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Sri Lankans vote in parliamentary elections

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankans voted Thursday for a new Parliament, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa looking to consolidate his political dominance after winning re-election in January and then detaining his chief rival. Voters lined up as polls opened throughout the island nation southeast...

Sri Lanka ruling party increases gains in revote

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Veteran politician Dissanayake Mudiyansalage Jayaratne took the oath of office as Sri Lanka's 20th prime minister Wednesday after the ruling party won a large parliamentary majority. Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance increased its parliamentary gains...

Methodology and Innovation in Mixed Legal Systems

WSMJJ Conference Announcement Who: Third International Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists What: Methodology and Innovation in Mixed Legal Systems When: 20-23 June 2011 Where: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Co-Sponsored by: The Hebrew University...

Judge tosses case against Sri Lanka's president

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday against Sri Lanka's president over killings allegedly carried out by his forces during the country's ethnic civil war. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that she must dismiss the suit against President Mahinda Rajapaksa...

Sri Lanka will not fully implement own war report

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka will not implement all proposals from its civil war commission because the panel went beyond its mandate, a government minister said Monday after a U.N. rights council called for the report's implementation. The commission's report dismissed allegations...

Human Rights Violations Served With Tea

Imagine you were born the child of a tea plucker on a plantation in India. Your parents are functional illiterates who work long hours for less than USD $2 per day to feed the family. If your family is lucky, you will be able to eat just enough to live but remain malnourished. If one of the unfortunate...

2 survive to tell of Sri Lankan abduction squads

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (AP) - The politician knew something was amiss when a suspicious white van pulled alongside him at a Colombo park and four men got out, pretending to exercise. Ravindra Udayashanta alerted his supporters, and police. Soon, the gunbattle began. In Sri Lanka, anyone who has Full ...

Sri Lanka starts move to impeach chief justice

COLOMBO Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka's government said Thursday that it had started the process to impeach the country's chief justice, accusing her of overstepping her limits in the culmination of a drawn-out conflict between the judiciary and the government. Government spokesman Keheliya...