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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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STATEMENT : Marc Garneau condemns attack on Muslims in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/06/2014 (Wednesday)
Marc Garneau, Foreign Affairs critic for the Liberal Party of Canada, strongly condemns attacks on members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Targeted attacks in Aluthgama and Beruwala this past Sunday killed several individuals and injured at least 78 in Muslim areas. These are only the latest in a series of similar incidents violently targeting the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.
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IMF Says No Side Agreements With Sri Lanka, Qs on Egypt, DRC, Romania
Published Date: 05/06/2014 (Thursday)
After in Sri Lanka the Vice Chairman of the UNP Lakshman Kiriella MP called on the government to “reveal the several subsidiary agreements it had entered into with the International Monetary Fund, which impinged on the budgetary allocations for essential services,” Inner City Press put the question to IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice at his June 5 embargoed briefing.
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Iron nails driven into Matale skulls
Published Date: 27/05/2014 (Tuesday)
The persons, whose skeletal remains had been found from a mass grave in Matale, had been tortured, according to Kurunegala JMO’s report to the Matale magistrate’s court. Lawyer Sunil Watagala who appears on behalf of the missing persons, has told BBC Sandeshaya that most of the skulls, belonging to 153 persons, had iron nails driven into them.
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APJ Abdul Kalam lists priorities to Modi
Published Date: 22/05/2014 (Thursday)
In his three-point advice to Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has asked him to take steps to lift over 150 million people out of poverty while achieving employment generation potential for 64 million youth to achieve “sustainable economic prosperity.’
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UN human rights expert to assess the situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work
Published Date: 14/05/2014 (Wednesday)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Sri Lanka from 19 to 26 May 2014 to assess the human rights situation of Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work, and the related recruitment practices. “Migration plays a key role in the economic development of Sri Lanka. Foreign workers form 24% of the labour force, and remittances form 33% of the country’s foreign exchange and 8.3% of its GDP,” Mr. Crépeau said.
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Published Date: 10/05/2014 (Saturday)
The International Association of People’s Lawyers, as an international group of human rights lawyers from various countries, especially those where exploitation and state repression is most severe, has received information that the Professor of Delhi University was abducted by Maharashtra Police on May 9th, from the vicinity of Maharashtra Sadan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, in the capital New Delhi in India.
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Shavendra Silva denies everything on Sri Lanka rapes at Canada UN By Matthew Russell Lee
Published Date: 06/05/2014 (Tuesday)
Rapes in Sri Lanka, about which the UN's Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, publicly expressed concern on April 24, were the subject of a session at Canada's Mission to the UN on May 6. Multiple sources tell Inner City Press that at the meeting, controversial Sri Lankan military figure, now Deputy Permanent Representative Shavendra Silva sought to deny the reports of rape by the Army.
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Sri Lanka's Secrets : How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away with Murder By Trevor Grant With a foreword by Geoffrey Robertson QC
Published Date: 05/05/2014 (Monday)
As the civil war in Sri Lanka drew to its bloody end in 2009 the government of this island nation removed its protection from UN officials and employees, who, along with other international observers, were forced to leave the conflict zone. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his inner circle wanted, it seemed, a war without witness.
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UN investigation offers hope to victims in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/05/2014 (Thursday)
The UN Human Rights Council resolution to establish an international investigation into allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed by both sides in Sri Lanka’s civil war gives hope to tens of thousands of victims who continue to be denied truth and justice. “The resolution sends a strong message to the Government of Sri Lanka that the international community is not willing to turn its back on victims’ pursuit of truth, justice and accountability in Sri Lanka,” said Sheila Varadan, ICJ South Asia Programme Legal Adviser.
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Slovenian court confirms jail sentence for ex-PM Jansa
Published Date: 30/04/2014 (Wednesday)
A Slovenian higher court on Monday upheld the jail sentence passed on opposition leader and former prime minister Janez Jansa for bribery in a 2006 arms deal, the top state prosecutor said. "I can confirm that I have received the ruling, under which Janez Jansa gets two years in prison and two other co-defendants 22 months," prosecutor Andrej Ferlinc told reporters in Ljubljana.
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Sri Lanka named in UN rape in conflict report
Published Date: 25/04/2014 (Friday)
Sri Lanka has been named among 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts in a new UN report. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report, launched yesterday, says there is now unprecedented political momentum globally to end conflict-related sexual violence, but more action is needed regionally and nationally to respond to these crimes.
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Sri Lanka tourism: What got us here, won’t get us there
Published Date: 23/04/2014 (Wednesday)
In 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were a mere 447 thousand. By 2010 the arrivals increased almost 50 percent to 654 thousand. That number is estimated to have almost doubled by 2013 to almost 1.3 million. The current plans are for this number to double again by 2016 to 2.5 million. But what got Sri Lanka here (doubling tourist arrivals from 2010 to 2013) will not get it there (doubling again from 2013 to 2016).
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Belarusian senators okay military, technical cooperation agreements with Mongolia, Sri Lanka
Published Date: 23/04/2014 (Wednesday)
The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus passed the bills on ratifying the intergovernmental agreements on military and technical cooperation with Mongolia and Sri Lanka on 22 April. Apart from that, the upper chamber of the Belarus parliament voted in favor of the ratification of the Belarusian-Mongolian agreement on mutual aid in customs affairs and visa-free travels, agreements with Bolivia and Sri Lanka on trade and economic cooperation and visa-free travels for holders of diplomatic passports and service ones.
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