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Public Meeting in British Parliament: Lawyers on Trial in Turkey: Implications for Establishing Peace and Justice
Published Date: 04/03/2013 (Monday)
In Turkey today lawyers are being locked up simply for doing their job of representing their clients. The abuse of legality has gone so far that lawyers seeking to represent imprisoned lawyers are themselves being prosecuted. At present more than 50 lawyers in Turkey are in jail, of whom the majority are former members of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan’s legal team.
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Lycamobile Team amongst top British Asians hosted by Prince Charles
Published Date: 27/02/2013 (Wednesday)
The President of the British Asians Trust, Prince of Wales hosted a dinner for around 250 British Asians on 13 February 2013 at the Waterloo Chamber in Windsor Castle. The reception and dinner was hosted to thank supporters of the British Asian Trust and to mark its fifth anniversary. For the past five years, this was the fourth consecutive dinner hosted by Prince Charles to appreciate the work of British Asians.
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"We Will Teach You a Lesson" : Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces
Published Date: 26/02/2013 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan security forces have been using rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected members or supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While widespread rape in custody occurred during the armed conflict that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch found that politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present.
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The State of Human Rights in the North of Sri Lanka 2012
Published Date: 25/02/2013 (Monday)
A new report published with the support of the Sri Lanka Advocacy Network, Germany says that Repression and human rights violations in the North remained under-reported throughout 2012. This report does not provide a comprehensive account of all incidents and trends happened in 2012, nevertheless it attempts to highlight some key human rights violations facing the Tamils in the North. At the same time it has to be recognized that violations and repressions are faced by all communities across the country, such as in the East and in the plantation sector.
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Sri Lanka’s Ongoing Shift to Authoritarianism
Published Date: 22/02/2013 (Friday)
In November issue of the Asia Pacific Bulletin published by the East West Centre, Neil DeVotte, Associate Professor at Wake Forest University argues, one word that is increasingly mentioned when discussing contemporary Sri Lanka is “authoritarianism.” This is primarily due to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s frittering away of citizens’ civil liberties even as he and his “First Family” arrogate power and—together with their close relatives, cronies, and supporters—govern extra-constitutionally and extrajudicially.
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Sri Lanka: Hard-line Buddhist group calls for halal boycott
Published Date: 17/02/2013 (Sunday)
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Strength Force, a new hard-line Sinhalese Buddhist group has called for the abolition of the Muslim halal system of certifying foods in Sri Lanka. They also demanded shops to clear their stocks by April 2013. They have openly accused the Muslim and Christians, in particular and said that foreign “propagators of religions” should leave the country within a month.
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China facilitates setting up of permanent SF bases in North
Published Date: 07/02/2013 (Thursday)
The government is engaged in an ambitious programme to establish permanent security forces bases in the Northern and Eastern Provinces as part of a strategy to thwart any possible attempt to revive LTTE terrorism. Authoritative government officials told The Island.
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Transitioning from a Humanitarian Crisis to a Human Rights Crisis
Published Date: 25/01/2013 (Friday)
In her Briefing paper entitled Sri Lanka: Transitioning from a Humanitarian Crisis to a Human Rights Crisis, Lynn Yoshikawa, Senior Programme manager of Inter Action, writes- “ Sri Lanka is recovering from a devastating 26-year civil war, which ended in May 2009 with the military defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the government of Sri Lanka.
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Violence against women in Nepal: Vigil in London
Published Date: 11/01/2013 (Friday)
Over 50 young women and men participated in a Vigil organised by Nepali Youth Forum (UK) in Strand near Nepali embassy, 21a Kensington Palace Gardens, W8 4QU on 11 January 2013 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Varadakumar, the Executive Secretary of the Tamil Information Centre also joined in the vigil. He said “I am here to show solidarity with the Nepali women. Their struggle against violence is also our struggle, where hundreds of women have been subjected to sexual violence in Sri Lanka”
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Sinhala Youth from Australia who Taught English to Tamil Schoolchildren in Jaffna
Published Date: 22/12/2012 (Saturday)
When 22 year old Wikum Kuruppu finished his double degree in Science and Arts at the University of Monash, he wanted to take a year off doing volunteer work, before immersing himself in a career. Born in Panadura, he migrated with his family to New Zealand when he was just two, and then moved on to Australia where he studied and grew up. Now straddling adulthood, he wanted to give something back to the world before embarking on a career but instead of Africa, his mother convinced him he owed something to Sri Lanka in particular.
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Mebourne doctor Brian Seniwiratne deported by Singapore
Published Date: 16/12/2012 (Sunday)
Dr Brian Seniwiratne, the 81 year old Sri Lankan born Australian has been deported by the Malaysian immigration authorities today. Dr Senivaratne. Dr Seniwiratne is trained as a Gastroenterologist, Physician and has a practice located in Wynnum. He has been a long-time critic of the Sri Lankan Government over its treatment of Tamils.
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The Struggle of War Widows – A consideration of Nepal and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/12/2012 (Friday)
A recent article in IPS by Sri Lankan journalist Amantha Perera highlights the difficulties faced by the widow of war victims in both Nepal and Sri Lanka. In Nepal she highlights the story of Sita Tamang, whose husband went missing in 2004. When Tamang tried to claim compensation from the government more than 7 years after her husband’s disappearances she was met with resistance and demands that she produce paperwork substantiating their union.
