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Tamil Information Centre: Take a stand against capital punishment worldwide
Published Date: 18/05/2012 (Friday)
Capital punishment is a big problem for the human society . The major problem with capital punishment is that it is final: once it is carried out it cannot be undone. There are very few cases when we can be 100% sure that someone is indeed the killer. Killings rarely have eye witnesses, and even where there are eye witnesses, people do make mistakes and identify the wrong people as the perpetrators of crimes when that is not so. Since capital punishment cannot be undone in the event that it is discovered, after the execution of the accused, that in fact the accused person is the wrong person, it must be stopped worldwide. Many people on death row have been cleared by DNA. The question is how many are dead and did not commit the offense for which they were sentenced to death.
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Queen's speech reveals plans for “secret courts”
Published Date: 09/05/2012 (Wednesday)
In the Queen’s Speech, a new bill was proposed, the “Justice and Security Bill”, following a green paper and consultation over the past six months. The proposals contained in the green paper faced a huge amount of criticism and thus the government has decided to bypass what is usually the next step of the procedure of introducing a new law – a preparatory white paper - by presenting it as a bill to parliament. The proposals in the bill will allow secret trials to be held and would prevent the intelligence services and ministers from being investigated openly for their involvement in torture and other crimes against humanity.
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Sampanthan should not go in the history as another Tamil leader failed to reach the south – DPF leader Mano Ganesan
Published Date: 06/05/2012 (Sunday)
In a press release issued the Democratic People’s Front Leader Mano Ganeshan said TNA leader Sampanthan had shown his political will for an undivided Sri Lanka by holding the national flag in Jaffna which he cited as the cultural capital of Tamils. Mr. Ganeshan said Mr. Sampanthan had spoken about his Sri Lankan identity and dream.
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Smugglers Devastate Gulf of Mannar Marine Reserve
Published Date: 02/05/2012 (Wednesday)
Forest officials of the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve abutting the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka have reported depleting numbers of marine wildlife, as smugglers exploiting lax conservation laws in the region tank up on protected species used in traditional Chinese medicines and fine dining.
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South Korea offers financial aid to Sri Lanka till 2015
Published Date: 29/04/2012 (Sunday)
"The government of South Korea will provide loans through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) aggregating commitments amount to 200 million U.S. dollars for the years 2013 to 2015," Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said. Abeywardana said, a new Framework Arrangement for the period 2013-2015 as an amendment to the agreement already signed in July 2010 between South Korea and Sri Lanka would be signed during President Mahinda Rajapaksa's official visit from April 23 to 27.
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Sri Lankan refugee returns drops in first quarter 2012
Published Date: 27/04/2012 (Friday)
In a press release issued by UNHCR, the UN refugee agency said, the number of refugees and asylum seekers returning to Sri Lanka has fallen in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous year, according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The UN refugee agency began repatriating Sri Lankan refugees from southern India by ferry on 11 October 2012.
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The Climate Change International Conference launching the “Impacts of Climate Change on the Environment"
Published Date: 08/04/2012 (Sunday)
The Climate Change International is launching its 2012(CCIC12) conference from 8th - 12th June 2012 at the London Eco Hotel, 26 Brook St, London, W1K 5DQ, United Kingdom. Global warming is now universally recognized as a significant global environmental challenge and as a consequence, debate over the measures needed to tackle climate change has moved up to the top of the agenda amongst civil society, business and government. The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP17 2011 in Durban, South Africa highlighted the major challenges and opportunities associated with climate change as we move towards post 2012 carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets.
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Illegal arrest and torture by Chilaw Police
Published Date: 27/03/2012 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan police continued to arbitrarily detain, torture or ill-treat people in Sri Lanka, which are illegal under international and local law. Such events are taking place at different Police Station in the country over many years. The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) has received reports that Aruna Roshantha of Mugunuwatawana, Chilaw in the district of Puttalam was illegally arrested, detained and has been brutally tortured. The 42 year old Aruna is a Sinhalese. He is married with one child. He works as a labourer in a brick kiln in the area. He was arrested by officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Chilaw Police station Manoj Ranagala, alleging that he is involved in manufacturing illicit liquor.
