13th August 2014

UN wants NGO-Lanka collaboration

13th August 2014 // 0 Comments

The United Nations (UN) says a new report published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will serve as a platform for strengthening collaboration between the Government and non-governmental actors. The Sri Lanka National Human Development Report (NHDR) 2014 published by the UNDP was launched this morning at the Bandarnaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Speaking at the event, Subinay Nandy, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, noted, “We at UNDP firmly believe that this report will serve as a platform for strengthening collaboration between the Government and non-governmental actors, and importantly youth themselves, towards revitalizing and prioritizing the implementation of key existing policies that benefit youth and the country at large. The Report also looks to inform the formulation of strategies and a national […]

Women prisoners stripped naked: Counsel

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Counsel appearing for 13 women including two Thai nationals informed Colombo Additional Magistrate A.M. Shabdeen that his clients were stripped naked and checked by non-prison guards in the remand prisons. Counsel Gunartne Wanninayake said massage clinic was operating on a licence issued by the Ayrurvedic Commissioner and functioned under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic physician.He said one of those arrested was not an employee but had visited to the clinic to undergo beauty culture therapy.Meanwhile Counsel Susantha De Gunawardena appearing for the Ayurvedic Commissioner said he intervened in the case to assist the proceedings. He said he was not noticed by court but was intervening in the case on a request by the first suspect.Magistrate Shahbdeen asked the woman prison guard who was in charge […]

UNHCR slams Lanka on deportations

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Due to the large Military support received from Pakistan to Sri Lankan Army to kill more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009, Sri Lanka government is under pressure from Pakistan to corporate with them and deport all Pakistan asylum seekers. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says it is alarmed that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka are growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger. In all, 88 Pakistanis have been sent home since August 1. Initially, the deportees were men who had been placed into detention but now whole families are being deported. The first case happened on August 3 when a detained man was sent back […]