Amnesty Issues Urgent Appeal regarding four students arrested in Sri Lanka

Amnesty urgent appeal: please write on behalf of 4 students Students in SriLanka at risk of torture by Amnesty International USA Four students were arrested on 1 December in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the police. They are being held in Vavuniya for interrogation and are at risk of …

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Justice for conflict-related abuses not going to happen within Sri Lanka institutions

Sri Lanka’s LLRC Report Disregards Worst Abuses by Govt Forces and Fails to Advance Accountability charges Human Rights Watch (New York, December 17, 2011) – The report of the Sri Lankan government’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) disregards the worst abuses by government forces, rehashes longstanding recommendations, and fails to advance accountability for victims …

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Fears for missing Sri Lankan activists

by Amnesty International, USA Sri Lankan political activists Lalith Kumara Weeraraju and Kugan Muruganandan have been missing since 9 December. They were arranging a press conference for the following day to publicize a protest. Lalith Kumara Weeraraju’s family received a phone call saying that he had been killed. Lalith Kumara Weeraraju and Kugan Muruganandan were …

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Tamil Centre for Human Rights celebrates 63rd anniversary of UDHR

December 10th: 63rd Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR/CTDH, in association with other Human Rights organisations, Institutions, Human rights defenders and with many others around the world celebrates today the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -UDHR. The UDHR contains thirty articles. Articles …

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Freedom of Sri Lanka media continues to be under threat despite end of war

by National Peace Council The freedom of expression and of the media received another brutal blow with the murderous assault on senior journalist and news editor of the Uthayan newspaper, Gnanasundaram Kuganathan, in Jaffna on Friday. He is now in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of Jaffna Hospital with head injuries due …

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Amnesty wants UNHRC support for international investigation in Sri Lanka

Amnesty International Public Statement The armed conflict in Sri Lanka had been over for less than ten days when on 27 May 2009 the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution praising Sri Lankan Government efforts “to ensure the safety and security of all Sri Lankans and to bring permanent peace to the country,” while …

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Amnesty members in US join in calling UN on war crimes in Sri Lanka

by Jim McDonald This week marks the second anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, between government forces and the opposition Tamil Tigers. The Tigers were seeking an independent state for the Tamil minority on the island. As documented by Amnesty International and a recent U.N. panel report, there are credible reports …

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Over a million people of all races engulfed by water in Sri Lanka

By M.S.Shah Jahan As you all know the East and the North Central province of Sri Lanka are under flood catastrophe. Over a million people of all races are engulfed by water for the last three days and unreachable to supply of basic items. Some fainted want of food. Few died. It is a heart …

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Cheran’s Play ‘Not By Our Tears’ Returns to Toronto

Asylum Theatre Group will present the play Not By Our Tears at the Robert Gill Theatre in Toronto on 13 November 2010 in two shows at 4:30PM and 8:00PM. Written by Toronto based poet and playwright R. Cheran, directed by Dushy Gnanapragasam, and designed by Eugine Vincent, the play was originally produced in November 2009 …

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Meet Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s New Secretary General

Amnesty International USA has announced a new Secretary General, the organization’s eighth has commenced serving since July 2010. Growing up in an activist family in India, Shetty moved on to lead the international anti-poverty NGO ActionAid and later became the Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. The following is an interview with the new …

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Plight of Tamil Women in North East Sri Lanka

Full text of (United States Tamil Political Action Council) USTPAC Press Release USTPAC highlights the plight of Tamil Women in North-East Sri Lanka on International Women’s Day USTPAC joins the world community in celebrating the International Women’s Day on March 8th, but on a sad note, wishes to highlight the continued suffering of Tamil women …

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Illegal cutout displays using Sri Lanka State resources

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), Colombo has released few pictures showing misappropriation of State resources to display cutouts and banners in the run up to the Presidential Elections. CMEV says more pictures of such illegal acts by political parties will be released in the coming days. CMEV received information regarding illegal display of a …

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No inquiry into Sri Lanka students’ murder for four years

On June 11, 2009, Amnesty International issued a report, Sri Lanka: Twenty years of make-believe. Sri Lanka’s Commissions of Inquiry, which also featured an interview with Dr Kasippillai Manoharan, father student Rajihar was killed in Sri Lanka in 2nd of January 2006. Rajihar and four of his friends were extra-judicially executed in what is widely …

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Sri Lanka President Rajapakse accused of “illegal” election campaign

The Sri Lankan branch of the Berlin based anti-corruption watchdog “Transparency International” in a 10 page report released on Thursday Dec 31st has accused Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse of utilising state property and public funds to illegally finance his re-election bid. Pointing out that members of the Police,armed forces and public officials are being …

