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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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TNA constituent parties demand dismissal of four NPC Ministers
Published Date: 14/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Parties in the Tamil National Alliance including EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE have demanded the dismissal of four Ministers in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) who were charged with mass scale corruption. A special committee appointed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has recommended to remove Agriculture Minister Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan and Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah
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SL Govt. should return to good governance: ICG
Published Date: 14/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan government needs to return to its original good governance and reconciliation agenda to salvage the chance to address fundamental sources of conflict and instability, the International Crisis Group (ICG) today said. The ICG recognizes itself as an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies which would create a more peaceful world.
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Families of missing LTTE cadres meet President in Jaffna Paranagama alleges OMP set up at the expense of useful investigation
Published Date: 13/06/2017 (Tuesday)
A delegation representing those who had fought for the LTTE has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to help trace missing persons. This request was made during a meeting at Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray’s Office in Jaffna on Monday (June 12). The previous government brought the war to a successful conclusion in May 2009. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa released over 11,000 out of nearly 12,000 LTTE cadres from military custody before the change of government in January 2015.
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SRI LANKA: Dengue Fever Epidemic In Sri Lanka Vs. State Responsibility
Published Date: 12/06/2017 (Monday)
The population of Sri Lanka is 20.97 million (2015) people. Some 1.84 million are migrant workers. The number of Dengue Fever affected individuals in 2015 was 29, 777. In 2016 it was 55, 154. Statistics for the first 5 months of 2017 show affected individuals to be 56,887! And the total number of dengue affected individuals is expected to rise to more than 136, 528. Following the above mentioned statistics, the simple mathematical
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850,000 affected by drought in N/E- DMC
Published Date: 11/06/2017 (Sunday)
While some 600,000 people had been hit by the recent floods and landslides in the South, a total of 849,752 individuals belonging to 243,683 families in eight districts in the north and east had been affected by the severe drought condition across the country, the Disaster Management Centre census revealed yesterday.
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Premier holds discussions with Commonwealth Secretary General in New York
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland held discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today at the United Nations Permanent Representative Office in New York. At the meeting, the Premier and the Commonwealth Secretary General discussed ties between Commonwealth Countries and Sri Lanka and bilateral relationships at a deeper extent.
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A separate State, anyone?
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Just before sitting down to write this morning (June 7, 2017), I received a notification on social media. It was about a panel discussion at the Public Library to be held later in the afternoon. The title was in Sinhala. It read as follows: ‘Let us defeat the Constitution, let us get rid of Ranil.’
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Sri Lanka defends decision to join China’s One Belt One Road project
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lankan foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday defended his country’s move to join China’s controversial One Belt One Road (Obor) infrastructure initiative, stating that it was a considered decision taken on the basis of its foreign policy, whose motto is “friends with all and enemies with none.”
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