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Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka gets six years\' jail in contempt case
Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka gets six years\' jail in contempt case
Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka gets six years' jail in contempt case

A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday handed a six-year jail term to a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims, holding him guilty of contempt just months after he was convicted of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist. The monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, leads the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, which government…

Reuters - Aug 10 15:21 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

Ship that carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to B.C. in 2010 now a floating toxic stew, documents say
Ship that carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to B.C. in 2010 now a floating toxic stew, documents say

The MV Sun Sea carried nearly 500 Tamil migrants to Canada eight years ago, but now the rusting cargo ship sits forlornly on the B.C. coast — an unwanted vessel of toxins including asbestos, PCBs and mould, documents reveal. The federal government, which has been stuck with the rickety ship for years, is looking for an “environmentally sound” and…

Toronto Star - Aug 03 15:34 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, Canada ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • On Collective Humanity: Remembering Black July

    On Collective Humanity: Remembering Black July

    “If the majority thinks that a minority community is posing a threat to them or are developing in a manner that creates fear among them, then it is a problem for the majority.” In this interview, documentary film-maker T Jeyaraj comments on the formation of nationalist movements that resulted in violence in July 1983. He draws parallels to recent riots in…

    Groundviews - Aug 01 19:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

  • Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances

    Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances

    The violation of the language rights following the enactment of Official Languages Act No. 33 of 1956, started the process of human rights violations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka which eventually led to the pogroms against them in 1958, 1977, 1983 and the massacres of 2008 -2009. To understand the upsurge of impunity and disappearances of persons in the country,…

    Groundviews - Jul 26 17:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan reform has 'ground to a halt' with torture used freely – UN

    Sri Lankan reform has \'ground to a halt\' with torture used freely – UN

    Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The report, which comes three years after the country appeared to have turned a corner in its history by electing a new coalition government, is published on Monday…

    The Guardian - Jul 25 15:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka waives debt for 200,000 women in drought areas

    Sri Lanka waives debt for 200,000 women in drought areas

    Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it would waive debts for 200,000 women unable to repay microfinance loans and cap lending rates after a number of borrowers in drought-hit areas killed themselves. Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said women in a dozen districts who had taken small loans from microfinance institutions would have their debts forgiven and interest…

    AFP - Jul 25 14:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Economy ]

  • A Culture of Dependency

    A Culture of Dependency

    The following article is a translation of a story by our sister site Maatram examining the exploitative practises of microfinance companies based in the North and East, which are causing fresh trauma for families already impacted by war. Those who have traveled along the A9 highway would not have missed the large signboards on either side of the road. The…

    Groundviews - Jun 06 17:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights ]

  • UK chefs to host Great Street Feast this summer in support of Lankan torture survivors

    UK chefs to host Great Street Feast this summer in support of Lankan torture survivors

    Twenty chefs in the UK will host the Great Street Feast this summer in aid of the national charity, Freedom from Torture and will look to raise awareness on torture victims in Sri Lanka. According to the Crafts Guild of Chefs, the event will coincide with World Refugee Day, the event will take place at BAFTA 195 (Piccadilly, London) with journalists Ian Hislop…

    ST - Apr 09 16:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

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  • Minister Mangala visits Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu

    Minister Mangala visits Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu

    Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who is on a three-day visit to the Northern Province, spent Saturday visiting and interacting with communities in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. The Minister met some 40 women’s groups at the Puthukudiyirippu Divisional Secretariat, spoke with the fishing community and other small and medium scale entrepreneurs. He…

    CDN - Apr 02 14:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • New guide to help practitioners document conflict-related sexual violence crimes in Sri Lanka

    New guide to help practitioners document conflict-related sexual violence crimes in Sri Lanka

    Sexual violence in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, is a complex and pervasive problem set in a context of deeply entrenched impunity. This has been reflected in horrific fashion through widespread sexual violence against both women and men committed by state actors, including during periods of conflict. Investigations and accountability of those responsible are almost…

    IICI - Mar 29 19:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Police, politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka's anti-Muslim riots

    Police, politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka\'s anti-Muslim riots

    Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters. Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy, the central highlands…

    Reuters - Mar 26 20:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • CCTV shows Sri Lankan police aid anti-Muslim riots

    CCTV shows Sri Lankan police aid anti-Muslim riots

    Police and politicians joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka's Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters. Scores of Muslim mosques, homes and businesses were destroyed as mobs ran amok for three days in Kandy, the central highlands district previously known for its diversity and tolerance.

