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Sri Lanka: Chief justice verbally abused and ridiculed as a ‘mad woman’ by PSC members

Media Release
6th December 2012
Today the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake walked out of the Parliamentary Select Committee in protest in the face of hostile and biased conduct of the government members of the PSC so as to ensure the dignity of the judiciary of Sri Lanka.
The Chief Justice reiterates that she is […]

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Deal with the past constructively

Potential to inflame
The events surrounding the attempts by students of Jaffna University to commemorate those
who died in the war, unless speedily corrected, has the potential to inflame ethnic tensions and obstruct the post war reconciliation process. The students were lighting lamps on November27, the date formerly commemorated by the LTTE as their Heroes Day. […]

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Call to protect Sharmila Seyyid’s right to free speech

“Subsequently, on 20th November 2012, a women’s rights activist from Eravur in Batticaloa, Sharmila Seyyid, during the course of an interview with the BBC (Tamil service) expressed the view that if sex work is legalised in Sri Lanka, it may protect sex-workers. Her comments have resulted in a backlash from some sections within the Muslim […]

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Sri Lanka: The arrest of four Tamil students in Jaffna widely condemned

6th December, 2012
Statement Condemning the Arrest and Unlawful Detention of Four Students from the University of Jaffna, and Calling for their Immediate Release
We the undersigned, strongly condemn the arrest of four students of the University of Jaffna (UoJ) by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) on Thursday, November 29, 2012. While welcoming the release of Kanesamoorthy […]

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3R Project to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle successfully launched in Samagipura, Ratnapura

Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka volunteers together with Ratnapura UC and PHI’s, successfully launched a 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) project in Samagipura village, Ratnapura on Saturday November 17. One hundred families were picked up for this initial project with each family receiving four labeled large Polysack bags for collecting Plastics, Paper, Glass and Metal for […]

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Radhika Coomaraswamy receives Fondation Chirac Special Jury Prize 2012 in Paris

On November 22nd, 2012, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was awarded the Special Jury Prize 2012 by the Fondation Chirac for her actions in favor of the protection of children during armed conflict in the presence of Bernadette Chirac, wife of the former French president Jacques Chirac.
 
 The event was […]

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CPA prepares resources to promote awareness on LLRC

Resources on and trainers for promoting awareness on LLRC

23 November 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee presented their much awaited report on Dec 16 2011. Following a war which lasted almost 30
years, and resulted in death, destruction and devastation, this report is the result, after 18 months, of a presidential commission of inquiry […]

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Freedom House denounces Morsi power grab in Egypt

Washington – Nov. 23, 2012– Freedom House denounces Egyptian President Mohamed
Morsi’s decision to claim sweeping new powers for himself through a constitutional declaration that expands his presidential power significantly beyond that of his predecessors, including those of Hosni Mubarak. This action poses a serious threat to the democratic transition in Egypt, and Freedom House urges […]

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Moon on UN’s failure to meet its responsibilities in Sri Lanka

New York, 14 November 2012 :
Statement of the Secretary-General on Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka
The conduct of the final months of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 generated profound concerns
about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. In 2010, following an agreement with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, I established a Panel of […]

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Sri Lanka: Shameful Stifling Of Freedom Of Expression

Tuesday, 11 November 2012: It is heartening to witness an element of angry vigor emanating from Sri Lanka’s legal profession against the pending impeachment of the country’s
Chief Justice. The resolutions issued by the general membership of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka yesterday expressing concern over the impeachment and the indignation displayed by provincial Bar Associations […]

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Sri Lanka: Chief justice verbally abused and ridiculed as a ‘mad woman’ by PSC members

Media Release 6th December 2012 Today the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake walked out of the Parliamentary Select Committee in protest in the face ...

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Protesters in Jaffna demand release of students

Deal with the past constructively

Potential to inflame The events surrounding the attempts by students of Jaffna University to commemorate those Protesters in Jaffna demand release of students who died in the ...

Statements

Call to protect Sharmila Seyyid’s right to free speech

“Subsequently, on 20th November 2012, a women’s rights activist from Eravur in Batticaloa, Sharmila Seyyid, during the course of an interview with the BBC (Tamil ...

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Sri Lanka: The arrest of four Tamil students in Jaffna widely condemned

6th December, 2012 Statement Condemning the Arrest and Unlawful Detention of Four Students from the University of Jaffna, and Calling for their Immediate Release We the undersigned, ...

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3R Project to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle successfully launched in Samagipura, Ratnapura

Rainforest Protectors of Sri Lanka volunteers together with Ratnapura UC and PHI’s, successfully launched a 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) project in Samagipura village, Ratnapura on ...

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Dayan Jayatilleke (L) with Radhika Kumaraswamy (M)

Radhika Coomaraswamy receives Fondation Chirac Special Jury Prize 2012 in Paris

On November 22nd, 2012, Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Under Secretary General of the United Nations/Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was awarded the Special Jury ...

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Chairman LLRC Mr. CR De Silva handing over the Report to President Rajapakse

CPA prepares resources to promote awareness on LLRC

Resources on and trainers for promoting awareness on LLRC 23 November 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee presented their much awaited report on ...

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Morsi

Freedom House denounces Morsi power grab in Egypt

Washington – Nov. 23, 2012– Freedom House denounces Egyptian President Mohamed Egyptian protesters gather in Tahrir Square during a rally over new decrees by President Morsi ...

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Ban Ki Moon with Mahinda Rajapakse

Moon on UN’s failure to meet its responsibilities in Sri Lanka

New York, 14 November 2012 : Statement of the Secretary-General on Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka The conduct of the final months of the war in ...

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Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka: Shameful Stifling Of Freedom Of Expression

Tuesday, 11 November 2012: It is heartening to witness an element of angry vigor emanating from Sri Lanka’s legal profession against the pending impeachment of the ...