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News: Palestine flag to fly at UN headquarters after majority vote
Posted Date: 11/09/2015 (Friday)
Palestine’s flag will fly at UN headquarters after the general assembly overwhelmingly approved a Palestinian resolution, infuriating Israel with a move that Palestinians described as a step toward UN membership. There were 119 votes in favor out of 193 UN members. The US and Israel were among eight countries that voted against the Palestinian-drafted resolution, which says the flags of non-member observer states such as Palestine shall be raised at the New York headquarters.
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News: Coalition for the ICC: Call on Sri Lanka to join the ICC
Posted Date: 11/09/2015 (Friday)
With its new leaders promising to put Sri Lanka on a path towards reform and reconciliation, justice for grave crimes must not be neglected. By joining the ICC, Sri Lanka can signal to its citizens and the international community that it is ready to break away from impunity and its violent past. Add your voice now. Six years after the end of its 26-year long civil war, victims of grave crimes from all sides are still awaiting justice. The Sri Lankan government must no longer turn its back on its responsibility to protect its citizens.
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Videos: Banu on Attorney General’s decision on investigation of Gotabaya’s Security organisation
Posted Date: 11/09/2015 (Friday)
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Videos: Tamil Canadian Walk in Support of Sampur Resettlement - in Tamil
Posted Date: 11/09/2015 (Friday)
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Photos: Human rights, foreign policy and the battle for Sri Lanka’s soul
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
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News: New short film, Sri Lanka: The search for Justice launched
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
The team behind the controversial Emmy-nominated feature documentary No Fire Zone – credited with playing a key role in convincing the international community to take action over the Sri Lankan massacres of 2009, in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died – have today launched a new short film, Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice. The hard-hitting half-hour long video coincides with the long anticipated publication of the international war crimes investigation into the massacres, ordered by the United Nations Human Rights Council 18 months ago in Geneva. It will be made live to an international public today – initially in English and Spanish, with translations in Tamil, Sinhala, French and Hindi to follow online in the next few days.
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News: India: New Killing of ‘Right-to-Information’ Activist Investigate Attacks; Increase Transparency in Public Institutions
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
Indian authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate threats and attacks on so-called right-to-information activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The killing of a right-to-information activist in Bihar state in August 2015 highlights the risks to people requesting information from the authorities, as provided by law. Since India’s Right to Information (RTI) Act was enacted in 2005, at least 45 right-to-information users and activists have been killed and over 250 assaulted, harassed, or threatened, according to local groups. Police often fail to investigate the attacks, under pressure from politicians and contractors with vested interests in keeping the information from becoming public.
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News: Sri Lanka's historic election that voters lost
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
The naming of deputy ministers of the new government has kept pace with the record-setting cabinet and confirmed that voters were the clear losers at the August 17 parliamentary election. The business community had high hopes of seeing Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickremaratne getting key positions where their knowledge on monetary and fiscal matters could have been fully utilised.
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News: Amb. Stephen Rapp on Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Investigation
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
At the end of August, the United States announced that it would support Sri Lanka’s plan for investigating alleged war crimes that occurred during the final years of the country’s long-running civil war, which ended in 2009. This announcement signaled a shift in position for the State Department, which had long insisted on an international investigation. But, in the coming weeks at the UN Human Rights Council’s next session, the US will offer a resolution supporting Colombo’s proposed process for investigating and prosecuting potential war crimes.
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News: Sri Lanka’s ‘Accountability’ Dilemma
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
With the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 30th session just days away, many Sri Lanka watchers are waiting to see how Colombo deals with the release of a major U.N. report focused on wartime abuses in Sri Lanka and its plans for handling “accountability” issues domestically. What will Colombo’s accountability mechanism actually look like? And is it actually possible for such a mechanism to work properly? What role, if any, will international actors play in such a process?
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Photos: A lasting solution - Opposition Leader Sampanthan confident of
Posted Date: 09/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: ‘My govt. cannot be toppled’ – President ‘We will run our full term until 2020’
Posted Date: 09/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Tamil question is not just an economic issue: Mano Ganesan
Posted Date: 09/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Events: Free 6 week ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ courses starting September 2015
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Richmond Park, Kingston
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Photos: Sri Lanka's war widows seek return of land
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
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News: PM calls for progress reports on major crimes during Rajapakse time
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka's Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called on officials to provide progress reports on the investigations on several high profile murders and disappearances that were committed during the previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure. The Prime Minister has asked for reports on the progress of cases including the murders of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, former Tamil MP Nadarajah Raviraj, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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News: TNA will not attend Geneva UNHRC session
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson and MP M.A. Sumanthiran said today that TNA had not decided to send a party delegation to attend the forth coming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. However, he said some members might go in their individual capacities. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, was in Geneva lobbying at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for release of the UN’s investigative report on allegations of war crimes committed in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV in North Sri Lanka.
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News: Vanni 2002 – 2006; What I Owe the People of the Vanni
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
It was February 2002 when I returned to Sri Lanka from the US, scarcely a month after the announcement of the Ceasefire Agreement that ended hostilities, following the 20 year old civil war. Now, for the first time the marvel of peace among our people was a real possibility. Like many other Tamils of my generation who were nurtured on the premise of achieving our rights via peaceful and non-violent means, I was able to leave the country at the onset of the civil war when it became evident that violent means had hijacked all peaceful methods of non-violent agitation and activism for our rights.
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Events: சமூக அரசியல் சந்திப்பும் விரிவான கலந்துரையாடலும்
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
The Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, Norbiton, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7AZ
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Photos: TNA Wants International Court, Not International Probe: Senathirajah
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
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