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning "material support" for foreign terrorist organizations, even advice about entirely legal activities, disregarding arguments that the measure treads on free speech rights... Back to the top

S.Lanka furious as UN's Ban names war crimes panel
afp, june 22. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka is "deeply unhappy" at a move by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to name a panel to look into alleged war crimes committed during the final months of the island's civil war, an official said Monday... Back to the top

Lanka opposition to oppose statute reform
gulf news, june 22. UNP spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake told reporters that the government was on anti-democratic path and opposition parties would oppose the reform process... Back to the top

LTTE’s hawala channels drying up
HT, june 22. The military defeat of the Tamil Tigers has effectively dried up illegal banking channels like the hawala that were used to fund the rebels and their activities, a top Sri Lankan banker has said... Back to the top

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