OHCHR sees Sri Lanka falling short on its commitments by 2019

[ Sunday Leader ][ Mar 21 19:22 GMT ]

Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday expressed “much regret” over the slow progress in establishing transitional justice mechanisms in Sri Lanka. Kate Gilmore, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council today that OHCHR welcomes the Government’s constructive engagement with OHCHR and the human rights mechanisms, including its cooperation with visits of this Council’s Special Rapporteurs on human rights and terrorism; on truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. [ full story | comments ]

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Coast Guard intercepts migrants from Sri Lanka near Florida

[ WPLG ][ Mar 21 19:37 GMT ]

Two migrants from Sri Lanka were part of a group attempting to get to the U.S. illegally when authorities found them in a small boat off Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Monday. A Coast Guard airplane crew spotted six men in an 18-foot center console about 5 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard sector Miami deployed two crews to search for the boat and intercepted them east of Jupiter. The other migrants were from the Bahamas, Jamaica and Brazil. The Coast Guard transferred the six men to the U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations. [ full story | comments ]

U.S. Statement for Sri Lanka UPR Outcomes

[ US Geneva Mission ][ Mar 21 19:17 GMT ]

Although we are pleased with the Government’s support for these recommendations, we are concerned by ongoing reports of human rights violations and abuses by members of the security services, and recent attacks targeting members of religious minority communities. We urge the government to hold accountable all those responsible for human rights abuses and violations and to protect religious minorities and their places of worship. We further urge the government to take additional steps to fully implement the commitments it made in HRC resolution 30/1 and reaffirmed in HRC resolution 34/1. We look forward to seeing Sri Lanka’s progress on implementing the UPR recommendations accepted by the government over the next five years. [ full story | comments ]

How unarmed civilians saved lives during anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka

[ WagingNonViolence ][ Mar 20 17:28 GMT ]

In the wake of violence, the obvious response is to focus on what went wrong. But equally important is to figure out what went right. Violence is, quite literally, contagious, but so is altruism. When we see someone engage in heroic actions, we often feel inspired to take such actions. And when we help others, we feel good about ourselves and are motivated to repeat such actions in the future. By highlighting civilian peacekeeping efforts — both organic and organized — we encourage others to take similar actions in the future. [ full story | comments ]

Will Doug Ford’s populist push bury progressive policies?

[ Toronto Star ][ Mar 20 15:44 GMT ]

No matter the competing pledges from Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals and Andrea Horwath’s New Democrats. Ford has the best idea of all — no new ideas. Which explains why our newly minted leader of the Opposition Progressive Conservatives was a no-show at Queen’s Park for the throne speech, where Wynne and Horwath staked their ground. Ford had a better idea — a Tory unity rally at a suburban convention centre where he could have the last word while safely promising everything and nothing. [ full story | comments ]

Sirisena urged to ‘rise as a statesman’ and solve ethnic problem

[ Hindu ][ Mar 20 15:36 GMT ]

“We want a statesman to rise in this country who can say, ‘I resolved the country’s national question and we think you can do it, we think you should do it and it is our expectation that it will be done,” he said, speaking at an event in Jaffna, where he shared the stage with Mr. Sirisena. The veteran Tamil leader’s remarks come at a time when Mr. Sirisena’s national unity government is dealing with a major blow in the island-wide local government elections held in early February. [ full story | comments ]

Code gridlock:To understand the challenges facing Ontario hospitals, we spent an evening in one of the province’s busiest EDs

[ CBC ][ Mar 20 14:32 GMT ]

In a report last week, Ontario's fiscal watchdog said the province's health care spending is not keeping pace with the demands of a growing and aging population. And across the province, chronic hospital bed shortages and backlog have been deemed a “crisis” by both politicians and clinicians. To better understand the issues facing Ontario hospitals, CBC Toronto spent an evening in Brampton Civic Hospital’s emergency department — one of the busiest in Ontario. [ full story | comments ]

‘No legal basis to approach ICJ against Sri Lanka’

[ The Hindu ][ Mar 19 23:48 GMT ]

The Central government on Monday told the Madras High Court that there is no legal basis for India to invoke the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) since there is no treaty, including human rights treaties, under which the alleged attacks by Sri Lankan Navy against Indian fishermen could be established as human rights violation. The submission was made in a counter-affidavit filed before the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose who were seized of a public interest litigation petition filed by Fishermen Care, a private body that had sought for a direction to the Centre to refer the alleged rights violations to the ICJ. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

[ Reuters ][ Mar 19 23:44 GMT ]

“Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday,” Sirisena said on his Twitter feed. He declared a state of emergency to rein in the spread of communal violence after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy. Two people were killed and hundreds of Muslim-owned properties and more than 20 mosques were damaged, media reported. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. [ full story | comments ]

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s husband Natarajan Maruthappa passes away

[ Indian Express ][ Mar 19 23:41 GMT ]

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s husband Natarajan Maruthappa passed away at the age of 76 at a hospital in Chennai Tuesday midnight. Natarajan was admitted to Gleneagles Global hospital in Chennai on Sunday after complaints of chest infection. He was reportedly put on ventilator as his condition worsened on Monday. [ full story | comments ]

The living and the disappeared: the unending battle for justice

[ JDS ][ Mar 19 16:48 GMT ]

