Topic archives: Sri Lanka

Crikey Worm: 130 Australia-bound asylum seekers intercepted

May 7, 2018 1

Good morning, early birds. Sri Lankan asylum seekers aboard a tanker have been intercepted by Malaysian authorities. Plus, fresh calls for a live exports ban after shocking new footage emerges. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

March 9, 2018 2

An escalation in violence is being expected between Sri Lanka's Buddhists and its Muslim minority. For some, echoes of the civil war are unavoidable.

Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

February 25, 2015 3

Don't believe everything you read -- Tony Abbott's not doing any better overseas than he is here.

China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

China loses grip on Indian Ocean as economy continues to sink

January 12, 2015

Last week's election of Maithripala Sirisena in Sri Lanka is yet another blow to China's economic prosperity, along with falling commodity prices and competition from regional rivals.

Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

July 9, 2014 11

More than 150 people remain on an Australian Customs boat after a last-minute injunction stopped them from being returned to Sri Lanka. Crikey intern Paul Millar explains where Australia's sovereignty begins and ends.

iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

iSentia Index: The first rule of Boat Club: never talk about Boat Club

July 9, 2014

Asylum seekers and the World Cup were the two biggest conversation drivers of the week.

Saville’s shout: colonial cricket … earning a beer … tasting notes …

Saville’s shout: colonial cricket … earning a beer … tasting notes …

February 10, 2014 8

England, Australia and England seem to be picking on other cricket-playing companies. Plus how long does it take to earn a beer?

Is Australia complicit in the Tamil genocide? The tribunal is in

Is Australia complicit in the Tamil genocide? The tribunal is in

January 7, 2014 1

A tribunal of academics and activists has found the Sri Lankan government guilty of the genocide of its Tamil minority. Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh was at the tribunal as an expert witness and asks: is Australia also to blame?

Crikey clarifier: are there ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka?

Crikey clarifier: are there ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka?

November 21, 2013 7

Some say there are ongoing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, but the government denies it. With the recent CHOGM meeting shining a light on the issue, Crikey intern Virginia Millen explains the situation and looks at both sides.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

November 19, 2013 1

Sir Howard ... whale watching for Sri Lankan boats? ... Whovians in Parliament ...

Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

Sri Lankan human rights concerns derailing Commonwealth summit

November 12, 2013 3

Sri Lanka hoped that hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting would showcase its development since the Tamil war. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.

‘I’ve lost all hope that I can have a life here’: Tamils still fear the future

‘I’ve lost all hope that I can have a life here’: Tamils still fear the future

October 7, 2013 4

Four years after the civil war ended, many Tamils have no expectation of peace or safety in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, writes Emily Howie at Inside Story. This is what drives boat migration.

Greg Sheridan defends Sri Lankan junket — and glowing coverage

Greg Sheridan defends Sri Lankan junket — and glowing coverage

September 17, 2013 22

The Sri Lankan government's human rights record is under attack, but not by The Australian's Greg Sheridan. He travelled to the country last month on a government-funded trip.

Australia is playing Sri Lanka’s authoritarian game

Australia is playing Sri Lanka’s authoritarian game

April 18, 2013 7

Australia locks up refugees escaping conflict in Sri Lanka under secret terms that, on the face of it, fit neatly with the authoritarian regime they're fleeing.

Haigh: why we’re wasting our seat at the UN Security Council

Haigh: why we’re wasting our seat at the UN Security Council

April 3, 2013 11

Bob Carr is not making use of Australia's Security Council seat. Will we ever stop following in lockstep with the Americans and show some Aussie initiative? Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh offers suggestions.

It’s just not cricket: can sports stars stop the boats?

It’s just not cricket: can sports stars stop the boats?

March 5, 2013 2

TV spots featuring cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga are not likely to prevent illegal immigration from Sri Lanka, writes freelance journalist Bhakthi Puvanenthiran.

Sri Lankan government’s ‘constitutional coup’ stirs ICG censure

February 22, 2013 3

A new report on Sri Lanka -- by the International Crisis Group -- deplores the country's "authoritarian turn" and says the attacks on dissenters threaten long-term stability and peace in the nation.

It’s just not cricket that Sri Lanka keeps playing

It’s just not cricket that Sri Lanka keeps playing

January 25, 2013 5

The call for a boycott of Sri Lanka's cricket team following the actions of the Sri Lankan military against the country's Tamil population is growing. But it's not just a cricket issue ...

Australia woefully UN-prepared for Security Council stint

Australia woefully UN-prepared for Security Council stint

January 7, 2013 12

Australia is one week into its stint on the UN Security Council. Understaffed, conflicted and facing a raft of tough international issues, decision-makers and bureaucrats have their work cut out, says former diplomat Bruce Haigh.

Left disconnected from reality on asylum seekers

Left disconnected from reality on asylum seekers

December 7, 2012 56

The growing disconnection between progressive and most voters on asylum seekers is driven by the Left's refusal to accept there are consequences to government policy.