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One in 10 girls sexually abused, says UN report
Published Date: 05/09/2014 (Friday)
One in 10 girls around the world – or about 120 million in total – have been forced to have intercourse or take part in other sexual acts, with rates higher in sub-Saharan Africa than other regions, according to the United Nations. Drawing on data from 190 countries, a report by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls under 18 are current or former husbands, boyfriends and partners.
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Protection urged for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses
Published Date: 27/08/2014 (Wednesday)
Human rights organisations worldwide have demanded protection for potential witnesses at a UN-mandated war crimes investigation into Sri Lanka’s war with the LTTE which ended five year ago. Six organizations in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka's Tamil separatists war.
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Indian PM Narendra Modi urged Sri Lanka to ensure justice for Tamils
Published Date: 23/08/2014 (Saturday)
Meeting the six-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary delegation headed by R Sampanthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Sri Lanka to ensure "equality, dignity, justice and self-respect" for its Tamil minority. The delegation included Mavai Senathirajah, K. Premachandran, P. Selvarajah, Selvam Adaikkalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran. "The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka," an official statement said.
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TNA delegation meets Sushma Swaraj, discusses Sri Lanka situation
Published Date: 22/08/2014 (Friday)
A six member delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) visiting India gave a "detailed" presentation on the current political situation in Sri Lanka to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and sought greater role by India in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem there. The TNA Parliamentary delegation, headed by senior Tamil leader R Sampanthan, called on the minister, who assured that India was for a political solution that "addresses substantially the aspirations of Tamil community in Sri Lanka for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect within the framework of United Sri Lanka".
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Targeting Pakistan on Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 21/08/2014 (Thursday)
The civilized Western World has always shown double standard of human rights in the modern era of open diplomacy, economic development and maintenance of fundamental rights of various peoples. But, it is regrettable that major powers like the US and some European countries have continuously been acting upon duplicity regarding human rights violations. In this regard, their silence over the massacre of the Rohingya Muslim community at the hands of the Rakhine extremist Buddhists in Burma (present Myanmar), perpetual bloodshed of Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Kashmir and unending genocide of several Palestinians in Gaza might be cited as example. In these cases, US-led Western World which was overtly or covertly supporting the state terrorism of Myanmar’s military junta, Indian and Israeli regimes was strongly condemned by the Islamic Word’s intellectuals.
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Edinburgh Napier University launches Degrees in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/08/2014 (Monday)
Scotland-based Edinburgh Napier University and Spectrum Institute of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka launched two new undergraduate degrees at a reception hosted by British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies at Westminster House on Thursday, 14 August, 2014. The new degrees – BSc (Honours) Biomedical Science and BSc (Honours) Microbiology and Biotechnology – are welcome additions to the range of British degrees made increasingly available to students in Sri Lanka.
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NPC members request to OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka War-Crimes
Published Date: 17/08/2014 (Sunday)
It is with utmost respect and gratitude we, the democratically elected Members of the Northern Provincial Council and the Eastern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka, jointly write this letter to you as you prepare to conclude your highly fulfilled and exceptionally accomplished service as the High Commissioner for Human Rights. On behalf of the Tamil people, we would like to thank you for your dedicated work towards justice and accountability to the victimized Tamils in Sri Lanka. We are confident that the exemplary investigative team that you and your office have put together will ensure justice to the victims.
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Release of Brochure titled “India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time”
Published Date: 13/08/2014 (Wednesday)
A brochure titled “India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time”, published by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, was released by the Minister of Economic Development of the Government of Sri Lanka, Hon’ble Basil Rajapaksa, and the High Commissioner of India, Mr. Y. K. Sinha, on 13 August 2014. Various stakeholders, institutions, agencies and officials who have been instrumental in the successful implementation of the Indian Projects in Sri Lanka, were present at the special ceremony to release the brochure.
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Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in North
Published Date: 29/07/2014 (Tuesday)
Malaysia's state-owned utility company Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has signed an agreement to invest in a hybrid wind and solar power project in Jaffna peninsula. TNB, one of the largest companies listed on Bursa Malaysia, announced in a market disclosure that it signed an investment agreement with KLS Energy group to set up a 35 MW Renewable Energy Hybrid Wind and Solar Power Project in Kankasanthurai, Jaffna.
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Illegal arrest and torture of Edirisinghe Devayalage Sangeewa Edirisinghe
Published Date: 28/07/2014 (Monday)
According to information that the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received on 9 May 2014 Mr. Edirisinghe Devayalage Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, 29 years of age, a resident of No.164, Heen Agara, Panirendawa, Chilaw, Puttalam District, was illegally arrested and tortured by police officers attached to the Chilaw Police Station Headquarters. He was detained in a room inside the bachelor quarters of the police station, hung by a rope from the ceiling and beaten with wooden poles. His private parts were smeared with chilli and pepper. Police officers urinated into his mouth and such torture continued for 7 days until he was finally produced before the Magistrate on fabricated charges of theft and released on bail on 16 May 2014.
