UN to review Sri Lanka’s rights record in November

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come under review in November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Burundi, Korea and Bolivia forma a Troika which will review and submit a report on Sri Lanka in November.  The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.  The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations…

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Khaitan brothel raided Sri Lankan arrested – KD 5 per person

KUWAIT CITY, May 14: A man and a woman of Sri Lankan nationality were arrested from a brothel in Khaitan area. According to security sources, when Farwaniya security men received a tipoff about a Sri Lankan expatriate who turned his apartment into a brothel, they monitored his movements. After confirming the information, they raided the apartment and arrested him and a woman with him. During interrogations, the suspect confessed that he brings clients to his apartment and offers them with services of flesh pleasure at a cost of KD 5…

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Sri Lanka government blames Tamil diaspora for exposing genocide!

The UNHRC which passed three successive resolutions on the need to investigate war crimes has prescribed an international hybrid court. Sri Lanka has blamed the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora for backing the genocide charge against the government as the country prepares to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long civil war. On May 12, the Tamil nationalists started a week long commemoration of what they termed the genocide of Tamils. Northern Provincial Council members held events in parts of the North to remember the victims of the bitter…

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Tamilnadu politicians on Narendra Modi’s Sri Lanka visit

The Tamil parties fell silent yet again as Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka on May 12 — his second trip to the island nation in two years, to reinforce the traditional connect between the two nations. His two-day visit to Sri Lanka to attend the biggest Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ as its chief guest at Colombo from May 12 to 14, and not visiting the Tamil areas saw no strong opposition in Tamil Nadu Modi’s second visit comes at a time when China is trying to make inroads in the…

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Duality of Dual Citizenship

BY Kavindya Chris Thomas and Cassendra Doole The issue pertaining to the matter of dual citizenship held by Parliamentarians, former and current, has attracted much public attention since it emerged in Parliament a fortnight ago. The matter that only concerned MP Geetha Kumarasinghe has now extended to other Parliamentarians and Provincial Councillors. And on a countless number of times Kumarasinghe has claimed that she is “clueless” about the technicalities of the issue. Thus, Ceylon Today made an in-depth inquiry into the pros and cons of this issue with the assistance…

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Sri Lanka: On Politics, Reform and International Engagement

05/14/2017 11:56 am ET Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This interview has been edited lightly. Maithripala Sirisena came to power more than two years ago, yet most of the government’s plans – pertaining to constitution-building, economic reform and anticorruption efforts, among other matters – haven’t been implemented. How would you rate the government’s progress thus far? Did you expect that more would be accomplished? Some significant steps were taken in 2015, and hopes were high more would follow. But since 2016, progress has…

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