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News: U.S. Statement for Sri Lanka UPR Outcomes
Posted Date: 22/03/2018 (Thursday)
The United States welcomes the delegation from Sri Lanka. We welcome the Government’s decision to accept our recommendations on full implementation of HRC resolution 30/1 and on accountability for the government’s, including the security forces, human rights violations and abuses, as well as accountability for those responsible for harassment and violence against members of religious minority communities. Although we are pleased with the Government’s support for these recommendations, we are concerned by ongoing reports of human rights violations and abuses by members of the
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News: OHCHR sees Sri Lanka falling short on its commitments by 2019
Posted Date: 22/03/2018 (Thursday)
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday expressed “much regret” over the slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka. Kate Gilmore, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council today that OHCHR welcomes the Government’s constructive engagement with OHCHR and the human rights mechanisms, including its cooperation with visits of this Council’s Special Rapporteurs on human rights and terrorism; on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
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News: Sri Lanka: continued Human Rights Council scrutiny needed until justice commitments met in full
Posted Date: 22/03/2018 (Thursday)
In this Council, we often talk about the importance of implementation. We can pass all the resolutions we like, but none of it matters if it doesn’t translate into actual progress for people on the ground. Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1 in October 2015 represented a moment of hope, of opportunity, the prospect of justice and accountability for the tens of thousands of victims of the country’s brutal civil war.
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News: Anti-Darwin comments in India outrage scientists
Posted Date: 22/03/2018 (Thursday)
Thousands of scientists in India have signed an online petition protesting against comments by a higher-education minister who last week publicly questioned the scientific validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and called for changes in educational curricula. The incident continued to simmer when Indian science minister Harsh Vardhan, a medical doctor, declined to comment on his colleague’s remarks at a press conference on 24 January. Vardhan said he had not studied Darwin’s theory since he was a student and so wasn’t qualified to discuss it.
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Photos: How India and China are vying for influence in South Asia
Posted Date: 22/03/2018 (Thursday)
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News: Why Ranil Is Still Needed
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
The Joint Opposition move to pass a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will come a cropper. Ranil knows that best as he has tersely told a group of opposition pollies (Australia slang for ‘politicians’), “Come on! present the motion in Parliament and we will defeat that.” His own UNP MPs, he advised not to panic over the motion because it has not even been presented to the Speaker. In his 40 year-long political history Ranil Wickremesinghe has never been observed panicking. What is it that invests him with such an emotional state? His savvy knack about Sri Lankan politics. He knows the jokers he is dealing with him.
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News: Something Radically Wrong
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
The debate on the ban on social media is not so black and white. The ban itself was not black or white. Our reactions to it, however, was where we showed the least degree of humanity The ban on social media was not the enemy. The enemy is the racism that we allow to remain on the streets, burning one shop after the other It is not limited to the systematic racism and sexism that we unwittingly engage in on a daily basis. It is not even limited to the lack of substantive education, the reasoning expected of people beyond the achievement of literacy.
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News: 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 21 March 2018 Statement by Hon. Tilak Marapana, PC., MP Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Mr. President, Madam Deputy High Commissioner, Distinguished Delegates, It is an honour for me to be here today at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council representing the Government of Sri Lanka. I am joined today by my Cabinet colleagues, the Minister of Special Assignments, Hon. (Dr) Sarath Amunugama, and the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Hon. Faiszer Musthapha. My colleagues and I represent the two main political parties that form the coalition government. We are here before this Council together in unison, to speak with one voice, demonstrating the Government’s firm commitment to the advancement of reconciliation, the rule of law, good governance, human rights, justice, equality, and dignity for all our citizens, based on the 100 Day Programme on which President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in January 2015.
