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Human Rights Watch says it has new evidence of wartime abuses by Sri Lankan government forces
Published Date: 20/05/2010 (Thursday)
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today that it had examined over 200 photos taken on the front lines in early 2009 produced by a soldier from the Sri Lankan Air Mobile Brigade and had new witness accounts of troops shelling civilians.
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FCO hosts talks with Sri Lankan communities in the UK
Published Date: 31/03/2010 (Wednesday)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office hosted talks yesterday with members of the Sri Lankan community in the UK. Hosted by Des Browne MP, the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, and Mike Foster MP, DfID Permanent Under-Secretary of State, the meeting was attended by 25 members of the Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Bergher communities from across the UK.
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A 74-year old Tamil Typewriter
Published Date: 07/01/2010 (Thursday)
This article describes a Tamil Typewriter that was acquired in 1937 by K.N. Sundaresan, a prolific writer of plays and poems in Tamil and English. The typewriter was manufactured in Germany. It had some novel, distinctive and ingenious features which are of historical and archival interest. K.N. Sundaresan or KNS (1899-1983), a gold medallist in M.A. (Mathematics) from Tamil Nadu, worked as a teacher of Mathematics in Berhampur (now in Orissa) from 1921-1967 (see photo taken c 1950).
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Death threats sent to paper of slain editor in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 28/10/2009 (Wednesday)
The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned by ongoing threats to Sri Lanka’s journalists and media organizations. Anonymous letters with death threats, at left, recently sent to Sunday Leader Editor-in-Chief Frederica Jansz and News Editor Munza Mushtaq echo those that ended in the death of the paper’s founder, Lasantha Wickramatunga, in January. “Our concern is that these most recent threats, like so many others, and the deaths of 11 journalists since President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power in 2006, will remain unexplained and those behind them will remain unprosecuted,” said Bob Dietz, CPJ’s Asia program coordinator. “The air of impunity surrounding violence against the media is having a chilling effect on journalists.”
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Sri Lankan Journalist Dileesha Abeysundera threatened for advocating campaigning for media freedom.
Published Date: 03/10/2009 (Saturday)
Outspoken Sri Lankan female journalist Dileesha Abeysundera who works for the Sinhala-language edition of the Sunday Leader had come under threat by unknown gangsters. The newspaper has suffered numerous serious attacks on its staff and offices in the past.
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Members of the Tamil-Canadian Community Meet with Conservative Ministers and MP's
Published Date: 11/09/2009 (Friday)
Conservative Ministers, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of International Cooperation, the Hon. Bev Oda, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Americas, the Hon. Peter Kent and Oak Ridges-Markham Member of Parliament, Paul Calandra, met with members of the Tamil-Canadian community at a roundtable today.
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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - 26 June
Published Date: 26/06/2009 (Friday)
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls it the “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture”, and she issued a statement saying that “The prohibition of torture is one of the most absolute to be found anywhere in international law. Article 2 of the Convention against Torture is unequivocal: ‘No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture’. And no one is let off the hook – neither the actual torturers themselves, nor the policy-makers and public officials who define the policy or give the orders”.
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Britain sold weapons to help Sri Lankan army defeat Tamil Tigers
Published Date: 02/06/2009 (Tuesday)
Britain and other EU countries sold military equipment worth millions of pounds to the Sri Lankan Government in the last three years of its bloody civil war with the Tamil Tigers, The Times has learnt. Britain approved commercial sales of more than £13.6 million of equipment including armoured vehicles, machinegun components and semiautomatic pistols, according to official records.
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Canada register official complain with the government of Sri Lanka for attack on its embassy by Sinhala protestors
Published Date: 28/05/2009 (Thursday)
The federal government reacted angrily after hundreds of protesting Sri Lankans vandalized the Canadian High Commission in Colombo yesterday, accusing Ottawa of supporting Tamil Tigers
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The UK government faces a possible judicial review over its failure to comply with its obligations under international law in light of the worsening crisis in Sri Lanka. On Monday 27 April, Justice for Tamils (representing a group of Sri Lankan Tamils residing in the UK) and the human rights law firm Public Interest Lawyers sent a “letter before action” to the relevant Secretaries of State of the UK government. The letter details that in face of the Sri Lankan government persistently and systematically breaching international humanitarian and human rights law, arguably carrying out war crimes and acts of genocide against the Tamil community, all states, including the UK have obligations under international law to act in certain ways.
Published Date: 28/04/2009 (Tuesday)
UK government faces legal challenge over its failure to comply with international law in light of the situation in Sri Lanka
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US-State Department officials discuss Sri Lanka crisis with American Tamil diaspora
Published Date: 08/04/2009 (Wednesday)
A group of American Tamils representing different diaspora organizations met with US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake, (via video link) on 8th April in Washington, D.C., to discuss the current humanitarian crisis Tamils face in Sri Lanka.
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Army reopens Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu
Published Date: 08/12/2008 (Monday)
The army announced , the shrine of Our Lady of Madhu has been reopened, and will remain open until August 17 to allow pilgrims to visit the place during the celebrations for the feast of the Assumption. Only 200 faithful will be allowed to visit per day, since the area is still dangerous.
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SRI LANKA: Violence against women on the rise
Published Date: 27/09/2008 (Saturday)
At least 60 percent of all women in Sri Lanka have experienced domestic violence, according to the Gender-Based Violence Forum (GBV Forum), a collective of UN and other international and local organisations. Specialists believe such abuse is on the increase in a country that scores well on most social issues such as education and healthcare.