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 those who surrendered or were detained by the Sri Lankan armed forces during and after the war, particularly during the last phase; (2) releasing a list of all secret detention centres, their status and list of detainees; ... [ full story | comments ]

Lanka briefs UNHRC about progress made in implementing rights pledges

[ NewsIn ][ Mar 21 19:19 GMT ]

'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 Convention on Cluster Munitions are important steps.' 'Demonstrating firm commitment to the implementation of the provisions of the Convention, Sri Lanka received from 4-7 March 2018, the Special Envoy on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, Prince Mired Bin Ra'ad Al-Hussein.' [ full story | comments ]

Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm

[ Channel 4 News ][ Mar 20 21:36 GMT ]

An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation... In a series of meetings filmed at London hotels over four months, between November 2017 and January 2018 an undercover reporter for Channel 4 News posed as a fixer for a wealthy client hoping to get candidates elected in Sri Lanka. [ full story | comments ]

Ontario premier says province plans to make prescriptions free for people 65 and over

[ CBC ][ Mar 20 15:51 GMT ]

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Tuesday that the provincial government plans to make prescription drugs free for people 65 and over. "It's going to be one less thing that people have to worry about," Wynne told reporters at the Leaside Curling Club in Toronto. Wynne said more than 4,400 prescription drugs will be available free of charge to seniors through an expansion of the government's OHIP+ program. The expansion is slated to take effect on Aug. 1, 2019. Ontario goes to the polls on June 7 this year. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka: Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

[ HRW ][ Mar 20 15:40 GMT ]

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 accountability for the tens of thousands of victims of the country’s brutal civil war.“The Office of Missing Persons now represents their last best hope to learn the fate of their loved ones,” said Fisher. “It must do its work quickly and properly. Families of the disappeared have appeared before commission after commission, and many have camped out in the open over the past year in protest of government inaction.” [ full story | comments ]

It was not a Sinhala-Muslim clash, it was a mob attack on Muslims: Sri Lanka Minister Rauff Hakeem

[ Hindu ][ Mar 20 15:34 GMT ]

This is where impunity comes in. The culture of impunity that was there during the Rajapaksa regime came to re-establish itself in this manner when it came to law enforcement. This is a very serious issue and Muslims are furious. Just after the war victory, these xenophobic forces gained momentum and it culminated in pogroms such as Aluthgama and Beruwala, which resulted in the entire minority community deciding to send that regime back home and installing a new government. Just because you wear a saffron robe it does not mean you have total freedom to say what you want. Particularly when it comes to hate speech. While some action was taken against one or two originally, the government felt they had to soft-pedal this. [ full story | comments ]

Things are never easy in Sri Lanka

[ Rediff ][ Mar 19 23:50 GMT ]

Opposition leader and former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa must be laughing his head off. Despite all the cases of corruption against him and his family, despite the harassment and the jail terms that members of his family have had to serve, it was he who swept the civic elections in the island last month. The victory has thrown the ruling dispensation lead by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe into a blind panic. So much so that the two are scrapping with each other instead of attacking their common enemy and the result is that the government in Sri Lanka is virtually dysfunctional. [ full story | comments ]

India still to play role in Lanka port

[ Economic Times ][ Mar 19 23:46 GMT ]

India continues to remain in fray to play a role in the strategically located Colombo Port in the Indian Ocean Region, notwithstanding the Sri Lanka’s decision to drop plans to privatise the port’s East Container Terminal (ECT). In a statement last week, Sri Lankan minister for ports and shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe said the construction of the terminal was being expedited by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), a state-run agency in the island nation. The ECT will be operated by the SLPA "to ensure best services for all mega container vessels calling at the Port of Colombo in near future”, the minister said. [ full story | comments ]

Joan Sullivan: Novel tells story of refugees

[ The Telegram ][ Mar 19 23:42 GMT ]

Sharon Bala’s debut novel is a rich and timely work. It’s tempting to say it’s ripped from the headlines, but it’s also torn form the history books. “The Boat People” are 500 Sri Lankans who’ve spent everything they had to get their families to a safe place. That’s one specific news item, but of course people have always been on the move, fleeing from trouble or seeking a brighter future. First Nations excepted, everyone’s background is as an immigrant. [ full story | comments ]

Why So Many Ontario Voters Are Scared of Doug Ford Becoming Premier

[ Vice ][ Mar 19 16:53 GMT ]

Weeks of batshit craziness amongst Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives—which started with sexual misconduct allegations against former leader Patrick Brown—have fittingly ended with Doug Ford being elected as Brown’s replacement. As head of the province’s official opposition, Ford is now in the running to become Ontario’s new premier. Considering the Liberals have been in power for 15 years, and have undoubtedly become a source of resentment for many Ontarians, Ford probably has a pretty decent shot at taking down Premier Kathleen Wynne in the June election. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil Tiger Rebel Fighters Left to Drift After Sri Lanka’s Civil War

[ News Deeply ][ Mar 19 16:37 GMT ]

The former combatants and experts News Deeply talked to shared the impression that the rehabilitation centers had failed at preparing former fighters to adequately reintegrate into society. “It’s clear that ex-combatants face an enormous number of problems and have done from the beginning, when they surrendered or were captured,” Alan Keenan, International Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka senior analyst, told News Deeply. [ full story | comments ]

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