25th January 2016

University College London students withhold £250,000 rent money in accommodation row

25th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Students at a top London university are withholding around £250,000 of rent in a row over spiralling living costs. More than 150 students at University College London (UCL) announced today they would hold off payment until demands for a 40 per cent cut in rents are met. Protesters claim the average rent for a person at UCL has gone up by more than half since 2009, making even the cheapest rooms more expensive than student loan payments. The student union claimed the increases were “tuition fees by stealth” which ratchet up the stress and debt of their membership. One of the buildings affected, Ramsey Hall, has rooms that cost from £159 to £262 per week, while the cheaper Max Rayne House, which also has rent strikers, […]

Alarmed at President Sirisena’s recent comments regarding International Involvement on Accountability Mechanism – Global Tamil Forum

25th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Issued for immediate release PRESS STATEMENT 25 January 2016 Alarmed at President Sirisena’s recent Comments regarding International Involvement on Accountability Mechanism – Global Tamil Forum Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is deeply concerned and disappointed by the recent comments of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena (BBC, January 21, 2016) concerning his opposition to international involvement in ensuring  justice for war crimes and human rights abuses committed by both parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena downplayed the serious findings of war crimes and Human Rights abuses by the Sri Lankan military outlined in the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL report – released on 28 September 2015), on the basis that no […]

Zeid urged to push Sri Lanka to stick to UN commitment

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, has been urged to ensure that Sri Lanka will stick to its promise and fully implements all aspects of the UN Resolution on Sri Lanka without any exceptions. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil diaspora group, said it was deeply concerned and disappointed by the recent comments of President Maithripala Sirisena (BBC, January 21, 2016) concerning his opposition to international involvement in ensuring justice for war crimes and human rights abuses committed by both parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena downplayed the serious findings of war crimes and Human Rights abuses by the Sri Lankan military outlined in the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

Lankan man in UK found guilty of assaulting ex wife

25th January 2016 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan man in the UK has been found guilty of assaulting his estranged wife and was handed a 12 months’ community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement for up to 40 days and 100 hours of unpaid work. The taxi driver burned his wedding photos after accusing his estranged wife of having an affair, a court heard. Suresh Chaminada De Alwis cast aspersions after looking at Facebook messages on Lisa Fisher’s phone, Bristol Crown Court heard. bristolpost.co.uk reported. He went on to assault her and make threats. Judge Michael Longman told him that, as they were living separate lives albeit in the same home, the messages were none of his business. De Alwis, 41, formerly of Abbey Court in St Annes Park but now living in Dalrymple […]

Sri Lanka: Fulfill Rights Council Call for Justice

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(New York) – The Sri Lankan government should fulfill its commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Council by ensuring that foreign judges and prosecutors play a significant role in the mandated accountability mechanism for wartime abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 21, 2016, President Maithripala Sirisena told the BBC, contrary to Sri Lanka’s council commitments, that he will “never agree to international involvement,” saying “[w]e have more than enough specialists, experts and knowledgeable people in our country to solve our internal issues.” EXPAND Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York on September 27, 2015. © 2015 Reuters Human Rights Council member and observer countries that backed the consensus October 2015 resolution, should make clear that foreign […]

Arrest warrant on Gnanasara Thera

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The Homagama Magistrate today issued an arrest warrant on Bodu Bala Sena Secretary General, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara on charges of contempt of court and the disruption of court proceedings. The Thera who was present in Court during the proceedings in the Prageeth  Eknaligoda case is said to have insulted the court, disrupted its proceedings and bad-mouthed court officials. (Muditha Dayananda) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/104069/arrest-warrant-on-gnanasarathera#sthash.hHmsc8eY.dpuf

Pungudutheevu A Decaying Land

25th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Pungudutheevu A Decaying Land Documentary Film Screening & Discussion Date: 25th January 2016 Time: 2 pm Place: Theatre Studio, The Academy of Theatre Art Jaffna, No. 66, Uyarappulam, Anaiccoddai, Jaffna.

Are you safe to go back to Sri Lanka? Answer ”NO”

25th January 2016 // 0 Comments

Invited back to Sri Lanka to send behind bars ? It is unnecessary to remind again how bad the period of the former Rajapaksa regime had been for journalists. Other than those who had sold their souls for the cutlets, rolls given at the Temple Trees ‘Dansela’ and other gratifications and written according to the wishes of the royal family, journalists who appeared for the truth had to engage in their profession like in a tightrope walk. At a time when white vans came in search of those who had written against the terror, corruption and repression of the then regime, and Sivaram alias Tharaki was abducted and killed, the daylight murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga, enforced disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda and attacks on Sanath Balasuriya, […]