Demo against vandalism of Hindu temples

A mass demonstration was held yesterday in protest against the attacks carried out on Hindu places of worship in various parts in the Northern Province. Several Hindu organizations, Hindu religious leaders and representatives of various temples had participated in the demonstration, carrying the Nanthi (Bull) flag, the symbol of Hinduism. Hundreds of Hindus chanted slogans against the attacks on Hindu places of worship and called upon the government to prevent such attacks. According to the organizers several Hindu places of worship in the Northern Province, particularly in the Mannar District,…

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Sexual Violence – Namal Rajapaksa must teach his father Mahinda

Namal Rajapaksa attends Commonwealth conference on preventing sexual violence Sri Lankan parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa was a controversial participant at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Forum in London this week, taking part in discussions around conflict resolution and preventing sexual violence despite his continued denial of human rights abuses committed by Sri Lankan troops. His attendance raised criticism amongst Tamil diaspora groups and human rights organisations, which comes despite Mr Rajapaksa’s support for a Sri Lankan military offensive which concluded in 2009 and saw the deaths of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians.…

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OMP and Enforced Disappearances Bill: Promise of justice for an invisible crime?

The Government moved to appoint commissioners to a permanent Office on Missing Persons this week, empowered to investigate and trace tens of thousands of cases of persons forcibly disappeared during two insurgencies and a 26 year civil war. The OMP mechanism and the Enforced Disappearances Bill that will criminalize the act of forcibly disappearing persons in Sri Lanka for the first time offers the best chance in a long time to help thousands of families find answers and to say, as one nation, “never again” The untimely loss of a…

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