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News: Truth mechanism quorum for finding missing persons to be decided by mid-October, says Sri Lankan diplomat at UN
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka has to respond to the UN Human Rights council resolution adopted in 2014 which called for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes blamed on both the government troops and the LTTE during the country’s civil war. Sri Lanka’s proposed Truth Seeking Commission, a Reparations Office and a Judicial Mechanism will be decided by mid-October after the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation hands over its report, a top diplomat has said.
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News: NEW CONSTITUTION :SOLUTION TO NATIONAL QUESTION: Sampanthan Sees viable political resolution through Constitutional reforms
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
The solution to the national question must be found in the new Constitution being formulated, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan reiterated at an event in Trincomalee yesterday. Sampanthan said his party will be forced to withdraw support if the government does not propose a viable political resolution to the national problem through the Constitutional reforms. While noting that the views and aspirations of the Tamils had not being taken aboard in a comprehensive manner when formulating previous constitutions, Sampanthan said that he hoped the new government will not make the same mistake.
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Photos: Tamil Eelam removed from ABS due joint efforts of Sri Lankan in Australia
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
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Photos: PM hires US company to make Sri Lanka a vibrant social market economy
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
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Events: Action for a Peoples’ Constitution Equality | Dignity | Economic Justice Join and Support Public Meeting and Rally
Posted Date: 20/09/2016 (Tuesday)
Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo
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News: SRI LANKA: Forensic inquiry must be conducted into the death at Pussellawa police station
Posted Date: 19/09/2016 (Monday)
Kaviratne Raviraj, 30 years old, arrested and taken to the Pussellawa police station by some plain clothed police officers and was later pronounced dead upon admission to the Pussellawa Hospital. According to the relatives of the deceased, he was assaulted by the officers at the time of the arrest, and one of his brothers states that he saw his brother being assaulted inside the police station. Large crowds gathered on learning of this death, protesting against what happened to the deceased at the police station. The protestors stated that if such killings occur at police stations, it is not safe for them to go to a police station. As a result of the protest, one Sub Inspector and one constable have been suspended. However, the crowd demanded that the OIC should be suspended immediately.
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News: GOVERNMENT GETS PREPARED TO TAKE UP THE GAUNTLET
Posted Date: 19/09/2016 (Monday)
Government leaders have been saying that the draft constitution will be placed before the Parliament prior to the budget debate that takes place in November. A new constitution which would require a referendum could prove to be the government’s Waterloo if the people reject it. Last week Chairman of the Public Representations Committee Lal Wijenayake, made an announcement that five of the six sub-committees of Parliament that had been delegated the task of submitting reports on various aspects of the new constitution had completed their work. The Public Representations Committee (PRC), appointed by the Prime Minister with 19 other members, made a special effort in consultations with the general public on the matters connected with the drafting of the new constitution. Chairman Wijenayake assured those who had made submissions to the PRC that their views would be taken into account in the drafting of the new constitution.
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Photos: ‘Sri Lanka will stand by its armed forces who defeated LTTE terrorism’ – Ruwan Wijewardene
Posted Date: 19/09/2016 (Monday)
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Videos: News1st தீயினால் 90 கடைகள் முற்றாக சேதம்: செய்வதறியா நிலையில் கிளிநொச்சி வர்த்தகர்கள்
Posted Date: 19/09/2016 (Monday)
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News: UNHRC kudos for GoSL
Posted Date: 17/09/2016 (Saturday)
United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) website said that among the several issues being taken at its current sessions which opened in Geneva Tuesday is the issue on Sri Lanka. That subject will revolve round the report of the 'Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on its mission to Sri Lanka-Note by the Secretariat' and 'comments by the State (Sri Lanka)' on this report.
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News: Zeid lets Sri Lanka off the hook in his address to the 33rd session of the UNHRC
Posted Date: 17/09/2016 (Saturday)
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, did not mention Sri Lanka in his opening address at the 33 rd. session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Tuesday. This was because the theme of his speech was the problem of countries not giving access to UN rights investigative teams and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in Sri Lanka, which came to power in January 2015, has been giving access to UN rights teams. The new government has also been making some progress in implementing the October 2015 UNHRC resolution on war time rights violations.
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Photos: CBK calls for a federal semi-secular constitution
Posted Date: 17/09/2016 (Saturday)
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Photos: Government Considers Recommendations
Posted Date: 17/09/2016 (Saturday)
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Events: HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE Engaging Overseas Sri Lankans; Challenges Coming Home Promoting peace-supportive investment and technical assistance
Posted Date: 17/09/2016 (Saturday)
Cinnamon, Lakeside, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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News: Transitional Justice process & Voice of the Affected
Posted Date: 16/09/2016 (Friday)
A number of positive measures have been taken by the current Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to further reconciliation and to facilitate transitional justice in Sri Lanka. The most far reaching democratic achievement under the new Government was the establishment of a number of institutions1 which exercise checks and balances on the State power. The most recent but also the most important such institution in terms of transitional justice is the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). The consultation process conducted by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) is another welcomed development. On the top of all this, the democratic space created by the current regime remains the most beneficial factor in campaigning for and achieving rights.
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News: Sri Lanka: Is Transitional Justice in Trouble?
Posted Date: 16/09/2016 (Friday)
The UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) 33rd session began on Tuesday and Sri Lanka is on the agenda. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) is set to officially release a report on the island nation. The report is already in the public domain, although this is the first time the document will be presented to the Geneva-based HRC. Disappearances in Sri Lanka have been a longstanding problem. Appropriately, an Office of Missing Persons (OMP) is one of the four main pillars of the government’s transitional justice process.
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Videos: Hot Seat TV1 14th September 2016
Posted Date: 16/09/2016 (Friday)
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News: Tamil Political Prisoners in Sri Lanka: A Road to Nowhere?
Posted Date: 15/09/2016 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Tamil political prisoners have been back in the spotlight recently. Tamil political prisoners are ethnic Tamils who were allegedly members of or connected to the Tamil Tigers, a separatist group. Some have been convicted on charges of terrorism, though most have not. Many of the charges are believed to be fabricated and based upon coerced confessions, which were recorded in a language foreign to the accused. The new government has repeatedly promised to deal with the issue, but it has done little. While Obama may be keen to champion Sri Lanka’s peaceful transfer of power to bolster his foreign policy record, Colombo’s failure to act more decisively on political prisoners is unjust, calls into question its commitment to transitional justice, and illustrates that Sri Lanka is far from a clear-cut success story.
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News: Denmark apologises, promises to remove offending section Recognition of ‘Tamil Eelam’
Posted Date: 15/09/2016 (Thursday)
Denmark has apologised to Sri Lanka for recognising ‘Tamil Eelam’ as one of the countries from which foreigners could apply for visas. A top Foreign Ministry official told The Island last night that Denmark had promised to remove the offending section. The Danish Immigration website shows ‘Tamil Eelam’ as one of the options to be selected under the category ‘nationality’ when filling out its visa application.
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News: The UN Has Done Little to Help Those Awaiting Justice in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 15/09/2016 (Thursday)
Ban Ki-Moon acknowledged the “big mistakes” the UN made in relation to Sri Lanka under his leadership, but is yet to lay out a concrete rights-based strategy for the country. Madushka De Silva disappeared on September 2, 2013 in Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese-Buddhist heartland in the North Central Province. The third anniversary of his disappearance coincided with Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to the country. On that day, the UN secretary general was so close, and yet so far from De Silva’s wife, Mauri Inoka.
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