Category: Sri Lanka

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SRI LANKA: Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka tomorrow

Published in The Colombo Page :: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 25-29 October 2014 to brief the current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on the achievement of objectives and implementation of work set at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Commonwealth said in a release today. The Secretary-General will...

SRI LANKA: Nine Pakistani refugees attacked in Negombo

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 22 :: Nine Pakistani refugees who were sheltered in a church at Negombo were attacked following an argument and were admitted to the Negombo Hospital, police said. Police said a Pakistani child who had gone to the beach had got into an argument with a Sri Lankan boy, after which a group had...

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LGBTI group hails comments by Lanka

Published in colombogazette.com on Oct. 22:: A local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transexual and Intersexed (LGBTI) group has welcomed a statement made by Sri Lanka acknowledging the non-discrimination provisions in its constitution protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, gaynz.com reported. The statement came in responses from the Sri Lankan Government to recommendations for reform...

AI Launches New Campaign On Lanka

Published in The Sunday Leader ::  Amnesty International (AI) has launched a new campaign for human rights in Sri Lanka called “#OurFuture” which features posters in Sinhala, Tamil and English with some compelling images. The posters were displayed at the UN in Geneva, where the UN Human Rights Committee recently reviewed Sri Lanka’s implementation of its obligations under the International...

Human Rights Committee considers report of Sri Lanka

Published in ohchr.org on Oct. 08 :: The Human Rights Committee today completed its consideration of the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka on its implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Presenting the report, Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to United Nations Office at Geneva, said although LTTE terrorist group was...

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Sri Lanka: UN review highlights empty rights promises

Published in amnesty.org on Oct. 07 :: Sri Lanka must stop making empty promises to the international community and the Sri Lankan people on improving the country’s still desperate human rights situation, Amnesty International said ahead of a UN review of the country’s rights record. The UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, will on 7 and 8 October...

UN to review SL

Published in The Daily Mirror on Oct. 02 :: Sri Lanka’s human rights record is due to be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee next week during which issues pertaining to rights of persons belonging to minorities, violence against women and counter terrorism measures are due to be discussed. The review scheduled for October 7 and 8 is happening...

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Rajani: Right is might

Published in The Sunday Times on Sep. 21 by Namini Wijedasa :: Remembering a Jaffna academic, who is still an inspiration to all who fight for human rights, twenty-five years after she was gunned down by the LTTE. It was near 7 pm and the light was fading. Most residents of Jaffna knew better than to loiter in the streets....

Need To Protect Victims And Witnesses

Published in The Sunday Leader on Sep. 14 :: The Bill on ‘Assistance to and protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses’ which safeguards the rights of victims and witnesses had been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in December 2013. However, it was gazetted on 8 August 2014. According to the government, the law so enacted will create a...

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UN chief awaits Sri Lanka’s response

Published in The Colombo Gazette on Sep. 11: UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon has noted that the Sri Lankan Government is yet to respond to a joint communication sent on 27 March 2014 by three special procedures mandate holders relating to the harassment of human rights defenders. In his annual report submitted to the 27th session of the UN Human...