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US blacklists Sri Lankan army commander, cites extrajudicial killings, abuses

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 3:25 PM

The United States has imposed sanctions on Sri Lanka's army-chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, for alleged human rights violations including extrajudicial killings in 2009 during the country's civil war, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. "The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible," Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
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Kamal Haasan Raises Concerns Over Citizenship For Lankan Tamils, Muslims

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:19 AM

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan wondered why Sri Lankan Tamils and Muslims were left-out of the ambit of the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill if it was a "genuinely benevolent" legislation. Tamil Nadu has a significant number of Sri Lankan Tamils living in various parts of the state, including in government camps. Many of them had fled Sri Lanka during the ethnic strife in the 1980s.
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PM Modi Has Open Minded Approach Towards Foreign Policy: Lanka PM's Son

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:44 AM

Relations between Sri-Lanka, India and China were once "misinterpreted" and PM Modi has a "progressive approach" towards foreign policy, Namal Rajapaksa, the son of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has told NDTV. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who led the island-nation between 2005 and 2015, is perceived to have a tilt towards China and there were concerns about its effect on New Delhi's ties with Colombo.