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SRI LANKA ADDS TWO TO U.S. LOBBYING TEAM
Published Date: 30/06/2014 (Monday)
The government of Sri Lanka has added two firms to its D.C. presence. The country has signed a one year $180K Foreign Agents Registration Act contracts with the Madison Group and Beltway Government Strategies. The Madison Group will work on “assisting the Ministry of External Affairs with creating situation awareness of current affairs in Sri Lanka." The Madison Group is taking $15,000 a month in fees for their services, plus expenses and bonuses for performance. The contract with the Madison Group lead by the founder Robb Watters will last through June 2015 with the possibility of renewal.
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The Shadow of Gotabhaya
Published Date: 27/06/2014 (Friday)
One named Gotabhaya Rajapaksa happens to enter Sri Lanka politics only after Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes president. Since leaving the military, for nearly one and a half decades, then he lived in the USA. He becomes a publicly known or powerful figure after his advent subsequent his sibling coming to power as president. With that he is appointed as the defence secretary - a post regarded as powerful- and he becomes the coordinator of the security forces in Eelam war IV that followed.
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Report on the FRE-B Seminar on UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – 2014
Published Date: 26/06/2014 (Thursday)
In order to commemorate the ‘UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’ the Forum for the Rights of the Elderly, Bangladesh, organized a seminar on 17th June 2014 with the assistance of HelpAge International Bangladesh. The seminar was held at the Conference Room, National Press Club. Ms. Nasreen Begum, Additional Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Ministry of Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs has graced the occasion as Chief Guest, and Ms. Shawli Jharna, HelpAge International, Bangladesh, as Guest of Honor (she represented Ms. Nirjharinee Hasan, Country Director, HelpAge International).
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Involving intelligence services in politics is alarming – Tilvin Silva
Published Date: 26/06/2014 (Thursday)
Deploying intelligence officers to fulfill personal political aims contravening their official duties is a serious matter says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this when a daily newspaper asked for his opinion regarding Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure of intelligence services in the country.
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STATEMENT : Marc Garneau condemns attack on Muslims in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/06/2014 (Wednesday)
Marc Garneau, Foreign Affairs critic for the Liberal Party of Canada, strongly condemns attacks on members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Targeted attacks in Aluthgama and Beruwala this past Sunday killed several individuals and injured at least 78 in Muslim areas. These are only the latest in a series of similar incidents violently targeting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.
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IMF Says No Side Agreements With Sri Lanka, Qs on Egypt, DRC, Romania
Published Date: 05/06/2014 (Thursday)
After in Sri Lanka the Vice Chairman of the UNP Lakshman Kiriella MP called on the government to “reveal the several subsidiary agreements it had entered into with the International Monetary Fund, which impinged on the budgetary allocations for essential services,” Inner City Press put the question to IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice at his June 5 embargoed briefing.
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Iron nails driven into Matale skulls
Published Date: 27/05/2014 (Tuesday)
The persons, whose skeletal remains had been found from a mass grave in Matale, had been tortured, according to Kurunegala JMO’s report to the Matale magistrate’s court. Lawyer Sunil Watagala who appears on behalf of the missing persons, has told BBC Sandeshaya that most of the skulls, belonging to 153 persons, had iron nails driven into them.
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APJ Abdul Kalam lists priorities to Modi
Published Date: 22/05/2014 (Thursday)
In his three-point advice to Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has asked him to take steps to lift over 150 million people out of poverty while achieving employment generation potential for 64 million youth to achieve “sustainable economic prosperity.’
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UN human rights expert to assess the situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work
Published Date: 14/05/2014 (Wednesday)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May 2014 to assess the human rights situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work, and the related recruitment practices. “Migration plays a key role in the economic development of Sri Lanka. Foreign workers form 24% of the labour force, and remittances form 33% of the country’s foreign exchange and 8.3% of its GDP,” Mr. Crépeau said.
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IAPL CONDEMNS ABDUCTION OF PROFESSOR GN SAIBABA AND OTHER ACTIVISTS BY INDIAN STATE
Published Date: 10/05/2014 (Saturday)
The International Association of People’s Lawyers, as an international group of human rights lawyers from various countries, especially those where exploitation and state repression is most severe, has received information that the Professor of Delhi University was abducted by Maharashtra Police on May 9th, from the vicinity of Maharashtra Sadan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, in the capital New Delhi in India.
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Shavendra Silva denies everything on Sri Lanka rapes at Canada UN By Matthew Russell Lee
Published Date: 06/05/2014 (Tuesday)
Rapes in Sri Lanka, about which the UN's Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, publicly expressed concern on April 24, were the subject of a session at Canada's Mission to the UN on May 6. Multiple sources tell Inner City Press that at the meeting, controversial Sri Lankan military figure, now Deputy Permanent Representative Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army.
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Sri Lanka's Secrets : How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder By Trevor Grant With a foreword by Geoffrey Robertson QC
Published Date: 05/05/2014 (Monday)
As the civil war in Sri Lanka drew to its bloody end in 2009 the government of this island nation removed its protection from UN officials and employees, who, along with other international observers, were forced to leave the conflict zone. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his inner circle wanted, it seemed, a war without witness.
