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News: Foreign judges must oversee treatment of Tamils in Sri Lanka: HRW
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka must employ international judges and prosecutors to ensure accountability during trials of those responsible for alleged war crimes against mostly Tamils, Human Rights Watch Australia’s director Elaine Pearson told SBS News. Ms Pearson’s call, which echoes a recommendation in a 2015 UN Human Rights Council report of the OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka, comes as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh this week visited Canberra.
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News: Govt Printer receives delimitation committee report
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
The Government Printer says that the Delimitation Committee report has been received and that it will be gazette within the day. The final draft of the Delimitation Committee, with the signatures of all five members, was handed over to the Provincial Councils and Local Govt Minister Faizer Mustapha on January 17.
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News: Why India's increased military assistance to Afghanistan is a step in the right direction
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
India and Afghanistan have a deep rooted relationship. Afghanistan is a strategically important country, not only to India but to the entire region. It is India’s gateway to Central Asian republics. Afghan people are fiercely independent and follow the Sunni sect that follows Hanafi Islamic Law. Tribal affinity and affiliation have been the hallmark of politics in Afghanistan. The country can proudly claim that no outsider has ever been able to subjugate her.
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Photos: Elites want presidency back for themselves: Dilan
Posted Date: 17/02/2017 (Friday)
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News: Lasantha’s murder; SC holds Army officer’s rights violated
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
The Supreme Court yesterday held that the fundamental rights of an Army Officer attached to the Intelligence Unit, who had been arrested and detained under the pretension of being a suspect regarding the murder of Journalist Lasantha Wickramathunga, have been infringed and awarded Rs.100,000 as compensation. The Bench comprised Justices Sisira J. De Abrew, Upaly Abeyrathne and Anil Gooneratne.
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News: President steps in to break deadlock in constitutional negotiations
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has stepped into break a deadlock in constitutional negotiations, holding a round of tripartite talks with the United National Party (UNP), the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) late last month. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the tripartite discussions, together with UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema and Party General Secretary Kabir Hashim. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan attended with TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. President Sirisena chaired the meeting, with SLFP Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Faizer Mustapha and Nimal Siripala De Silva also present. Daily FT learns that JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake was also invited to attend the talks but had been unable to participate due to other commitments. The meeting took place on 30 January, subsequent to discussions between President Sirisena and the TNA about ongoing consultations on the new constitution.
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News: Zeid’s office needs USD 648,000 for work in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says it needs USD 648,000 for its work in Sri Lanka this year. The UN Human Rights Office today launched its most ambitious funding appeal yet, urging States and private donors to bolster the Office’s ability to work and stand up for human rights for all people, everywhere.
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News: Most people worried about referendum: Chandrika
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan government will soon launch a campaign to garner support for a new Constitution which it hopes to put to a referendum this year, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said. “Most people are worried about a referendum. Given the general situation at the moment, [they fear] whether one could win a referendum,” she told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Tuesday. Her comments come at a time when Sri Lanka is drafting a new Constitution that minority Tamils hope will deliver a lasting political solution.
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Photos: EU funds Women & Childens Desk at Vavuniya police station
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: President Trump: Implications for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/02/2017 (Thursday)
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News: TNA denies hand in controversial HC appointment JO challenged to prove accusations
Posted Date: 15/02/2017 (Wednesday)
The four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has strongly denied Joint Opposition accusation that it influenced recent appointment of Ramanathan Kannan of the private bar as a High Court judge. Raghu Balachandran, Media Secretary to the TNA leader as well as the leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan yesterday told The Island that there was absolutely no basis for the accusation.
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News: War Crimes Probe: TNA Miffed With Government’s Time Buying Tactics
Posted Date: 15/02/2017 (Wednesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is miffed with the government’s latest time buying tactic in its attempt to further postpone the war crimes probe, sources said. During several forums, the TNA MPs, including its leader R. Sampanthan had expressed both disappointment and annoyance following the government’s recent declaration that it will seek more time from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to probe war crimes
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Photos: Sri Lanka war widows face sexual exploitation: official
Posted Date: 15/02/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Sri Lanka Tamil Party is for a public referendum on constitution - MP Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 14/02/2017 (Tuesday)
Lanka's main Tamil Party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is of the view that adoption of a new constitution should take place with the approval of the people at a referendum and it supports the proposal put forward by the government to hold a public referendum, TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, Parliamentarian Sumanthiran said the TNA is prepared to engage in a meaningful discussion on the issue of devolution of power in the new constitution instead of insisting on words.
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News: Karuna forms new political party; fires salvo at TNA
Posted Date: 12/02/2017 (Sunday)
Former deputy minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman on Saturday floated a new political party to press for all Tamil issues as he accused the main party representing the minority community of not doing enough for the Tamils. The former top LTTE military commander, who later became a deputy minister in the former government, formed the Tamil United People’s Front in the eastern town of Batticaloa.
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Events: The World Conference on How to establish a Tamil Higher Institute in UK
Posted Date: 11/02/2017 (Saturday)
Council Chamber, 1st Floor, Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2XY
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Events: A PANEL DISCUSSION on SRI LANKA, SCREENING of INGIRUNTHU, a film set in the plantation Tamil community of Sri Lanka and a Q & A with the Director
Posted Date: 11/02/2017 (Saturday)
At the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS Thornhaugh Street London WC1H 0HG
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News: A new Constitution is the most potent weapon for non-recurrence of Sri Lanka’s conflict, says Mangala Samaraweera
Posted Date: 09/02/2017 (Thursday)
A new Constitution is the most potent weapon for non-recurrence of Sri Lanka’s conflict and would have to be given priority over accountability mechanisms, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. The country, which suffered two youth insurrections and a 26-year-long war, had seen enough violence and bigotry, and needed checks and balances to ensure that the road ahead is peaceful, he told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Wednesday.
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News: EU grants worth 44.5m for agriculture and reconciliation work
Posted Date: 09/02/2017 (Thursday)
The Government yesterday announced plans to enter into an agreement with the European Union (EU) to provide grant assistance of €42 million to finance two agriculture based programs. A major component of the funds, provided under EU’s Multiannual Indicative Program 2014-2020, will finance programs to “support the Modernisation of the Agricultural Sector in Sri Lanka” and “strength the reconciliation processes in Sri Lanka”. The funds allocated under the EU aid program remained unused during the past regime due to the country’s political disengagement with the EU.
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Videos: IDPs in Mullaitivu demand military to return native lands
Posted Date: 09/02/2017 (Thursday)
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