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News: Torture continues in Lanka due to weaknesses in law: UN
Posted Date: 09/05/2016 (Monday)
Sri Lanka continues to use torture mechanisms even after the end of the civil war due to weaknesses in law, a top UN official said here today and described the condition of detention camps and prisons in the country as "deplorable". "Torture continues in the system due to weaknesses in law," said Juan E Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.
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News: Sri Lanka to receive US$ 3 billion loan for infrastructure development
Posted Date: 09/05/2016 (Monday)
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has promised a loan of US$ 3 billion for infrastructure development. In addition the ADB will grant a separate aid for the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector. The loan facility given under a concessionary interest rate will be given to Sri Lanka through the next three years. The loan agreement was reached during the 49th ADB Finance Ministers’ summit in Frankfurt, Germany last week. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake represented the country.
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Photos: Weeratunga flying freely with two passports: Govt. fails to ‘Red Notice’ ex-envoy
Posted Date: 08/05/2016 (Sunday)
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Photos: Absence of Tamil Cops is Main Reason for Rise in Crime in Jaffna
Posted Date: 08/05/2016 (Sunday)
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News: Constitutional developments in Pakistan, Sri Lanka & India have similarities: Experts
Posted Date: 08/05/2016 (Sunday)
Addressing the conference organised by PILDAT on 6 May entitled, “Lessons for Constitutional Development in South Asia” Conference, three constitutional experts, one each from India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, said that the constitutions and constitutional developments in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India offer similarities as well as opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. Acting Sri Lankan High Commissioner Wijayanthi Edirisinghe, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India Professor Dr Ishwara Padil Bhat and Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan and Federal Minister Shahid Hamid spoke at the conference.
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News: EU links human rights to trade: 58 conditions for GSP Plus
Posted Date: 08/05/2016 (Sunday)
In its haste to regain the GSP Plus facility, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed with the European Union (EU) to implement a sprawling list of 58 conditions linking human rights, national security and other domestic concerns with trade, a document obtained by the Sunday Times shows. Among the 58 conditions imposed are to revoke the Prevention of Terrorism Act, to expedite cases of remaining detainees, to introduce a new Human Rights Action Plan, review the status of the Tamil diaspora organisations and individuals on the terrorist list, to devolve power under the new Constitution, return all private lands to owners in the North, adopt a policy of National Reconciliation and on National Resettlement, finalise the re-settlement of all displaced persons, and to ratify the Convention on Enforced Disappearances with accompanying legislation as well as issue certificates of absence.
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Events: Open invitation: Workshop to share expectations / needs raised by Tamil speaking women, youth and children in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 08/05/2016 (Sunday)
London Post Office Sport & Social Association 136 Greenford Rd, Harrow HA1 3QL (Access via Hussain Close next to The Rising Sun Hotel)
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Photos: Speech of The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan - Leader of the Opposition
Posted Date: 07/05/2016 (Saturday)
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News: Sri Lanka Campaign-UK publishes its report Path to Peace.
Posted Date: 07/05/2016 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka Campaign has recently published its report entitled “Sri Lanka’s path to peace”. The report is based on the testimony of nearly 300 war survivors and activists working in the north and east of Sri Lanka, and outlines their views on what would be needed to convert the current absence of war in the region into a lasting and sustainable peace. The report argues that structural violence continues to be a part of the daily lives of many in the north and east of Sri Lanka, and that if Sri Lanka’s peace is to be made permanent this must be addressed through a comprehensive reform of Sri Lanka’s security forces, by placing war survivors in positions of authority within any new processes that are established, and by the Sri Lankan government adopting a new attitude towards dealing with the past in which defensiveness is replaced by openness.
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News: Freedom from Torture documents continuing torture in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 07/05/2016 (Saturday)
Freedom from Torture, the UK-based human rights organisation, is calling for urgent action by the Government of Sri Lanka to end ongoing torture. The charity publishes new information as the joint visit to Sri Lanka by UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture, Professor Juan Méndez, and on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mónica Pinto, comes to an end on Saturday. The Sri Lankan Government has made encouraging commitments to delivering truth, justice and reconciliation. However, while torture is still being practised any efforts towards long-term stability are undermined. The number of referrals Freedom from Torture has received for people tortured since the January 2015 presidential election is deeply worrying.
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News: First Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan Elected in London
Posted Date: 07/05/2016 (Saturday)
Sadiq Khan - a Labour Party leader, a former human rights lawyer and a son of a bus driver from Pakistan - was declared the winner of the London Mayoral election held on Thursday, 5 April. He will be the first Muslim to lead Britain’s capital and making him one of the most prominent Muslim politicians in the West. The victory also said to have made a British political history. In a Europe struggling with a rise in Islamophobia, riven by debates about the flood of Syrian migrants and on edge over religious, ethnic and cultural disputes, Sadiq Khan victory is a major victory for democracy.
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Videos: Ontario NDP commemorates Tamil Genocide Remembrance Month
Posted Date: 07/05/2016 (Saturday)
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Photos: Colombo to encourage return of refugees living in India
Posted Date: 06/05/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: China, Pakistan push Sri Lanka to buy flawed JF-17 fighter aircraft inorder to get kickbacks
Posted Date: 06/05/2016 (Friday)
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Photos: JHU: Why Wiggie not called a racist?
Posted Date: 06/05/2016 (Friday)
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News: China as a Development Actor in Southeast Asia
Posted Date: 06/05/2016 (Friday)
The recently published Institute of Development Studies’ (IDS) Evidence Report (No.187), identifies and explains the central factors driving China’s policies towards Southeast Asia. It examines China’s foreign relations through the perspective of foreign policy. In this context, as the title indicates, the report gathers together and evaluates the evidence on China’s role as a development actor in this neighbouring region. The study aims to contribute to evidence-based policy deliberation, formulation and implementation.
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News: U.S. Debate Erupts in California Over Curriculum on India’s History
Posted Date: 06/05/2016 (Friday)
Vidhima Shetty, a high school freshman in San Ramon, Calif. She said that using the term South Asian was akin to asking her to change her name. Victors are said to write history. But in California, history is being written by a committee that is at the center of a raging debate over how to tell the story of South Asia as it tries to update textbooks and revise curriculums for Grades 6 and 7.
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Photos: Postscript to May Day
Posted Date: 05/05/2016 (Thursday)
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Photos: Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai authorized to provide birth certificates to children of refugees; PM
Posted Date: 05/05/2016 (Thursday)
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News: UN Special Rapporteurs to visit to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 05/05/2016 (Thursday)
The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, and the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, have undertaken a joint visit to Sri Lanka from April 29 to May 7,2016, at the invitation of the government. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the previous UN Special Rapporteur on torture visited Sri Lanka in 2010, this will be the first visit to Sri Lanka by a Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.
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