Minister Baird Comments on Final Report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission

[Canada News Centre] Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the final report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission: “Canada notes the public release of the report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. Although we are still studying the report, the commission has addressed and provided recommendations […]

Crimes against minorities cannot be tolerated

[National Post] The Tamils’ situation in Sri Lanka brings to mind the old legal maxim, inter arma enim silent leges – essentially, in times of war, the law falls silent. Most unfortunate for all Tamils is the continued cynical silence of the international community on this troubling ongoing ethnic conflict. [Full Story]

Mass protest at funeral of slain Sri Lanka editor

[ Reuters ] Thousands marched in the funeral procession of a slain Sri Lankan newspaper editor in the capital Colombo on Monday, demanding the government punish those responsible to ensure media freedom and democracy. A packed crowd gathered at the entrance of Sri Lanka’s main cemetery in one of the largest protests in recent memory, […]

Will Obama’s America stop exporting fear?

[ UPI Asia ] “Anti-terrorism” initiatives from the world’s most powerful country were exploited to the maximum by cynical leaders in other countries, mainly to deprive their own populations of basic freedoms and democracy. In many countries the War on Terror was manipulated to portray freedom of expression, publication and organization as subversive endeavors, and […]