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M Karunanidhi calls for referendum in Sri Lanka to end woes of Tamils
Published Date: 12/09/2013 (Thursday)
A referendum under the aegis of the United Nations alone would give a fresh lease of life to "beleaguered" Tamils in Sri Lanka, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said in Chennai today. "Tamils all over the world earnestly expect that the UN would come forward for such a permanent solution (referendum) after the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay tables report based on her recent tour of Sri Lanka to study the plight of Tamils," he said.
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The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) will temporarily stop all expulsions to Sri Lanka until they have the results about the alleged torture cases
Published Date: 11/09/2013 (Wednesday)
In two cases, rejected asylum seekers have claimed that they were detained and tortured after their return from Switzerland to Sri Lanka. After NGOs made these cases public, the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) announced last week that they will examine these cases, and that they will temporarily stop all expulsions to Sri Lanka until they have the results about the alleged torture cases.
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Indian observers in Sri Lanka's northern provincial polls
Published Date: 11/09/2013 (Wednesday)
Five Indians will be among other foreign observers for the provincial council elections in the north scheduled for September 21 after a gap of 25 years. External affairs minister G L Peiris said there will be five Indian observers, including N Gopalaswami, a former Indian elections commissioner, at the northern provincial council elections.
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Sri Lanka asks Pillay to not give credence to unsubstantiated allegations
Published Date: 10/09/2013 (Tuesday)
Delivering the national statement at the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva on Monday (9), Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation, Ravinatha Aryasinha said the Government informed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay during her recent visit to Sri Lanka of the need to adopt an objective and unbiased approach to Sri Lanka in fulfillment of her mandate, and to not give credence to unsubstantiated allegations made by those with vested interests and agendas, largely driven by certain extreme elements in the Sri Lankan Diaspora.
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Commonwealth to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections
Published Date: 10/09/2013 (Tuesday)
The Commonwealth is to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections, Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced today. A Commonwealth Observation Mission will be deployed for the 21 September elections. Former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka of Kenya will lead the mission. The Commonwealth Secretary-General constituted the mission at the invitation of Sri Lanka’s Commissioner of Elections.
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Case to be filed in Supreme Court against TNA Constitution
Published Date: 10/09/2013 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Lawyers Guild, a nationalist organisation in Sri Lanka said they will file a case in the Supreme Court against the election manifesto of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The Convener of the Guild Attorney at Law Kapila Gamage said that the proclamation of self rule in the manifesto is a violation of the Sri Lanka constitution.
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Nearly 25 percent of Asia-Pacific men rapists: findings from the UN Multi-country Cross-sectional Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific
Published Date: 10/09/2013 (Tuesday)
The first multi-country study of rape and partner violence has revealed some shocking findings about the prevalence of rape in the Asia-Pacific region. Published as two articles in the British medical journal The Lancet, the United Nations-backed research reports nearly one-quarter of men surveyed in six Asia-Pacific countries admit to committing rape, often against their own partners.
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TIC Mourns Death of Human Rights Advocate Sunila Abeysekera
Published Date: 09/09/2013 (Monday)
We are deeply saddened by the death of our former colleague Sunila Abeysekera in Colombo today. She was sixty-one years of age at the time of her death. Sunila is a scholar and an award-winning human rights campaigner and civil society activist. Secretary General Kofi Annan presented Sunila with a UN human rights award in 1999. She was also honoured for her work by the Human Rights Watch.
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India to supply two naval warships to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 05/09/2013 (Thursday)
India is planning to supply two naval warships to Sri Lanka to strengthen its capabilities to guard its maritime boundaries. The two Offshore Patrol Vessels would be built by the Goa-based defence PSU Goa Shipyard Limited and they are expected to be delivered to the Island nation by 2017-18 timeframe.
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Swiss Federal Office for Migration temporarily suspends repatriation to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 04/09/2013 (Wednesday)
Bern. Non-government organisations (NGOs) have recently reported isolated cases of Sri Lankan nationals who have been arrested by the Sri Lankan authorities and tortured on return to their home country. The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) has taken fast and comprehensive action to investigate the cases that have been brought to its attention. The FOM has no factual knowledge to date as to whether and to what extent Sri Lankan returnees have been unlawfully treated. The imminent repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals has been suspended until the results of the investigations are known.
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Arrests of Sri Lankan fishermen by Indian Coast Guard
Published Date: 04/09/2013 (Wednesday)
The Indian Coast Guard yesterday said it had apprehended ten Sri Lankan fishermen for allegedly entering Indians waters illegally and fishing last month and their two boats in August and handed them to Tamil Nadu Police. In a statement issued in Chennai, the Coast Guard said its ship Viswast, while on patrol, around 4.20pm apprehended a Sri Lankan fishing boat on August 31 with five crew members and 155 kg fish catch.
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Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa criticises visit of Navi Pillay
Published Date: 03/09/2013 (Tuesday)
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday claimed that UN human rights chief Navi Pillay's visit to Sri Lanka was influenced by propaganda from elements of the LTTE that was defeated in a civil war in 2009. Gotabhaya, said the "re-emergence of terrorism is still a threat" despite the end of the country's nearly three-decade ethnic war.
