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News: Trying To Understand Keppapilavu: Resistance, Solidarities & Politics
Posted Date: 01/03/2017 (Wednesday)
For the past twenty-eight days, Tamil people of Keppapilavu and Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district including women and children have been protesting against the authoritarian occupation of their homelands by the Sri Lankan military and Air Force. These people who were displaced during the civil war wish to go back to their homes and lands. To return to and resettle in places where they had been living for decades is not just these people’s wish but it is their right too. The state and the military cannot encroach on this right and deny the people their homes, lands and the environment that had been an integral part of their lives prior to their displacement. Eighty-four families, of which thirty are women-headed, have been denied entry into their lands in Keppapilavu by the military.
News: UK getting ready to set cut-off date for EU citizens
Posted Date: 01/03/2017 (Wednesday)
One of the most contentious issues in the debate around the post-Brexit immigration system has been the cut-off date for the free movement of EU citizens into the UK. Many had hoped that EU citizens would enjoy free movement including visa free travel and no work restrictions until the UK formally leaves the EU in 2019. However, the headlines over the weekend revealed that the government is more likely to set the deadline for when the EU citizens will no longer have an automatic right to stay in the UK permanently on the date of triggering of Article 50, which is expected in mid-March
News: Renowned International Law Experts Recommend International Criminal Court (ICC), if Sri Lanka continues to Fail to Act
Posted Date: 01/03/2017 (Wednesday)
In a Press Conference held in Geneva within hours of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Smaraweera’s address to the UN Human Rights Council, a group of well renowned international Law experts recommended Sri Lanka be referred International Criminal Court (ICC), ”if Sri Lanka continues in bad faith and/or fail to take significant steps towards implementing the word and spirit of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, including establishing a hybrid war crimes court with the participation of international judges and prosecutors.” The group Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP), was established to monitor Sri Lanka’s compliance to the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, which Sri Lanka itself co-sponsored.
News: The unity of the Tamil leadership needed to fulfil political aspirations of Tamils – S. Jaishankar
Posted Date: 01/03/2017 (Wednesday)
Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has requested the Tamil National Alliance to strengthen its unity before finding solutions for the Tamil political issues. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representatives led by R. Sampanthan met Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar who was on a two-day visit to Colombo at the Indian High Commission last Sunday (19). Jaishankar’s meeting with the Tamil National Alliance took place in the backdrop of TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran’s return from Geneva where the United Nations Human Rights Commission officials were urged by Sumanthiran not to allow the Sri Lankan Government to make alterations to the UNHRC resolution which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka in 2015.
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/embed/TFwZAcItEfE
Posted Date: 01/03/2017 (Wednesday)
News: Justice for North and East
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
There is at present an acute shortage of Tamil-speaking High Court Judges in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. In a statement issued by the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), President’s Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam in relation to the recent appointment of High Court Judge, R. Kannan and the private bar’s role in it, Alagaratnam said that the representations made especially by lawyers practising in the Eastern Province, over a period of one year, had been made at the meetings of the BASL’s Bar Council and Executive Committee.
News: What will be India’s next big step on SL?
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Amidst continuous agitations over the continuity of the Malabe private medical college, SAITM, President Maithripala Sirisena last week said he would take a decision on the issue regarding the private universities in the country, including the SAITM for the best interests and the productivity of the country. He said this during a meeting with the SAITM Parents' Association and Dr. Neville Fernando, regarding the prevailing issues on private universities in the country at the President's Official Residence.
News: UNHRC 34 opens, Zeid’s annual report notes Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
The 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council opened in Geneva today with UN Secretary General António Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein calling on the Council to ensure the rights of all communities are protected around the world. The session will see Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein submit a report on Sri Lanka and a discussion also taking place on the progress made so far on addressing the issue of accountability during the war.
Photos: Sri Lankans who once embraced Chinese investment are now wary of Chinese domination
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Photos: Is there a US diplomacy vacuum at the UN in Geneva?
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Events: Capacity Building Workshop
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Main Hall, Quaker Centre, Fairfield E, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PT
Events: Reports Release: “Human Rights Documentation in a Transitional Justice Context” A booklet prepared by ACPR for civil society organizations in Sri Lanka available in English, Tamil and Sinhala “Erasing the Past: Repression of Memorialization in North-East Sri Lanka” A report prepared by P.E.A.R.L. available in English and Tamil
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Mini-Auditorium, Department of Physics, University of Jaffna,
Events: Failing the Victims: An Expert Assessment of the Sri Lankan Government's Transitional Justice Efforts
Posted Date: 28/02/2017 (Tuesday)
La Pastorale » Route de Ferney 106, Genève
News: More snags foul up Constitution making
Posted Date: 27/02/2017 (Monday)
Moves to draft a new National Constitution has hit a few snags because some clauses in the existing Constitution cannot be expunged except through a referendum. The policy framework placed before the country by President Maithripala Sirisena ahead of contesting the 2015 Presidential Election stated that the Executive Presidency will be replaced by an executive system that will be accountable to the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament.
News: Film spotlights post-war social, emotional trauma in Sri Lanka Muttruppulliya crew had to overcome many roadblocks
Posted Date: 27/02/2017 (Monday)
While a lot has been spoken about the violence during the decades-old war in Sri Lanka, I wanted to highlight the social, psychological and emotional trauma that many continue to grapple with even after the war is over, said Sherine Xavier, at the screening of her movie Muttruppulliya, on Sunday. The movie throws light on the post-war conditions in Sri Lanka and is narrated through the lives of four individuals — a former combatant, a historian, an environmental activist from various parts of that country, and a journalist who visits Sri Lanka from Chennai. The film follows the characters as they cling on to the memories of their loved ones, cope with the changing social conditions and discover themselves and the people around them.
News: TNA meets with French delegation
Posted Date: 27/02/2017 (Monday)
The Leader of the Opposition and the TNA, Hon. R. Sampanthan MP met with a delegation of Senators from France at the Opposition Leader’s office in the Parliamentary complex today (27 Feb). At the meeting, Mr. Sampanthan briefed the delegation on the constitutional making process, stating that the new constitution should possess features that will give more powers to the provincial councils concerning matters of socio-economic development.
Events: Genocide in Myanmar: the Annihilation of the Rohingya
Posted Date: 27/02/2017 (Monday)
Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD
News: Innocent military personnel will not be punished: President on firm stance
Posted Date: 25/02/2017 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is on a firm stance that innocent military personnel should not be punished. He was also of the view that those who had committed offences should be dealt with, said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. Minister Amaraweera made this observation yesterday in Parliament responding to NFF leader and Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa.
News: Civil society alleges Gotabhaya responsible for Noyahr abduction
Posted Date: 25/02/2017 (Saturday)
A civil society grouping that campaigned for Maithripala Sirisena at the January 2015 presidential poll yesterday alleged that the wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was behind the abduction of Associate Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr in May 2008. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) Chameera Perera, co-convenor of the Left Centre alleged that the ongoing investigation pointed to the direct responsibility of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the heinous crime.
News: UK Labour Party to reaffirm strongest possible support for the Tamil people at parliamentary event
Posted Date: 25/02/2017 (Saturday)
Leading figures from the UK Labour Party – including the Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, and the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry MP - will be attending a Tamils for Labour event next week to express their solidarity with the Tamil people, both in the UK and in Sri Lanka. The meeting, due to take place in the UK Parliament on Tuesday 28th February, comes at a particularly opportune time. It will coincide with the opening of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, where the situation in Sri Lanka – in particular President Sirisena’s Government’s unwillingness to support the full implementation of UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka – will be a focus of discussions.

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