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Over 121, 000 affected by drought in Jaffna
Over 121, 000 affected by drought in Jaffna

Over 121, 000 persons from 33, 000 families in the Jaffna district have been severely affected by the prevailing drought situation, Jaffna District Secretary N. Vedanayagam said. According to the District Secretary, Kayts, Maradankaini, Karainagar, Sangilipaai, and Chelanai are among the places which have been severely affected by the drought. There are severe…

Sunday Times - Jun 06 16:32 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Jaffna, NGOs, History ]

Sri Lanka floods: Battle to rescue stranded as death toll mounts
Sri Lanka floods: Battle to rescue stranded as death toll mounts

The heavy rain occurred over a very short period of time, leading to the displacement of 112,000 people, according to Pradeep Kodippily, spokesman for Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center. Almost half a million people have been affected by the flooding. The bout of severe weather has also triggered landslides throughout the country. The southern coastal city of…

CNN - May 29 13:33 GMT - more ... [ Tags: NGOs, History, SriLanka ]

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  - Sri Lanka races to rescue flood victims as toll rises - Aljazeera
  - Sri Lankan soldiers recover more bodies from mudslides - AP
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  • The Killing Fields

    The Killing Fields

    In the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, a rice farmer sprays his paddies with herbicide. In Sri Lanka's North Central province, a land of crumbling Buddhist temples and gently swaying palms, farmers have cultivated rice for millennia. Until the 1960s, they relied on oxen, not tractors, to plow their fields. But the introduction of mechanized and chemical methods…

    MoernFarmer - Aug 01 15:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, History, SriLanka ]

  • Civil Society Statement on Human Rights

    A transitional justice process is initiated with civil society involvement and victims placed at the centre of the process. Furthermore, that expertise and involvement of the United Nations (UN) human rights and other relevant international bodies in the design and implementation of an accountability process in which perpetrators responsible for human rights related…

    CPA Lanka - Feb 05 13:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka, police block a course for journalists: "They want to silence us"

    Sri Lanka, police block a course for journalists: \

    For the fourth time in three months, the government of Sri Lanka has "sabotaged" a training course for journalists. The complaint comes from Professional Web Journalist Association (Pwja), organizer of the seminar. According to the leaders of the Pwja, what happened is yet another act of intimidation ​​by the island's authorities to silence independent media.

    Asia News - Sep 30 16:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Media, NGOs, SriLanka ]

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      - Sri Lanka police stop online media workshop: rights groups - Reuters
  • Sri Lanka accused of trying to gag NGOs

    Sri Lanka accused of trying to gag NGOs

    Since the end of the country's civil war the Sri Lankan government has maintained a frosty relationship with civil society groups and NGOs that have sided with the UN in its calls for credible war crime investigations. The government has continued to oppose any interference by the UN, while accusing civil society groups of unpatriotic acts, and members of the…

    Al Jazeera - Sep 22 13:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown

    Sri Lanka’s NGO Clampdown

    The move has been sharply criticized by both leading activists within Sri Lanka and experienced international analysts. The U.S. State Department was also quick to criticize the move. The administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t stop there. All non-profit organizations in Sri Lanka will need to register officially (as NGOs) with the NGO Secretariat, a…

    FP - Jul 26 00:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, SriLanka ]

  • Concerns over new UN Human Rights Council members

    Concerns over new UN Human Rights Council members

    China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Vietnam have been elected to the UN's human rights watchdog, despite concerns about their rights records.Human Rights Watch said some new members had denied access to UN monitors investigating alleged abuses. The UN General Assembly elected a total of 14 new members to the Geneva-based council on Tuesday."Countries that…

    BBC - Nov 13 17:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, World, UN ]

  • A Tale of two cities: Chennai and Mullivaikal

    Mr Karunanidhi has forgotten 2009 when he could not get India to vote against Sri Lanka. If that resolution had been passed we would have seen different politics in South Asia and in Sri Lanka. The fires that were lit in Mullivaikal cannot be dowsed by setting Chennai on fire. This will not be erased from history.Mullivaikal can only see justice if Delhi rises up and…

    Island - Mar 22 13:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Mullaitivu, NGOs, WarCrimes ]

  • Militarized charity and land grabbing: Experience of Keppapulavu in the Vanni

    Militarized charity and land grabbing: Experience of Keppapulavu in the Vanni

    ...the occupation of Keppalulavu by the military is totally illegal. It does not follow procedures laid out in Sri Lankan law for the Government to acquire land. And I believe this is also wrong from a humane, moral, ethical, religious or spiritual perspective. It is daylight robbery....It seems a cruel irony to make any donations via the same military that has…

    GroundViews - Jan 16 14:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, NGOs, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka: MSF hands over last project in the country

    Sri Lanka: MSF hands over last project in the country

    International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has handed over its last remaining activities in Mullaitivu district, Sri Lanka, having first worked in the country in 1986. From 2006 to 2011, MSF provided support at Point Pedro Hospital’s emergency unit as well as assisting in maternal health care, surgery and infection control.…