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News: Politics vs Economics
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy recently said that good economics make good politics. He underscored this view not in so many words, but by saying at a seminar yesterday that the recently won economic gains should not be sacrificed to politics. Among those gains that he elaborated on were the country’s foreign reserves increasing from US$ six billion last year to US$ eight billion this year led by quality uplift, underscored by CBSL’s short term swaps being reduced from $ 2.5 billion to $ 1.5 billion.Contributing factors included exports growing to record highs, inflation contained at 4.5 per cent and net foreign inflows enjoyed by the stock market.
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News: No-confidence motion against PM handed over to Speaker
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament by MPs representing the Joint Opposition. Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at 2.30pm today (21). The motion has reportedly been signed by a total of 55 MPs including 51 from the Joint Opposition and 4 MPs from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The SLFP members who have signed include T.B. Ekanayake, Nishantha Muthuhettigama, Susantha Punchinilame and Kader Masthan.
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News: BBS General Secretary arrest warrant withdrawn
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara has ordered to withdraw the arrest warrant against General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organisation Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera. The order to withdraw the arrest warrant was issued as Gnanasara thera surrendered to court through an Attorney today. Court ordered to release Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera on an additional bail of 2,500 rupees.
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News: ' Port city ' stands tall despite civil society protests
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
• The Budget Appropriation Bill of 2018 in which he claimed that Rs. 1200 million alone is allocated to minimize coastal erosion caused due to the Port City project • The poison percentage in the air would increase by about 40% due to the drastic increase of the air pollutant The sand supplied at the international bulk rate is supply at $200 per ton which represents a value of $2.8 billion • Another problem is the increase of land area from the 1st EIA report from 236 hectares to 269 hectares The People’s Movement against the Port City (PMAPC) has since 2011 been protesting against the construction of the Port City and continue to thoroughly denounce the Government’s decisions and actions in relation to the same. A press conference and seminar were held at the Methodist Hall by the ‘Creation Care Desk’ of the Methodist Church on February 28 in collaboration with the People’s Movement to oppose the Port City. These
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News: Track Record Of TNA – A Sad Saga
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
“But I don’t have a very good track record with royalty. My dress fell off in front of Prince Charles at the Prince’s Trust, so I’m just living up to my reputation.” – Kate Bush, British Singer The UNP has suffered severe losses at the Local Authority Elections. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has likewise sustained significant setbacks, not only electorally, but politically as well. The losses of the TNA (read, ITAK, the prima donna, calling all the shots in the Alliance) are not sporadic; but seem pervasive across the entire electoral landscape of the Tamil heartland in the North-East.Compromising on core ideals whilst cohabiting with the Sirisena-Ranil government has cost the TNA/ITAK dearly.
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Photos: WONKY ATTITUDES AND WEIRD APPROACHES IN A POLITICAL CLASS
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: The silent, suffering masses
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: The world moves forward and we move backwards
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: Nalaka Godahewa and pro-LTTE group clash in Geneva (English)
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: No Confidence motion in the parliament
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Impunity: A cat closing its eyes drinking milk
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The title from my school days refers to a cat thinking that when it sees no one, it is safe. Likewise, our rulers seem to think that blocking out Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. ensures that no one can see us or our friends bashing our Muslim brethren and enjoy that barbaric moment as we act out our Mleccha (barbarian) instincts. With firm action, the riots should have been stopped on day one. Instead, social media showed the police, the STF no less, laughing at one of the victims. It is argued that the blackout is really to prevent rogues spreading hate speech. Wrong! When hate speech is engaged in, we can track down the rogues and bring down the law on them. In
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News: Omp is for reconciliation not to satisfy anyone else
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is one of the main transitional justice mechanisms, the others being a truth commission, an office on reparations and a judicial mechanism to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights. The OMP intends to promote justice and bring closure to those whose loved ones have gone missing. With the recent appointment of the Chairman and the members to the OMP, hopes are now anew that the truth will surface. In an interview with the Daily mirror its newly appointed Chairman, Saliya Pieris PC, who is a former member of the Human Rights Commission, stressed that the OMP is not a punitive mechanism, but a mechanism to find the whereabouts of loved ones who have gone missing and provide relief.
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