WBEZ | Sri Lanka http://www.wbez.org/tags/sri-lanka Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en UN Human Rights Council urges Sri Lanka to investigate atrocities http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-23/un-human-rights-council-urges-sri-lanka-investigate-atrocities-97568 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-23/AP12032209561.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war between the Buddhist Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority left more than 70,000 dead. Both sides committed atrocities, but the final months of the conflict in 2009 were especially brutal. Yesterday, the <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">UN Human Rights Council</a> voted in favor of a U.S.-backed resolution that urges the Sri Lankan government to investigate war crimes committed during the conflict. <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://www.hrw.org/bios/james-ross" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">James Ross</a>, the policy and legal director for <a href="http://www.hrw.org" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Human Rights Watch</a>, who has been following Sri Lanka’s human rights situation for nearly two decades.</p></p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-23/un-human-rights-council-urges-sri-lanka-investigate-atrocities-97568 Worldview 3.23.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-23 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-23/ap120322128121.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday the UN Human Rights Council voted in favor of a U.S.-backed resolution that urges Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of atrocities during its 25-year civil war. <em>Worldview </em>talks with <a href="http://www.hrw.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Human Rights Watch</a>’s legal and policy director <a href="http://www.hrw.org/bios/james-ross" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">James Ross</a>, who’s worked on human rights in Sri Lanka for two decades, about the vote's significance. Also, the Italian prime minister has announced plans to introduce legislation that would make it much easier for companies to fire their employees. As it stands, employees can only be fired if the company fails. Political economist&nbsp; <a href="http://www.economist.com/economics/by-invitation/contributors/Alberto%20Alesina" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Alberto Alesina</a> tells <em>Worldview </em>how the legislation could impact the Italian economy. And film contributor Milos Stehlik gives his take on the Dardenne brothers' latest film, <em><a href="http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-kid-with-a-bike" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">The Kid With a Bike</a>.</em> Lastly, global citizen Nari Safavi tells us where to head this weekend for some multicultural fun on our weekly segment, <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Weekend Passport</a></em>.</p></p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-23 The scandals and background of the 2011 Cricket World Cup http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/scandals-and-background-2011-cricket-world-cup-84136 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-23/110489412.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All sports have controversies, but cricket sets a high bar for scandals. Right now, billions of people globally are tuned into the Cricket World Cup, underway in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. The final eight teams are currently in the knockout round.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s news desk editor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/ammad-omar">Ammad Omar</a> clues us in on cricket&rsquo;s incredible story lines.</p></p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-23/scandals-and-background-2011-cricket-world-cup-84136 'Death of the Tiger' chronicles the end of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/death-tiger-chronicles-end-sri-lankas-bloody-civil-war-83095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Sri lanka pic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009 after 26 years of conflict. Both sides &ndash; the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils &ndash; committed countless acts of terror and violence. The ruthless final push by the Sinhalese army went largely unseen by independent observers. Not only did it wipe out most Tamil guerrillas, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it also killed thousands of innocent civilians.</p><p>The effort has been heralded by military tacticians worldwide as the only successful counterinsurgency campaign. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/jon_lee_anderson/search?contributorName=jon%20lee%20anderson">Jon Lee Anderson</a>, a staff writer for the <em>New Yorker </em>magazine, tells us about his January 17 article, &ldquo;Death of the Tiger,&rdquo; which offers a definitive account of what transpired.</p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/death-tiger-chronicles-end-sri-lankas-bloody-civil-war-83095