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Tutu to the UN: Sri Lanka needs healing

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

In a letter to the UN, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, representing human rights activists, has appealed for a commission of inquiry in Sri Lanka. We, concerned individuals and organisations from around the world, urge the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to use their March 2014 session to pass a resolution that will include a

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Sri Lanka Mulls SAfrican-Model Truth Commission

Feb 22nd, 2014 | By

By KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Sri Lanka’s government said Wednesday that it was considering a process similar to South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal the wounds of the island nation’s decades-long civil war. Two senior ministers will lead a team to South Africa on Thursday for discussions with the country’s government and

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Truth and reconciliation without whitewash : the message of Nelson Madela to Sri Lanka

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

National Peace Council With the passing away of Nelson Mandela the world has lost one of the greatest and most extraordinary human beings of modern times who showed that change that improved the lives of all around was possible. As the first post-apartheid era President of South Africa, he led the transformation of his country

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I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

By Nelson Mandela (Full text of statement made by Nelson Mandela from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage at Supreme Court of South Africa, Pretoria on April 20 1964) I am the First Accused. I hold a Bachelor`s Degree in Arts and practised as an attorney in Johannesburg for

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Hijacked justice? Truth and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

By Niran Anketell  Reconcilation & conflict resolution    As the dust settles on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, the press has reported that Sri Lanka may be considering the establishment of a South Africa style Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the assistance of the Commonwealth and South African government. The South African TRC (SA

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Nelson Mandela life story: An unconquerable spirit

Dec 7th, 2013 | By

“Mdala” – “old man”, as Nelson Mandela and I used to call each other on informal occasions – was, like all human beings, not free of weaknesses and failings. He was an uncommon amalgam of the peasant and the aristocrat; the democrat par excellence, but not without a touch of the autocrat; at once proud

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South Africa: Nelson Mandela’s Death a Tremendous Loss

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela at a meeting in central London on June 24, 2008. © 2008 Reuters Life Epitomized Brave Struggle for Freedom, Equality, Justice (Johannesburg) – The death of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, is a tremendous loss, not only for South Africa, but for the world. Mandela, who led the

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South African President’s stance on HR in SL at the Commonwealth summit undermines fight for justice

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

The Canadian and Mauritian heads of state boycotted the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in Sri Lanka earlier this month because of the host country’s appalling human rights record. More than half the leaders of the 53 member states stayed away, making this the lowest turnout in the group’s history. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said

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