UK’s Conservative Party also mentions Sri Lanka in polls manifesto

The UK’s ruling Conservative Party has also mentioned Sri Lanka in its election manifesto ahead of the 13 December General election. Last week the election manifesto of the opposition Labour Party featured Sri Lanka and the steps a future Labour Government will take to address the human rights issue. UK Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson yesterday (Sunday) released the Conservative Party manifesto. The manifesto notes that a Conservative Government will continue to support international initiatives to achieve reconciliation, stability and justice across the world, and in current…

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Swiss envoy has no right to detain SL worker: Udaya Gammanpila

The Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has no right to keep a Sri Lankan employee inside the Embassy on the basis that local employees do not enjoy diplomatic privileges, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. Its leader, MP Udaya Gammanpila said under Clause 38 (2) of the Vienna Convention, locals employed at embassies do not enjoy diplomatic privileges. “The decision on whether the employee should give a statement to the police or not should be decided by the Sri Lankan Government and not the Swiss Ambassador. There have been…

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Sri Lanka: Families waiting for news from their children

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 10 years ago but there has been little progress in tracing those who disappeared during and after the violent end to the war. About 20,000 people, mostly Tamils, are thought to still be missing. Many believe their relatives are alive and in the hands of the security forces – a view rejected by the government. These families meet and hold daily vigils to protest and to keep their relatives’ memories alive. Many of them now fear the return to power of Sri Lanka’s new President…

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Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Imposes Temporary Travel Ban on Swiss Embassy Staffer Garnier Banister Francis Until Dec 9th and Orders That she Should Provide Statement to CID Within that Period

By Yoshitha Perera The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today issued a temporary travel ban on the Swiss Embassy employee, who was allegedly threatened by a group of unidentified men, until December 9. The Magistrate also directed the employee to provide a statement to the CID within that time. When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, the CID informed Court that the Swiss Embassy employee’s name was found to be Garnier Banister Francis but her current residence could not be located. Representing the Attorney General’s department,…

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Swiss Federal Court rules LTTE not a criminal organisation

The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) are not a criminal organisation and has acquitted 12 people of charges filed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Swiss Info reported. In its indictment, the OAG had accused the people of violating the Swiss Penal Code by raising funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) between 1999 and 2009. After its nine-year investigation, the OAG suspected the accused of financially supporting the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC). But in June 2018 the Federal Criminal…

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