Pillay welcomes report on UN actions in Sri Lanka

Pillay welcomes report on UN actions in Sri Lanka

🕔22:24, 28.Feb 2013

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today after submitting her annual report for 2012, said she welcomed the release of the report of the internal review panel on the United Nations

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Pope bids farewell and leaves the Vatican

Pope bids farewell and leaves the Vatican

🕔21:55, 28.Feb 2013

Pope Benedict XVI bade his final farewell to the faithful today, lifting off from the Vatican in a white helicopter as the first pope to resign in six centuries. “Thank you for your love and support,” the pope tweeted from

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Government got HRW report before it was released

Government got HRW report before it was released

🕔21:05, 28.Feb 2013

The government says it got a copy of the controversial Human Rights Watch (HRW) report before it was released to the media this week. Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that he got a copy of the report on February 22

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UNHRC refuses to stop screening of video

UNHRC refuses to stop screening of video

🕔16:49, 28.Feb 2013

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has refused to stop the screening of the Channel 4 film “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FIFDH to be held at

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Elections for three PCs this year

Elections for three PCs this year

🕔15:51, 28.Feb 2013

The government may hold elections for three Provincial Councils this year, Media Minister and government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said. He said this while speaking at the weekly post Cabinet press briefing held today. The Minister said that elections are likely

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Kegalle mosque attack, CM meets cops

Kegalle mosque attack, CM meets cops

🕔13:45, 28.Feb 2013

Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister Mahipala Herath has had urgent discussions with the police following an attack on a mosque in Kegalle early this morning. The Kegalle Jummah mosque was stoned by an unidentified groups early this morning, the police said. According to reports some of

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New circular on students taking part in sports

New circular on students taking part in sports

🕔12:00, 28.Feb 2013

A new circular is being drafted on the conditions under which a school child can be included to take part in a sport on behalf of the school. Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that a circular is already in place

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Three people found dead in Panadura

Three people found dead in Panadura

🕔11:57, 28.Feb 2013

Three people of the same family were found dead in Panadura this morning, the police media unit said. The police said that a man, his wife and their child were found dead in Sagara Mawatha, Panadura.

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Human Rights lawyer under threat

Human Rights lawyer under threat

🕔07:44, 28.Feb 2013

Amnesty International has sent out an urgent appeal for the protection of human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias who is reportedly under threat. In the appeal, Amnesty says since 22 February Dias has reported being followed and has been under surveillance

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UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

UNHRC 22: Geneva braces for Swiss knives and Sri Lankan swords

🕔07:20, 28.Feb 2013

The beautiful Palais des Nations building in Geneva, once the home of the Woodrow Wilson’s League of Nations, will host a screening of the latest instalment in a British documentary series tomorrow that relentlessly seeks to expose alleged crimes of

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London High Court suspends deportation of Tamils

London High Court suspends deportation of Tamils

🕔07:02, 28.Feb 2013

The high court in London has blocked the deportation of a group of failed Tamil asylum seekers who were due to be sent back to Sri Lanka today (Thursday) despite torture concerns, British media reports said. The high court decision

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Israel raises concerns on Iran with Sri Lanka

Israel raises concerns on Iran with Sri Lanka

🕔23:22, 27.Feb 2013

Israel today raised concerns over Iran with Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. It said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the visiting Sri Lankan Minister that the visit is an opportunity to

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Fonseka warns UN will probe war in Lanka

Fonseka warns UN will probe war in Lanka

🕔21:24, 27.Feb 2013

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has warned that the United Nations (UN) is expected to introduce some regulations soon through which a delegation will be able to come to Sri Lanka even without visas to investigate the incidents which took

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Sri Lanka against internationalizing domestic issue

Sri Lanka against internationalizing domestic issue

🕔17:23, 27.Feb 2013

The Sri Lankan government today informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that is is against the internationalization of Sri Lanka’s domestic issues. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, in his speech to the 22nd session of the Council today, unwarranted internationalization of such

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Indian prisoners transferred from Sri Lanka

Indian prisoners transferred from Sri Lanka

🕔17:09, 27.Feb 2013

Two eligible sentenced Indian nationals, serving prison terms in Sri Lanka, were transferred today to Trivandrum, Kerala, under the provisions of the India-Sri Lanka bilateral Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, the Indian High Commission said today. All formalities

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India says Sri Lanka is not an enemy

India says Sri Lanka is not an enemy

🕔16:09, 27.Feb 2013

Speaking in the Indian Rajya Sabha today, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Sri Lanka should not be called an “enemy country.” The minister’s remarks came after AIADMK leaders urged the government to change its Sri Lanka policy and

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EU tells UNHRC to keep Lanka on the agenda

EU tells UNHRC to keep Lanka on the agenda

🕔15:28, 27.Feb 2013

The European Union (EU) today urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to keep Sri Lanka on the agenda over its human rights record. Speaking at the 22nd session of the UNHRC on behalf of the EU, Ireland’s Deputy Prime

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Australia’s third-richest person to invest in Sri Lanka

Australia’s third-richest person to invest in Sri Lanka

🕔14:17, 27.Feb 2013

Australia’s third-richest person and gambling tycoon James Packer may be lining up a bet on Sri Lanka, scouting the Indian Ocean island for potential investments as he seeks to build a global casino empire, a Reuters report said today. Packer, who

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Police arrest 8 would-be asylum seekers

Police arrest 8 would-be asylum seekers

🕔13:26, 27.Feb 2013

The police arrested eight asylum seekers who were preparing to travel to a foreign country by boat, the police media unit said. According to the police the would-be asylum seekers were arrested on suspicion by the Puttalam police this morning. Initial investigations revealed that

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Protect north from separatist forces says Wimal

Protect north from separatist forces says Wimal

🕔10:10, 27.Feb 2013

Government Minister Wimal Weerawanse says the northern provincial council should not be allowed to fall into the hands of separatist forces. He warned that if such elements obtain power in the council following the scheduled elections later this year, they will

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