21 April, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/05/2014
SRI LANKA
As Sri Lanka celebrates its independence, Sri Lankans continue to fear crime and violence
by Melani Manel Perera
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) accuses Sri Lankan authorities on the 66th anniversary of the country's independence. In his official address, the president warns against "foreign forces" and their sinister designs.

Colombo (AsiaNews) - The "day of independence has turned out to be a day that reminds people of their fears and helplessness, rather than a day that they could celebrate with pride and hope," said the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in its message on the 66th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence, celebrated yesterday across the island nation.

In harsh words, the human rights watchdog slammed the Sri Lankan government for "the vast numbers of crimes" that it has failed "to investigate or prosecute".

For his, President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended official celebrations in Kegalle.

In his address to the nation, he warned Sri Lankans that "foreign forces" have sinister designs in order "to use them as human shields".

However, for the AHRC, the situation is so serious that increasingly Sri Lankans blame the state for such crimes.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
05/29/2008 SRI LANKA
For Colombo, media criticism of government "unacceptable"
by Melani Manel Perera
11/18/2013 SRI LANKA
Commonwealth ultimatum to Sri Lanka: Clarify war crimes
by Melani Manel Perera
03/22/2013 SRI LANKA
Christians and Buddhists un favour of UN resolution on Sri Lanka war crimes
by Melani Manel Perera
08/23/2012 SRI LANKA
Jaffna Catholics: government is lying about civil war refugees
by Melani Manel Perera
11/20/2013 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka gives go ahead to first ever (government) survey on human rights violations
by Melani Manel Perera

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.