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IWOC award for Sri Lankan lawyer Ranitha Gnanarajah

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Women from Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China have been selected for a prestigious award for demonstrating exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment, the US State Department has said according to the” WEEK” of India. The annual International Woman of Courage (IWOC) award recognises women from around the globe. It will be presented in a virtual ceremony next week, the department said on Thursday. First Lady Dr Jill Biden would deliver a special message with the award being ...Continued

Lanka asks UNHRC to delete reference to the burial issue...

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By P.K.Balachandran
Even as the controversy over the burial of COVID-19 dead is heating up with the people of Iranaitivu island protesting against the decision to bury the dead in their midst, the Sri Lankan government is asking the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to delete any reference to the issue of burial from the draft resolution on Sri Lanka. The Core Group’s draft resolution which is now being debated in the Council had condemned the forced cremation of coronavirus deceased. According to Muslim leaders hundreds of ...Continued

Lankan Minister hints at law to protect soldiers from vexatious...

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By P.K.Balachandran
  GL cites the UK and US as examples of countries with laws to protect their soldiers. But these laws have been controversial.   Colombo, March 3: The Sri Lankan Education Minister and legal expert, Prof.G.L.Peiris, is quoted in the media as saying that the government will not hesitate to amend the Constitution to protect soldiers from vexatious prosecution of the kind recommended by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its 46th session. Peiris said that while the UK and the US had taken ...Continued

Tamil Leaders write to the experts committee appointed to draft...

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The failure to offer a meaningful power-sharing arrangement, and the repeated breaches of commitments made in the past and persistent denial of the right to self-determination would entitle a people to external determination states Tamil Party leader in a letter addressed to Expert Committee to Draft a new Constitution. The letter sent by TNA Leader R Sampanthan. Mavai S. Senathirajah . Selvam Adaikalanathan, MP ,D. Sithadthan, MP further states that the Northern and Eastern provinces have been the areas of historical habitation of Sri Lankan ...Continued

Lankan government chooses Iranaitivu Island to bury COVID-19 dead

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By P.K.Balachandran
  Colombo, March 2: The Sri Lankan government has chosen Iranaitivu, an island off the North West Sri Lankan coast, as the sole place to bury those who had died of COVID-19 if their families want them to be buried and not cremated. Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said here on Tuesday that it was the Experts Committee on the disposal of the COVID dead which had taken the decision on public health grounds. He denied that the decision was taken on political grounds. Earlier, there ...Continued

“I am determined to secure everybody’s right to live life...

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a statement said that as the President of Sri Lanka he isdetermined to secure everybody’s right to live life with dignity regardless of age gender, sexuality, race physical appearance and beliefs. The President tweeted this message in view of the ZERO Discrimination Day which falls on March 1st Zero discrimination day is an annual day celebrated on March 1st every year by the United Nations and other international organisations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice ...Continued

India to display its air power and tech advancements in...

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Display of military and economic capabilities in a competitive geo-political environment   Given the competitive geo-political arena and the fact that China and Pakistan are pushing their envelops in a coordinated way, India will be displaying its air power and aircraft manufacturing abilities in Sri Lanka at the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Air Force in Colombo from Mar 3 to 5. To commemorate the anniversary a fly past and an aerobatic display is also being organized for the first time in Sri ...Continued

India tells UNHRC devolution of power is critical for reconciliation...

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By P.K.Balachandran
• China and Pakistan support beleaguered Sri Lanka, even as the UNHRC resolves to implement the resolution critical of Sri Lanka’s rights record.   India has told the UNHRC’s on-going 46th. session in Geneva that the full implementation of the 13th. Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution, which provides for devolution of power to the provinces, is the way to bring about ethnic reconciliation in the country. The Indian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Indra Mani Pandey told the council that India’s policy towards ...Continued

UNHRC session insists Lanka to lift the ban on Muslims...

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By P.K.Balachandran
• A statement from the OIC and Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s intercession in the context of the UNHRC session triggered the policy change. • Gazette amending the earlier decision issued on Thursday night   Late on Thursday, February 25, the Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi issued a gazette extraordinary lifting the year-old ban on burying COVID-19 dead. The Gazette amended the earlier ordinance by putting the words “cremation or burial” in place of the single word “cremation”. “In the case of burial, the corpse ...Continued

Wang Yi and Dinesh Gunawardena on the same wavelength on...

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By P.K.Balachandran
• China is willing to unswervingly support Sri Lanka to jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, the basic norms governing international relations, and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter including non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs—Wang Yi       , The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the latter’s request. According to a Chinese embassy press release, Gunawardena told Wang that some Western ...Continued

Sri Lanka rejects OHCHR report but remains open to conditional...

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  The Government of Sri Lanka yesterday accused the Human Rights Council that the conclusions and recommendations in the Human Rights High Commissioner’s report published in January this year reflects a preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda and appealed to members of the Council to reject any resolution based on it. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunewardene told the Council that Sri Lanka categorically rejects the Report because it is based on ill- founded allegations and matters beyond the jurisdiction of the High Commissioner’s office. ‘Sri Lanka has ...Continued

Pakistan to give Sri Lanka US$ 50 million as credit...

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By P.K.Balachandran
  Prime Ministers Imran Khan and Mahinda Rajapaksa agree to enhance bilateral trade to US$ 1 billion   : The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged a US$ 50 million credit line for Sri Lankan defense projects, the Joint Communique issued on Wednesday at the end of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka said. The communique also said that efforts will be made to increase bilateral trade to US$ 1 billion. Presently it is about US$ 460 million while the potential is stated to ...Continued

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