« Dark clouds over the Sunshine Paradise: Tourism and Human Rights in Sri Lanka » by Society for Threatened Peoples by

‘During the war, many Tamils fled the north and settled abroad or in other regions of the island. Since the end of the war, many of them have wanted to return and reclaim their land. However, the army has other plans: the appropriated estates have become
Military Camps, High Security Zones (HSZ) or Special Economic Zones (SEZ).’

http://assets.gfbv.ch/downloads/report_sri_lanka_english.pdf

CPA’s extensive work on land issues that has been referenced in this report can be accessed here http://bit.ly/1EgJoEp

« Sri Lanka opposition vows to scrap China port deal if wins election » by Shihar Aneez

A leader of Sri Lanka’s opposition said he would scrap a $1.5 billion deal with China Communications Construction Co Ltd (601800.SS) to build a port city if the challenger to President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins next month’s election.

via: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/12/17/sri-lanka-china-portcity-idINKBN0JV1QA20141217

« A presidential election at the height of the tourist season? An interview with Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu » by Maheen Senanayake

« For me this election is very crucial for a number of reasons.

From the fifties onwards this kind of boisterous formal democratic functions – all beautiful and all – has been growing unlike in India in the subcontinent which has been committed to institutions and processes of parliamentary democracy. Now this has got a battering over the years. I think this is probably the greatest threat, because what you have got is a dynastic project and State capture by the family headed by a populist authoritarian figure underpinned by his personal popularity – probably the most popular politician at one level. Now under the Rajapaksa regime there is no space for civil society. Rights are irrelevant at best, subversive at worst, transformed into what we called the text book East Asian model. For the first time in our history we have a military which is a major actor in politics as well as the economy. ‘It’s the Military Incorporated’. »

via: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=115883

« Increasing Military Involvement In Sri Lankan Business Ventures » by Colombo Telegraph

« From contributing to changing the landscapes of the Colombo city with its rapid remodeling and ‘beautification’ to growing vegetables in the North and East, Sri Lanka’s military is systematically increasing its grip on the economy and business activities. »

via: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/increasing-military-involvement-in-sri-lankan-business-ventures/

« Sri Lanka: would you holiday at a mass grave? » by Channel 4

« The white sand of Sri Lanka’s beaches is a lure for thousands of tourists every year – but dig a little deeper and there are many unanswered questions hanging over the country’s tourist industry. »

via: http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-tourism-hotels-commonwealth-war-crimes

source: www.channel4.com

« Rape & sexual violence poisoning Sri Lanka’s south » by The Republic Square

Increasing numbers of rapes and sexual assaults are poisoning Sri Lanka’s south west coast, with TripAdvisor reviews now warning female tourists to stay away from Tangalle or risk having their drinks spiked. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

via: http://www.therepublicsquare.com/politics/2014/03/24/rape-sexual-violence-poisoning-sri-lankas-south/

source: www.therepublicsquare.com

« Sri Lanka, Admired From Above » by Cain Nunns

“It’s beautiful here on amazing days like this, but during monsoons it can be a nightmare,” he said, noting that landing at the inland city of Kandy can be particularly difficult at that time of year. “You have 3,800 feet of water to land and take off on — trees on one side, a dam on the other, and who knows what’s in the water. It takes a certain feel to fly this way.”

via: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/travel/seaplanes-among-transport-choices-in-sri-lanka.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140318&nlid=68542801&tntemail0=y&_r=1

source: www.nytimes.com

Some discussions on Sri Lanka, CHOGM, and the Canadian diaspora

The Agenda with Steve Paikin and producer Daniel Kitts have focused all week on discussing Sri Lanka’s efforts to emerge from decades of civil war in a series of online conversations. They are below.

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Update (http://bit.ly/1anNmjc)
Sri Lanka and Responsible Tourism (http://bit.ly/18s8WA2)
Sri Lanka: The Island Nation’s Muslims (http://bit.ly/18tiRoO)
Sri Lanka: Harper, Tamils and Canadian Immigration Policies (http://bit.ly/1auWC52)
Sri Lanka: Canada’s Sinhalese (http://bit.ly/1btkTGn)
Sri Lanka: Canada’s Tamils (http://bit.ly/1aviHR6)
Sri Lanka: Postwar Tamil Activism in Canada (http://bit.ly/1dAqFsL)

« Sri Lanka police to monitor tourists for their own safety » (Brisbanetimes.com)

Hotel owners said they have been asked to pass on passport and visa details of all foreigners in addition to information already given to the authorities for maintaining industry-related statistics.

« Some people may be put off because this looks like surveillance, » a hotel executive, who declined to be named, said.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/travel/travel-news/sri-lanka-police-to-monitor-tourists-for-their-own-safety-20130416-2hy3e.html#ixzz2Qh7mFHwq

source: Brisbanetimes.com