Category: Sri Lanka

State racism and sexism in post-war Sri Lanka

Published in www.opendemocracy.net on Nov. 10 by Chulani Kodikara :: Central to the resurgence of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in post-war Sri Lanka is a redefinition of gender role and identities. Familial ideology is a key pillar of this discourse with serious adverse implications for women and gender equality. The bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war in May 2009 inaugurated...

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SRI LANKA: UN Chief supports Zeid’s views on SL

Published in the Daily Mirror on Nov. 11 :: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has supported the views of UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Sri Lanka and agreed with Zeid that the Government of Sri Lanka should cooperate in the investigations on alleged war crimes and human rights abuses. “The Secretary‑General supports the views of High Commissioner Zeid...

SRI LANKA: Earthslip disaster highlights the neglects of plantation Tamil community

Published in The National Peace Council website :: The landslide that buried an entire village on Meeriyabedda Estate in Haldamulla, a tea plantation in Sri Lanka’s central hills is a tragic reminder of a marginalized ethnic minority and the failure of the democratic political system to address their needs. The plantation Tamil people have been discriminated against from the time of...

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SRI LANKA: UN Committee raises several concerns

Published in The Colombo Gazette on Oct. 30:: The UN Human Rights Committee, while taking note of some positive developments in Sri Lanka, also raised several concerns and proposed recommendations in its concluding observations made today on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka. The Committee considered the fifth periodic report submitted by Sri Lanka at its meetings held on...

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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...