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Chinmaya Mission Sri Lanka seeks donations for Youth Camp

Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka will be conducting a camp for Hindu Tamil speaking youth in Sri Lanka in December 2009. The purpose of this camp is to impart spiritual values and build the character of the participating youth so that they become useful to themselves and the society at large. The Chinmaya Mission is …

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‘Tamil Aid Ship still waiting for formal notification’

26 June 2009 Full Text of Press Release: DAY 51 Aboard the Captain Ali – Lack of Movement at the Ground Level After the positive statement by the External Affairs Minister Hon. Mr. S.M.Krishna on Wednesday evening (24 June 2009) regarding the Mercy Mission ship the MV Captain Ali, Mercy Mission personnel, supporters, volunteers and …

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New Psychiatric Ward in Vavuniya Opens

blog post from IMHO ~ International Medical Health Organization ~ With IMHO’s support, a new psychiatric ward in Vavuniya was officially opened and started functioning on April 25, 2009. This will be the acute inpatient care unit for four districts, namely Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar. The unit will cater to about 650,000 people in …

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NPC: Humanitarian organisations have key role to play

Statement by National Peace Council of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is today facing a serious humanitarian crisis especially in the conflict zones in the northern Vanni region. This follows the escalation of military action by the government and LTTE and the government’s decision to order the immediate relocation of humanitarian workers in the area on …

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MSF:Vanni population in precarious situation

Population in precarious situation as MSF workers withdraw from Sri Lanka Following a directive from the government of Sri Lanka earlier this week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) withdrew its staff on September 10 from Kilinochchi town in the LTTE-controlled Vanni. MSF is very concerned about the possible consequences of ongoing hostilities for the population still …

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‘Welfare of the civilian population must not be compromised’

‘Welfare of the civilian population must not be compromised by military exigencies. They must be safeguarded from collateral damage and not be used as human shields in any circumstance. We call on the government not to use its air and artillery power to attack areas in which civilians are residing’, said National Peace Council [NPC] …

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Army commander wants ‘Lankadeepa’ to censor Defence columns

Free Media Movement (FMM), The Sri Lanka Media Rights Group says the Army Chief of the country, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka has once again made requests that their member organizations view as “indirect intimidation aimed at media censorship”. Last week FMM expressed dismay over Sri Lanka Army chief remarks discrediting journalist and media in general, …

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Canada funds Dairy Farmers Milk Collection Centre in Trincomalee

A new milk collection facility will be open on 23 rd July, 2008 in Trincomalee in order to support rural dairy farmers in the district. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded World Concern Sri Lanka to build the centre at Uppuveli, Trincomalee enabling dairy farmers along the Kuchchaveli coast to supply direct to the …

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Promoting reading, among children in Sri Lanka plantations

By N.Karunagaran [Children Programme Coordinator, PREDO] PREDO has introduced mobile libraries to distribute books among children’s clubs in plantations [Dambatenne tea plantation, highlands, sri lanka-pic:cjb22] No one would dispute the fact that the plantation people are the most underdeveloped people, be it in education, economy or in politics. The disenfranchisement of this group of people …

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Amnesty International issues update on Journalist Detained by Sri Lankan Authorities

Amnesty International (AI) in an appeal is, calling for detained Sri Lanka Journalist Tissainayagam’s immediate and unconditional release, unless he is charged with a recognizably criminal offense before an independent court. AI is also calling on the authorities to ensure Tissainayagam is not tortured or ill-treated, and that he is allowed unrestricted access to his …

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The Muttur massacre-a struggle for justice

Statement by Action Against Hunger-USA On August 4, 2006, 17 employees of our organisation were killed in cold blood while assisting the population suffering from the consequences of the tsunami and the conflict in Sri Lanka. This massacre – amounting to a war crime – is unprecedented in the humanitarian field. At the time of …

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ICRC: Rising food prices hurting the poorest in war zones

Geneva (ICRC) – Millions of people already suffering because of armed conflicts are likely to be particularly hard hit by the current increase in food prices, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned today. Presenting the organization’s 2007 annual report, ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said: “The recent rise in food and fuel prices …

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Sri Lanka’s Defeat a Victory for Human Rights Council

Statement by Human Rights Watch: UN Vote Upholds Council Membership Standards on Rights UN member states enforced the standards they established for the new Human Rights Council by not re-electing Sri Lanka to the body today. Domestic and international human rights advocates who had opposed Sri Lanka’s re-election to the council said the vote was …

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