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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

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Comments on the Freedom of Religion Bill to prevent unethical conversions in Sri Lanka

We reproduce the full the text of a letter sent by Institute on Religion and Public Policy.(IRPP) in response to our story titled: “Christian Fundamentalists Gang Up Against Bill To Prevent Unethical Conversion In Sri Lanka.”

Sri Lanka falls behind even Bhutan & Maldives in ratifying Vienna convention on citizen safety

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lanka is the only South Asian country which has failed to ratify the most important international convention regarding the safety of its citizens in other countries. As Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, it will not be able to take legal action to save the lives of three Sri Lankan expatriates facing death sentence Saudi Arabia for the charge of theft.

Musharraf arrives in Manila

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf Monday arrived in Manila on a three-day official visit to the Philippines.

Government media can’t judge party activities- UNP spokesman

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The United National Party said that their party is still in the process of reforming.

Musharraf says sincerity, flexibility, out of box solutions normalise India-Pak ties

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

Neither harsh tone nor rhetoric marked Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s interaction with senior editors here a couple of hours before his departure for Manila at the end of his three day India visit. He spoke frankly with an occasional chuckle and a joke and sounded sincere in what he was saying.

My Captivity by the LTTE

The International Committee for Red Cross was told to bring an end to the harassment and torture by the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and to make them to stop forthwith, the ruthless measures they use to adopt on those innocent ones, who are taken into custody in the areas controlled by them.

SL trade chambers treat tsunami affected entrepreneurs

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s trade chambers are now engaged in expanding meeting their social responsibilities and cater to the tsunami affected entrepreneurs in devastated areas.

Modi says US denied visa due to his anti-conversion law.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

A month after he was denied visa to visit United States of America, Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government’s stand against religious conversions in the state was the main reason for him being denied a visa to the US.

Tamilnet flouts media ethics, says Sri Lankan media watchers

Sri Lankan media circles expressed dismay at unethical media practices by the Tamilnet, a pro LTTE website, which has refused to publish a correction sent by the Scandinavian Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). Several senior members of the Editors Guild and Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association deplored Tamilnet website for its refusal to publish a correction or to acknowledge its misreporting.

500 PPPP workers released, but thousands still behind bars

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzi – Reporting from Islamabad

The authorities in Pakistan have said that they had released most of the opposition workers whom they detained at the weekend just before Pakistan Peoples' Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari returned from Dubai.