British patients awaiting organ transplants are being offered illegally trafficked kidneys and other organs by a Bangalore-based “International Organ Deal”, according to an investigation by The Times. A Times journalist reportedly posed as the relative of a Briton seeking a transplant overseas and recorded Antonio Kanickaraj – an employee of …Read More »
Foreign Secretary William Hague has defended the Prime Minister’s decision to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka this week, saying boycotting the meeting would “damage the Commonwealth”. Mr Hague told the BBC that participating in the summit would give the UK the opportunity to “raise concerns” …Read More »
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is “unlikely” to travel to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in the face of continued opposition to the visit by his coalition allies in Tamil Nadu. Several prominent political groups in the southern state allied to Singh’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) …Read More »
The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting seldom makes the news. This year’s meeting in sunny Sri Lanka has however, caused much uproar, particularly in certain segments of the media in Britain, Canada and Australia,with politicians and activists aghast that an organization dedicated to the “promotion of democracy and individual …Read More »
The Commonwealth’s decision to hold its biennial meeting in Sri Lanka in November has caused widespread dismay owing to rights abuses in the Island nation. The administration of President Mahinda Rajapakse however, has offered something in the way of a concession: to name 37 stray baby elephants after the heads …Read More »
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November, it was announced today. Mr Harper had been vocal in his opposition to the summit being held on the Island owing to his concerns about human rights violations in the country. In …Read More »
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister says his government has no case to answer over the reported deaths of thousands of civilians at the end of the country’s civil war, even as pressure grows for an international inquiry to account for the dead. The UN’s top human rights official said last week …Read More »
Voters in Sri Lanka’s north thronged polling stations on Saturday in an election that threatens to rekindle animosity between the government and ethnic minority Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatists and ended a 26-year war. The provincial council election is the first in 25 years in the north, …Read More »
Hundreds of mourners have paid tribute to one of Sri Lanka's most renowned rights activists, Sunila Abeysekera, at her funeral near Colombo.
Ms Abeysekera, 61, who died of cancer on Monday, worked with both Sinhalese and Tamils during the long conflict that divided Sri Lanka.
She was a leading campaigner for the rights of women, workers and farmers.
During a four-decade career she received numerous international awards, and also faced death threats.
She was also one of the handful of people invited to address the United Nations Human Rights Council at its opening session in 2006.
Tributes have poured in from around the world on her death. Here, two campaigners from Human Rights Watch pay theirs.Read More »
A journalist attached to the BBC Tamil Service has been quizzed by police in Sri Lanka over a telephone conversation he had with two Tamil prisoners. Journalist Ponnaiah Manickavasagam was questioned by anti-terror police in Colombo on Monday over his conversation with the prisoners who are said to be former …Read More »