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Govt. has not decided whether to go for new Constitution - PM
Published Date: 28/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the government had not yet decided whether it would go for a brand new constitution or adopt provisions that did not necessitate a referendum. The PM said so, speaking at the National Conference on Constitutional Reforms at BMICH in Colombo.
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Revamp United Nations Development System to Better Help States Meet 2030 Agenda Goals, Delegates Tell Economic and Social Council, as Operational Segment Opens
Published Date: 27/06/2017 (Tuesday)
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals was not an option, but an imperative for a safe and security future of prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, said today as the Economic and Social Council opened its 2017 operational activities segment.
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Probe To Be Expedited On Welikada Prison Riot
Published Date: 26/06/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued orders to expedite the investigations pertaining to the 2012 Welikada Prison riot and called on the appointed committees to forward their reports and those found guilty are to be brought to book. In this regard the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation Minister D.M. Swaminathan has been entrusted with the task
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Tolerating religious intolerance
Published Date: 26/06/2017 (Monday)
Developments unfolding in Sri Lanka over the last few weeks look ominously similar to those in 2013-14, when a surge in targeted attacks against minority Muslims and Christians went unchecked by the Rajapaksa administration. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, an umbrella organisation for civil society groups, has recorded 25 attacks on mosques and
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TNA agrees ‘unitary state’ will be clearly defined
Published Date: 25/06/2017 (Sunday)
The SLFP, UNP and the TNA have had discussions on the advisability of clearly defining the meaning of the word Ekeeya in defining the quintessential indivisible nature of the word 'State' wherever it is used in the draft of the new Constitution. The Sinhala word Ekeeya means unitary in English. Discussions are underway to include the same word in the Tamil version too, a senior Government official said yesterday.
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Vasu asks President Sirisena why no action against Chandrika
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Ratnapura District UPFA MP and Joint Opposition firebrand, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, demands to know why the Progress Review Committee chaired by the President to supervise the progress of probes conducted by the state investigation agencies has failed to take action as regards serious charges against former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
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Constitutional means needed for prudent fund allocations
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan calls for the inclusion of specific socio-economic rights such as health, education and livelihood in the proposed new Constitution to enable the judicial intervention to guarantee required allocation of available resources.
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You can’t suppress majority to make minority happy – Namal Rajapaksa
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The militant movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is fully backed by the incumbent government, said United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa, who is the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, conceded that certain government elements instigated extremist violence against minorities during his father's governance.
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Retributive justice or restorative justice? Challenges to reconciliation:
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
In general, the two recognized approaches to reconciliation are: Retributive justice and Restorative justice. While retributive justice involves the perpetrator and the victim, restorative justice involves the perpetrator, the victim, and the community. Furthermore, while retributive justice is punitive, meaning that by punishing the perpetrator the victim finds relief that amounts to redressing the pain, albeit amounting to revenge, restorative justice focuses on healing the perpetrator the victim and the community.
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HRCSL: Foreign judges will enhance confidence in war crimes probe
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The government had agreed to the participation of foreign judges in a war crimes probe in accordance with Oct 1, 2015 Resolution moved at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan says.
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Sri Lanka: Minister Threatens Defender of Minority Rights Investigate, Prosecute Attacks on Muslims, Christians
Published Date: 20/06/2017 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan government should immediately repudiate statements by the country’s justice minister threatening to disbar a prominent lawyer for speaking out against attacks on religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today. The incident highlights the government’s failure to fully investigate and prosecute recent attacks on Muslims and Christians in the Buddhist-majority country.
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Country lacks top political leadership to overcome challenges- Dy Minister Acquisition of factory-failed Doppler radar system revealed
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma alleges that the yahapalana administration has failed to achieve its much touted objectives. Kalutara District UNP MP asserts that post-war Sri Lanka lacks proper political leadership to meet challenges it is faced with.
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Keith Noyahr abductors to be released
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka yesterday made order that the suspects who are alleged to have abducted Journalist Keith Noyahr and assaulted him, be released on bail with stringent conditions. When the proceedings started the CID informed Court that Keith Noyahr has
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Police fear public uprising
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Police fear that the arrest of the Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera would lead to negative consequences and even a possible public uprising, a high ranking Police official said yesterday.
