Sunila Abeysekera to receive Didi Nirmala Deshpande Peace & Justice Award

The Jury appointed by the Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) to decide the nominations for first Didi Nirmala Deshpande South Asian Peace and Justice Award for 2013 announced Friday to confer the award on Sunila Abeysekera, a leading women’s human rights defender in Sri Lanka and South Asia,…

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A New Identity for SAARC: Establishing a Regional Human Rights Mechanism

Dr. Gyan Basnet With one-fifth of the world’s population, the countries of South Asia face formidable challenges resulting from poverty, underdevelopment, and conflict within and among themselves. Their low levels of production, unemployment, and population pressures are not helped by historic exploitation and other adverse legacies. In an historical, cultural,…

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Parliament ceases to function, while HRCM calls on government to release MP Yameen

Parliamentary Speaker Abdulla Shahid this morning cancelled parliamentary sittings until the government releases MP Abdulla Yameen from MNDF “protection” on ‘Aarah’, the presidential retreat. The Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has meanwhile issued a statement calling on the government to release Yameen from his ‘protection’ at Aarah. “On…

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