Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Myanmar nationals rescued by Sri Lanka Navy refuse to go back
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 01:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka police sources say that the 32 Myanmar nationals rescued by Sri Lanka Navy have refused to go back to their home country.

The Myanmar nationals, who reportedly belong to the minority Muslim Rohingya, have said that they left the country with no hope of returning due to atrocities they faced as the Muslims that lived close to Myanmar - Bangladesh border.

Sri Lankan authorities detained 17 of the 32 rescued until they are handed over to the Myanmar government.

The rest are also to be detained in the detention center for immigration offenders in Mirihana.

Sources say that Sri Lanka has no intention to bring charges against them under immigration regulations.

The Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday (16) rescued the 32 distressed Myanmar nationals when they were drifting in a boat about 250 nautical miles off the eastern seaboard.

Sectarian violence erupted last year between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has forced Rohingya to migrate by boats across the seas.

** Related Story :: Nearly 100 Myanmar nationals missing, Sri Lanka police told



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Tamils in eastern Sri Lanka protest Missing Persons Commission's hearings
-- [1 hour and 6 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka sending high-level delegation to Maldives to express concern over political crisis
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka stock exchange to set up a Central Counterparty Clearing system
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka, China committed to strengthen 'all weather friendship'
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan PM orders to remove high-maintenance foliage wall from official residence
-- [4 hours ago]
Top UN official visiting Sri Lanka holds discussions with President
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Freedom Party central committee to decide on constitutional reforms in a week
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Police appoint new head to the CID
-- [6 hours ago]
UN Under Secretary General calls on Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka
Tamil Nadu CM asks Indian PM to get the fishermen and boats released from Sri Lanka promptly

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.