25th July 2014

‘Maaru Thadam’ screening banned in Jaffna

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Sri Lankan Police has ordered a ban on a special screening of ‘Maaru Thadam’ a Tamil  film made in Switzerland at ‘Raja’ cinema, one of the oldest cinema halls in Jaffna. Directed by Sri Lankan born Tamil S.K. Ramanatas who presently lives in Switzerland, the film ‘Maaru Thadam’ has a cast consisting of youths living in Jaffna. The two-and-a-half-hour film has been approved for screening by the State Film Corporation, and Jaffna Municipal Council permission too, has been obtained but the Jaffna police stopped it being screened. A Tamil who came to watch the film said thjat ”This is the live we live in, Jaffna which is run by Sri Lankan Military”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpMBrrNmBXc&list=HL1370413347

GTF News Update – 24th July 2014

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THE ISLAND **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** MR shuns C’wealth event in UK due to ‘security concerns’ <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=107277>   CEYLON TODAY  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Exec. Presidency cause of all evil – Sobhitha Thera  <http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-68879-news-detail-exec-presidency-cause-of-all-evil-sobhitha-thera.html>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** NSC wants an impartial investigation over Aluthgama incident <http://www.nation.lk/edition/latest-top-stories/item/31572-nsc-wants-an-impartial-investigation-over-aluthgama-incident.html#sthash.z2BUkPsn.dpuf>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SC says no to ban on Muslim dress <http://colombogazette.com/2014/07/24/sc-says-no-to-ban-on-muslim-dress-2/>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** MRIA earned only Rs. 16,000 for May <http://colombogazette.com/2014/07/23/mria-earned-only-rs-16000-for-may/>   BBC NEWS ‘Grave concerns’ over Australia asylum centre – top rights official <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28457953>   –STATEMENTS/LETTERS/REPORTS–   MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND PLANNING Notice to all Government officials, civil society groups and general public <https://www.colombotelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Be-alert-Notice-by-ERD-Final-English.pdf>   EUROPEAN UNION Joint local statement on Restrictions on Non-Governmental […]

Jayalalithaa urges Modi to give Visa to UN Human Rights Team

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Jayalalithaa-asks-Modi-to-ensure-visas-for-UN-probe-team-to-Lanka/articleshow/38984624.cms CHENNAI: Expressing surprise over reports indicating denial of visa by the Centre to a United Nations team probing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant them visa to enable them to hold a fair probe. In a letter to the Prime Minister yesterday which was released to the media today, Jayalalithaa said, “if the media reports are true, this would be a bitter disappointment to the people of Tamil Nadu who are .. Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/38981200.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/j-jayalalithaa-urges-pm-narendra-modi-to-give-visa-to-un-team/articleshow/38981200.cms CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday expressed surprise over media reports that suggested that India denied visas to the United Nations Investigation Committee looking into human rights violations in Sri Lanka and requested Prime […]

PMK flays “denial” of visa to UN team

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http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pmk-flays-denial-of-visa-to-un-team-114072301506_1.html NDA ally PMK today slammed the Centre for its reported refusal to grant visa to a UN team probing alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, saying if it was true, it will become “dark pages” in the history of human rights. Citing reports, party founder leader S Ramadoss said Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had confirmed this besides saying that the refusal of visas was a very significant gesture by India. “If such reports are true, then it will create a big dent in the history of Indian human rights. Once upon a time, the first voices against human rights violations in any part of the world came from India,” he said in a statement. India creating of a ‘roadblock’ in the UN probe […]

Sectarian violence in south declared off-limits for media – Reporters Without Borders

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The Sri Lankan authorities asked the local media not to cover the clashes between Buddhists and Moslems that erupted in the southern region of Aluthgama on the night of 15 June. A curfew was also imposed in an attempt to contain a situation described by the government as “tense.” Although the media have been asked not to report the truth about these and other events of late, coverage of the clashes in Aluthgama has been posted on websites that are blocked in Sri Lanka but are accessible outside the country. Journalists were harassed and attacked and their equipment was smashed when they went to cover the clashes, in which dozens of people were injured and several were killed. Those attacked included Sunday Leader reporter Binoy Suriarachi, who was […]