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PAKISTAN, INDIA: Ceasefire violations and effects on civilians in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir – a preliminary report by PIPFPD

PAKISTAN INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACYC/o: F-10/12, (Basement), Malviya Nagar, New DelhiContacts: 09869077718, 09582452343, 011-26687724 Website:www.pipfpd.org Email: pipfpd.india@gmail.com Press Note January 21, 2015 Release of Preliminary Fact Finding report on “Effects of ceasefire violations on civilian population residing in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir” The ceasefire violations on the International Border and the LoC between Pakistan...

BANGLADESH: Amnesty Int’l for probe into killings, arson

Published in The Daily Star on Jan. 22 :: Expressing concern at the ongoing political violence, the Amnesty International has urged the government to “carry out thorough and impartial investigations into all instances of arson attacks and killings, and bring those responsible to justice in fair trials”. In a statement dated January 20, the London-based rights watchdog said the human...

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SRI LANKA: Open to new approach in Geneva

Published in The Hindu on Jan. 20 :: The new Sri Lankan government will take a different position from the Rajapaksa regime when it comes to dealing with the international community on allegations of human rights violations, visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has told the Indian government. “Our government will take a new approach to the U.N. Human...

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SRI LANKA: Ideas for a Road Map for Truth and Justice in Sri Lanka

Published in the Ground Views on Jan. 19 :: The new year has brought significant changes in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena and his Government face many challenges and opportunities. Reform has been promised and expectations are high. In the wake of the elections, Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka to canonize the country’s first saint was a highlight. Those involved...

AFGHANISTAN: Media Under Attack

Published in www.hrw.org on Jan. 20 :: Violence and threats against Afghanistan’s journalists by the government and security forces are increasing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. These attacks put at risk the gains inmedia freedom in Afghanistan since 2001. The 48-page report, “‘Stop Reporting or We’ll Kill Your Family’: Threats to Media Freedom in Afghanistan,”documents harassment,...

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SRI LANKA: An end to culture of retaliation: Transitional justice in Sri Lanka

Published in The Groundviews on Jan. 17 :: “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”—St. Augustine “When will our conscience grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”—Eleanor Roosevelt Former President Mahinda Rajapaksha did not gracefully turn over power to Mr. Maithripala Sirisena after losing the election and step...

BANGLADESH: No respite in Bangladesh violence over polls as death toll rises to 27

Published in The Reuters on Jan. 18 :: An 18-year-old man died after unidentified attackers hurled fire bombs at the vehicle in which he was travelling early on Sunday in Southern Barisal, lifting to 27 the death toll from violence in Bangladesh’s deepening political crisis since last year’s disputed elections. Bangladesh’s government ruled out military deployment to establish order after...