The Lanka Academic

JULY 14, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 99


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SRI LANKA: Protest Highlights Hostility to International Criticism
IPS, july 14. COLOMBO, Jul 14 (IPS) - Traffic now flows around the U.N. compound here in the Sri Lankan capital, and the dozens of policemen visible last week are no longer there. It is business as usual, a far cry from a week back when an angry minister’s death fast just outside the main U.N. office made the area the focus of international attention. Minister of National Housing Wimal Weeravansha staged a hunger strike for two and half days starting Jul. 8 to protest U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s creation of an advisory panel on Sri Lanka, which has been under international scrutiny for human rights violations. Weeravansha ended the fast only when President Mahinda Rajapaksa persuaded him to give it up. Beyond hogging the international headlines for a few days, the four-day protest that started Jul. 6 highlighted what has been a trend for a while – of emotions that run high against what many perceive as unwelcome U.N. interest in Sri Lanka, and their hostility to criticism about the country’s human rights record in relation to the conduct of the last phase of the bloody civil war that ended last year. More...
Published: Wed Jul 14 22:10:58 EDT 2010

Sri Lankan cabinet meets in former rebel capital
afp, July 14. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka — The president of Sri Lanka held a cabinet meeting on Wednesday in the northern town of Kilinochchi, the capital of the Tamil Tigers rebels until they were finally defeated last year. The separatist guerrillas controlled one-third of Sri Lanka as recently as 2006 and ran a de facto state from Kilinochchi that included their own legal, banking and tax collecting systems. More...
Published: Wed Jul 14 11:11:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Indian Ocean sea level rise threatens millions -study
reuters, july 15. SINGAPORE, July 14 (Reuters) - Sea levels are rising unevenly in the Indian Ocean, placing millions at risk along low-lying coastlines in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, scientists say in a study. Researchers from the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research say the rising sea levels are caused in part by climate change and are triggered by warming seas and changes to atmospheric circulation patterns. More...
Published: Wed Jul 14 22:10:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan main opposition joins UN slamming
Xinhua, July 14. After last week's protest opposite the UN offices here by a government minister, Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has joined subjecting UN to criticism... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief faces new criminal charge
afp, July 13. COLOMBO — Sri Lankan police have filed a new case against former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka for allegedly employing military deserters, his party said Tuesday... Back to the top

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