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Army puts up roadblock to prevent devotees visiting the Our Lady of Madhu Shrine
Published Date: 12/08/2008 (Tuesday)
Devotees visiting the Our Lady of Madhu Shrine after its revered Marian statue was recently returned, say they are prevented from reaching Madhu shrine. An army roadblock on the road to the Madhu shrine is preventing us from reaching the place, said Oawald.
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Signing of exploration acreage in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 07/07/2008 (Monday)
The Government of Sri Lanka and Cairn India today signed the Petroleum Resources agreement for the exploration licence to explore for oil and natural gas in the Mannar Basin. The signing took place in Colombo today with the Minister for Petroleum and Petroleum Development Resources A.H.M Fowzie from the Government of Sri Lanka and Indrajit Banerjee the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Cairn India.
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British High Commission employee and local journalist attacked in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo
Published Date: 30/06/2008 (Monday)
Political officer Mahendra Ratnaweera attached to the British High Commission in Sri Lanka and acting manager advocacy of the Sri Lanka Press Institute Namal Perera travelling by car, on their way home from work were stopped and attacked by unknown persons. The Sri Lanka Press Institute said a group of people carried out the assault. It is not clear who they were. The two men were both seriously injured in the attack and taken to Colombo hospital. The assault took place on the busy highway, in the vicinity of an army installation, the government Information Department and the security checkpoint.
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Sri Lanka has highest inflation in Asia: Global Research report
Published Date: 29/06/2008 (Sunday)
Sri Lank'a inflation of 25 per cent during April is the highest rate of price rise in Asia, the Financial Times has reported quoting a study by the London-based HSBC Bank. According to HSBC Bank’s Global Research report – “Sri Lanka Inflation: How High will it Go?” , Sri Lanka has the highest annual inflation in Asia with April figures touching 25 per cent while Vietnam at 21.4 per cent has the second highest inflation rate in the region during the month.
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Rameswaram Fisherman Associations appeals to Manitham for their release from custody in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/06/2008 (Tuesday)
Manitham, a Non-Governmental Human rights Organisation in Tamil Nadu has received urgent appeals from eleven fishing Associations in Rameswaram to intervene and help secure Tamil Nadu fishermen taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy on 26 June 2008. It says that the appeals refers to the protection of fishermen’s rights and in particular the safety of the school boy, Selvan Joseph Bath (16) and his elder brother Selvan Ignatius (20) and three other fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy on June 26th, 2008.
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Indians in Lanka jails accused of narcotic smuggling
Published Date: 23/06/2008 (Monday)
At least 43 South Indians, including a 79-year-old man and six women, are languishing in Lankan jails for more than 8 years, according to a Chennai-based human rights group. "There are 40 Tamils and 3 Malayalis now imprisoned in Lanka. They are behind the bars for allegedly trying to smuggle narcotics into the island nation. In addition to these people, there are many fishermen who were held by Lankan Navy. They are languishing in various jails in Sri Lanka without any legal support. Some of them have spent 15 years in jails," alleged Mr G Subramanaian, co-ordinator of organisation for protection of Indians' rights abroad (OPIRA).
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World Tamil Movement added to terrorist financing watch list
Published Date: 16/06/2008 (Monday)
Canada’s banking watchdog today announced that they have added the World Tamil Movement (WTM) to its terrorist financing watch list, alerting all banks, credit unions and insurance companies operating in Canada to scour their client lists and immediately report any findings to authorities. This move by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions came about two months after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) seeking court approval to seize the World Tamil Movement’s bank accounts. The WTM is considered the nation’s leading front group for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which the Canadian government deems a terrorist organization.
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Civilians killed in Puthukkudiyiruppu in Air-force bombings
Published Date: 15/06/2008 (Sunday)
Jaffna Member of Parliament Mr.Selvarajah Kajendren, strongly condemned the areal bombings on civilians' areas in Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district and called on the International community to take necessary steps to pressure the Sri Lankan Government to stop its indiscriminate areal bombing on highly populated Tamil areas.
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Tamil Killed in London
Published Date: 05/06/2008 (Thursday)
Thiyagarajah Thayanathan, a disgruntled and alcoholic Tamil was allegedly killed by a fellow Tamil and police are considering the killing as manslaughter. The killing had taken place in Wembley in the Northwest London on 31 May 2008. The victim is said to be severely beaten by the assailant. The Wembley Police is investigating the killing and is looking for information about the suspect assailant.
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Sri Lankan journalist abducted, beaten and dropped off near his residence
Published Date: 23/05/2008 (Friday)
Keith Noyahr, deputy editor and defence analyst with the English-language weekly The Nation, was abducted on Thursday night, severely beaten and dropped off near his residence early Friday, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said. "There is no other reason for this latest attack against a journalist than his independent writing and analysis of the war in the North, if that is reason at all," the media rights group said.
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TULF, PLOTE, EPRLF- PATHMANABHA: “Only through devolution of power Sri Lanka we can build up a united and prosperous Sri Lanka”
Published Date: 21/04/2007 (Saturday)
“We believe that it is only through the devolution of power that we can build up a united and prosperous Sri Lanka, says the joint statement released by the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), and Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF- Pathamanabha) on the solution of the ethnic problem 0n 18 April 2007
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The General Council of the CMU calls on President Rajapakse to Repeal Regulations 13 and 14 made under Emergency Regulation
Published Date: 08/10/2006 (Sunday)
Bala Tampoe, General Secretary of the Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General workers Union (CMU) calls on President Mahinda Rajapakse to repeal Regulations 13 and 40 immediately, stating that the regulations violate fundamental human and democratic rights of the people of Sri Lanka.
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