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News: Sri Lankan Government Fails on Promises of Resettlement, Demilitarization, and Reconciliation
Posted Date: 22/03/2017 (Wednesday)
As the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meets to discuss transitional justice and human rights in post-war Sri Lanka, a new report from the Oakland Institute, Justice Denied, exposes the many issues that continue to plague land release and resettlement in the country, and the failure of the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its international commitments to transitional justice. The Sri Lankan military continues to occupy large quantities of land; land released by the government is often of poor quality, hindering the ability of many to rebuild their livelihoods; there is a vast and unmet need for housing and infrastructure for those displaced during the civil war; and ever-changing timelines for resettlement have bred mistrust in the government. Although the war ended in 2009, the country’s military budget has more than doubled since then, raising serious doubt about the government’s intent to demilitarize the North and East.
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News: Human Rights Council 34th Session Item 2: Oral presentation of the High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Posted Date: 22/03/2017 (Wednesday)
I thank you for this opportunity to discuss the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and to present my report pursuant to Council resolution 30/1. The report acknowledges some positive advances on human rights and constitutional reform. I welcome the constructive engagement of the Government with my Office. We have continued to provide technical assistance through our presence in Sri Lanka, complemented by frequent expert missions and support by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.
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News: Thirteen-A Is Still A Good Start…
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
It may sound a preposterous proposition, especially when Sri Lanka wants to believe that it’s at a breakthrough-point on a new Constitution and thus a new, negotiated settlement to the decades-old ethnic issue. Yet, the fact remains, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, facilitated by the larger Indian neighbour, is a good document to begin with. It’s another matter whether contemporary Sri Lanka, post-war, wants to begin implementing 13-A in all earnestness for now, and go along amending its provisions one way or the other, as it went along. The alternative, which is more doable and acceptable to all domestic stake-holders, would be to use 13-A as a base document for taking up fresh negotiations, within and outside Parliament, which is also functioning as the Constituent Assembly.
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News: Sri Lanka's war survivors hope new law will unlock state land holdings
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
For almost two decades, Sivaraja Sivakumar has lived on a plot of land in the north of Sri Lanka - but he has no idea who owns it. The 43-year-old father of two from Sri Lanka's Tamil minority says he prays every day that he is the rightful owner, but cannot be sure. "I have no deed that says I am the owner, I have never had such a deed," he said.
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News: Target hate speech and hate crimes, Zeid urges States
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an annual reminder to us all to do more to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes. But 21 March needs to be more than a reminder. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim women wearing headscarves face increasing verbal, and even physical, abuse in a number of countries. In Latin America, indigenous peoples continue to endure stigmatization, including in the media.
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News: Switzerland Urged to Exercise Universal Jurissdiction to Arrest Visiting Ex Sri Lankan Admiral for War Crimes: TGTE
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), have urged the Government of Switzerland to exercise Universal Jurisdiction to arrest visiting Sri Lanka’s retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed against Tamils during his time as Rear Admiral of the Sri Lankan Navy. It is not clear whether Sri Lankan Government will step in to protect retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara under diplomatic cover, since he belongs to the opposition political party led by former President Mahinda Rajapakse.
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News: ‘We will not join the ICC; we will not include foreign judges’: PM
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his response to a special statement by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament today, said Sri Lanka would not join the International Criminal Court (ICC), or include foreign judges in Sri Lanka’s judicial mechanism. “We will not join the ICC,” the Prime Minister said. “It is against the policy of the whole of South Asia”. “We will not include foreign judges in the judicial process,” he said emphatically, giving as proof of his intent a statement made earlier this month in which he pointed out that the inclusion of foreign judges in Sri Lanka’s judicial process was not feasible.
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Photos: M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
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Photos: M.A. Sumanthiran on Sri Lankan Politics, Tamil Affairs, and Indo-Lankan Ties
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
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Photos: Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister, dies
Posted Date: 21/03/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Chinese Defense Minister called on President
Posted Date: 20/03/2017 (Monday)
The Minister of Defense and State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China General Chang Wanquan who is on a official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena today (March 20) at the official residence of the President. The President who recalled the long term relationship between Sri Lanka and China thanked for the support given by China for the independence and national security of Sri Lanka.
