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USD 3.25M Avurudu Bonanza

Newly elected Provincial Council members are eligible By Indika Sri Aravinda The Government has cleared vehicle permits to the value of USD 3.2 million to be given to newly elected Western and Southern Provincial Council members. Local Government and Provincial Councils Ministry Secretary R A A K Ranawaka told The Sunday Leader that each newly elected member [...]

Government Slams UK Report

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Government has rejected a new British Report which lists Sri Lanka among countries of concern over a poor human rights record. Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera said that having a Human Rights Commission in the country is testament to the fact that Sri Lanka respects and protects human rights. [...]

New Anti-rape Laws Proposed

Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs Tissa Karalliyadda has proposed new laws to crackdown on the number of rape cases. As part of the proposal, the Minister has suggested that rapists be bound by law to marry a victim if she gives her consent to court. Legally, a girl can marry only after passing [...]

EU Advises Government

By Camelia Nathaniel The European Union (EU) has advised the Sri Lankan Government to pursue efforts of inclusive and comprehensive reconciliation with all relevant stakeholders. Responding to a query from The Sunday Leader, the EU office in Colombo said that close cooperation with and technical support from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [...]

UN To Review Member States On Human Rights

International human rights reporting received a significant boost after the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (9) approved steps to strengthen the system for reviewing how member states comply with their human rights treaty obligations. The General Assembly resolution (A/68/L.37) aims to streamline and harmonise the work of 10 Geneva-based committees known as Treaty Bodies. These committees, [...]

“Our Hands Are Tied”

The Buddhasasana Ministry does not have the required powers and authority to take action against those who create religious disharmony and promotes violence between religions, Minister M K B Dissanayake said. Dissanayake stated that his ministry cannot mediate or intervene in instances where certain religious groups act in a disruptive manner. “If any disciplinary action [...]

Fauna And Flora Act To Be Amended

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Wild Life Director General H D Ratnayake stated that a decision has been taken to amend the Fauna and Flora Act. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Ratnayake said that this decision was taken due to many issues related to the registration and domestication of wild elephants. The Act was last [...]

TNA Wants President To Control Army

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to control the activities of the army in the north. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that mass roundups and search operations being carried out by the army in the north had spread fear among the people. “The Government is talking about reconciliation but there [...]

Australia Notes ‘Disturbing Events’

The Australian Government says there were many “disturbing events” that took place during the war in Sri Lanka, including during the final stages of the conflict. In an opinion article written for the Newcastle Herald, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that in meetings with Sri Lanka’s political leadership, she had urged them to progress [...]

Scribes Can Complain Says NPOA

The National Plan of Action (NPOA) on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), says journalists facing harassment or threats can lodge complaints online via the Sri Lanka Press Council website. In the list of NPOA recommendations already implemented, the Government says that among steps taken to assure media freedom in [...]

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