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First Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Published Date: 06/05/2013 (Monday)
Mr. Pablo de Greiff (Colombia) was appointed first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. He took up his functions on 1 May 2012.
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Sri Lanka: Most child abusers are relatives, says Deputy Solicitor General
Published Date: 05/05/2013 (Sunday)
Deputy solicitor general of the AG's department state counsel Sarath Jayamanna points out that most of the child abuse and torture cases have been committed by relatives, friends and whom the children know. He made these comments at a media workshop on child protection organized by the National child protection authority.
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Sri Lanka takes next step to opening strategic China-built port
Published Date: 04/05/2013 (Saturday)
Shihar Aneez, Correspondent, Reuters Sri Lanka and Maldives writes, Sri Lanka will start storing bunker fuel at the $1.5 billion Hambantota port in June, a senior official said, after years of delays to the Chinese-built installation that sits on strategic shipping lanes, and a key step to making it commercially viable. The state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) originally had plans to open the facility for ship fuel in May 2011, six months after President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the port in his home town on his 65th birthday.
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2013 World Press Freedom Index: Dashed hopes after spring
Published Date: 04/05/2013 (Saturday)
After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration. The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway.
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Statement by Hon. Jim Karygiannis for World Press Freedom Day with respect to the Tamil Nation
Published Date: 03/05/2013 (Friday)
The Canadian Liberal politician Jim Karygiannis has launched a petition campaign soliciting support for a motion in the Canadian House of Commons to urge Canada to move and put forward a motion in the Commonwealth to revoke Sri Lanka’s membership and recognise the Genocide against the Tamil nation, on the World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May. World Press Freedom Day is a time to honour and remember journalists, editors, producer and media workers around the world and the crucial work they do.
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Japan strengthens ties with Sri Lanka as part of plan to rein in China
Published Date: 03/05/2013 (Friday)
JUN TABUSHI, Staff Write of the new English-language digital version of the Asahi Shimbun AJW, Japan's leading daily newspaper reports, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso's visit to Sri Lanka yielded promises of stronger ties between the two countries, bringing Japan a step closer to its goal of building a coalition against China. Aso, who had been eager to visit the maritime nation, met with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on May 2, and the two agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation further
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Canada: A rebuke to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/05/2013 (Thursday)
One of the biggest insults a government can deliver to another — the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face — is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another. Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka, said Ottawa Citizen one of Canada's largest news network
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Costumes of Muslim Ladies is a dangerous omen says JHU president Ven.Rathana Thera
Published Date: 01/05/2013 (Wednesday)
President of Jathika Hela Urumaya, (JHU), Ven Athuraliye Rathana thero says that costume of Muslim ladies is a dangerous omen and those who are acting against the common law of the country by changing their uniforms should be punished. The President of the party said this issuing an announcement to the media.
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Bishop warns of ‘Buddhist Taliban’ in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/05/2013 (Wednesday)
Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe of Galle (Sri Lanka) is seeking the prayers of the faithful worldwide as the nation’s Christians and Muslims suffer persecution from Bodu Bala Sana (BBS), the “Buddhist Taliban.” The Fides news agency reported that Buddhist monks were involved in 50 attacks on Christians in 2012. One prelate, Bishop Rayyappu Joseph of Mannar, suffered slight injuries when stones were thrown at him in September.
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Other religions should not be harmed, says Minister Navin Dissanayaka
Published Date: 29/04/2013 (Monday)
Minister of State Management Reforms Navin Dissanayaka says that the Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka should show the whole world by allowing the other religious beliefs to be freely practiced in Sri Lanka
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Ircon International completes first rail project: Trial train run reaches Madhu Road
Published Date: 26/04/2013 (Friday)
A trial run was conducted on the completed new railway track between Medawachchi and Madhu Road, covering a distance of 43 km. Sri Lanka Railway Project Director M.P.L.N. Peiris, CECB Team Leader M.P. De Silva and Ircon International Ltd., General Manager S.L. Gupta, undertook the trial run on 23 April 2013.
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The unchallenged rise of anti-Tamil racism in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
Mark Gillespie, die-hard socialist living in Australia writing to Solidarity, a socialist group with branches across Australia working to end wars, inequality and environmental destruction that threatens the world, explains how Sri Lankan socialists capitulated to the vicious racism and pogroms against Tamils that led to the ethnic cleansing of today For more than 25 years Sri Lanka was torn apart by a disastrous ethnic civil war. The war ended in 2009 but the ethnic divisions remain entrenched, with the Tamil minority under the heel of a Sinhalese supremacist regime. But the polarisation of Sri Lanka along ethnic lines wasn’t inevitable.
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Eleven Sri Lankan refugees begin their new lives in Los Angeles
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
Eleven Sri Lankan refugees have arrived in Los Angeles to begin their new lives after receiving care in the UAE for six months. "We can now lead a life without fear and don't have to live as refugees any more," said Sivabalan Niranjani, 35, of the harrowing journey that ended when she landed in Dubai. She arrived in the US with her husband and two children yesterday.
