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Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) insists Lanka not multiracial
Published Date: 25/03/2013 (Monday)
The Bodu Bala Sena (BS) says Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country. Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura this evening, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.
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Round Table discussion on the Impact of new Family Migration Rules on BME Communities
Published Date: 25/03/2013 (Monday)
In July 2012, the rules for family migration to the UK changed, particularly affecting the right of people to sponsor family members to come and join them in the UK. People now need to earn at least £18,600 per year in order to bring a partner here from outside the European Union, and it is much more difficult to bring elderly dependants to the UK than previously.
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Tamils Protest over Mulliyavalai Muslim settlement
Published Date: 24/03/2013 (Sunday)
The government surveyors sent to survey lands in Mullaithivu and Mulliyavalai areas were forced to leave when large number of Tamils turned up to oppose their plan. It was reported the purpose of surveying lands was to settle Muslims in these areas. It was said over 540 acres of forest lands in Mulliyavalai were cleared to colonize one thousand four hundred and forty five (1445) Muslim families in that locality. Reports further said that Thekkattu region near Mullaiyavalai 6th mile post hasn’t been handed over to the divisional secretariat by the Department of Forest Conservation.
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Politics in Sri Lanka - Military muscling With the civil war long over, the armed forces are busy with beauty salons
Published Date: 23/03/2013 (Saturday)
JOSEPH STALIN is unhappy. The boss of a Sri Lankan teachers’ union claims that the country’s schools are losing their independence. Last month, unions say, nearly 4,000 head-teachers were invited to interviews at the National Cadet Corps. Successful applicants will get 45 days of training, and then full military titles. The idea, supposedly, is to improve discipline in schools.
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World Water Day 2013: What’s missing in MDG7 for women and girls?
Published Date: 23/03/2013 (Saturday)
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Researcher Lyla Mehta's in her paper presented at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York on 6 March 2013, says access to water and sanitation for all is central to achieving global justice for women and girls. 780 million people still lack access to drinking water, and sanitation remains seriously off track with 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation. Better access to water and sanitation facilities can reduce poverty and provide immediate health benefits for women and girls as well as better educational and economic opportunities and life chances.
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Australian Tamil Youth Fast-in-Solidarity with Students in Tamil Nadu, India.
Published Date: 22/03/2013 (Friday)
The Tamil youths in Australia began a 24-hour fast yesterday at Prince Alfred Park (Parramatta, NSW) to show their solidarity with the hunger strikers in Tamil Nadu, India, in protest of the weak wording of the US-led draft resolution on Sri Lanka at 22nd UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Session. Our Fast-in-Solidarity is to express that we stand firm with them on the fundamental principle of justice and an independent homeland for the Eelam Tamil people, said one student.
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India approves tougher sex crime law after protests
Published Date: 21/03/2013 (Thursday)
India has approved a tough new law to punish sex crimes, including the death penalty for repeat offenders, after the fatal gang rape of a student in December sparked unprecedented protests over the treatment of women.
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UNHCR releases its report on asylum trends in Industrialized Countries
Published Date: 20/03/2013 (Wednesday)
The UN refugee agency UNHCR reports an estimated 479,300 asylum applications were registered in the 44 industrialized countries in 2012, an increase of 8 per cent over 2011. This is the second highest level in the past decade. Only in 2003 were more asylum claims recorded (505,000). The 27 Member States of the European Union registered 296,700 new asylum claims in 2012, a 7 per cent increase compared to 2011 (277,800). These 27 States together accounted for 83 per cent of all asylum claims.
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Justice for Tamils: Debate in the House of Commons
Published Date: 20/03/2013 (Wednesday)
The British MPs took up the matter – “Justice for Tamils” today to debate in the main chamber of the House of Commons giving an opportunity for MPs from all parties to debate. The debate which commenced at 7.02pm was led by Lee Scott Conservative MP for Ilford north and the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Tamils. Three MPs, Lee Scott (Ilford North, Conservative), Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Liberal Democrat) and Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central, Conservative) spoke during the meeting.
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Westminster Hall Debate on Sri Lanka: Khuram Shaikh
Published Date: 20/03/2013 (Wednesday)
Simon Danczuk (Rochdale, Labour) secured this debate today to convey the human tragedy and agony behind the murder of Khuram Shaikh, the UK national in Sri Lanka. Simon Danczuk leading the Westminster Hall Debate on Sri Lanka today, said, the purpose of the debate was to draw attention to how the Sri Lankan justice system has failed to investigate the murder of the British tourist Khuram Shaikh and also to honour his memory. Khuram Shaikh was a well known and a valuable and committed member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
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Russell Tribunal on Palestine calls on International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli crimes
Published Date: 17/03/2013 (Sunday)
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) ends its 4-year examination of third party complicity in Israeli violations of International Law. The Tribunal concludes that it will support all initiatives from civil society and international organisations aimed at bringing Israel in front of the International Criminal Court. It calls for the ICC to recognise Palestinian jurisdiction and for the organisation of a special session of the United Nations General Assembly on Israeli Apartheid.
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Missed out campaign: A Campaign success on International Women’s Day
Published Date: 16/03/2013 (Saturday)
Tamil Information Centre (TIC) is delighted to find that women seeking asylum are no longer missed out of the British Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, and a range of improvements can now be anticipated that will benefit them. The Missed Out campaign that the TIC has been involved has proved successful.