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Overseas Business Risk - Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/07/2014 (Thursday)
British Foreign and commonwealth Office has released its report – “Overseas Business Risk – Sri Lanka” today. This report looks at the intellectual property, organized crime, human rights, bribery and corruption and terrorism risks that UK businesses may face when operating in Sri Lanka.
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Supreme Court rejects ban on Muslim cultural dress
Published Date: 24/07/2014 (Thursday)
The Supreme Court today issued directives to all National and Provincial schools to permit parents from entering the school attired in their Muslim cultural attire. When a Fundamental Rights Petition was taken up by a bench headed by Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, in to the prevention of a Muslim parent entering Janadipathi Balika Vidyalaya attired in a Hijab, the Chief Justice said that such cultural attire was permitted and within the legal rights of a citizen
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British Arms Sales to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/07/2014 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is among the 27 countries that the British government sold weapons. Britain had supplied £12bn of arms to some 27 countries including Sri Lanka, the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls stated in their 2013 report. According to the Foreign and commonwealth Office, Britain has sold small arms and weaponry to the Sri Lankan Defence authorities. Some of the items sold to Sri Lanka include pistols, components for assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, body armour and combat shotguns – despite the Foreign Office still classifying Sri Lanka as a “country of concern” for human rights abuses.
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PMK flays "denial" of visa to UN team
Published Date: 23/07/2014 (Wednesday)
NDA ally PMK today slammed the Centre for its reported refusal to grant visa to a UN team probing alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, saying if it was true, it will become "dark pages" in the history of human rights. Citing reports, party founder leader S Ramadoss said Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had confirmed this besides saying that the refusal of visas was a very significant gesture by India.
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Statement by the Leader of the Official Opposition regarding the Black July Pogrom
Published Date: 23/07/2014 (Wednesday)
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the Black July pogrom: “Today, New Democrats’ thoughts are with the Tamil community in Canada and around the world as we commemorate Black July.
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OHCHR to Monitor Developments
Published Date: 21/07/2014 (Monday)
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says it is monitoring the latest developments in Sri Lanka after President Mahinda Rajapaksa had expanded the mandate of the Missing Persons Commission. OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told The Sunday Leader that OHCHR has noted the Sri Lankan government’s announcement that it is expanding the mandate of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances to investigate matters related to the loss of civilian life in the final stages of the armed conflict.
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Iran denies selling oil to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/07/2014 (Sunday)
The National Iranian Oil Company on Sunday rejected claims that it sold crude oil to Sri Lanka, the IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. Mohsen Qamsari, the NIOC director for international affairs, said that some news outlets have published data based on unofficial sources about selling crude oil by Iran to Sri Lanka and South Africa in recent months. “The data are not valid and are not confirmed,” he stressed.
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President commissions patrol boats gifted by Australia
Published Date: 10/07/2014 (Thursday)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday ceremonially commissioned the ‘Mihikatha’ and ‘Rathnadeepa’ patrol boats that were gifted by the Australian Government to Sri Lanka, at the Port of Colombo. Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison also participated in the ceremony. The two patrol boats were gifted as a gesture of goodwill to the Sri Lanka Navy.
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The World Bank continues aid for the development of education in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/07/2014 (Wednesday)
The World Bank reiterates that the International Monetary Fund will continue to extend aid for the development of the education sector in Sri Lanka. Head of the Education Division of the South Asian Region of the Bank Halil Dunder said that aid extended on health and education is of crucial importance for the development of a country. Mr. Dunder made these remarks by joining the World Bank office in Colombo through a video conference from Washington. The presentation of a World Bank Report on Child Education in South Asia also took place.
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Government makes significant changes to present on-line visa system
Published Date: 01/07/2014 (Tuesday)
President Rajapaksa's Code is an eight-page memorandum [presented] by External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. It calls for significant changes. He has said that the NGO Secretariat (now coming under the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development) and the Registrar of Companies will be tasked “with clearing NGO requests on hosting events and arranging necessary visas for the participants.” He has proposed “to designate a focal point at the NGO Secretariat and the Registrar of Companies in order to streamline the visa process.”
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Australia grants Rs. 27 million to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 30/06/2014 (Monday)
The Australian High Commission has granted 27 million rupees to support 13 community-based projects across Sri Lanka, implemented by 12 organisations. Acting Australian High Commissioner, Sonya Koppe, today handed over cheques to community based organisations implementing these small scale development projects around Sri Lanka.
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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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