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Tensions Flare Between Religious Groups in Sri Lanka Over Mosque

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Download Sri Lanka's Muslim community has accused radical Buddhists of trying to damage peaceful relations between the country's religious communities.

A group of Buddhist monks has threatened to demolish a mosque in a sacred area of Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister has backed the monks, ordering the mosque's removal.

It's raised concerns the government is pushing a nationalist Sinhalese agenda to divert attention away from the island's troubled economy.

Kara Douglas from Radio Australia has more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 April 2012 09:34 )
 

Widows on Frontline of Sri Lanka’s Mine Clearing Effort

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Download One of the unintended legacies of the civil war in Sri Lanka is the hundreds of thousands of unexploded landmines that litter parts of the country.

The mines continue to maim and kill and they've made it dangerous for many people to return to their villages.

The military and aid agencies are working hard to clear the minefields laid by both sides.

Among those taking on one of the most dangerous jobs in the world are many women made widows by the conflict.

Richard Lindell from Radio Australia has the report.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 April 2012 07:45 )
 

Disappearances Continue in Sri Lanka Post-war, Says Rights Group

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Download In Sri Lanka, a human rights group says people are still disappearing nearly three years after the end of the civil war.

The rights group Platform for Freedom believes there have been about 35 disappearances over the past three months.

The UN Human Rights Council last week passed a resolution calling for a thorough investigation of alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the final phases of the civil war.

Sen Lam from Radio Australia speaks with Brito Fernando, co-convenor of Platform for Freedom from Sri Lanka.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 April 2012 10:23 )
 

Former Sri Lankan Army Chief Fonseka Given Another Jail Term

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Download A court in Sri Lanka has sentenced former army commander Sarath Fonseka to three years in jail after he accused the government of committing war crimes.

The retired army chief led the government forces to victory against the Tamil Tigers in 2009.

But he fell out with the powerful President Mahinda Rajapakse who he ran against in elections last year. He was defeated in the polls and later arrested on charges of harbouring army deserters and treason.

Ponniah Manikavasagam has the details from Colombo.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 November 2011 10:00 )
 

‘Do Not Kill the Journalists; Do Not Kill the Democracy’: Rare Sri Lanka Media Protest

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Download Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war was brought to an end in May 2009.

But, the media continues to face suppression, while dozens of journalists live in exile.

DushiYanthini Kanagasabapathipillai reports on a rare protest by journalists in the North of Sri Lanka demanding greater protection.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 August 2011 19:51 )
 
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