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BOOK REVIEW: Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation By F. William Engdahl
Published Date: 15/03/2013 (Friday)
This skilfully researched book with 341 pages with complete index focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”
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CPA is to take the lead in promoting Citizen Dialogue on the LLRC
Published Date: 15/03/2013 (Friday)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has taken a lead in monitoring the levels of public awareness of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the implementation of its recommendations. CPA has monitored the proceedings of LLRC and disseminated information to the public through its websites critically analysing shortcomings in the process.
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Australian Tamils joins worldwide protests against Rajapaksa regime
Published Date: 14/03/2013 (Thursday)
Hundreds of Australian Tamils and supporters from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra gathered outside the Australian parliament in Canberra today at 12 noon to protest against the continuing atrocities against the Tamil speaking people and brutal dictatorship of the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Students’ protests gain momentum across Tamil Nadu
Published Date: 12/03/2013 (Tuesday)
Student protests demanding justice for war crimes in Sri Lanka gathered momentum across Tamil Nadu on Monday, with class boycotts, fasts and demonstrations being reported from various cities and towns. The protests intensified after eight students of Loyola College here, who were on an indefinite fast since Friday, were taken into police custody in the early hours.
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CPA Report : Accelerated Programme on Solving Post Conflict State Lands Issues in the Northern and Eastern Provinces
Published Date: 12/03/2013 (Tuesday)
In January 2013 the Government issued a new circular titled Accelerated Programme on Solving Post Conflict State Lands Issues in the Northern and Eastern Provinces- Land Circular 2013/01 (herein referred to as the Circular), which is the most recent effort by the Government to address land problems in the North and East. The Circular sets out a process to be implemented over two years in order to identify and address problems relating to State land in these two provinces. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has published a report to highlight key issues and concerns relating to this Circular and its implications if implemented.
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Third Anniversary of the Global Tamil Forum
Published Date: 11/03/2013 (Monday)
Global Tamil Forum (GTF) a global organisation involved in international advocacy for justice, peace and security of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka held its 3rd anniversary on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at the UK Parliament. Various international and local institutions were represented at the event. Also many political and non-political dignitaries attended the conference, including the UK Conservative Party Chairman on behalf of the Prime Minister, The senior Foreign Minister of the FCO, Deputy Prime Minister/Leader of the LibDem Party and Labour Party Leader/Opposition Leader.
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Tamil MPs and activists in Geneva may be arrested on return from Geneva, says Sri Lanka Government Minister
Published Date: 10/03/2013 (Sunday)
Tamil MPs and activists from the North-East who are in Geneva attending the UN Human Rights Council session currently underway, will be questioned and arrested on return if 'they have made statements detrimental to the unitary character of the state', said a prominent government minister to a Sinhala newspaper - Lakbima.
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Valampuri newspaper Journalist attacked in Jaffna
Published Date: 08/03/2013 (Friday)
Uthayarasa Stalin a twenty-four year old journalist working for the Jaffna-based Valampuri newspaper was attacked by a group of unidentified people today. Reports emerging from Jaffna suggest that he was attacked on the same day at two places, while returning to office after an assignment on his bicycle. First he was attacked near Brown Road and later he was stopped at Neeraviyadi, close to Jaffna Hindu College, where he was attacked a second time.
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CPA reports attacks on places of religious worship in post–war Sri Lanka
Published Date: 08/03/2013 (Friday)
While the post-war context offered an opportunity for consolidating peace and reconciliation, and there have been a number of positive developments, there are increasing concerns relating to violence targeting places of worship and religious intolerance, according to a new report published by the Colombo based Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), the Research and advocacy agency focusing on governance and conflict resolution.
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International Investigation Now - Systematic Ethnic Based Human Rights Violations of Tamils Escalate: Report by TGTE
Published Date: 07/03/2013 (Thursday)
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) has released a Report entitled, "International Investigation Now - Systematic Ethnic Based Human Rights Violations of Tamils Escalate”, today, which it says is designed to highlight the need for an International Commission of Inquiry and to coincide with the current UN Human Rights Council Session and a draft Resolution released by the US.
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Twelve Sri Lankan Tamils arrested by the Kollam police released from judicial custody
Published Date: 07/03/2013 (Thursday)
Twelve Sri Lankan Tamils, arrested by the Kollam police on June 3 after they apprehended a human trafficking racket on a crude mechanised fishing boat at Kavanad here, were released from judicial custody on Saturday by F. Minimol, magistrate of the Judicial First Class Court-II here.
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Mihin Lanka office in Madurai attacked by pro-Eelam activists
Published Date: 06/03/2013 (Wednesday)
Police sources in Maduarai reported that Sri Lanka budget airline Mihin Lanka’s office in Madurai was attacked by pro Eelam Tamil activists. The Sri Lanka's state owned budget airline Mihin Lanka commenced flights to Madurai on 7 December 2012. Madurai was its 10th destination. The Airbus 321 with 212 seating capacity operating three days a week to Madurai benefits large number of relatives of Sri Lanka's Indian-origin plantation Tamils living in South India.
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Tamil Nadu Social Worker dies after self-immolation in support of Eelam Tamil cause
Published Date: 04/03/2013 (Monday)
Mani, a 41-year-old social worker of coastal Nallavadu village in Cuddalore district, doused himself with petrol and set himself ablaze at the Collectorate complex in Cuddalore, raising slogans against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and demanding that he be tried in the International Court of Justice for alleged war crimes, police said.
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