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DMK tells CMAG members to keep out of Sri Lanka meet
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
A delegation of Members of Parliament of the DMK on Tuesday gave a memorandum to several member countries of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in Delhi urging them to not hold the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo slated to be held from November 15 to 17.
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Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Should Relocate November Meeting Accountability Failures, Ongoing Abuses Make for an Unworthy Host
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
A senior Commonwealth advisory group should recommend the organization shift the venue of its November 2013 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka unless the government makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today.
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The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says that the sovereignty of the country should not be mortgaged for foreign aid
Published Date: 17/04/2013 (Wednesday)
Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Niward Cabral participating in a discussion programme of the Sri Lanka national radio says that the sovereignty of the country should not be mortgaged for foreign aid. Sri Lanka has become a middle income earning country. He points out that therefore, Sri Lanka has now being relieved from the mentality of depending on aid. Certain developed countries are also facing economic problems.
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Time for action on Colombo Commonwealth summit
Published Date: 15/04/2013 (Monday)
Diplomacy should send a clear signal to Sri Lanka that it is on the wrong track. This year's CHOGM in Colombo should be cancelled, writes Jake Lynch. Foreign Minister Bob Carr will head to London shortly for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, amid growing calls for the cancellation of this year's Heads of Government Meeting in the Sri Lankan capital.
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A Tamil Spring?
Published Date: 13/04/2013 (Saturday)
A new generation of college students in Tamil Nadu has taken up the cause of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Articulate, well informed and uncontaminated by the influence of time-serving politicians they have successfully forced an agenda on the three main political parties in the state, comment M S S Pandian of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and A Kalaiyarasan, a PhD scholar at the Centre for Studies in Regional Development in the same university in the 13 April 2013 issue of the Economic & Political Weekly.
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Uthayan Tamil Newspaper attacked again
Published Date: 13/04/2013 (Saturday)
Attacks on media organisations, particularly the Tamil media and intimidation and harassment of journalists continue in Sri Lanka irrespective of assurance given by the police to find and punish perpetrators. The attack on the Uthayan newspaper office is the fifth attack on the media in the north, since January and the second after the United Nations passed a resolution on March 21 calling on the government to address human rights violations.
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Gotabaya's remarks that India responsible for terrorism in Sri Lanka not Acceptable: Narayanasamy
Published Date: 12/04/2013 (Friday)
India today disapproved of a top Sri Lankan official's reported remark about it regarding terrorism in that country, saying the armed conflict there was a result of Colombo denying rights to Tamils there. Responding to Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa's reported remark that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in his country, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the statement was not acceptable.
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Poorest countries lead the fight against hunger and undernutrition
Published Date: 11/04/2013 (Thursday)
According to new research published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), low income countries like Malawi and Madagascar and lower middle income Guatemala, are leading the charge against hunger and undernutrition, whilst economic powerhouses such as India and Nigeria are failing some of their most vulnerable citizens.
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Indira Samarasekera: First Woman of Sri Lankan Origin to Become President of a Major North American University
Published Date: 08/04/2013 (Monday)
Dr. Indira Samarasekera is the 12th president of the University of Alberta, one of Canada's most respected research-intensive universities. Building strong international partnerships is a signature feature of her leadership. The International aspect involves German Research Centres, the Aga Khan University, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) apart from others. Dr. Indira Samarasekera is probably the first Tamil to become the president of a major North American university. Samarasekera began her career at the University of British Columbia as a professor in the Department of Materials Engineering.
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“Cancel MPs’ trip to Sri Lanka..., It will be deeply hurtful to cause of innocent Sri Lankan Tamils’’, Says Indian Minister Jayanthi Natarajan
Published Date: 08/04/2013 (Monday)
Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan has urged the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Naina Lal Kidwai to cancel the proposed trip by a delegation of Parliamentarians to Sri Lanka, “in solidarity with the sufferings of innocent civilian Tamils in Sri Lanka and out of respect for the feelings of the people of Tamil Nadu.”
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Port workers in Colombo threaten to boycott south Indian cargo
Published Date: 03/04/2013 (Wednesday)
Port workers here today threatened to stop handling cargo from south Indian ports to protest the harassment of Sri Lankan monks and pilgrims in Tamil Nadu. "We can''t silently watch the harassment of our monks and pilgrims in Tamil Nadu. We want to stop handling cargo from Indian ports as a result", Mahesh Samarawickrema, a dock workers'' trade union official told reporters.
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French Charity Says, “Sri Lanka must find aid workers” killers
Published Date: 02/04/2013 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan government must find and prosecute those responsible for the massacre of 17 aid workers during the country's 25-year civil war, French charity Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has said. The killing of the aid workers, who were shot at point-blank range outside their office in northeast Sri Lanka in 2006, was the worst attack on humanitarians since the 2003 bombing of the United Nations compound in Baghdad.
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