20th June 2014

NEWS by GTF

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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 […]

Sri Lanka Muslims call for UN help

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Sri Lanka’s Muslims have asked the UN to intervene after homes and businesses in the south were destroyed during some of the worst religious violence in the country’s history. The riots claimed at least four lives and were mainly carried out by gangs of Sinhalese Buddhists. Charles Haviland reports from Beruwala. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27916617 Muslim council for hate groups ban The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately investigate the actions of all extremist groups and ban those who have been carryout a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities. In a letter to the President, a copy of which was released to the media, the Muslim Council said that recent incidents have heightened fears that violence […]

Sri Lanka army ‘blocks’ return of Tamils

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Army control of homes and farms prevents return to Jaffna of thousands of civil war refugees, locals and activists say. The Sri Lankan army’s control of property left vacant by fleeing civil war refugees has stopped thousands of Tamils returning home, according to activists. After Sri Lanka declared victory over the Tamil Tigers in 2009, the army took control of farms and houses left empty by Tamils who had fled the violence. The military says its mission in northern Jaffna is to prevent “hardline rebel sympathisers” from returning from abroad. But rights groups say the “militarisation” of Tamil areas means thousands of people who fled the war still cannot return. Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

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

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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 […]