Category - sri lanka

  • September 27, 2010

    Treating any politician as a near-deity, and giving him or her absolute power, is a dangerous course, says Savi Hensman. In concentrating power in his own hands, President Mahinda Rajapaksa resembles the ruthless Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

  • August 14, 2010

    The Elders network has criticised the Sri Lankan government over its "clampdown on domestic critics and disdain for human rights".

  • May 18, 2010

    Christian Aid is urging the new British government to make a renewed effort to work with the Sri Lankan government and the international community

  • April 2, 2010

    In Sri Lanka in recent decades, the term "traitor" has been flung about with wild abandon, says Savi Hensman, raising questions about what loyalty people might owe to a nation and what this might mean in practice.

  • April 1, 2010

    Back in 2000 I was honoured to be part of a British and Irish churches' team supporting an interreligious peace delegation from Sri Lanka on a visit to build solidarity links here. One of the participants was Duleep de Chickera, now Anglican Bishop of Colombo. A remarkable man, his 2010 Easter message of hope has a resonance both within and beyond the particular tragedies of Sri Lanka.

  • February 25, 2010

    As London Fashion Week drew to a close yesterday (24 February), the anti-poverty charity War on Want said that overseas garment workers are still being exploited to produce clothes for British high street stores.

  • February 15, 2010

    The Anglican Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera has expressed deep concern over the arrest of retired former army chief Sarath Fonseka, as the country faces yet more political turmoil.

  • February 9, 2010

    As Sri Lanka's recently re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced he is dissolving parliament and calling early elections, church leaders issued a strong statement against abuses during and after the last poll.

  • January 20, 2010

    Concerns are rising that Sri Lanka's presidential election will be undermined after the deaths of four people in a spate of campaign-related violence in the past week, say election monitors. The poll is due on 26 January 2010.

  • January 15, 2010

    Behind the bravado and bold promises of the election contenders in Sri Lanka is the shadow of past violence, say Savi Hensman. Many are in denial about the effects, but unless the grim legacy is at least acknowledged, future unity and stability may be undermined.