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News: One protester killed in Sri Lanka military shooting
Posted Date: 02/08/2013 (Friday)
One person was killed and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water. At least 4,000 protesters had gathered Thursday in Weliweriya, some 12 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo. It was reported that several complaints have been made to the authorities that chemical emissions from a factory into water sources has polluted drinking water in about 15 area villages. Residents have been demanding over a month that authorities should close down the factory but nothing happened.
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Photos: Geography in the News: A New International Canal?
Posted Date: 02/08/2013 (Friday)
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Take Actions: Give your voice to Sri Lanka's Tea pickers
Posted Date: 02/08/2013 (Friday)
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News: Sri Lanka: No Justice in Aid Worker Massacre Seven Years On, Government Does Little to Respond to Atrocity
Posted Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan government has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago despite renewed international calls for action, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 4, 2006, gunmen executed 17 Sri Lankan aid workers – 16 ethnic Tamils, four of them women, and a Muslim – with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger, ACF) in their office compound in the town of Mutur in eastern Trincomalee district. The killings occurred after a several-day battle between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for control of the town. The ACF team had been providing assistance to survivors of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
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Events: Panel Discussion: The struggle for human rights in South Asia: Perspectives from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
Room G3 (SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG)
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News: German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to Assist School Children in Northern Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
Nearly 170 schools in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in Northern Sri Lanka have received new kitchen utensils, bowls and spoons from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to supplement the school meals programmes implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The grant of Sri Lankan Rupees 2.4 million (US$ 18,200) is part of GIZ’s efforts to help reintegrate internally displaced people in the Vanni Region, and will benefit more than 32,000 children.
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News: Registration opens for Commonwealth People’s Forum 2013
Posted Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
Online registration is now open for this year’s Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF). The event will take place from 10 – 14 November and will be held at Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. The CPF 2013 theme ‘Equitable growth and inclusive development: beyond 2015’ shares this year’s CHOGM theme and will focus on the post-2015 development agenda from a Commonwealth civil society perspective.
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News: AHRC report on “Narrative of Justice in Sri Lanka told through stories of torture victims”
Posted Date: 31/07/2013 (Wednesday)
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has compiled a report of 1500 cases of police torture in Sri Lanka between 1998 and 2011. This particular report summarizes 323 of the most serious cases of torture. The most notable finding of this report is that almost all of the victims whose cases were summarized were randomly selected by the police to be arrested and detained for a fabricated charge. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the criminal justice system in Sri Lanka is the overwhelmingly large number of charges which are fabricated by the police on a daily basis. Torture is used to obtain a confession for these fabricated charges.
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Photos: Sri Lanka: No Justice in Aid Worker Massacre
Posted Date: 31/07/2013 (Wednesday)
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Photos: US concerned over Deraniyagala atrocities
Posted Date: 31/07/2013 (Wednesday)
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Events: United Nations Africa Day
Posted Date: 30/07/2013 (Tuesday)
House of Lords Committee Room 3, Westminster
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Events: Rally for Legal Aid
Posted Date: 30/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH
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News: TNA rejects Presidential Commission to probe war disappearances
Posted Date: 30/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will not accept the proposed Presidential Commission to probe the disappeared during the period of the war. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that neither the TNA nor the Tamils would accept any commission or any reports on disappearances, unless an impartial group of members are appointed to the commission.
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Photos: Sri Lanka: Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay regarding Her Impending Visit to Sri Lanka on 25-31 August 2013
Posted Date: 30/07/2013 (Tuesday)
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News: Kankesanthurai Cement factory to reopen
Posted Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
The Sri Lankan State Resources and Enterprise Development Ministry has begun looking into restarting the closed cement plant in Kankesanthurai, Northern Province. The ministry estimates that, with an investment of US$11.4m, the plant can become operational within 12 months. Project proposals to re-establish the factory were presented to State Resources and Enterprise Development Minister Dayasritha Tissera by Sri Lanka Cement Corporation Chairman N S M Samsudeen on 26 July 2013.
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News: Colombo Magistrate issues Notice to Shirani Bandaranayake
Posted Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today issued notice to former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to appear in Court on 16 September, for failure to disclose information regarding accounts she maintained in the National Development Bank in her declaration of assets. The notice was issued after considering three cases filed by the Bribery Commission to investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption regarding. It was alleged that Dr Bandaranayake failed to disclose information regarding the two bank accounts she maintained in 2010 to 2011 and 2012.
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News: Centre spares no steps to protect Lankan Tamils, says Narayanasamy
Posted Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Talking to reporters in Puducherry, Union Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy said the UPA government was firm that there should be no dilution of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. He said, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured Tamil Nadu government that there was no change in the stand of the Centre on reconciliation and devolution of political powers to Tamils in Sri Lanka. 13th Amendment is part of the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987 which seeks to give more powers to the provinces. There are reports that the Sri Lankan Lankan government wants to repeal it despite India's concerns.
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News: 300,000 register for Samurdhi in Northeast Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka announced today that the poverty-stricken people of the North and East are to receive allowances under the Samurdhi Poverty Alleviation Programme. It is learnt that over 300,000 families in the North and East have registered themselves with the Samurdhi Authority to receive assistance to supplement their monthly income. This includes 54,000 families from Jaffna, 12,000 from Vavuniya, 84,000 from Ampara, 41,000 from Trincomalee and 30,000 from Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar, respectively. Additionally, 84,000 persons have registered from the Batticaloa District.
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News: Mahiyangana mosque closed after attacks
Posted Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Mahiyangana Masjidul Araba mosque in Mahiyangana has been subjected to a spate of attacks, which began with a mob cutting off the power and pelting the building with stones during Ramadan Tharaweeh prayers on 11 July. The main power source was cut off, distrupting mosque activities Furious shouts of threats were heard by those within the building, which minutes later were followed by a shower of stones hurled at the mosque. Many of the windows were broken, but the people within the mosque were able to avoid the stones and no one was hurt.
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Photos: Ceylon Today Editorial: Don’t make it an empty promise
Posted Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
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