    MSF - Oct 04 12:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Mullaitivu, NGOs ]

  • A politico’s henchmen kill NGO boss

    A politico’s henchmen kill NGO boss

    Investigations carried out by the police into the kidnapping of Pattani Razik, the manager of the CTF Branch, an NGO in Puttalam, and the demand of Rs. two billion as ransom before his murder -- this sum of money was not paid -- reveals that the whole exercise had been launched by those involved with a politician. Razik had been working to uplift the lives of the…

    Lakbima News - Aug 13 23:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, WarCrimes ]

  • Menik Farm closure unlikely by year-end

    Menik Farm closure unlikely by year-end

    Government plans to close Menik Farm, the country's largest camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), by the end of December are in doubt. "I'm not fully sure that we can close Menik Farm camp by the end of this year. It all depends on the landmine situation," Rishad Bathiudeen, a senior government minister and former minister of resettlement and disaster relief…

    IRIN News - Dec 09 11:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Refugees, NGOs ]

  • ICRC told to leave North

    ICRC told to leave North

    The Government has told the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to shut down its operations in the Northern Province, a spokesperson said yesterday.“We have been told by the government to cease all operations in this region at the earliest but no explicit time frame or deadline had been provided,” ICRC Information Officer Ms. Sarasi Wijeratne said. …

    Sunday Times - Nov 20 23:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, Vanni ]

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      - Sri Lanka orders Red Cross to quit former war zone - AFP
  • Foreign NGOs can't claim diplomatic immunity, says Lanka govt

    Sri Lanka will introduce new laws to regulate both local and international non-governmental organisations, some of whom have been accused of supporting "terrorism" and anti-government activities. In a statement posted on its official website, the Sri Lankan government today said foreign NGOs will not be able to claim diplomatic immunity and avoid a new registration…

    PTI - Nov 10 11:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, NGOs, SriLanka ]

  • Human rights organizations should urgently address the Contempt of Court issue

    In times of serious repression such as the situation that Sri Lanka is faced with now, the courts are the citizen’s last resort. If the citizens are intimidated from seeking redress from the courts the people lose even that last resort. Therefore, protecting the people rights to have access to court is of great importance. There have been attempts to misuse contempt…

    AHRC - Jul 30 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs ]

  • Non-Profit Organization democracy For Tamils Airs National TV Campaign To Raise Awareness In the USA

    Democracy for Tamils, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic rights for Sri Lankan Tamils, this month airs a national TV ad campaign aimed at drawing US attention to the ongoing suffering of the over quarter million men, women and children who have been wrongly imprisoned by the Sri Lankan government following the end of the long-waged civil war. …

    TransWorldNews - Nov 18 21:54 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, IDPs ]

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      - Helping To Restore Peace And Stability For Sri Lankan Tamils - Democracy for Tamils
  • When life’s a minefield

    When life’s a minefield

    There are millions of mines and munitions buried worldwide – a lethal risk to people’s health and livelihoods. In the wake of the Sri Lanka conflict, Kate Wiggans reports on the work of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Landmines and explosives remain hidden long after the conflicts have ended. It is believed that at least one million landmines have been laid in Sri…

    Developments - Nov 18 21:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Amparai, Batticaloa, NGOs ]

  • Head of 'Non Violent Peace Force' ordered out of Sri Lanka

    The government has ordered the head of a foreign NGO 'Non Violent Peace Force' to immediately leave the country, after it had been found out that he had sent out false reports against Sri Lanka, ?Divaina? reports. The extension of his visa has also been stopped forthwith. The government has come to know that head of the NGO's Japanese branch, identified as…

    CT - Oct 27 11:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, NGOs ]

  • New roles for NGOs in conflict-hit north?

    New roles for NGOs in conflict-hit north?

    NGOs can expect to take on a new role in northern Sri Lanka, helping to rebuild communities, although when exactly is not clear. “The role of NGOs in doing straight humanitarian work is gradually going to phase down. They are going to have to shift to be more involved with early recovery, but ultimately with development,” Neil Buhne, the UN Resident Coordinator…

    IRIN - Aug 19 11:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, IDPs ]

  • Caritas boosts food aid in former war zone

    Caritas Sri Lanka recently increased its food aid to war victims with supplies for another 10,000 displaced civilians confined to camps in the country's war-torn north. Officials of the Ministry of Disaster Relief Services had originally asked the Caritas team to boost food supply for 44,000 extra people. Although the Church's social action arm found it difficult…

    UCAN - Aug 03 12:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, History, IDPs ]

  • More Worries Regarding Sri Lanka’s Lack of Progress

    More Worries Regarding Sri Lanka’s Lack of Progress

    A group of international human rights organizations has recently penned an open letter to U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The letter expresses a range of concerns regarding Sri Lanka’s compliance with a U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution that the government co-sponsored last October.The HRC’s 32nd second session remains…