    Al Jazeera - Mar 26 20:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Lanka briefs UNHRC about progress made in implementing rights pledges

    Lanka briefs UNHRC about progress made in implementing rights pledges

    'For a country that has experienced conflict, that now seeks to take measures to forge reconciliation and ensure non-recurrence, Sri Lanka's accession on 13 December 2017 to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on their Destruction (Ottawa Convention) and accession on 1 March 2018 to the…

    NewsIn - Mar 21 19:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

    Sri Lanka: Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

    The Sri Lankan government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. At an interim update before the Council this week on progress towards fulfilment of its human rights commitments, UN member countries should press Sri Lanka to ensure justice and…

    HRW - Mar 20 15:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • The living and the disappeared: the unending battle for justice

    The living and the disappeared: the unending battle for justice

    Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena met with the families of the disappeared in June and November last year and promised to release a list of who were handed over to the military by the families at the end of the war in 2009. During the June meeting with Sri Lanka's President, families handed over a memo laying out five key demands: (1) releasing a list of all…

    JDS - Mar 19 16:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka’s UPR Report to be adopted today

    Sri Lanka’s UPR Report to be adopted today

    Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report under the third cycle of the UPR, will be adopted at the 37th Session of the Council today (19). Sri Lanka will be represented at this session by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha. Meanwhile, the Office of the High Commissioner will present a written submission…

    CDN - Mar 19 16:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Bans Cluster Munitions

    Sri Lanka Bans Cluster Munitions

    Sri Lanka’s accession to the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions could spur increased financial and technical assistance to help ensure implementation, particularly for clearance of areas contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war. © 2018 Lalith Perera/ Colombo Gazette Sri Lanka has become the 103rd country to join the 2008 Convention…

    HRW - Mar 16 16:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, Genocide ]

  • Office on missing persons in Lanka becomes operational

    The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) aims to bring in reparations to the victims of the nearly three-decade long armed conflict in the country. "The Office on Missing Persons has officially got underway," an official release said. President Maithripala Sirisena appointed seven members and the Chairperson of the OMP on February 28. "The main purpose of the OMP is to…

    PTI - Mar 13 14:41 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka: Muslims fear more attacks during Friday prayers

    Sri Lanka: Muslims fear more attacks during Friday prayers

    Sri Lankan Muslims say they fear being attacked during Friday prayers by Sinhalese Buddhists, amid accusations that security forces are failing to take action against marauding mobs. Despite a state of emergency and a curfew to curtail violence that broke out last weekend between Muslims and Buddhists in the central district of Kandy, concerns abound that attacks…

    Al Jazeera - Mar 09 13:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • In Sri Lanka, Facebook Contends With Shutdown After Mob Violence

    In Sri Lanka, Facebook Contends With Shutdown After Mob Violence

    In many countries, Facebook is contending with a darkening reputation as a vehicle for disinformation and false news. The most recent example: Sri Lanka. This week, the island country sought to block access to the social network, as well as two other platforms that Facebook owns, WhatsApp and Instagram, in an attempt to stem mob violence directed at its Muslim…

    New York Times - Mar 09 13:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

  • Sri Lanka’s culture of impunity leads to violence

    Sri Lanka’s culture of impunity leads to violence

    Two Muslim men have been killed, stores and mosques have been set on fire and innocent Muslim men, women and children have been subject to violence in recent days by Singhalese mobs in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. The government has imposed a 10-day state of emergency and the international community has strongly condemned these violent and racist acts.

    Toronto Star - Mar 08 14:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Muslims ]

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