5th November 2014

Lanka shocked at actions on UN probe

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The Sri Lankan Government has expressed shock at a comment made by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), that despite a deadline by when submissions can be made to the UN led investigation on Sri Lanka, late submissions will not be rejected. External Affairs Minister Professor G. L. Peiris has told the Heads of Mission and Representatives of the main proponents of the Investigation on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the High Commissioner of Australia, that it is interesting to note that such a position was revealed unofficially soon after the request from Ananthi Sasitharan, a member of the Northern Provincial Council, addressed to the three experts of the OHCHR […]

GTF News Update – 5th November 2014

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COLOMBO PAGE Lanka shocked at actions on UN probe <http://colombogazette.com/2014/11/05/lanka-shocked-at-deadline-flexibility/>   NEWSFIRST LANKA This is a denial of their fundamental rights: R Sampanthan on testifying before UN Commission <http://newsfirst.lk/english/2014/11/denying-right-testify-un-commission-inquiry-violation-fundamental-rights-r-sampanthan/61435>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Travel Restrictions To The North Is Illegal: Lawyers Collective <https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/travel-restrictions-to-the-north-is-illegal-lawyers-collective/>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sinhala Colonization Continues: Namalgama In The North <https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sinhala-colonization-continues-namalgama-in-the-north/>   LANKA SRI NEWS TNA should be banned – Deputy Minister <http://www.lankasrinews.com/view.php?24AMec03dOede2ZmAaa2nYAed3O5z0c2ABB244Al12236A43>   REUTERS  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sri Lankan president seeks Supreme Court nod for third term <http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/05/us-sri-lanka-politics-court-idUSKBN0IP1JR20141105?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** SC to accept submissions on 3rd term <http://colombogazette.com/2014/11/05/sc-to-accept-submissions-on-3rd-term/>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Government rejects SLMC demand for separate administrative districts for Muslims <http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=12774>   THE […]

UK PARLIAMENT Questions on asylum and Sri Lanka by Gareth Thomas MP (Labour)

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Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); Harrow West, Labour) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of returning failed asylum seekers to Sri Lanka on the ability of the Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights to investigate violations of human rights in that country; and if she will make a statement. James Brokenshire (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration); Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative) The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available. Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs); […]