Friday, 31 October 2014
Rape: Weapon of war in Sri Lanka - Hillary Clinton does not mince her words By Satheesan Kumaaran
The U.S. Secretary of State and the former First Lady, while chairing the UN Security Council meeting on September 30, 2009, the last day of the U.S.’s turn for rotating the presidency of the 15-member body on violence against women in warfare, came out strongly against the perpetrators of violence against women, especially rape, by States such as Bosnia, Burma, Congo, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. Mrs. Hillary Clinton said: “Now, reading the headlines, one might think that the use of rape as a tactic of war only happens occasionally, or in a few places, like the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Sudan. That would be bad enough, but the reality is much worse. We’ve seen rape used as a tactic of war before in Bosnia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. In too many countries and in too many cases, the perpetrators of this violence are not punished, and so this impunity encourages further attacks.”
Australia Should Show Compassion to Tamil Refugees - AFTA writes to Immigration Minister

"..Therefore AFTA strongly believes that the Australian TAXPAYERS’ money spent on Saatchi & Saatchi will only serve to distract the Sri Lankan general public (mainly Sinhalese) from the serious economic problems they are facing, particularly when the Presidential and Parliamentary elections are around the corner, than to serve its intended purpose.  .."

US officials refuse to meet Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya
Robert Blake, a former ambassador for the US in Sri Lanka has refused to meet with the Defence Secretary even after Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapakse has made a request for him to meet with his brother. Diplomatic sources said the Defence Secretary has made four attempts to meet with Blake.
Does India care about its own citizens in the south? By Satheesan Kumaaran
As days go by, hundreds of fishermen who reclaim their homes in the southern part of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu are harassed and tortured. So far, over 500 fishermen have been killed by none other than the Sri Lankan military. India, as a sovereign nation with over 1 billion people of whom nearly 75 million are Tamils, are being taken for a ride by the Sri Lankan Navy after India handed over the island of Kachchatheevu to Sri Lanka. Kachchatheevu is located in the middle of Sri Lankan and Indian waters.  The price for donating the island to Sri Lanka was the death of over 500 Indian-born Tamils who fish for their livelihood.
Sri Lankans being deported from Australia are from mojority Sinhalese says Senaka Walagampaya
Talking to Daily Mirror Sri Lanka, The Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia Seneka Walagampaya, a Sinhalese, says the group of Sri Lankans being deported from Australia are all Sinhalese nationals and so cannot be classified as a minority that is being harassed and given refugee status. The High Commissioner told Daily Mirror online the nine Sri Lankans facing deportation had arrived on the Western Coast of Australia last November and were from the coastal areas in Sri Lanka. “They are all fisher folk from the areas of Chilaw, Negombo, Marawila and Kochchikade,” he said.
Indian employee of Sri Lankan Airlines found killed near Sri Lankan Capital Colombo
Sri Lanka Police found bloodstains and a knife near Raman Kumar Roy's body which was hanging from the staircase. Initial investigations indicated that Roy was stabbed and then hanged,police said. Motive for the killing is unknown but commentators say that after the defeat of LTTE, Sri Lanka has become the major battle field for Indian Intelligence Agencies with China and  Pakistan agents.
Freedom of movement for a quarter of a million displaced, UN Representative discusses with Sri Lanka
Press Release 
Freedom of movement for a quarter of a million displaced, UN Representative discusses with Sri Lankan government 
GENEVA (29 September 2009) --"Restoration of freedom of movement for more than 250,000 internally displaced persons held in closed camps in Northern Sri Lanka is becoming a matter of urgency, and I remain very concerned about the very slow pace of releases," the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Walter Kaelin, highlighted at the end of a three-day return visit to Sri Lanka.
An appeal to the European Union not to extend the GSP plus tariff
Ms Heidi Hautala
President, Sub-commission on Human Rights
European Union.
Dear Ms Hautala
Re: An appeal to the European Union not to extend the GSP plus tariff arrangement to Sri Lanka
The Australasian Federation of Tamil Associations (AFTA) an umbrella organization of the peak Tamil
associations in 7 States and Territories in Australia and 2 peak Tamil organizations in the two main New
Zealand cities, Wellington and Auckland, would like to bring to your attention, the continuing
deterioration of the humanitarian and human rights situation of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
43 People Rescued on High Seas in Australia says Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has today coordinated the search and rescue of 43
people onboard a distressed vessel approximately 250 nautical miles north of Cocos-Keeling Islands.
At AMSA’s request, Border Protection Command deployed a vessel to provide safety of life at sea
support to the distressed vessel. Oceanic Viking, under Border Protection Command's control, arrived
and boarded the vessel at approximately 6 pm (AEST) providing support to 43 people who have indicated
they wish to come to Australia. There appear to be no significant health issues identified at this stage.
The Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor, said today’s rescue highlights the risks and dangers
associated with such ventures.
Sri Lankan Government Must Reverse Anti-Media Actions
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins press freedom defenders in Sri Lanka in calling on President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government of Sri Lanka to put an immediate end to the climate of impunity that has allowed a long campaign of intimidation and violence against independent journalism in Sri Lanka. The IFJ stands in solidarity with the movement of press freedom organisations and Sri Lankan civil society in demanding that the Government allow space for free public debate, for plurality of opinions and open discussion in Sri Lanka. These conditions are essential for Sri Lanka’s return to peace and democracy.
SVT Festivals & Darshan of Lord Balaji at Baukham Hills on Friday 6pm
This Friday, 2nd Oct. 5.45pm-8.30pm Darshan of SVT Lord Balaji at Baukham Hills! Devotional Evening by Hills Shire Community at The Crestwood Community Centre, Crestwood Drive, Baulkham Hills! Celebrating the Festive Season with Children, showcasing their talents & devotion!
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