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UN investigation offers hope to victims in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/05/2014 (Thursday)
The UN Human Rights Council resolution to establish an international investigation into allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed by both sides in Sri Lanka’s civil war gives hope to tens of thousands of victims who continue to be denied truth and justice. “The resolution sends a strong message to the Government of Sri Lanka that the international community is not willing to turn its back on victims’ pursuit of truth, justice and accountability in Sri Lanka,” said Sheila Varadan, ICJ South Asia Programme Legal Adviser.
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Slovenian court confirms jail sentence for ex-PM Jansa
Published Date: 30/04/2014 (Wednesday)
A Slovenian higher court on Monday upheld the jail sentence passed on opposition leader and former prime minister Janez Jansa for bribery in a 2006 arms deal, the top state prosecutor said. "I can confirm that I have received the ruling, under which Janez Jansa gets two years in prison and two other co-defendants 22 months," prosecutor Andrej Ferlinc told reporters in Ljubljana.
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Sri Lanka named in UN rape in conflict report
Published Date: 25/04/2014 (Friday)
Sri Lanka has been named among 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts in a new UN report. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report, launched yesterday, says there is now unprecedented political momentum globally to end conflict-related sexual violence, but more action is needed regionally and nationally to respond to these crimes.
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Sri Lanka tourism: What got us here, won’t get us there
Published Date: 23/04/2014 (Wednesday)
In 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were a mere 447 thousand. By 2010 the arrivals increased almost 50 percent to 654 thousand. That number is estimated to have almost doubled by 2013 to almost 1.3 million. The current plans are for this number to double again by 2016 to 2.5 million. But what got Sri Lanka here (doubling tourist arrivals from 2010 to 2013) will not get it there (doubling again from 2013 to 2016).
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Belarusian senators okay military, technical cooperation agreements with Mongolia, Sri Lanka
Published Date: 23/04/2014 (Wednesday)
The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus passed the bills on ratifying the intergovernmental agreements on military and technical cooperation with Mongolia and Sri Lanka on 22 April. Apart from that, the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament voted in favor of the ratification of the Belarusian-Mongolian agreement on mutual aid in customs affairs and visa-free travels, agreements with Bolivia and Sri Lanka on trade and economic cooperation and visa-free travels for holders of diplomatic passports and service ones.
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Why Sri Lanka is severing ties between Tamils at home and abroad
Published Date: 21/04/2014 (Monday)
Days after the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution calling for an international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Colombo government began moving to cut links between the country’s Tamil minority and its powerful diaspora. The Tamil diaspora, many of whom were driven out of Sri Lanka due to atrocities committed by government troops and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters, is expected to play a prominent role in presenting evidence at the inquiry, expected to begin later this year.
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UK denies UN special rapporteur access to detention center
Published Date: 17/04/2014 (Thursday)
A UN special rapporteur investigating violence against women has been denied access by the UK government to the controversial Yarl’s Wood Detention Center. Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre is an immigration detention centre at Milton Ernest in the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire. It opened on 19 November 2001 and was built to hold up to 900 people making it the largest immigration detention centre in Europe at the time.
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Getting Away With Murder CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free
Published Date: 16/04/2014 (Wednesday)
Syria has joined the list of countries where journalists’ murders are most likely to go unpunished, while Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines once again were the worst offenders, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index. Convictions in four countries represented a glimmer of good news. Syria’s entrance to the Index at number five highlights the rising number of targeted killings there, a recent threat to journalists operating in the country.
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Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
Published Date: 15/04/2014 (Tuesday)
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will suspend its voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat and reallocate the funds for the next two years. “As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues,” said Baird. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada took a strong and principled stand in not attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, and today’s announcement is an extension of that leadership.
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Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Sri Lanka: Why we need to unite against it
Published Date: 15/04/2014 (Tuesday)
The PTA law is being applied arbitrarily, and even offences that could be dealt with under the normal laws are being dealt with under the PTA. This is at a time when the Emergency Laws have already been revoked. Since the PTA law is being wrongly used in this way, it is necessary for us to acquire a good knowledge of what this law is and what are its implications. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is very clear about civil and political rights of the people but all its provisions are not enshrined in our country’s law.
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Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights
Published Date: 14/04/2014 (Monday)
United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries.
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“Inclusion” and “ Participation” discussions in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Published Date: 10/04/2014 (Thursday)
The continuation of an inclusive dialogue on Post-2015 is a key mandate given to the UN by its Members States as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. As the Post-2015 Development Agenda process moves into its next phase, we seek to build on the outcomes of the first round of consultations (held in 2012-2013), to ensure the inclusion of a wider range of voices and approaches in the Post-2015 Development Agenda process.
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Pakistan General bestowed Guard of Honor, pays tribute to Sri Lankan soldiers
Published Date: 09/04/2014 (Wednesday)
On Pakistan Army Chairman joint chief of staff committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mahmood’s first visit to Sri Lanka, he was bestowed with the guard of honor as per the military tradition of Sri Lanka by the army at the defense ministry. As per details from News.IK, The CJCSC met Commander of Sri Lankan Army, Lt General Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday and discussed current state of affairs and the relevancy of army organizations in their regions.
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