UK Health Secretary tests positive for Coronavirus

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet the UK health secretary said he is not in a condition to get treated in a hospital.  Hancock is currently referred himself to home quarantine.  Prince of Wales Charles, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Minister Nadeen Dorias have also been diagnosed to have contracted the virus.

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Killing Tamil Civilians: OHCHR Slams Special Presidential Pardon Of Former Army Officer

“Pardoning one of the sole convicted perpetrators of atrocities committed during the Sri Lankan conflict further undermines the limited progress the country has made towards ending impunity for mass human rights abuse,” the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said today. Mass Murder Convict Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake Issuing a statement on release of former staff sergeant R.M. Sunil Ratnayake on a special presidential pardon the OHCHR said: “We are troubled by reports that the convicted perpetrator of the Mirusuvil massacre, in Sri Lanka, has received a Presidential Pardon…

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Justice Undone For Massacre Victims – Presidential Pardon Shows Rajapaksa’s Indifference To Army Atrocities: HRW

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s pardon of a soldier convicted of massacring eight civilians, including children, shows the administration’s disregard for justice for the worst abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The conviction of former Sgt. Sunil Ratnayake had been one of the very few cases of security force personnel being criminally punished for civil war-era atrocities, despite the huge number of credible and extremely serious allegations. Ratnayake, who was pardoned on March 26, 2020, was found guilty in 2015 of killing eight civilians, including a 5-year-old, at Mirusuvil, in northern Sri Lanka, in 2000. The…

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Johnson said he had developed mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough. He is self-isolating in Downing Street but said he will “continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus”. Mr Johnson was last seen on Thursday night, clapping outside No 10 as part of a nationwide gesture to thank NHS staff and carers. In a video on his Twitter account, Mr Johnson, 55, said: “I’m working from home and self-isolating and…

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British visitors urged to leave Sri Lanka

British visitors have been urged to leave Sri Lanka as long as outbound flights are still operating. The British High Commission in Colombo advised all British visitors to leave while commercial flight options are still available. British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton tweeted saying there are more than 100 seats available on tomorrow’s (29 March) SriLankan Airlines flight from Colombo to London. “We strongly advise British visitors in Sri Lanka to return to UK while these commercial options are still available,” the High Commission said. The High Commission also noted that the…

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Arbitrary release of a convicted military officer calls for a rethink on international strategies on Sri Lanka

Spokesperson – Global Tamil Forum  Tel: +44 7958 590196Skype: surendiransTwitter: @surendirans PRESS STATEMENT 28 March 2020, London Arbitrary release of a convicted military officer calls for a rethink on international strategies on Sri Lanka The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) strongly condemns Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s decision to pardon and release Sunil Ratnayake, an army officer on death row for killing eight internally displaced Tamil civilians, including a five-year-old child and two teenagers, in December 2000 during the country’s civil war. In 2015, after a 13-year trial, the Colombo High Court…

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