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SRI LANKA: New Zealand, Fonterra to help build Sri Lankan dairy
Published Date: 02/09/2013 (Monday)
New Zealand and Sri Lanka have agreed to develop the Asian country's dairy sector in an attempt to build bridges after a safety row involving Fonterra milk powder. Sri Lankan regulators hit Fonterra with a two-week ban on selling and advertising its products last month, after the country's food safety authority claimed it had detected the agricultural chemical DCD in milk powder.
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Sri Lanka slams UN rights chief's statement
Published Date: 01/09/2013 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka today accused UN rights chief Navi Pillay of transgressing her mandate during her week-long fact-finding mission in the country to probe alleged war crimes committed during the ethnic conflict with the Tamil Tigers. "The High Commissioner's observation that Sri Lanka is showing signs of heading in an increasingly authoritarian direction is a political statement on her part, which clearly transgresses her mandate and the basic norms which should be observed by a discerning international civil servant," Information Department said in a statement.
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Government blocks Navi Pillay’s move to scatter flowers on the Nandikadal lagoon
Published Date: 01/09/2013 (Sunday)
There was panic in the corridors of power that Navi Pillay, the UN Human Commissioner for Human Rights, was going to scatter flowers on the Nandikadal lagoon in memory of those who had lost their lives in the last stages of the war against the LTTE, reports the Sri Lamnkan National weekly Sunday Times. The reports were to cause a flurry of activity, both at the External Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Defence.
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SRI LANKA: The Armed Forces are now the police
Published Date: 29/08/2013 (Thursday)
On July 3rd 2013, President Mahinda Rajapaksha published a gazette that authorized the armed forces to engage in “the maintenance of public order”. Last week, he announced a new ministry under the title “the Ministry of Law and Order”. By these two acts, the Sri Lankan civilian police have been virtually reduced to nothing, and their function – which is to maintain law and order – has now been handed over to the armed forces, says the Asian Human Rights Commission, the non-governmental organisation which seeks to promote greater awareness and realisation of human rights in the Asian region.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister seeks Indian PM's personal intervention in fishermen issue
Published Date: 29/08/2013 (Thursday)
At least 35 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their four boats have been seized for violating the international maritime boundary line, according to Sri Lankan Navy. Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said the fishermen were arrested and their four trawlers were seized last night off Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka's west coast. They will be charged for violating the international maritime border line.
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Annual Methodist Conference 2013 stands in solidarity with the people of Weliveriya - Rathupaswala
Published Date: 28/08/2013 (Wednesday)
The 50th Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, Sri Lanka meeting in Colombo, 24th to 27th August 2013, expressed its deep shock and sadness over the violent response of the armed forces during the recent protest by villagers of Weliveriya - Rathupaswala against the alleged contamination and pollution of water by a local factory.
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Madras Café: Passed by Censor Board, stopped by protesters
Published Date: 28/08/2013 (Wednesday)
The controversial film “Madras Cafe” was shunned because the film sparked protests across the world as Tamils claimed that the film portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorists and it is “anti-Tamil”. In Chennai, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, theatres have been permitted to screen both the Hindi and Tamil versions of 'Madras Cafe', but the film was avoided being shown fearing protests from Tamil activists.
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President Mahinda Rajapakse meets Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
Published Date: 26/08/2013 (Monday)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in the East Union European Nation Belarus yesterday on a three-day state visit. He was received at the Minsk National Airport by Vladimir Makei, the Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs. President Rajapaksa's visit to Belarus is the first by a Sri Lankan Head of State to the former Soviet Republic, which became independent in 1991.
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“Ravana Balaya” protest against UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay’s visit
Published Date: 26/08/2013 (Monday)
A protest is being carried out by “Ravana Balaya” opposite the United Nations Headquarters in Colombo. Protesters carrying placards shouted slogans against UN Human Rights Commissioner Navaneetham Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka and the road in front of the UN office at Bauddhaloka Mawatha has been closed to traffic.
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UN rights chief stays open-minded ahead of Sri Lanka trip
Published Date: 23/08/2013 (Friday)
The United Nations human rights chief said on Friday she has an “open mind” and will not be “pre-judging anything” ahead of her first trip to Sri Lanka, which is under growing pressure from the international community to address alleged war crimes.
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Body of young boy found at Ottamawadi
Published Date: 22/08/2013 (Thursday)
According to Valaichchenai police, they have recovered a body of a young boy at 4.00pm today hidden underneath rocks at Maduwattu road in Ottamawadi, a predominant Muslim Village in the Batticaloa District in the eastern province.
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Hate campaign against Muslims reaches new heights in Sri Lanka, says the Secretariat for Muslims
Published Date: 20/08/2013 (Tuesday)
Unfortunately, 2013 saw the Muslim community suffer from a targeted hate campaign waged by extreme Buddhist groups in Sri Lanka. Activities under the year’s hate campaign during the period January to July, 2013 started with the ‘halal certification’ issue...
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Attack on TNA candidate Thambirajah
Published Date: 20/08/2013 (Tuesday)
TNA Provincial Council candidate P Thambirajah was attacked in Jaffna yesterday evening by a twelve-men group lead by the United People Freedom Alliance candidate Angajan Ramanathan. One of the suspect involved in the attack was Angajan’s father Ramanathan who went into hiding inside a Textile shop in the street.
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