Monthly Archives: June 2014

Human Rights Council holds 26th regular session from 10 to 27 June 2014

Human Rights Council holds 26th regular session from 10 to 27 June 2014

 The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-sixth regular session from 10 to 27 June 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Highlights of the three-week session will feature a wide range of issues including presentations by the commission of inquiry on Syria, by …

Jaffna Press Club deplores attack on Tamil press freedom

Jaffna Press Club deplores attack on Tamil press freedom

   The Jaffna Press Club, issuing a statement condemned the  action by certain groups to ‘prevent the knowledge-based development workshops for Tamil speaking journalists by Transparency International. ‘ In the  statement released to the media it said: The Jaffna Press Club strongly condemns attempts by the State to …

India to construct a Cultural Centre in Jaffna

India to construct a Cultural Centre in Jaffna

   The Government of India will be constructing a Cultural Centre at Jaffna. A Memorandum of Understanding for implementation of the project was signed by the High Commissioner of India Mr. Y.K. Sinha and the Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development, Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka. …

Crime among Sri Lanka soldiers on rise

Crime among Sri Lanka soldiers on rise

Crime and desertion in Sri Lanka’s armed forces are on the rise five years since the end of the country’s civil war because of a lack of adequate counselling, psychologists have said. Police statistics suggest that in the first four months of 2014, nearly 18 …

Jaya seeks permanent solution on fishermen issue,

Jaya seeks permanent solution on fishermen issue,

 In the wake of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking laying down a time-bound action plan to achieve a “long-term, permanent solution to the problem and also to put in …

UN Rapporteur says repeal circular to ensure women’s freedom of movement.

UN Rapporteur says repeal circular to ensure women’s freedom of movement.

 The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants has called for sweeping reforms in Sri Lanka to protect the rights and safety of the migrant worker population, including the introduction of a legal framework on par with international instruments, ratification of specific …

Impeachment of former Chief Justice to be raised at UNHRC

Impeachment of former Chief Justice to be raised at UNHRC

The impeachment of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and the state of Sri Lanka’s judiciary is to be raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its 26th annual session which begins in Geneva this week. The Asian Legal Resource Centre, a non-governmental organization, …

13A not the final solution – TNA

13A not the final solution – TNA

   The 13th Amendment to the Constitution is not the final solution to the Tamil problem, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary, MP Mavai Senathirajah said responding to the government rejecting devolving police powers to the Provinces. “The Government of Sri Lanka has assured the Indian …

GTF challenges GoSL to face UN probe

GTF challenges GoSL to face UN probe

   The UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said yesterday that the proposed UN probe would give an opportunity to establish the circumstances under which the war was brought to an end on the Vanni east front five years ago. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran told The …

Jordan’s U.N. envoy proposed as new U.N. human rights chief

Jordan’s U.N. envoy proposed as new U.N. human rights chief

  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday proposed that Jordan’s U.N. ambassador, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, replace Navi Pillay as the United Nations’ human rights chief based in Geneva, the world body’s press office said. The nomination will now go to the 193-nation U.N. …