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Can China bring stability to conflict-ridden states?

As the west’s influence wanes, China’s influence in some of the world’s most turbulent countries is on the rise – and having a significant impact
Saferworld’s Ivan Campbell kicked off a panel discussion on Thursday about China’s role in conflict-affected countries with a quote from a government official in South Sudan. “If a man is thirsty, […]

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India likely to vote against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes, says PM

New Delhi:The Prime Minister said today in Parliament that India is inclined to vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in
Geneva. A resolution against the Sri Lankan government for alleged war crimes and human rights violations has been moved by the US, Norway and France. “We do not […]

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Bin Laden wanted President Obama killed

Before his death, Osama bin Laden boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.
“The reason for concentrating on them,” the al-Qaeda leader explained to his top lieutenant, “is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically […]

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Sri Lanka unlikely to win friends at United Nations Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka’s argument at the United Nations Human Rights Council is unlikely to win it many friends since it insists that for the purpose of fixing accountability, the
clock started ticking only on December 16, 2011 — the day a committee that probed the root causes of the ethnic problem submitted its report to Parliament.
Sri Lankan […]

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Resolution against Sri Lanka: India wants way forward based on accountability says Singh

In a letter to DMK Chief M Karunanidhi, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has emphasised the need for an investigation into human rights violations charges.
The letter dated March 12, 2012  says the Indian government attaches high priority to the safety of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka and has urged the Sri Lankan government to put […]

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The American PR Firm Helping Out Bahrain’s Brutal Monarchy

As the country cracks down on peaceful protesters, a company called Qorvis is spinning Washington on their behalf.
Earlier in February , a group of three young Bahrainis arrived in Washington to talk about reform in the small Persian Gulf nation, which has been rocked by Arab Spring protests for the last year. The delegation, including […]

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Revisiting Sri Lanka’s Bloody War

Even as attention is riveted on the bloodshed in Syria, another conflict, far more deadly, is belatedly attracting the notice it deserves.
Beginning this week, the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva has returned to an issue that has haunted it since 2009 — the bloody finish to Sri Lanka’s civil war. That conflict ended on […]

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US moves UN against Lanka

Ignoring strong objections from Sri Lanka and India, the United States on Wednesday (March 7) moved a resolution at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, in which it asked the Lankan
government to accept the “assistance” of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to implement the recommendations of the […]

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On accountability the LLRC report is disappointing – Butenis

The US is not the enemy of Sri Lanka and come what may in Geneva, the two countries will continue to have good bilateral relations – outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Patricia Butenis told local media
recently.
We publish below excerpts of an interview appearing in Ceylon Today
Q:The Government and protestors are calling […]

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‘We have evolved a mechanism to look into accountability issues raised in the LLRC report’ – Samarasinghe

Statement by the Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe M.P.Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 19th Session of the UNHRC High Level Segment 27th February 2012, Geneva
I am honoured and privileged to be able to once again share with this august body, Sri […]

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President Rajapakse of Sri Lanka with Chinese leader Hu Jintao

Can China bring stability to conflict-ridden states?

As the west’s influence wanes, China’s influence in some of the world’s most turbulent countries is on the rise – and having a significant impact Saferworld’s ...

Human Rights

President Rajapaksa with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (File photo)

India likely to vote against Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes, says PM

New Delhi:The Prime Minister said today in Parliament that India is inclined to vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the United Nations Human ...

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Bin Laden wanted President Obama killed

Before his death, Osama bin Laden boldly commanded his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of President Barack ...

Human Rights

"Prof. Peiris made it clear that the international community should know where to get off: they had a role in the country provided the host country “requested assistance. How can you force us to accept”, he asked."

Sri Lanka unlikely to win friends at United Nations Human Rights Council

Sri Lanka’s argument at the United Nations Human Rights Council is unlikely to win it many friends since it insists that for the purpose of ...

Human Rights

Prime Minister Singh with President Obama (File photo)

Resolution against Sri Lanka: India wants way forward based on accountability says Singh

Prime Minister Singh with President Obama (File photo) Karunanidhi In a letter to DMK Chief M Karunanidhi, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has emphasised the need for an ...

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Police armoured personnel fire tear gas at anti-government protesters in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, February 14, 2012. Anti-government protesters tried to march from all directions to reach to the junction but riot police dispersed them by firing tear-gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades. At least 25 protesters have been arrested throughout the daylong protests across the country.Photo taken from The Atlantic

The American PR Firm Helping Out Bahrain’s Brutal Monarchy

As the country cracks down on peaceful protesters, a company called Qorvis is spinning Washington on their behalf. Police armoured personnel fire tear gas at anti-government ...

Human Rights

sri_lanka killnihg fields examined atrocities commiyed during civil warj

Revisiting Sri Lanka’s Bloody War

Even as attention is riveted on the bloodshed in Syria, another conflict, far more deadly, is belatedly attracting the notice it deserves. Beginning this week, the ...

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Lanka’s Ambassador at the UN in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam (R)

US moves UN against Lanka

Ignoring strong objections from Sri Lanka and India, the United States on Wednesday (March 7) moved a resolution at the 19th session of the UN ...

Human Rights

SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq -- Gen. Ray Odierno, commanding general Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and then U.S. Ambassador Patricia Butenis greet President Barack Obama on the flightline on April 7, 2009. Shortly after arriving, the president addressed a crowd of nearly 1,500 servicemembers, government civilians and contractors at Al Faw Palace, Camp Victory, Iraq. During his speech, the president commended servicemembers for their focus and dedication and promised them his support. The visit marked the president's first trip to Iraq since taking office

On accountability the LLRC report is disappointing – Butenis

The US is not the enemy of Sri Lanka and come what may in Geneva, the two countries will continue to have good bilateral relations ...

Human Rights

Mahinda Samarasinghe speaking to media in Sri Lanka (File photo)

‘We have evolved a mechanism to look into accountability issues raised in the LLRC report’ – Samarasinghe

Statement by the Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe M.P.Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation ...