Monthly Archives: October 2014

Self-determination a necessity says BTF

Self-determination a necessity says BTF

The BTF in a press release from Geneva said;  The Sri Lankan State is currently being reviewed by the Human Rights Committee at the 112th session for its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 7-8 October 2014. The Human Rights …

Attack made on Vavuniya Citizens Committee Chairman

Attack made on Vavuniya Citizens Committee Chairman

Vavuniya District Citizens Committee Chairman G.Thevarajah has been attacked by unidentified persons yesterday (08) and been hospitalized in Nedunkerny. He was returning home after holding discussion on the protest to be staged at Vavuniya when two individuals had arrived in a motorbike and threatened him  and …

Search for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka

Search for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka

By Callum Macrae                                                                                     …

Anti-boat people ads cost Australia $20m in one year

Anti-boat people ads cost Australia $20m in one year

Advertising campaigns in the past year to stop refugees seeking protection in Australia have cost taxpayers nearly $23 million. The sum, released by the Australian Audit Office in response to questions asked in Senate estimates, covers spending by the Immigration and Customs departments between July …

Actions aimed at suppressing Tamil self-determination says Tamil Civil Society Forum at ICCPR

Actions aimed at suppressing Tamil self-determination says Tamil Civil Society Forum at ICCPR

Making a submission on behalf of the Tamil Civil Society at the 112th session of the Human Rights Committee being held at Geneva Attorney at law Kumaravadivel Guruparan insisted that without the right to self-determination Tamil people in Sri Lanka will not be able to …

Mechanisms Needed to Implement Recommendations of UN Treaty Bodies

Mechanisms Needed to Implement Recommendations of UN Treaty Bodies

Making its recommendation to the  on going 112th session of the UN Human Rights Committee, the  Amnesty International has emphasized  the need for effective mechanisms and procedures to ensure the transparent and effective implementation of the recommendations to Sri Lanka by UN Treaty Bodies, including …

Mandate allows him to give, ‘limited’ legal advice

Mandate allows him to give, ‘limited’ legal advice

Former Pakistani Law Minister, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, a member of the International Panel of Advisers, appointed to the Presidential Commission, probing complaints on Missing Persons, told Ceylon Today that the Commission’s mandate allows him to give, ‘limited’ legal advice to their report. And that too …

Jaffna fishermen demonstrate against military assistance to Southern fishermen

Jaffna fishermen demonstrate against military assistance to Southern fishermen

Fishermen in Jaffna held a hunger strike on 07 October, protesting against the military assistance provided to fishermen from the South who have come to the North, as well as a government ban on traditional fishing methods. The protest, which was organised by the Valvettithurai …

Indian Hindu nationalists say ‘no’ to alliance with radical Sri Lankan Buddhists

Indian Hindu nationalists say ‘no’ to alliance with radical Sri Lankan Buddhists

An Indian Hindu nationalist group said Wednesday that it has no intention of forming an alliance with a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka. The radical Sri Lankan Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on Tuesday said it was in “high-level” talks with India’s Rashtriya …

Panneerselvam slams Lanka for detaining stranded fishermen

Panneerselvam slams Lanka for detaining stranded fishermen

Accusing the Sri Lankan Navy of detaining stranded Indian fishermen, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the immediate release of all 24 fishermen lodged in jails in the island nation, and their 75 boats. Citing the …