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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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Photos: Major Diplomatic Drive
Posted Date: 17/12/2013 (Tuesday)
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News: Book Launch: A Fleeting Moment in My Country”, by Dr Malathy
Posted Date: 16/12/2013 (Monday)
Hosted by the Tamil Information Centre, a cross section of Tamil diaspora gathered in East London to celebrate a book launch of a participant and observer of the Tamil de-facto state up to its end in 2009. Entitled “A Fleeting moment in my country” by Dr Malathy, the book describes what life was like on the ground inside Tamil-controlled territory just before the end. The author presently lives in New Zealand, holds a Ph.D. in computer science, and has written extensively on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The book describes her experiences of four years in Sri Lanka, in the Vanni District under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), from 2005 till 2009.
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News: Showcause notice issued over Eelam memorial
Posted Date: 16/12/2013 (Monday)
Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P Nedumaran has moved the Madras high court challenging the validity of a local body’s show-cause notice saying that a memorial built in memory of Mullivaikkal victims in Sri Lanka had been constructed in deviation of approved plan. A division bench of Justice Satish Kumar Agnihotri and Justice K K Sasidharan, before which the petition of the 81-year-old leader came up for admission on Monday, adjourned it to Tuesday for further hearing.
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News: Tamil refugees arrive in India by illegal boat service
Posted Date: 16/12/2013 (Monday)
Tamil Nadu Police have arrested a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka for questioning, who arrived in Rameswaram illegally on Sunday by boat. According to police sources they have launched a massive hunt launched for other refugees who have arrived in the same boat. DSP Vijayakumar said the refugees had arrived at Arichalmunai near Dhanushkodi from Sri Lanka and police with the help of the Coast Guard managed to nab a person, Santhan, who confessed that he had come along with some others by paying Rs one lakh as ferry charge.
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News: Reconciliation: From Invoking to Understanding
Posted Date: 16/12/2013 (Monday)
The International Centre for Ethnic Studies has launched its research paper on the theme of Post War Reconciliation titled, ‛A History of Tamil Diaspora Politics in Canada: Organisational Dynamics and Negotiated Order, 1978-2013' by Amarnath Amarasingam. This paper sets out to examine Sri Lankan Tamil diasporic mobilization in Canada in its various organisational forms, from the late 1970s to the present. Even as there is much talk about the Canadian Tamil diaspora, the largest population of Sri Lankan Tamils outside of Sri Lanka itself, there is, maybe quite surprisingly, very little actually written about organisational dynamics in the community.
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Events: Public Meeting - International Human rights day
Posted Date: 15/12/2013 (Sunday)
Savoy Court, 1 Station Road, North Harrow HA2 6BU
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