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UK calls for end to impunity in Lanka

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain says in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, there is a need to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict and there is a need to provide support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children as well as women and men. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said Britain continues to encourage and call on Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London from 10-13 June, hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. It was attended by 128 countries, 79 Ministers and 8 UN Agency Heads, as well as by Presidents and prosecutors from the International […]

Hotel owner remanded for swindling Britisher

2nd July 2014 // 0 Comments

A Hikkaduwa hotel owner who was arrested on charges of having swindling a Britisher of Rs.48 million after promising to get him several plots of land for cultivation was today ordered to be further remanded till July 15 by the Galle Additional Magistrate.In his complaint to the CID, British national Richard Karshal a civil engineer by profession had told that he got to know the suspect when he was staying at the suspect’s tourist hotel in Hikkaduwa in 2004. The complainant further said that he built up a close relationship with the suspect and subsequently discussed to invest money at a land cultivation project. The complainant told police that though he had made a payment to purchase about 114 acres from Haldumulla area the suspect […]

GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a statement, has strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists led by monks on 20 April 2012, calling for its destruction claiming it was constructed illegally. The inaction of law enforcement authorities to stop the attacks and the Prime Minister’s decision to order its removal and relocation highlights the State authorities’ continued infringement on religious freedom and intolerance of non-Buddhist faiths on the island. It is of greater concern that the Prime Minister’s office declared that the decision was taken […]

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal

29th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Arobanam Milk Aid Appeal Following a visit by our Chairman to all our homes and projects in Sri Lanka, we identified that many of our young children are lacking in essential vitamins needed for a healthy diet.With this need in mind we have developed a ‘Milk Aid initiative’ which involves providing fresh milk to children under the age of 12 when a child’s development is most important. Arobanam have started giving milk to 125 children on a daily basis in Mahadeva Asram, Kilinochchi in the North east of Sri Lanka which amounts to a monthly cost of £275. Please click on the link below and take a look at the video capturing the work that is already underway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQAKPAhdDzk We are looking to our patrons and friends to support this […]

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It By Dr C P Thiagarajah-Secretary Katpaka Vinayagar Temple Trust   One of the main rituals performed on the deities in Hindu temples is abisekam or pouring water, milk and other liquids and scents. This is a form of hydration. This looks superstitious on first look for many who does not know the science behind many such practices. The truth and the reasons for hydration of idols of deities made out of metals or metal alloys, wood or stones will be revealed if one delve deep into Hinduism. Hinduism has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, and many Hindu orthodox treaties refer to Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma “the eternal law” or the “eternal way” beyond human origins. […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo, Ampara and Mannar

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo,Ampara and Mannar. CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR LATEST NEWS UPDATES http://www.athavannews.com/ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Athavannews Twitter page https://twitter.com/AthavanNews http://www.athavannews.com/3000-%E0%AE%AE%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%B2%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%82%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%AF%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%B3%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%BE/

11% of Sri Lankan Family are Single parents in England and Wales

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Family types in England and Wales, 2011 Part of 2011 Census Analysis, How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales? Release Variation in family type by country of birth of the family reference person (FRP), infographic http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census-analysis/how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-/info-family-types.html  

Rankin meets Rauff

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The SLMC is under heavy pressure to take a tougher stand on recent violence directed at the Muslim community at Alutgama and Beruwala. Political sources told The Island that the SLMC seemed divided over the position taken up by party leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem that the party should continue its fight for Muslims’ rights, while being a constituent of the SLFP-led UPFA. British High Commissioner John Rankin yesterday joined a long list of diplomats to seek a briefing from Minister Hakeem on the current situation. HC Rankin was accompanied by Ms. Sarah Mann (Second Secretary Political). SLMC Deputy Leader and Eastern Provincial Minister Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed joined the discussion. Asked whether the UK had offered to help Minister Hakeem face threats posed by extremist organisations, […]

