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Reevaluating Sri Lanka’s LLRC Progress: Part One

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Last March, The Social Architects (TSA) released its third report, “The Numbers Never Lie.” The report provided extensive information about the Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL) progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations. Again, TSA’s partners undertook a similar survey this year. Using the data obtained last year as a baseline,

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GM mosquitoes created in British laboratories to be released in jungles of Panama to fight Dengue Fever

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

By Sean Poulter Millions of GM mosquitoes created in British laboratories are about to be released into the jungles of Panama to tackle the spread of Dengue Fever to humans. The idea is that the male insects are on a suicide mission which involves mating with wild females before they and their offspring die. This,

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Sri Lanka: Victims coerced to produce false affidavits on controversial birth control in Vanni

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Colombo has instructed Tamil health officials in Ki’linochchi district to obtain ‘affidavits’ from women who were subjected to a controversial coercive population control in three coastal villages of the district. The women are being approached to sign a document stating that they received subdermal implants on their own request for contraceptive protection. The latest move

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SRI LANKA : Extrajudicial Killings – as an indicator of the collapse of the ethical and moral order

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission Yesterday, in our statement titled murders and extra judicial killings we commented on the killing of a police constable and his wife followed by what clearly appeared to be extra judicial killings of three persons who were alleged suspects of the said crime. The inquiries into the

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Attacks on religious minorities and impunity in Sri Lanka

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Sunanda Deshapriya / UN Minority Rights Forum INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, would like to take this opportunity to highlight the series of attacks on Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities, particularly in 2012 and 2013, as highlighted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, after her visit to the country in August this

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In Memoriam-63 Years later

Nov 21st, 2013 | By

IN MEMORIAM – 63 YEARS LATER Please read the little cartoon carefully, it’s powerful. Then read the comments at the end. I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you’ll consider doing the same. In Memoriam It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended This e-mail is

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SRI LANKA: AHRC condemns the state media attack on Nimalka Fernando

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

The threats posed to the life of Ms. Nimalka Fenando, a well-known trade unionist, political activist and a human rights defender, by the commercial channel of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation on November 4, 2013 is yet another example of the stark and blatant abuse of the State Media to intimidate, harass and humiliate a

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Finland-isation and Bhutan-isation

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

Good fences make good neighbours – Robert Frost Robert Frost, American poet, four times Pulitzer Prize and Congressional Gold Medal winner, in ‘Mending Wall,’ a poem published in 1914, used this line, which according to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations originates in the 17th century. Frost could not see the need for a fence between his farm

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In the lucky country of Australia apartheid is alive and kicking

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

The richest land on Earth writes Aboriginal people out of history and pushes them to the margins. Like South Africa 30 years ago. Aboriginal elders playing cards in their camp near Alice Springs. ‘A typical, dilapidated house in an outback Indigenous community must accommodate as many as 25 people. Families, the elderly and disabled people

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Video: Sex Workers in Sri Lanka: Nimalka Fernando Speaks Out

Nov 4th, 2013 | By

Government of Sri Lanka is trying to introduce Casinos in Sri Lanka as a part of their strategy to promote tourism in the country. Responding to a query by a journalist from the pro government ‘The Island’ newspaper, Dr. Nimalka Fernando has reportedly said that it was an inevitable circumstance of women engaging in the sex

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