Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Sri Lanka said it would deny a visa to singer Akon , whose planned April concert in the island nation sparked rock-throwing protests by Buddhists offended by one of his videos. Four employees were injured and windows and parked cars were smashed. Akon's video for the song "Sexy Bitch" features scantily clad women dancing in front of a statue of the Buddha. Sri Lanka's ethnic majority Sinhalese are primarily Buddhists.
Akon Denied Visa To Perform In Sri Lanka
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Click to expand Image. There have long been reports that the Sri Lankan military and police forces rape and sexually abuse ethnic Tamils detained for alleged links to the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE , among other forms of torture and ill-treatment. During the year-long conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, state security personnel were responsible for numerous acts of sexual violence against women, men, and children in official and secret detention centers seeking to coerce confessions, degrade them, and discourage broader Tamil involvement with the LTTE. Although reports by United Nations expert bodies have documented some of these abuses, including details of specific cases, most have gone unreported. Available information indicates that rapes by Sri Lankan security forces, together with other violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, sharply increased with the implementation of expanded Emergency Regulations, and the resumption of armed hostilities between the government and the LTTE following the breakdown of the ceasefire in This report focuses on rape and other sexual violence committed by members of the Sri Lankan security forces from against women and men in state custody.
Sinhala Poetry Translated By Ranjini Obeyesekere
The Government of Sri Lanka is set to reject almost out of hand the early draft of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka, which activists are condemning as a bitter disappointment that does not take into account the scathing report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The draft resolution does not even come close to the text of the resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council in Geneva in , disappointed rights activists said as calls mounted internationally for the Council to take decisive action against the Sri Lankan Government. The resolution calls for the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to consolidate and preserve evidence pertaining to war crimes and emblematic cases in Sri Lanka.
By Laleen Jayamanne —. Ranjini Obeyesekere has brought together a wide-ranging translation of Sinhala poetry making it accessible to an English- speaking readership. This in itself is an admirable achievement.