Britain and US hails appointment of experts

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has welcomed the appointment of a team of experts to investigate alleged abuses in Sri Lanka. Hague said the investigation is an important step in establishing the truth and facilitating reconciliation within Sri Lanka. A statement by the UN Commissioner, made yesterday, announces the appointment of international experts to the team investigating alleged abuses by both parties to the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. It also urges the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with the investigation. “I welcome Navi Pillay’s announcement on the appointment of experts to the Sri Lanka investigation established by the March Human Rights Council. The UK has always supported calls for this investigation and played a key role in securing it. This investigation is an important step in establishing […]

Sri Lanka-Born Hollywood Conman Jailed in United Kingdom

25th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Los Angeles:  A Sri Lanka-born conman, claiming to be a Hollywood film producer, has been jailed for over three years after stealing 1.6 million pounds from United Kingdom taxpayers while living a life of luxury in the United States.Damita Nikapota, 47, is believed to have spent the proceeds of his crime on a Hollywood lifestyle which included a Spanish-style villa in Malibu, California, and extensive travel to places such as the Cannes Film Festival and Sri Lanka.Nikapota made a number of fraudulent Value Added Tax or VAT repayment claims beginning in 2006 via his Los Angeles-based film company, AS Productions Limited, for film production costs totalling more than 11 million pounds.He claimed to be involved in, among other film projects, the production and filming of a […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has donated 3000 Million Rupees to War effected in Srilanka

25th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, established in December 2010 with a noble objective of supporting the marginalised people around the globe in achieving a sustainable means of livelihood, proudly moves to the next phase of charity in war-ravaged Sri Lanka, committing a mammoth 3000 million rupees on various projects.   The motto of the Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is — give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for lifetime.

UK cop got £400,000 after Lankan visit

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

A British police trainer who identified bodies in Sri Lanka following the 2004 Tsunami disaster has won a £400,000 settlement from his former employers after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Press Association reported. David Collins, 45, worked 16-hour days managing a mortuary and described the experience as a “production line of bodies” following the huge wave which killed 228,000 people around the Indian Ocean. When he returned to Britain, Mr Collins did not receive any de-brief from his employer, the National Police Improvement Agency, where he was a trainer in forensics, photography and crime scene preparation. Since his experience in Sri Lanka recovering and identifying bodies, he developed mental health problems and had to leave his job. He is now receiving therapy for PTSD. […]

90,000 Tamil War Widows Suffer in Sri Lanka: Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

24th June 2014 // 0 Comments

On this international widow’s day (June 23); in Sri Lanka over 90,000 Tamil war widows continue to suffer even after the end of the war five years ago in 2009, said Mrs.Balambihai Murugadas, Minister of Homeland Development Affairs, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). According to a May 2012 report by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Human Rights and Democracy; there are up to 90,000 Tamil war widows in the North & East of Sri Lanka. Several reports including by Human Rights watch and Amnesty International reported of several cases of Sri Lankan Security Forces carrying out rape and sexual violence of Tamil women with impunity. Recently there have been discoveries of mass graves throughout the Tamil homeland, including burnt bodies of many women. […]

NEWS by GTF

20th June 2014 // 0 Comments

AL-JAZEERA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sri Lanka army ‘blocks’ return of Tamils <http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2014/06/sri-lanka-army-blocks-return-tamils-201461818134154167.html>   BBC NEWS ASIA Sri Lanka Muslims call for UN help over sectarian violence <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27916617>   –NEWS–   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Anti-BBS monk kidnapped, attacked <http://colombogazette.com/2014/06/19/anti-bbs-monk-found-assaulted/>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Muslim council for hate groups ban <http://colombogazette.com/2014/06/19/muslim-council-for-hate-groups-ban/>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Rauff wants two top UN officials to scrutinise GoSL conduct <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=105344>   REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN SOUTH DECLARED OFF-LIMITS FOR MEDIA <http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-sectarian-violence-in-south-17-06-2014,46465.html>   DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Parliament approves move to reject UNHRC probe; Opposition cries foul <http://www.ft.lk/2014/06/19/parliament-approves-move-to-reject-unhrc-probe-opposition-cries-foul/>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Motion against UNHRC probe passed by 134 votes <http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/30389-motion-against-unhrc-probe-passed-by-134-votes.html>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS […]

