About 45 youths from the Maligawatte area have reportedly gone missing last year. The Grand Police had recently handed over the body of one Ranzin, who had gone missing, to his father saying he had dies of a heart attack while in police custody.
A senior official in the defence establishment it is learnt is putting pressure on the Army to choose a private insurance company that had commenced operations in 2011 to commence a proposed life insurance scheme for military personnel by passing other reputed insurance companies that offer more benefits at low premiums.
Society for Threatened Peoples, Bern, Geneva, I am Sandhya Ekneligoda, wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda, a Sri Lankan cartoonist and media activist who disappeared on the 24th of January 2010. I became a human rights defender because I am a victim of a human rights violation. Today is it the 947th day since Prageeth disappeared.
The Report of the Citizens Commission on its Mission to Mannar on the 8th and 9th of August has received an inordinate amount of press latel and while theCommission feels that the coverage provides space for issues raised in thereport, it is concerned that the report is being represented in a way that is contrary to the Commission’s intentions and the findings of the report.Therefore we wish to clarify the following issues:
We the undersigned affected civilians of Up pukulam village in Mannar Town would like to lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on the recent incidents of harassments of women and children over our struggle for regaining our fishing harbor (Konthaipiddy paadu).
In 2010 the United Nations declared 30 August as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Every year this day is commemorated to raise awareness on the fact that enforced disappearances of persons is a crime and should not be used as a tool to deal with situations arising out of conflicts.
A London university’s licence to sponsor and teach overseas students has been revoked by the UK Border Agency, leaving more than 2,000 undergraduates potentially facing deportation.
In Sri Lanka there are few Tamil newspapers that have both local and international reputations. “Virakesari” is one of these and also one of the oldest newspapers in Sri Lanka. The news, articles and analyses it publishes, are taken seriously by diplomatic circles in Colombo and abroad.
The European Union will provide Sri Lanka a 60 million Euros grant for the next five years for development projects in the country.
The grant will be provided under the European Union- support to District Development programme for the period 2012 - 2017, Head of Delegation of the European Union in Sri Lanka Bernard Savage announced during a meeting with the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa at the Ministry yesterday.
Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie arrived in Colombo on Wednesday on a five-day visit aimed at solidifying military ties that have grown increasingly close following the end of the war in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government is to step up efforts to repatriate more Sri Lankan refugees from India next year.
“In 2013, we will address the repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees living in southern India,” Sri Lanka's Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon told IRIN in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is sending a seven-member team to compete in the Paralympic Games in London. They are determined to win the first ever Paralympic medal for the country, but say their effort is being hampered by a lack of official support.
"There are concerns that some of the disappeared girls are being used as sex slaves by the Sri Lankan security forces"
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BELGRADE, Serbia — Tens of thousands of people around the world are missing today because of armed conflicts or human rights abuses such as abductions and illegal arrests and detentions.
The translation of the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission into Sinhala and Tamil languages is an important step forward in preparing the ground for its implementation. The National Peace Council welcomes this translation, and making the report accessible to the larger Sri Lankan population.