Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - UN Inquiry Just the Start of a Long Road to Justice

Frances Harrison | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Sri Lankan human rights activists campaigned hard for an independent international commission of inquiry into war crimes during the end of the conflict in 2009. Last month members of the UN Human Rights Council did finally vote to set up an inquiry. To many governments it looks as if the issue of accountability is now being dealt with by the UN and they can put their minds at rest and move on.

In Search of Enlightenment: Destinations to Revive a Weary Soul | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When the chaos of everyday life gets a bit much, it's time to take a break that will revive your body and soul. While holidays lounging on the beach may be restorative, some of us look for an experience that will leave us with more than just beautiful photographs and happy memories.

Reign of Terror Continues in Northern Sri Lanka

Edward Mortimer | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Edward Mortimer

Five years after the civil war ended in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan security forces are still committing crimes against humanity - including rape, sexual vi...

Sri Lankan Devilled Chicken

Sam Stern | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Stern

Sweet, sour, devilishly hot but full of complex flavours. I ate quite a few of these in Sri Lanka and this one just about measures up. It took me quite a few goes to get it right because it's all about the balance.

Five Fun Facts About Five Hot-for-2014 Destinations

Travelzoo UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

Each year Travelzoo picks its top five travel destinations for the year ahead - these are the destinations that they believe will offer the best value to visitors, as well as the most compelling reasons to visit.

Five Best Eco Hotels in Asia

Mark Hodson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

South East Asia is one of the world's most beautiful regions, with its spectacular coral reefs, abundant wildlife and rainforests dating back 130 million years. Unfortunately, it's also a part of the world developing fast under the pressures of consumerism, rising populations and intensive farming.

David Cameron Highlighting the Need to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

The war may be 'over' in Sri Lanka with the government's termination of the Tamil Tiger rebels, however thousands of Sri Lankan citizens have died, been displaced from family or disappeared in following alleged abductions in white vans...

Can David Cameron Show Some Consistency in His Approach to Human Rights?

Rori Donaghy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

There is much debate around the best manner in which to further the protection of human rights. Many say that countries have no right to interfere in each other's business, something that leaves the door open for the spread of abuse. In this instance, the case is simple: why is David Cameron publicly supporting Dubai's bid for the world fair...?

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Ache

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 19 November 2013... 1) ED ACHE Ed Balls and Ed Miliband don't get along? Don't. Be. Silly. From ...

Why Did Cameron Take Over £420k Off A Donor Close To This Man?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been urged to investigate why the Tory Party took over £420,000 from the telecoms group Lycamobile, which has close links to Sri La...

Australia's Refugee Shame

Nikki McWatters | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nikki McWatters

There will always be poor and oppressed people, struggling, seeking safe havens. To stop people from seeking legitimate asylum from persecution is to engage in it and perpetrate it. If you had to stand by and watch Jewish children loaded onto wagons for the concentration camps, what would you do? What could you do? I have no muscle and a small voice. But I'm raising it in anger and frustration.

Public Relations Could Have Helped the Philippines

Phil Hall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Phil Hall

The typhoon that swept through the Philippines last week has been followed by a storm of anger over the complete lack of activity by the Philippines' government... or at least that is how it seems.

Sri Lanka Rejects David Cameron's Call For A Human Rights Inquiry

The Huffington Post | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron's call for an international probe into alleged human rights abuses following the civil war has been rejected by the Sri L...

Asa Bennett

PM Under Fire Over Top Donor's Links To Sri Lankan Regime | Asa Bennett | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has come under fire after it emerged that one of the Tory Party's top donors, Lycamobile, has close links to the Sri Lanka's President M...

Show Off or Show Down? Colombo Is Ready for a Party as the Commonwealth Rolls Into Town

Steve Crawshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Steve Crawshaw

For Rajapaksa and his government, it is obviously a privilege to be hosting CHOGM - a surprising choice, by any measure, given the country's dismal human rights track record, including disappearances, war crimes and what a UN report described as "a grave assault on the entire regime of international law". Rajapaksa wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan government comes out of this with reputation enhanced.

David Cameron 'Mobbed' By Tamil Protestors In Northern Sri Lanka

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron's motorcade was 'mobbed' by protestors as he travelled through northern Sri Lanka. Uniformed police fought with a crowd of up to 200 ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Dave Get Blood On His Hands?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 15 November 2013... 1) WILL DAVE GET BLOOD ON HIS HANDS? The Times reports: "David Cameron is sche...

Tory Donors Flock To Sri Lanka For Controversial Business Forum

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has come under fire as it emerged that numerous Tory donors came to Sri Lanka for a business forum before the controversial Commonwealth...

Cameron 'Colonialist'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been accused by a Sri Lankan minister of acting like an imperialist, after the prime minister called for inquiry into alleged war cr...

David Cameron Told To Raise LGBT Rights AT Sri Lanka Commonwealth Meeting

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

David Cameron has been told to raise the issue of LGBT rights at the forthcoming Commonwealth meeting, which is being held in Sri Lanka this week. ...

Style and Substance in Sri Lanka

Natalie R Harris | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie R Harris

Whatever the magic formula, a holiday to Sri Lanka won't leave you wanting. For a bargainous all-inclusive package deal, my partner and I were rewarded with four-course fine dining, massages, champagne and limitless cocktails. Oh, and a free mini bar. I genuinely have no idea how our hotel made any profit.

Canada Threatens Commonwealth Funding Over Sri Lanka

Frances Harrison | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Frances Harrison

Canada's Prime Minister has announced he will not be going to the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka but more importantly he's threatened funding for th...

Challenging Times - Finance Is Not the Only Barrier for Ethnic Minority Businesses

Andrew Devenport | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK
Andrew Devenport

The recent 'Ethnic Minority Businesses and Access to Finance' report released by the Department for Communities and Local Government highlights some of the challenges faced by aspiring entrepreneurs from ethnic minorities when seeking financial support to start up a business.

Bizarre Wedding Ritual For Police Dogs Is Investigated

Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

An inquiry has been launched into a bizarre wedding ceremony for police dogs in Sri Lanka. The police probe has been demanded by the country's cult...

'With This Bone, I Thee Wed'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Police in Kandy, Sri Lanka, have been forced to apologise for organising a group wedding for dogs after the culture minister damned the canine nuptial...