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First Merak Tamil refugees to come to Australia
Published Date: 08/03/2012 (Thursday)
Tamil refugees from the boat stranded in 2009 in Merak, Indonesia, after being stopped at the request of then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, have been told that 24 of their number have been accepted to be resettled in Australia. The announcement came only a couple of hours after a demonstration of about 80 of the 134 recognised refugees at the Medan United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices in protest at the long delays in their resettlement.
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Police detains 3 for paying tribute to Tamil Tigers.
Published Date: 29/11/2011 (Tuesday)
Three persons arrested in northeast Sri Lanka for commemorating the birth of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the “National Heroes Day” were produced in a court today. Police said they were arrested at Murukkandi in Mannar district on November 26. They were presented before the local magistrate. "It is illegal to celebrate a banned terrorist organisation," police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai has passed away
Published Date: 26/09/2011 (Monday)
The Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai has passed away . yesterday at a Nairobi hospital . She was reported to have been suffering from complications arising from cancer. Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 "for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”. She was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She stood at the front of the fight to promote ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development in Kenya and in Africa. She took a holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women’s rights in particular.
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Jaya’s tough Lanka talk worries Centre
Published Date: 10/06/2011 (Friday)
Within minutes of the Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s getting the state Assembly to pass a resolution on Wednesday demanding that India must get the UN to launch an investigation of the Sri Lankan government for war crimes, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao booked her flight to Chennai hoping to convince her to fall in line with Delhi’s Lankan policy — which is not to push President Rajapaksa too hard lest he becomes a vassal of China, writes K. Karthikeyan in the Nation.
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Book: Pathways of Dissent: Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka, by R Cheran
Published Date: 30/12/2010 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka, the ‘Teardrop Isle’, has been under international attention for more than two decades for its ethnic conflict and civil war, and recently, under intense media scrutiny for what seems like a decisive end to the civil war. While the ethnic conflict and the civil war have been the subjects of numerous academic and non-academic studies in both the East and the West, there has been no significant research on nationalism, particularly Tamil nationalism, as it manifests itself in Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka failed to promote Cultural Diversity at the Kuwait Conference
Published Date: 09/12/2010 (Thursday)
The Kuwait University hosted the 4th International Conference on Social Sciences from 29th – 30th November under the patronage of Prof. Moudhi Abdul Aziz Al Humoud, Minister of Education and Higher Education of Kuwait and President of the Kuwait University. As part of the conference, over 25 countries participated in a two day country promotional exhibition featuring their culture, touristic attractions, fashion, people, food & hospitality etc, which attracted visitors in hundreds.
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Sri Lanka is emerging rogue state of Asia, says Ex- Campaign Manager for Presidential candidate and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse
Published Date: 27/11/2010 (Saturday)
Ex- Campaign Manager for Presidential candidate and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the current UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera, says that although the present regime talks about making Sri Lanka the emerging wonder of Asia, all signs are that we have become the emerging rogue state of Asia. In a speech to parliament today (Nov. 27), the MP said, “Instead of utilizing the great window of opportunity our country got on the 19th May 2009 to win the peace our people are crying out for and ensure that the face of terrorism never raises its ugly head, ever again in our country, the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, intoxicated with power is paving the way for yet another uprising in our country with its foolish and short sighted policies.”
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IPKF sacrifices in northeast Sri Lanka recognised
Published Date: 22/08/2010 (Sunday)
The monument built in the vicinity of the Parliamentary complex in Kotte in honour of the Indian troops killed in the north and east of Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990, was to have been formally unveiled by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh more than two years ago, but it turned out to be a non-event. However, the monument has now received official sanction from India
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There were no war crimes; Allegations in ICG reports ‘unsubstantiated’; Let us handle this conflict, says Sri Lanka’s top diplomat in Canada
Published Date: 20/05/2010 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s top diplomat in Canada has dismissed claims her government committed war crimes as it crushed the LTTE last year, and said the world has no business investigating such “unsubstantiated” allegations in a sovereign country. “We say that there were no war crimes,” Chitranganee Wagiswara, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Ottawa, told The Globe and Mail. “We have been handling this conflict, so let us handle this.”
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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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