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A Special Rapporteur’s visit
Published Date: 02/08/2017 (Wednesday)
The visit of Ben Emmerson Q.C., aUN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, to Sri Lanka from July 10 to 14 was concluded with a statement to the media in which he warned Sri Lanka of "dire consequences" unless the Government fully implemented the Geneva Resolution 30/1. An Associated Press report in The Washington Post of July 15 states: "…that even those as recently as late last year have been subjected to torture…".
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Gethsie Shanmugam among Magsaysay Awards winners
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan teacher-turned counsellor Gethsie Shanmugam, who counselled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares, are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, agency reports said.
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Celebrating the world’s indigenous peoples
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Every year on 9 August, the international community comes together to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, paying tribute to indigenous communities around the globe. Living across 90 countries, indigenous peoples make up less than five per cent of the world’s population, represent some 5,000 different cultures and speak a majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages
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President should form a new Govt. - Dayasiri
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have said that he would consider a new govt sans corrupt members. What do you think is the way forward? Actually, President Sirisena quit the previous rule as he could not stand corruption as uttered by him. There were issues involving the Rajapaksas. He said he protested all that. People rallied behind him. They sought a govt which is not riddled with corruption, but offers
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Mangala responds to GL: The ICC doesn’t have jurisdiction over SL
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
The following is a response sent to us by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera. International legal practitioners both here in Sri Lanka and overseas have expressed their utter shock at the purported opinion expressed by Professor G.L. Peiris in the Daily Mirror of 21st July, 2017, which isn’t only legally fundamentally flawed, but is also factually false. The question is if Professor Peiris has
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Army chief visits Jaffna amidst turmoil
Published Date: 31/07/2017 (Monday)
Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake visited Jaffna peninsula over the weekend in the wake of a spate of incidents there since the second week of July. A senior security official told The Island that Lt. Gen. Senanayake had directed certain measures after having discussed the security situation in the peninsula.
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India – Sri Lanka Peace Accord and 30 years of Indian Diplomacy in Sri Lanka : TGTE
Published Date: 31/07/2017 (Monday)
Today marks 30 years since the signing of the Indo – Sri Lanka Peace Accord on 29th of July 1987 in the name of resolving the national conflict in Sri Lanka between Sinhala and Tamil people. It is timely that the Eelam Tamil nation makes a pause at this moment to look back on the impact of this event on the Tamil national struggle, but also on the losses and destruction which accompanied it.
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Sri Lanka’s Conflict-Affected Women: Dealing with the Legacy of War
Published Date: 29/07/2017 (Saturday)
Eight years after the end of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict, Tamil speaking women in the island’s north and east are still seeking justice and truth for wartime violations. Bold promises by the government to the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2015 – including a truth commission, a special court and offices to investigate missing persons and provide
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Former Govt. sold our lands outright: We changed it”
Published Date: 28/07/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena in a speech encompassing all issues that have been in public discourse said that a majority of the people should not be victimised due to the conspiracies of a few. “It was the previous regime that sold our land outright, unlike any previous regime. 200 acres were sold outright for the port city project to a Chinese company.
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SIRISENA – FIGHTING THE ENEMY WITHIN
Published Date: 28/07/2017 (Friday)
It's obvious that neither Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena ever gave a thought to sustainability of a unity government when the numerous forces which engineered Sirisena's common candidature for the presidency came together in a desperate attempt to bring an end to a run-away de facto dictatorship that was run with a rubber stamp Cabinet of Ministers.
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Villagers demand Release of more Army held lands
Published Date: 28/07/2017 (Friday)
Despite the release of 110 acres of private lands, by the Army, to the original owners in Keppapilavu, villagers were however, adamant that their 150 day struggle will not be called off until all their private lands are released.
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China Money’
Published Date: 27/07/2017 (Thursday)
China and Hambantota are once more in the news, with Cabinet approval having been obtained to grant China Merchants Holdings Company Ltd. a 70% equity stake on the Hambantota Port for $ 1.4 billion, of which 10% 'will be deposited immediately after the official validation, another 30% of the value in three months (October) and the balance in another six months (January).