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Human Rights Defenders from South Sri Lanka are prevented from entering Tamil homeland
Published Date: 14/12/2012 (Friday)
A Group of 42 human rights and political activists and journalists from Southern Sri Lanka entering Tamil homeland in the north were detained by police in Jaffna and prevented from attending a protest to mark international human rights day in Jaffna on 10 December 2011, while events to mark Human Rights Day including protests in other parts of Sri Lanka such as in Colombo, Kandy and Kurunegela were allowed to take place without disruption. The police also tried to disperse the locals who gathered in Jaffna town to join the rally.
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Tamil Solidarity protest demanding the release of Jaffna University students
Published Date: 08/12/2012 (Saturday)
Tamil Solidarity organised an urgent protest in front of the Sri Lankan High Commission in London yesterday demanding an immediate unconditional release of Jaffna University students.
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Sri Lanka’s maiden satellite launched
Published Date: 27/11/2012 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka’s first Communications Satellite SupremeSAT – 1 was launched today on board China’s Long March 3B/E Launch Vehicle from the Xi-chang Satellite Launch Centre. SupremeSAT – 1 was launched successfully at Sri Lankan time 15:43hrs from the Space Center in China, Vijith Peiris Group CEO of SupremeSAT said. “This is a proud moment for us as citizens of Sri Lanka,” he told Ada Derana. Sri Lanka becomes the 45th country to own a Communication Satellite and becomes the third South Asian country to have launched a satellite after India and Pakistan.
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Persecution of Lawyers in Turkey
Published Date: 23/11/2012 (Friday)
In Turkey on 16 July, the trial against 46 lawyers, three employees of law firms and a journalist who are suspected of having ties with the Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) started. The Turkish authorities regard the KCK as the local branch of the banned Kurdish labour party PKK. The majority of the suspected lawyers is (or was) involved in the defence of Abdullah Öcalan. According to the office of the prosecutor, the suspects have communicated instructions from Öcalan to his supporters. The lawyers are accused of “working for, or belonging to, a terrorist organisation.”
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Police arrest Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Convenor Udul Premarathne
Published Date: 29/10/2012 (Monday)
Convenor of the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) Udul Premarathne was arrested by police today. A representative of the Inter University Student’s Federation said that Premaratne was arrested when he came out after attending a discussion and press briefing at the UNP party headquarters Sirikotha.
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China to build military housing in North-East
Published Date: 26/08/2012 (Sunday)
China is expanding its economic, trade and military ties with Sri Lanka providing US$ 100 million (Rs. 13.2 billion) for army welfare projects initiated by the Ministry of Defence, official sources said. Plans are afoot to set up accommodation and infrastructure facilities in army camps in the north and east with Chinese assistance. The maintenance of military camps in strategic locations throughout the country is essential for national security, the Government has long argued despite pressure from some western nations and India to reduce the military presence in the north and east.
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Training to Lankan forces concealed from TN: Jaya
Published Date: 25/08/2012 (Saturday)
The controversy over Sri Lankan Army officers being trained by the Indian military establishment has yet again surfaced in Tamil Nadu, with the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa strongly condemning two more defence personnel from that country undergoing training here since May.
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Assault on Pastor of Deniyaya for “spreading Christianity”
Published Date: 20/08/2012 (Monday)
A national Assemblies of God pastor and his wife were viciously attacked by a mob in Sri Lanka after being accused of "spreading Christianity." A mob of around 40 people led by members of the Buddhist clergy, severely attacked Regional Presbyter of Deniyaya Reverend Jayalath and his wife while they were returning home after visiting a member of their congregation, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL). The incident took place in Deniyaya in Southern Sri Lanka on August 9 at 1pm.
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EROS office attacked
Published Date: 20/08/2012 (Monday)
The Batticaloa party office of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS) located near the Batticaloa Municipal Council came under attack by a group in the early hours of Sunday, 19 August 2012. According to police, the attackers had caused severe damage to the party office and had also attempted to set fire to the van belonging to the EROS leader R Prabhakaran using petrol bombs. The fire was brought under control by the neighbours.
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Forest fire in Jaffna
Published Date: 18/08/2012 (Saturday)
Wadamrachchie Jaffna, Disaster Management Center (DMS) announced that a fire which broke out at a Pine tree cultivation in the Manalkadu area in Jaffna has destroyed around 5 acres of land. Army, police personnel and residents in the area are currently attempting to quell the flames, which are rapidly spreading due to existing dry conditions and strong winds, Sri Lanka Army said.
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Sri Lankan navy arrests 37 Chinese fisherman
Published Date: 07/08/2012 (Tuesday)
Thirty seven Chinese fishermen and two Sri Lankan agents were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on suspicion of fishing illegally off eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The fishermen were arrested on Sunday (05.08.2012) night. According to Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya, the navy found the men aboard two trawlers fishing illegally in waters off the east coast town of Batticaloa.
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Ramanan Mylvaganam pleads Guilty in New York to providing material support to the LTTE
Published Date: 02/08/2012 (Thursday)
The former University of Waterloo student Ramanan Mylvaganam has pleaded guilty in a New York district court to conspiring to provide material support to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE is declared a terrorist organization in both Canada and the U.S. The FBI says Ramanan Mylvaganam pleaded guilty in connection with his attempt to procure sophisticated technology for the LTTE. According to court documents, in March 2006, Mylvaganam conspired to purchase approximately $22,000 worth of submarine design software for the LTTE
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Terrorist involved in attack on SL team killed
Published Date: 02/08/2012 (Thursday)
A terrorist wanted for alleged involvement in the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team was killed in a shootout with police in Pakistan's Punjab province, officials said today. Law enforcement agencies started checking vehicles near Ghazi Ghat bridge in Multan, 400km from Lahore, after getting a tip-off yesterday that some terrorists were bound for the city in public transport.
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