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News: Zeid’s office needs USD 648,000 for work in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says it needs USD 648,000 for its work in Sri Lanka this year. The UN Human Rights Office today launched its most ambitious funding appeal yet, urging States and private donors to bolster the Office’s ability to work and stand up for human rights for all people, everywhere.
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News: Most people worried about referendum: Chandrika
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan government will soon launch a campaign to garner support for a new Constitution which it hopes to put to a referendum this year, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said. “Most people are worried about a referendum. Given the general situation at the moment, [they fear] whether one could win a referendum,” she told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Tuesday. Her comments come at a time when Sri Lanka is drafting a new Constitution that minority Tamils hope will deliver a lasting political solution.
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Photos: EU funds Women & Childens Desk at Vavuniya police station
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
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News: TNA denies hand in controversial HC appointment JO challenged to prove accusations
Posted Date: 15/02/2017 (Wednesday)
The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has strongly denied Joint Opposition accusation that it influenced recent appointment of Ramanathan Kannan of the private bar as a High Court judge. Raghu Balachandran, Media Secretary to the TNA leader as well as the leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan yesterday told The Island that there was absolutely no basis for the accusation.
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News: War Crimes Probe: TNA Miffed With Government’s Time Buying Tactics
Posted Date: 15/02/2017 (Wednesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is miffed with the government’s latest time buying tactic in its attempt to further postpone the war crimes probe, sources said. During several forums, the TNA MPs, including its leader R. Sampanthan had expressed both disappointment and annoyance following the government’s recent declaration that it will seek more time from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to probe war crimes
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Photos: Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation: official
Posted Date: 15/02/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Sri Lanka Tamil Party is for a public referendum on constitution - MP Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 14/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Lanka's main Tamil Party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is of the view that adoption of a new constitution should take place with the approval of the people at a referendum and it supports the proposal put forward by the government to hold a public referendum, TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, Parliamentarian Sumanthiran said the TNA is prepared to engage in a meaningful discussion on the issue of devolution of power in the new constitution instead of insisting on words.
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News: Karuna forms new political party; fires salvo at TNA
Posted Date: 12/02/2017 (Sunday)
Former deputy minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman on Saturday floated a new political party to press for all Tamil issues as he accused the main party representing the minority community of not doing enough for the Tamils. The former top LTTE military commander, who later became a deputy minister in the former government, formed the Tamil United People’s Front in the eastern town of Batticaloa.
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Events: The World Conference on How to establish a Tamil Higher Institute in UK
Posted Date: 11/02/2017 (Saturday)
Council Chamber, 1st Floor, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2XY
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Events: A PANEL DISCUSSION on SRI LANKA, SCREENING of INGIRUNTHU, a film set in the plantation Tamil community of Sri Lanka and a Q & A with the Director
Posted Date: 11/02/2017 (Saturday)
At the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0HG
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News: A new Constitution is the most potent weapon for non-recurrence of Sri Lanka’s conflict, says Mangala Samaraweera
Posted Date: 09/02/2017 (Thursday)
A new Constitution is the most potent weapon for non-recurrence of Sri Lanka’s conflict and would have to be given priority over accountability mechanisms, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. The country, which suffered two youth insurrections and a 26-year-long war, had seen enough violence and bigotry, and needed checks and balances to ensure that the road ahead is peaceful, he told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Wednesday.
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News: EU grants worth 44.5m for agriculture and reconciliation work
Posted Date: 09/02/2017 (Thursday)
The Government yesterday announced plans to enter into an agreement with the European Union (EU) to provide grant assistance of €42 million to finance two agriculture based programs. A major component of the funds, provided under EU’s Multiannual Indicative Program 2014-2020, will finance programs to “support the Modernisation of the Agricultural Sector in Sri Lanka” and “strength the reconciliation processes in Sri Lanka”. The funds allocated under the EU aid program remained unused during the past regime due to the country’s political disengagement with the EU.
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Videos: IDPs in Mullaitivu demand military to return native lands
Posted Date: 09/02/2017 (Thursday)
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News: Sri Lanka to Ask UN for More Time to Probe War Crimes
Posted Date: 08/02/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka says it needs more time to fulfill promises given to the U.N. human rights body to investigate war crime allegations from the nation's long civil war, which ended nearly eight years ago. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told foreign correspondents late Tuesday that the government will seek more time at the next U.N. human rights session, starting Feb. 27 in Geneva.
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Events: Royal Society for Public Health Level 1 award in Health Awareness
Posted Date: 08/02/2017 (Wednesday)
Kingston Federation of Residents’ 1 Tadlow, Washington Road, Kingston, KT1 3JL
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News: Thailand: Reopen Case of 'Disappeared' Activist Justice Marred by Cover-Up, Shoddy Inquiries, Gaps in Law
Posted Date: 07/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Thai authorities should immediately reopen the investigation into the enforced disappearance of a prominent ethnic Karen activist who went missing nearly three years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 16, 2017, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) of the Ministry of Justice ended its investigation for Porlajee Rakchongcharoen, known as Billy, who was last seen in government custody at Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province in April 2014. The government remains obligated under international law to provide information on Billy’s fate or whereabouts, Human Rights Watch said.
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News: Non-resident envoys to be appointed: Mangala
Posted Date: 06/02/2017 (Monday)
A number of non-resident ambassadors would be appointed to selected countries as envoys of Sri Lanka instead of resident ambassadors, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today. “Cabinet approval had been granted to go ahead with the concept. The appointments would be made in near future,” he said. He said that these non-resident ambassadors would travel to assigned countries occasionally on their own expense.
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News: Sri Lanka Red Cross launches World Disasters Report 2016
Posted Date: 06/02/2017 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS), along with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), launched the World Disasters Report 2016 in Colombo on Friday. The report, which focused on resilience, was aimed at providing key players in disaster management with an overview of the trend as to how disasters would affect vulnerable people and what action was required, according to the SLRCS.
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News: Information sought on assets of President, PM under Right to Information Act
Posted Date: 06/02/2017 (Monday)
An application has been filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking information on the assets of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The application was filed by Transparency International Sri Lanka. Information has also been sought from the Customs Department and Bribery Commission.
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