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Sri Lanka Court of Appeal issues warrant to arrest naval officer acquitted of TNA MP Raviraj murder
Published Date: 27/07/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal today issued a warrant for the immediate arrest of a naval officer who was acquitted of the murder of Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj.
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Tamil widow asks Northern Ireland police ombudsman to probe STF massacre
Published Date: 26/07/2017 (Wednesday)
A Tamil widow who says ten relatives were massacred by Sri Lanka's police in 1986 has lodged a complaint with Northern Ireland's police ombudsman after links to the country's security forces emerged, the Irish Times reports.
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Emmerson's meeting with LTTE detainees within terms of ref: Ministry
Published Date: 22/07/2017 (Saturday)
In the wake of controversy surrounding the permission given to Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter Terrorism Ben Emmerson to meet LTTE detainees, the Law and Order Ministry had acted in this regard in keeping with Terms of Reference governing such visits, it is learnt.
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Top UN official here to evaluate progress Constitution making process
Published Date: 21/07/2017 (Friday)
The UN is in the process of evaluating the ongoing UNP-led constitution making process marred by political turmoil close on the heels of UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, QC’s controversial visit. UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Emmerson concluded his five-day visit last Friday.
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UNP, SLFP Must Put Aside ‘Petty Political Agendas’: Sampanthan
Published Date: 21/07/2017 (Friday)
Opposition Leader Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian R. Sampanthan said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) must put aside ‘petty political agendas’ to lead the unity government to success. Tagging Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, whom he met with
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President signs Office on Missing Persons Act
Published Date: 20/07/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena signed the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Act a short while ago, the President’s Media Division said. Tweeting at the end of the event the President said ‘I signed the Office of Missing Persons Act today. This marks another step forward in Sri Lanka's path to sustained peace.’
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Singapore Foreign Minister inaugurates the launch Health Orthopaedic Development Programme in Jaffna
Published Date: 20/07/2017 (Thursday)
The Foreign Minister of Singapore, Dr.Vivian Balakrishnan (father a Tamil) and his wife Joy were distinguished visitors to the Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna a short while ago. They were here to officially inaugurate the launch of the Lee Foundation-Sing Health Orthopaedic Development Programme at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.
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ADB doubles aid to Sri Lanka to US$1bn
Published Date: 08/07/2017 (Saturday)
The Asian Development Bank has doubled its assistance to Sri Lanka, aiming to give up to a billion US dollars annually from 2017 with the government proposing railways, ports and roads as potential sectors to be developed.
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Deep Concerns Raised Over Recent Attempts To Silence Dissent
Published Date: 08/07/2017 (Saturday)
A group of individuals and organisations committed to human rights and democratic freedoms, and the rights of freedom of expression and dissent, have expressed deep concerns over recent attempts to stifle voices of human rights activists and silence dissent.
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Sri Lanka president revives defence establishment
Published Date: 07/07/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday confirmed Kapila Waidyaratne, 60, as the country’s new defence secretary replacing controversial Karunasena Hettiarachchi who was eased out amid serious questions over his conduct. The just retired Senior Additional Solicitor General Waidyaratne takes over the defence ministry at a
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Legal changes mooted for notice of Sri Lanka land acquisition
Published Date: 07/07/2017 (Friday)
Changes are needed to Sri Lanka urban development regulations to ensure prior notice of land acquisitions in order to give better effect to the new Right to Information law, Verité Research, a private think-tank, said. It said in a new study of the RTI act that existing regulations might not encourage adequate disclosure
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Govt. bent on doing away with unitary status of state - MR
Published Date: 06/07/2017 (Thursday)
The only thing the incumbent government did was to talk, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. It was trying to cover up its failure by blaming others, he added. Addressing a mammoth Joint Opposition (JO) rally at the Town Hall grounds in Trincomalee, the former President said not a single day passed without the government blaming him for something or other.
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Major hindrances Under Consideration Draconian Proposals Threaten Free Media
Published Date: 06/07/2017 (Thursday)
The Draft Bill to establish the Independent Council for News Media Standards that has been drafted in consultation with international experts, supposedly in accordance with established global standards of media freedom, appears to be otherwise. To the contrary, it appears the proposed new Act will completely take control of existing
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