March 2017

UK parliament debates Sri Lanka’s progress in human rights issues

1st March 2017 // 0 Comments

James Berry (Kingston and Surbiton) (Con)   Share this contribution I beg to move, That this House has considered human rights in Sri Lanka and the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, not only because it will be wonderfully fair and impartial but because I know that you take an interest in the issue. It is also a pleasure to be joined by so many members of the all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, in which I have seen, since my election, genuinely cross-party work on an issue of importance to many of our constituents. It is timely that we are holding this debate the day after the opening of the 34th session of […]

Sri Lanka could be let off the hook at UNHRC

1st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Despite heavy lobbying by human rights groups against giving any reprieve to Sri Lanka, the South Asian island nation is likely to be let off the hook at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) due to exigencies of international politics, diplomats stationed in Colombo believe. The expectation here is that Sri Lanka will be given more time to meet its commitments contained in the UNHRC resolution which it co-sponsored in September 2015. Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (R) and President Maithripala Sirisena stand next to each other during cricketer Kumar Sangakkara’s retirement ceremony, August 24, 2015. Reuters The Western nations, which enjoy disproportionate clout in the 47-member body, appear to be keen to see that the “accommodative” Sri Lankan government […]

Student ‘desperate to get back to studies’ after removal from UK is halted

1st March 2017 // 0 Comments

Home Office defers decision to remove Shiromini Satkunarajah to Sri Lanka until she completes her degree at Bangor A talented student who came within hours of being removed from the UK has said she is desperate to get back to her studies to catch up with the work she has missed while being held in police cells and an immigration detention centre. Shiromini Satkunarajah, 20, who was about to be put on a plane to her country of birth, Sri Lanka, told the Guardian she could not wait to get home to Bangor in north Wales, where she is expected to achieve a first-class degree. She thanked the tens of thousands of people who backed her campaign to stay, including fellow students across the UK, […]

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