Monthly Archives: July 2012


SRI LANKA: Burial at a place of choice by family members is a matter of justice

“Where is it written that you can be beaten to death? Which article is it written thus? I am not afraid of anyone. I don’t care who you are. Come and shoot me. I am not afraid. People need justice and the truth. The people who beat my son up are animals. My heart burns. […]

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By Asian Human Rights Commission | Published on July 31, 2012 at 5:56 am

Men are just happier people……!

 
WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED
 
Men Are Just Happier People —
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
 
Your last name stays put.
 
The garage is all yours.
 
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
 
Chocolate is just another snack…
 
You can never be pregnant.
 
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
 
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
 
Car […]

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By | Published on July 18, 2012 at 5:30 am

India’s key role in influencing international opinion

The government is bracing itself to meet the next round of international human rights challenges that will arise with the commencement of
sessions on the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in November. The UPR comes in a four year cycle for all member countries of the UN, where they are […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on July 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

Lankan Tamil party alleges torture of prisoners after hostage drama

A minority Tamil political party in Sri Lanka claimed yesterday that several prisoners had been assaulted and abused following a recent hostage drama at a prison in the northern Vavuniya town.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met officials from foreign embassies in Sri Lanka and discussed the issue, TNA legislator Suresh Premachandran said.
Tamil Tiger suspects detained […]

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By Gulf Times | Published on July 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

A boat carrying 28 asylum seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, arrived at Cocos Islands yesterday afternoon

9 July 2012: Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the suspected irregular entry vessel had been intercepted.
The passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island for initial security, health and identity checks, he said.
Authorities have reportedly been working to upgrade quarantine facilities at the remote Cocos Islands amidst fears people smugglers from Sri Lanka and southern […]

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By The West Australian | Published on July 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

The collective mindset behind and beneath Tamil politics is separatism

“Ideas are great to the degree that they are feasible…Windbags with grand schemes are incapable of perceiving the relation between the ‘great idea’ that is put forward and concrete reality…” – Antonio Gramsci (Notebook 8)
Dr Vikramabahu Karunaratne gets more things wrong than right, and he does exaggerate, but he hardly ever lies wittingly. Therefore I […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on July 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

Aid groups working in Lanka face funds crunch

Donor assistance is waning in northern Sri Lanka, where the critical priorities of food, shelter, protection and nutrition are not being covered, and many displaced people still need outside assistance more than three years after a decades-long civil war ended.
“We’re now at a critical juncture in time,” Vincent Lelei, head of the UN Office for […]

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By IRIN | Published on July 7, 2012 at 7:07 am

Sri Lanka arrests 41 making Australia bid

July 6, 2012, 11:01 am: Police in Sri Lanka have arrested 41 people on suspicion of attempting to migrate illegally by boat to Australia, officials say. The group was arrested in Vakarai, 280 kilometres east of the capital, as they were making preparations to board a boat, a senior police officer in the area said on Friday.
Most […]

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By Staff Correspondent | Published on July 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

Provincial Elections: Criticisms and perspectives

Dual criticism
The provincial elections–the ones scheduled to be held as well as the one that isn’t—are the subject of political comment. Three are to be held ahead
of schedule, resulting in a dual criticism. One is that they are untimely and the other that they serve solely the interests of the ruling bloc. Critique is to […]

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By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka | Published on July 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

SRI LANKA: “Lot of talking and not much improvement” in the north

COLOMBO, 3 July 2012 (IRIN)– Sri Lankan parliamentarians in favour of acting on the recommendations in a report into the final stages of the country’s civil war by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) are slowly gaining ground over those who are not, says a
presidential peace process adviser.
The government’s initial reaction to the LLRC […]

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By IRIN | Published on July 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm


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SRI LANKA: Burial at a place of choice by family members is a matter of justice

“Where is it written that you can be beaten to death? Which article is it written thus? I am not afraid of anyone. I don’t ...

Humour

Men are just happier people……!

  WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED   Men Are Just Happier People — What do you expect from such simple creatures?   Your last name stays put.   The garage is all yours.   Wedding ...

Opinion

From left to right, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, his wife Shiranthi Rajapakse and Indian President Pratibha Patil pose for photographers during a ceremonial reception for Rajapaksa at the Indian Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Rajapaksa was in India on a four-day long official visit. (Photo taken from Sulekha.com)

India’s key role in influencing international opinion

The government is bracing itself to meet the next round of international human rights challenges that will arise with the commencement of From left to right, ...

News

Suresh Premachandran

Lankan Tamil party alleges torture of prisoners after hostage drama

A minority Tamil political party in Sri Lanka claimed yesterday that several prisoners had been assaulted and abused following a recent hostage drama at a ...

Human Rights

A boat carrying 28 asylum seekers, believed to be from Sri Lanka, arrived at Cocos Islands yesterday afternoon

9 July 2012: Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said the suspected irregular entry vessel had been intercepted. The passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island for ...

Opinion

MP Sumanthiran

The collective mindset behind and beneath Tamil politics is separatism

“Ideas are great to the degree that they are feasible…Windbags with grand schemes are incapable of perceiving the relation between the ‘great idea’ that is ...

News

Aid groups working in Lanka face funds crunch

Donor assistance is waning in northern Sri Lanka, where the critical priorities of food, shelter, protection and nutrition are not being covered, and many displaced ...

News

Sri Lanka arrests 41 making Australia bid

July 6, 2012, 11:01 am: Police in Sri Lanka have arrested 41 people on suspicion of attempting to migrate illegally by boat to Australia, officials say. The ...

Issues

R.Sampanthan

Provincial Elections: Criticisms and perspectives

Dual criticism The provincial elections–the ones scheduled to be held as well as the one that isn’t—are the subject of political comment. Three are to be ...

Human Rights

Dr. P.Saravanamuttu -  “Progress also made with the rehabilitation of LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist movement] cadres, although there are reports that even after being released they are being questioned and face issues with regard to re-integration in the community,”

SRI LANKA: “Lot of talking and not much improvement” in the north

COLOMBO, 3 July 2012 (IRIN)– Sri Lankan parliamentarians in favour of acting on the recommendations in a report into the final stages of the country’s ...