GTF News Update – 9th October 2014

Please find below the GTF news update for 8th & 9th October 2014.

 

–HIGHLIGHTS–

 

  • Global Tamil Forum is pleased to announce our newly redesigned and relaunched website is now online. For up-to-date information on our work, please visit: www.globaltamilforum.org.

 

  • News reports on 7TH October meeting held between GTF, other Tamil groups, and the UK’s Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rt. Hon Hugo Swire MP:

–          Tamil Guardian, ‘UK strongly supports the international inquiry reiterates FCO minister, meeting with Tamil diaspora’ http://www.tamilguardian.com/article.asp?articleid=12477

–          Colombo Gazette, ‘UK affirms it backing to OHCHR probe’ http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/07/uk-affirms-its-backing-to-ohchr-probe/

 

–NEWS–

 

REUTERS

Sri Lankan president considers early election, ally says, amid signs of fading popularity

<http://news.yahoo.com/sri-lankan-president-considers-early-election-ally-says-071401517–business.html?soc_src=copy>

 

GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA

Judge Sri Lanka in proportion to the challenges it has faced as a country emerging from a 30 year terrorist conflict – Amb. Aryasinha to HRC n Geneva

<http://news.lk/news/sri-lanka/item/3459-judge-sri-lanka-in-proportion-to-the-challenges-it-has-faced-as-a-country-emerging-from-a-30-year-terrorist-conflict-amb-aryasinha-to-hrc-n-geneva>

 

COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

UN committee denies judging Sri Lanka

<http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/08/un-committee-denies-judging-sri-lanka/>

 

COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Concerns over threats to NGOs in Lanka

<http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/07/concerns-over-threats-to-ngos-in-lanka/>

 

COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Human Rights Defender In Vavuniya Assaulted

<https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/human-rights-defender-in-vavuniya-assaulted/>

 

SRI LANKA MIRROR  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

No other relief except international aid – Sandya Ekneligoda

<https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/17283-no-other-relief-except-international-aid-sandya-ekneligoda>

 

DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

BBS wants Sri Lanka named ‘Sinhale’

<http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/53426-bbs-wants-sri-lanka-named-sinhale.html>

 

DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Hindu group turns down deal with BBS

<http://www.ft.lk/2014/10/09/hindu-group-turns-down-deal-with-bbs/>

 

GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA

Only UNHRC failed to recognize freedom enjoyed by Sri Lanka with eradication of terrorism – President 

<http://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/3436-only-unhrc-failed-to-recognize-freedom-enjoyed-by-sri-lanka-with-eradication-of-terrorism-president>

 

COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Britain hopes Lanka backs moratorium

<http://colombogazette.com/2014/10/09/britain-hopes-lanka-backs-moratorium/>

 

DAILY MIRROR SRI LANKA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

MR can’t seek SC opinion on 3rd term: Ex-CJ

<http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/53452-mr-cant-seek-sc-opinion-on-3rd-term-ex-cj.html>

 

ASIA MIRROR **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Sarath N Silva Lashes Out At Mohan Peiris Over Trip To Vatican

<http://www.asianmirror.lk/top-news/item/4048-sarath-n-silva-lashes-out-at-mohan-peiris-over-trip-to-vatican>

 

SRI LANKA MIRROR  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Church in Lanka launches 100 days of special preparation for the Pope’s visit

<https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/17311-church-in-lanka-launches-100-days-of-special-preparation-for-the-pope-s-visit>

 

DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED**

Branson says he will invest in Sri Lanka “if the conditions are right”

<http://www.ft.lk/2014/10/09/branson-tells-he-will-invest-in-sri-lanka-if-the-conditions-are-right/>

 

–STATEMENTS–

 

ASIA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Prageeth Eknalogida’s case exposes lack of consensus against enforced disappearances

<http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-180-2014>

 

TAMIL CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM

Oral Statement to the Human Rights Committee on Sri Lanka’s 5th Periodic State Report on the ICCPR                

<http://tamilguardian.com/files/File/TCSF/TCSF%20HRC%20ICCPR%202014.pdf>

 

NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL

Oral Statement by the Norwegian Refugee Council – Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre

<http://reliefweb.int/report/sri-lanka/oral-statement-norwegian-refugee-council-internal-displacement-monitoring-centre>

 

HIGH COMMISSION OF PAKISTAN, COLOMBO

Pakistan to Build 220 Houses for Homeless Sri Lankans in Mannar and Nanattan

<http://www.pakistanhc.lk/2014/10/pakistan-to-build-220-houses-for-homeless-sri-lankans-in-mannar-and-nanattan/>

 

–COURSES–

 

SCHOOLOF AFRICAN AND ORIENTAL STUDIES – UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Introduction to Tamil Course

<https://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/languages/tamil/tamil-beginners-course.html>

 

–EVENTS–

 

UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

Panel Discussion: Sri Lanka and the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Investigation

Thursday 16th October, 6:30-8:30pm

<http://www.r2pasiapacific.org/docs/Events%202014/sri-lanka-panel-flyer.pdf>