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News: Sri Lanka Faces New Year Pressure Over Rights
Posted Date: 29/12/2013 (Sunday)
When the American Centre in Colombo held a memorial event honouring the late South African President Nelson Mandela, the first few questions at the question and answer session had nothing to do with the great freedom fighter. The questions raised at the meeting Dec. 20 were about how South Africa could assist Sri Lanka set up its own national healing process. During the Commonwealth Heads of State summit (CHOGM) in Colombo in November, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government had approached the African state to explore the possibility of assistance in setting up something akin to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
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News: Government to change name of “Aanai-iravu” Railway station
Posted Date: 29/12/2013 (Sunday)
The Sri Lanka weekly Newspaper Sunday Times reports that the Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena wants to renovate and re-name the “Aanai-iravu” (Elephant Pass) railway Station as “Senahasaka Thotupola” when train services between Kilinochchi and Jaffna are restored. The Annai-iravu Railway Station is at the gateway to the Jaffna Peninsula and was in the heart of the battle between the LTTE and government armed forces, since the beginning of the conflict. It was destroyed along with other railway stations along the Northern line, during the war. With the demolition of the railway station, the rail tracks were also removed.
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Videos: Talking Heads with Laxman Kadirgamar (Aired: May 1999)
Posted Date: 28/12/2013 (Saturday)
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Events: V4U Christmas and New Year Dinner & Dance
Posted Date: 28/12/2013 (Saturday)
NAKSHATRA HALL - ELTHAM LEAP, SNAKEY LANE, FELTHAM, MIDDX, TW13 7ND
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Videos: Talking Heads with Laxman Kadirgamar (Aired: May 1999)
Posted Date: 28/12/2013 (Saturday)
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News: BTF calls on the international community to denounce Sri Lanka’s “reconciliation” deception
Posted Date: 25/12/2013 (Wednesday)
The war in Sri Lanka came to an end in May 2009. There remain 146,679 people unaccounted for since the end of the war. Mounting evidence points to a need for an international independent investigation into the conduct of the Sri Lankan state during the war. However, calls for accountability by the international community have been met by continuing denials by the Sri Lankan state of any wrongdoing. As the call for an international independent investigation gains momentum the Sri Lankan regime is engaged in a game of deception. As part of this, the regime has recently announced that it seeks the assistance of South Africa to set up a commission modelled on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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Videos: The Queen's Christmas Broadcast, 25 December 2013
Posted Date: 25/12/2013 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Scars of Sri Lanka Despite government claims of peace, torture and abductions continue to be used to stifle ethnic and political dissent.
Posted Date: 24/12/2013 (Tuesday)
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Photos: Official alleges Growth Rate massaged
Posted Date: 24/12/2013 (Tuesday)
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Photos: Joy and fear for Christians in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 24/12/2013 (Tuesday)
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News: Government will Reject Resolution at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March 2014.
Posted Date: 23/12/2013 (Monday)
The government says it will reject any resolution put forward by Britain on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March 2014. There were reports that the British government was looking at co-sponsoring a resolution on Sri Lanka at the March UN Human Rights Council session. The UK Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said in the House of Commons debate on Tuesday, 17th that the British government has been regularly discussing with Lanka on accountabilityissues. Such discussions also include a range of other EU, Commonwealth and international partners.
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News: New mass grave found in Mannar in the Tamil homeland
Posted Date: 23/12/2013 (Monday)
An unmarked mass grave has been found in Sri Lanka\'s former war zone in the Tamil homeland. There was no immediate indication who the victims were or how and when they had died. However, it is the first time that evidence of a mass grave has emerged in the former war zone since the war ended in June 2009. On Friday, 20 December, workers of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board found skeletal remains when they were digging to lay new water pipes in the coastal district of Mannar in the northern province.
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Photos: In pictures: Sri Lanka's war tourism
Posted Date: 22/12/2013 (Sunday)
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Events: Public Lecture on Ancient Sri Lanka: Centre of the Global Economy: Archaeological Evidence
Posted Date: 19/12/2013 (Thursday)
Auditorium, Banking Studies, 58 Jayawardene Mawatha, Rajagiriya
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Photos: Bangladesh 1971: Revisiting the scene of my grandfather's murder
Posted Date: 19/12/2013 (Thursday)
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News: Religious Persecution: Matara Lakshmi Temple under attack
Posted Date: 17/12/2013 (Tuesday)
The Hindu devotees who came to attend Lakshmi pooja at the Sivasubramaniam Temple at Katargamam temple were obstructed in entering the temple yesterday. They were forced to perform their religious observances and to carry out their pooja on the main road. Reports emerging from local sources say that the temple administration was under threat and the temple was under attacks during the recent past.
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News: VIOLENT PREVENTION OF PUBLIC PROTEST VITIATES GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO BASIC RIGHTS – NPC, Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 17/12/2013 (Tuesday)
The National Peace Council (NPC) in its media release today condemn the attack on peaceful protest by families of missing persons in Trincomalee in the Eastern province for violating the rights to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression. “On International Human Rights Day, December 10, a public protest by families of missing persons in Trincomalee was attacked by goons while the large contingent of police present at the scene remained inactive. They carried photographs and posters about their missing loved ones and demanded that the government should take steps to provide information about their whereabouts. Civil Society and democratically elected representatives of the people also participated in the protest.
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News: Indian fishermen launch indefinite strike
Posted Date: 17/12/2013 (Tuesday)
Fishermen of Nagapattinam taluk on Sunday launched an indefinite strike demanding the release of fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy. About 700 fibre boats of Nagapattinam taluk did not venture out. Last week, 111 fishermen from Nagapattinam and 8 from Jagadapattinam were arrested for allegedly fishing in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. Twenty-three boats, including eight, from Jagadapattinam were seized.
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News: Only 517 punished in 2,420 child abuse cases – Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem
Posted Date: 17/12/2013 (Tuesday)
Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem today stated that special courts will be established soon and steps would be taken to expedite trials to hear cases pertaining to incidents of child molestations and child abuse in the country. He stated that they will comprise Magistrate’s Courts and High Courts and that this will help to expedite trials on child abuse and molestation cases.
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Photos: Sri Lanka mulls Mandela’s reconciliation model
Posted Date: 17/12/2013 (Tuesday)
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