Question by Jim Cunningham MP on sexual violence issues in Sri Lanka

20th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason Sri Lanka has not been included as a priority country for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. [200735] Mr Swire: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) is global in reach. It aims to address impunity for crimes of conflict-related sexual violence wherever these occur. We remain concerned at reports of a culture of impunity for rape and sexual violence and a lack of support for victims in Sri Lanka, as well as reports of the use of sexual violence as a means of torture in custody. We have engaged significantly […]

3000 Sri Lankan Muslims protests in London – PHOTOS

18th June 2014 // 0 Comments

More than 3000 Sri Lankan Muslims protested today outside the Prime Ministers house in London today. The Protests was against the Sri Lankan government sponsored riots on the Minority Muslim community. Four people were killed and nearly 80 seriously wounded, while dozens of homes, businesses and vehicles were torched, with violence spreading to Beruwala.  Protesters urged authorities to investigate and take action against those responsible. Large number of Muslim Women and Children took part in the protest. The attacks are the latest in a series of religious clashes to hit Sri Lanka following unrest in January and last year, when Buddhist mobs attacked a mosque in the capital Colombo. Muslims make up about 10 percent of the 20 million population, but are accused by nationalists of […]

GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 17 June 2014  GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka lobal Tamil Forum joins the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, and many others in condemning the communal violence targeting the Muslim community in south-western Sri Lanka over the past couple of days. More than 78 people have been seriously injured and at least three have been confirmed dead following violence predominantly aimed at the Muslim population in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.  On Sunday 15th June, a rally by the extremist, Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, descended into chaos as the BBS and its followers moved through predominantly Muslim areas chanting anti-Muslim slogans and inciting hatred. Mosques and tens of Muslim-owned local businesses and homes […]

Never Ending Madness of Rajapaksha

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rajasingham Jayadevan – The Extraordinary gazette notification of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka listing of designated persons, groups and entities under paragraph 4(2) of the United Nations Regulations No. 1 of 2012 by the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa dated 20 March 2014 proscribed sixteen overseas Tamil organisations and over 400 Tamils all over the world. Government gazette is an organ to officially advertise the agenda or decisions of the government and its departments. Under the constitution, any statutory decisions have to come through legislative or the executive and must follow the procedural process. Strangely, the decision to proscribe the groups and the individuals appears to be a singular decision of the Defence Secretary who is not even an elected member of the parliament. He only carries out […]

GTF ready to assist OHCHR probe

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

With the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay confirming that her office has put together a team to investigate allegations over the war in Sri Lanka, the role of the Tamil Diaspora will be also in the spotlight. Suren Surendiran, the spokesman for the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil lobby group based in London expressed his views on the investigation. By Easwaran Rutnam Q:  Does the GTF has any plans on assisting the OHCHR probe on Sri Lanka by providing information or any form of evidence related to the war?  A:The process of collecting evidences or the operational terms of reference for the investigation haven’t been made public as yet. Just as GTF submitted a whole series of documentary evidences […]

Sri Lanka will NOT Sign Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

While Britain hosted a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, the British Government said it hopes Sri Lanka will sign the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. “The Declaration has now been endorsed by over three quarters of the world’s countries. We would welcome it if Sri Lanka was to join them,” a British High Commission spokesperson told The Sunday Leader. Meanwhile speaking at an event at the British High Commission in Colombo to mark the summit against sexual violence in conflict, the British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said that Britain is convinced that rape and sexual violence are not inevitable but a deliberate tactic of war that can be deterred, prevented and punished. He said that no country can say it […]

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