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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka rejects international war crimes probe

A top Sri Lankan minister rejected pressure on Saturday for an international probe into alleged war crimes at the end of the country’s ethnic conflict, saying the government would “definitely” not allow one.

Saturday, 16 November, 2013, 6:10pm 1 comment

Sri Lanka has ‘nothing to hide’ over rights, president insists

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse hit back angrily on Thursday against allegations of war crimes which are set to overshadow this week’s Commonwealth summit, saying he had “nothing to hide” from his critics.

14 Nov 2013 - 2:49pm

Sri Lanka opens airport highway funded and built by Chinese firms

Sri Lanka opened a US$292 million Chinese-funded airport highway on Sunday, amid Indian concern about Chinese influence as the island nation rebuilds after a nearly three-decade war.

The country has invested heavily in infrastructure since the war ended in 2009 with defeat for separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

28 Oct 2013 - 12:00pm

UN says rights chief victim of Sri Lanka smear campaign

United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who is investigating allegations of war crimes by Sri Lanka, is the target of a smear campaign by the government in Colombo, her office said on Friday.

20 Sep 2013 - 9:00pm

Sri Lanka becoming more authoritarian, says UN rights chief

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned on Saturday that Sri Lanka was becoming “increasingly authoritarian” with rights activists apparently suffering growing harassment from security agencies.

31 Aug 2013 - 3:20pm

Protester killed in Sri Lanka military shooting

One person was killed and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water.

2 Aug 2013 - 12:50pm 1 comment

Sri Lanka to reduce troops in ex-war zone in north

Sri Lanka’s military said on Thursday that it would eliminate more than a dozen army camps in the former northern civil war zone and give the land back to the original owners, a move that comes ahead of key council elections.

25 Jul 2013 - 5:52pm

Sri Lanka to proceed with the first provincial polls

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse pledged on Sunday to proceed with the first-ever provincial polls in the island’s former war zone but his government said the powers of the elected council will be clipped.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:45pm

Sri Lanka's luxury tea makers rise to the occasion

A hot cup of Ceylon tea considered soothing and relaxing, but Sri Lanka is now marketing its most profitable export as a luxury boost for the libido.

The tea industry is increasingly plugging Ceylon's supposed aphrodisiac qualities in a bid to radically change perceptions of the brew, which manufacturers say can sell for less than water in some markets.

13 May 2013 - 4:32am

Amnesty says Sri Lankan authorities treating dissent harshly

The Sri Lankan government is intensifying a crackdown on critics by sanctioning abuses often committed by security forces or their proxies, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Journalists, the judiciary, human rights activists and opposition politicians are among those targeted in a pattern of threats, harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks, the report said.

30 Apr 2013 - 4:56pm

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