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Sri Lanka arrests monk, police officer for anti-Muslim violence
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lankan police have arrested four people including a Buddhist monk and a police officer accused of taking part in an attack on a mosque, as part of a crackdown on violence against the minority Muslim population.
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Constitutional reforms stagnating like garbage
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
It is a typical incongruity of these times that constitutional reforms promising protection of civil liberties are discussed in tight-lipped seriousness in Colombo even while the police seem unable to arrest the hate mongering leader of the Bodu Bala Sena, Galaboda Gnanasara despite two arrest warrants being issued by the courts.
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SRI LANKA: Final Report on the ‘Policy and Legal Framework Relating to the Proposed Counter Terrorism Act of Sri Lanka’
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
The Foundation for Human Rights (‘FHR’) and the University of Pretoria’s Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (‘ICLA’) have collaborated to produce this joint paper. The authors of the joint paper are Prof Christof Heyns, Director of ICLA and former UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and Toby Fisher, a London based human rights barrister. The review represents the authors’ independent opinion.
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SRI LANKA: In support of religious minorities, rule of law and Lakshan Dias
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Religious minorities in Sri Lanka – particularly Muslims and Evangelical Christians – faced serious persecution under the Rajapakse Government, which has continued even under the Sirisena-Ranil Government. The Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, who has been hostile towards Evangelical Christians (a numerical minority amongst Christians), now appears to be assisting this Government’s approach of denying the actual problem and attacking those who are attempting to highlight the gravity of the problem
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Minister pitches for ArcelorMittal’s steel prefab houses
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
The Resettlement Ministry this week summoned District and Divisional Secretaries and Directors of Planning of the North and East, for a Progress Review meeting in Colombo–and used the event to promote the controversial ArcelorMittal prefabricated (prefab) housing project.
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Sri Lanka to release 42 Indian fishing boats on condition
Published Date: 16/06/2017 (Friday)
Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said in a statement on Thursday that the Indian government has been informed about this decision. Sri Lanka on Friday said it will release 42 Indian fishing boats held in its custody since 2015 on a condition that they will never re-enter the country’s territorial waters. Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said in a statement on Thursday that the Indian government has been
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Sri Lanka debates its antiquated Muslim family laws
Published Date: 16/06/2017 (Friday)
TO AVOID being married at 17 to a stranger, the Muslim schoolgirl from Sri Lanka’s north-west tried to commit suicide by swallowing a bottle of her mother’s diabetes pills. While she was recovering in hospital, her parents went ahead and registered the marriage. The union took place under the version of Sri Lanka’s family law that applies only to Muslims.
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Under new Constitution: 'Caste based reservations sought in Jaffna'
Published Date: 16/06/2017 (Friday)
Caste based reservations in governing bodies and educational institutions have been sought by some political parties, organizations and individuals in Jaffna in their submissions to the Pubic Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms, officials said yesterday. Committee Chairman Lal Wijenayake told the Daily Mirror that the north was the sole area
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New Constitution A path to heaven or hell
Published Date: 16/06/2017 (Friday)
The latest wave of interest in the welfare of Tamil citizens in Sri Lanka is definitely the unavoidable result of the desperation of the fanatically extremist elements of the Tamil Diaspora who are after their pound of flesh. It is a case of nothing to lose and everything to gain for the diehard extremist elements to have a separate state carved out of Sri Lanka. Prabhakaran was the cat's paw for 30 odd years without ever knowing that he was dispensable and now that he is no more
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Enhancing employability of our graduates
Published Date: 15/06/2017 (Thursday)
A large number of students graduate every year from our 15 state universities and many other degree-awarding institutes in Sri Lanka and, therefore, the employability of graduates has become a critical issue. In the year 2015 alone the state university system produced nearly 35,000 graduates (internal degrees – 17,000, external degrees - 13,000 and Open University degrees - 5000 approximately), and the majority of them (67%) were females.
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This is not good governance
Published Date: 15/06/2017 (Thursday)
Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga was caught in camera scolding and apparently attempting to assault a journalist at his party office in Kandana last week. Although Sri Lankans are used to seeing this kind of behaviour by politicians and high ranking officials, as if they had the right to behave in such a manner, this particular incident has not created an uproar in society.
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