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News: India: New Killing of ‘Right-to-Information’ Activist Investigate Attacks; Increase Transparency in Public Institutions
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
Indian authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate threats and attacks on so-called right-to-information activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The killing of a right-to-information activist in Bihar state in August 2015 highlights the risks to people requesting information from the authorities, as provided by law. Since India’s Right to Information (RTI) Act was enacted in 2005, at least 45 right-to-information users and activists have been killed and over 250 assaulted, harassed, or threatened, according to local groups. Police often fail to investigate the attacks, under pressure from politicians and contractors with vested interests in keeping the information from becoming public.
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News: Sri Lanka's historic election that voters lost
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
The naming of deputy ministers of the new government has kept pace with the record-setting cabinet and confirmed that voters were the clear losers at the August 17 parliamentary election. The business community had high hopes of seeing Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickremaratne getting key positions where their knowledge on monetary and fiscal matters could have been fully utilised.
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News: Amb. Stephen Rapp on Sri Lanka’s War Crimes Investigation
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
At the end of August, the United States announced that it would support Sri Lanka’s plan for investigating alleged war crimes that occurred during the final years of the country’s long-running civil war, which ended in 2009. This announcement signaled a shift in position for the State Department, which had long insisted on an international investigation. But, in the coming weeks at the UN Human Rights Council’s next session, the US will offer a resolution supporting Colombo’s proposed process for investigating and prosecuting potential war crimes.
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News: Sri Lanka’s ‘Accountability’ Dilemma
Posted Date: 10/09/2015 (Thursday)
With the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 30th session just days away, many Sri Lanka watchers are waiting to see how Colombo deals with the release of a major U.N. report focused on wartime abuses in Sri Lanka and its plans for handling “accountability” issues domestically. What will Colombo’s accountability mechanism actually look like? And is it actually possible for such a mechanism to work properly? What role, if any, will international actors play in such a process?
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Photos: A lasting solution - Opposition Leader Sampanthan confident of
Posted Date: 09/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: ‘My govt. cannot be toppled’ – President ‘We will run our full term until 2020’
Posted Date: 09/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Tamil question is not just an economic issue: Mano Ganesan
Posted Date: 09/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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Events: Free 6 week ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ courses starting September 2015
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Richmond Park, Kingston
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Photos: Sri Lanka's war widows seek return of land
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
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News: PM calls for progress reports on major crimes during Rajapakse time
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka's Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called on officials to provide progress reports on the investigations on several high profile murders and disappearances that were committed during the previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa's tenure. The Prime Minister has asked for reports on the progress of cases including the murders of former Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, former Tamil MP Nadarajah Raviraj, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the death of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.
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News: TNA will not attend Geneva UNHRC session
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesperson and MP M.A. Sumanthiran said today that TNA had not decided to send a party delegation to attend the forth coming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. However, he said some members might go in their individual capacities. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, was in Geneva lobbying at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for release of the UN’s investigative report on allegations of war crimes committed in the last phase of the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV in North Sri Lanka.
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News: Vanni 2002 – 2006; What I Owe the People of the Vanni
Posted Date: 08/09/2015 (Tuesday)
It was February 2002 when I returned to Sri Lanka from the US, scarcely a month after the announcement of the Ceasefire Agreement that ended hostilities, following the 20 year old civil war. Now, for the first time the marvel of peace among our people was a real possibility. Like many other Tamils of my generation who were nurtured on the premise of achieving our rights via peaceful and non-violent means, I was able to leave the country at the onset of the civil war when it became evident that violent means had hijacked all peaceful methods of non-violent agitation and activism for our rights.
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Events: சமூக அரசியல் சந்திப்பும் விரிவான கலந்துரையாடலும்
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
The Shiraz Mirza Community Hall, Norbiton, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7AZ
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Photos: TNA Wants International Court, Not International Probe: Senathirajah
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
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News: Prabhakaran's reluctance to embrace federalism and lack of bipartisan spirit of SLFP and UNP: Two difficulties encountered by Norway - Erik Solheim
Posted Date: 07/09/2015 (Monday)
From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Erik Solheim was the Chief Negotiator for the peace process between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and now-defunct militant organisation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). This peace process led to the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) in February 2002 which continued with six rounds of direct peace talks during 2002 to 2003, and what is known as the Oslo Declaration on a Federal State in Sri Lanka.
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Events: TGTE - கோடைகால விளையாட்டு விழா - 2015
Posted Date: 06/09/2015 (Sunday)
Mordan Park, London Road, SM4 5HE
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Photos: Chinese influence wanes on Sri Lanka’s shifting sands
Posted Date: 06/09/2015 (Sunday)
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News: The Left takes a back seat in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 05/09/2015 (Saturday)
The first sitting of Sri Lanka’s new parliament took place this week amidst some uncertainty. Following the United National Party (UNP) election victory, negotiations continue on the formation of a national government, with a number of MPs from the opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) expected to be given ministerial portfolios. The new cabinet is yet to be announced. One thing that’s clear is that the Left will no longer wield much clout. Earlier, though few in number the leftist MPs held important positions.
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News: Why small states matter in international politics: The case of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
Sri Lanka occupied little thought throughout the West for much of the period since independence in 1948. In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka began to feature as a country of strategic relevance to great powers, particularly China and the United States. Sitting at the center of the Indian Ocean, halfway between China and the key energy resources in the Middle East, Beijing has sought to influence politics on the island. But it has suffered blows this year, with Mahinda Rajapaksa (friendly to Chinese interests) losing the presidency in January and his party losing in recent parliamentary elections to the center-right United National Party. Now, pro-Western Ranil Wickramasinghe holds the position of prime minister.
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News: TNA agrees to give post of Chief Opposition Whip to JVP
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
It was reported that the TNA has agreed to give the post of Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament to JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. When the post of the Opposition Leader was obtained by a party usually the post of Chief Opposition Whip, too, went to the same party. Yet, the TNA had decided to hand that opportunity over to the JVP, TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said.
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