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Videos: Stephen J. Rapp strong statement on the Sri Lankan Resolution
Posted Date: 20/03/2017 (Monday)
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Videos: No Fire Zone " ஐ திரையிட்ட லீனாவை விடுதலை செய்யுங்கள்
Posted Date: 20/03/2017 (Monday)
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News: Gota, Navi Pillay clash over clash over
Posted Date: 19/03/2017 (Sunday)
I STILL believe he’s alive,” says Tharsini Santhirabose with a glazed, fixed smile. She last saw her husband, a fellow guerrilla for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in the final days of the civil war that ended with the Tigers’ obliteration in 2009. Up to 40,000 civilians were killed, according to the UN, along with most of the remnants of the 10,000-strong separatist army and perhaps 5,000 hangers-on. The chances that Ms Santhirabose’s husband will reappear are virtually nil. No one knows precisely how many died or disappeared in the war. A fervently Tamil-nationalist Catholic bishop claims that, after the 26 years of fighting, 147,000 people, civilians and fighters, remain unaccounted for.
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News: NGOs screen controversial Sri Lankan civil war documentary
Posted Date: 18/03/2017 (Saturday)
Several NGOs co-organised a screening of a controversial documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war last night, ahead of the sentencing of Lena Hendry who was found guilty of screening the same four years ago. However, the difference was that last night’s screening was done via online streaming, and not with any other form of media, such as film reel, videotape or DVD. A spokesman for one of the NGOs said the screening last night did not break any censorship laws in the country because it was streamed online.
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Events: அமரர் திருமதி சொக்கலிங்கம் சீதேவிபிள்ளை வெற்றிக்கிண்ண உதைபந்தாடடப் போட்டி
Posted Date: 18/03/2017 (Saturday)
அன்னை வேளாங்கன்னி "நசரேத் விளையாட்டு கழக மைதானம்", புங்குடுதீவு
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News: Thousands of victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war remain unaccounted for
Posted Date: 17/03/2017 (Friday)
“I STILL believe he’s alive,” says Tharsini Santhirabose with a glazed, fixed smile. She last saw her husband, a fellow guerrilla for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in the final days of the civil war that ended with the Tigers’ obliteration in 2009. Up to 40,000 civilians were killed, according to the UN, along with most of the remnants of the 10,000-strong separatist army and perhaps 5,000 hangers-on. The chances that Ms Santhirabose’s husband will reappear are virtually nil.
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News: UK Visas & Immigration: Changes to Immigration Rules
Posted Date: 16/03/2017 (Thursday)
Today, 16 March, the Home Office has laid before Parliament a package of changes to the Immigration Rules. These changes mainly affect applications using Certificates of Sponsorship assigned by sponsors on or after 6 April 2017, the main changes are outlined below. Overseas criminal record certificates We are extending the requirement to provide a criminal record certificate to Tier 2 (General) applicants coming to work in the education, health and social care sectors and to their adult dependents.
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News: Most Sought Service Provider Vests another 33 New Houses for Displaced Jaffna People
Posted Date: 16/03/2017 (Thursday)
The newly constructed 33 Houses with a value of Rs. 33 million was ceremonially handed over to the displace families of Welfare Centers in Jaffna Peninsula by Major General Mahesh Senanayaka, Commander Security Force (Jaffna) - SF (J) and Mr. Nagalingham Vethanayahan, District Secretary, Jaffna on 10th March 2017at "Nallinakkapuram" Community Hall. Under the Phase - II, a total number of 33 most deserving displaced families, still languishing in 30 relief, welfare centers across the peninsula was selected to issue of ownership certificates and keys on the guidelines given by the District Secretariat, Jaffna.
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Events: SIDE EVENT: TORTURE IN SRI LANKA
Posted Date: 16/03/2017 (Thursday)
Palais de Nations, Room XXV, Geneva
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