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News: Getting Away With Murder CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free
Posted Date: 16/04/2014 (Wednesday)
Syria has joined the list of countries where journalists’ murders are most likely to go unpunished, while Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines once again were the worst offenders, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index. Convictions in four countries represented a glimmer of good news. Syria’s entrance to the Index at number five highlights the rising number of targeted killings there, a recent threat to journalists operating in the country.
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Photos: Australian Tamil Congress dismisses terrorism allegations as 'baseless'
Posted Date: 16/04/2014 (Wednesday)
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Videos: ASIA: AHRC TV- Human Rights Asia Weekly Roundup Episode 25
Posted Date: 16/04/2014 (Wednesday)
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News: Canada Suspends Voluntary Commonwealth Funds
Posted Date: 15/04/2014 (Tuesday)
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will suspend its voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat and reallocate the funds for the next two years. “As host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and current Chair in Office, Sri Lanka has a duty to take meaningful action on human rights, political reconciliation and accountability. However, Sri Lanka has failed to realize progress on any of these issues,” said Baird. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada took a strong and principled stand in not attending the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, and today’s announcement is an extension of that leadership.
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News: Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in Sri Lanka: Why we need to unite against it
Posted Date: 15/04/2014 (Tuesday)
The PTA law is being applied arbitrarily, and even offences that could be dealt with under the normal laws are being dealt with under the PTA. This is at a time when the Emergency Laws have already been revoked. Since the PTA law is being wrongly used in this way, it is necessary for us to acquire a good knowledge of what this law is and what are its implications. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is very clear about civil and political rights of the people but all its provisions are not enshrined in our country’s law.
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Photos: The Forever War? Military Control in Sri Lanka's North
Posted Date: 15/04/2014 (Tuesday)
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Videos: La Escopetarra - Guns into Guitars
Posted Date: 15/04/2014 (Tuesday)
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News: Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights
Posted Date: 14/04/2014 (Monday)
United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries.
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Photos: Pakistani asylum seekers continue in limbo while living on the edge
Posted Date: 13/04/2014 (Sunday)
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Events: Charity Film show; Pungudutivu Welfare Association (PWA)
Posted Date: 12/04/2014 (Saturday)
Harrow Safari Cinema, Station Rd, Harrow, HA1 2TU
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Photos: Controversial MP trip to Sri Lanka cancelled at 11th hour
Posted Date: 11/04/2014 (Friday)
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News: “Inclusion” and “ Participation” discussions in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Posted Date: 10/04/2014 (Thursday)
The continuation of an inclusive dialogue on Post-2015 is a key mandate given to the UN by its Members States as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. As the Post-2015 Development Agenda process moves into its next phase, we seek to build on the outcomes of the first round of consultations (held in 2012-2013), to ensure the inclusion of a wider range of voices and approaches in the Post-2015 Development Agenda process.
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Photos: Diplomacy with Lanka has been spot-on
Posted Date: 10/04/2014 (Thursday)
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News: Pakistan General bestowed Guard of Honor, pays tribute to Sri Lankan soldiers
Posted Date: 09/04/2014 (Wednesday)
On Pakistan Army Chairman joint chief of staff committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mahmood’s first visit to Sri Lanka, he was bestowed with the guard of honor as per the military tradition of Sri Lanka by the army at the defense ministry. As per details from News.IK, The CJCSC met Commander of Sri Lankan Army, Lt General Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday and discussed current state of affairs and the relevancy of army organizations in their regions.
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Photos: Sri Lanka accused of ill-treating women it suspects of Tamil Tiger links
Posted Date: 09/04/2014 (Wednesday)
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Photos: How strategic is Sri Lanka?
Posted Date: 09/04/2014 (Wednesday)
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Take Actions: Pledge to Prevent Genocide Now
Posted Date: 09/04/2014 (Wednesday)
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News: Lords reject statelessness power
Posted Date: 08/04/2014 (Tuesday)
Last night the Lords rejected the idea of rendering British citizens stateless. In doing so, they safeguarded our security and stood firm on our democratic values remarked the Civil Rights organisation Liberty. Last night, quietly and without fanfare, the Lords delivered a victory for all who believe in democracy and human rights.
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News: Sri Lanka Refuses Cooperation With UN-Backed Probe
Posted Date: 07/04/2014 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's foreign minister announced that his country will not cooperate with the United Nations human rights chief when she begins an investigation into alleged crimes from the island nation's civil war. Minister G L Peiris said that Sri Lanka does not accept the authority of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to conduct an investigation. He said such an investigation will not be fair and objective because Pillay has a prejudged mind.
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News: JVP to fight for rights of Muslims
Posted Date: 07/04/2014 (Monday)
Coming down hard on an alleged illegal construction taking place in a Muslim burial ground at Maligawatta, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said it remains committed to protect the rights of Sri Lanka's Muslim community. JVP Western Provincial Councillor, K.D. Lal Kantha alleged that the illegal construction, in the Muslim burial ground at Maligawatta, is taking place with the consent of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. "Since of late, a trend has been witnessed in Sri Lanka where the Muslim Community is being subjected to marginalization.
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