    Huffington Post - Jun 22 16:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Foreigners need prior permission to visit North-Govt

    Foreigners need prior permission to visit North-Govt

    The Defence and Urban Development Ministry said today that foreigners wishing to visit the North should obtain prior permission from the Ministry. Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya told a media conference that foreigners who wish to visit the North either as tourists or in connection with some projects should inform the Ministry of Defence about the nature of…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 15 10:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, NGOs, SriLanka ]

  • Liking violence: A study of hate speech on Facebook in Sri Lanka

    Liking violence: A study of hate speech on Facebook in Sri Lanka

    The report looks at 20 Facebook groups in Sri Lanka over a couple of months, focussing on content generated just before, during and immediately after violence against the Muslim community. Detailed translations into English of the original material posted to these groups (including photographic and visual content) and the responses they generated are provided. It is…

    GV - Sep 24 17:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, History, SriLanka ]

  • Rights groups demand protection for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses

    Rights groups demand protection for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses

    International rights groups in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists war. “Human rights defenders in Sri Lanka face widespread intimidation,” the letter said adding that it could intensify ahead of the presentation of…

    AFP - Aug 27 16:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • UN FAO accused over Sri Lanka kidney illness

    UN FAO accused over Sri Lanka kidney illness

    The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been blamed for the spread of a kidney disease which has affected nearly half a million people in Sri Lanka. Scientists believe the illness is caused by pesticides and fertilisers. The FAO is accused by campaigners of encouraging the use of agrochemicals on behalf of multinational companies. But the FAO…

    BBC - Dec 13 14:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, SriLanka, UN ]

  • Sri Lanka’s Potemkin Peace: Democracy Under Fire

    Participants should use the November 2013 meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Colombo (CHOGM) to press the Sri Lankan government to address human rights abuses, prevent attacks on religious minorities and restore the independence of the judiciary. Leaders should also publicly insist on a credible process of accountability for end-of-war events and a political solution…

    ICG - Nov 13 13:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Phillips Calls for Independent Investigation of Alleged War Crimes in Sri Lanka

    The GSL had an opportunity to heal the country’s wounds after decades of civil war. However, it has failed to act with magnanimity. Reconstruction has not effectively advanced the goal of reconciliation. Progress with reconciliation is further undermined by the GSL's failure to conduct credible domestic investigations of alleged violations of International…

    Human Rights - Columbia University - Mar 11 15:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs ]

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  • Lanka must act on rights issues, says rights group

    UN members should urge Sri Lanka to act on accountability for abuses at its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on next Thursday, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. Sri Lanka must also be reminded of its international obligations to protect free expression and to stop intimidation of civil society and the media at its UPR at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, it…

    Gulf Times - Oct 31 00:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • Attack on Viluthu head office condemned

    A group of well-known civil society activists have strongly condemned the recent attack on the Colombo head office of Viluthu, a non-governmental organisation working to promote social justice and women’s rights. In a communiqué signed by 35 activists which was released today, the incident is described as a “cowardly act” that was “carried out in order to…

    Daily Mirror - Jan 31 13:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Colombo, NGOs ]

  • NGOs Face Funding Gap and Government Scrutiny

    Lack of donor funding, state phobia against western NGOs, and restrictive work permits for foreign aid workers have together hit the operations of several dozen Sri Lankan NGOs and their foreign counterparts. British-government funded agencies and AusAid, an Australian government agency, have reportedly reduced their funding of local NGOs. U.S.-based Care…

    IPS - Mar 15 17:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, WarCrimes ]

  • UN concern over humanitarian bodies leaving Mannar

    Humanitarian organisations have raised concerns over the increasing withdrawal of such bodies from the Mannar District. The latest Joint Humanitarian Update (JHU) compiled by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on December 3 said the reason for the withdrawal was the perceptions that the need for their work has diminished with…

    Nation - Dec 06 21:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs ]

  • Sri Lanka tightens grip on foreign aid workers

    Sri Lanka tightens grip on foreign aid workers

    Sri Lanka's government said Wednesday it had ordered foreign and local aid workers to register with the defence ministry in a move to put them under greater state control. The government information department said there were 250 international and some 1,000 domestic aid agencies working in Sri Lanka, which would now have to obtain approval from the defence…

    AFP - Nov 10 16:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, World ]

  • Analysis: NGOs question tighter access to Sri Lanka's north

    Analysis: NGOs question tighter access to Sri Lanka\'s north

    For years, the Tamil Tigers restricted access to the northern areas of Sri Lanka under their control, but after the decades-long civil war ended a year ago, the government relaxed security checkpoints and most NGOs were given access to the war-affected population in the north. However, in the past month, the government has again tightened regulations, hindering…

    IRIN - Aug 11 17:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs ]

  • Agencies raise concerns over IDP care once resettled

    The release of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from camps in Sri Lanka's north is welcome, but the government must now ensure they are properly cared for, the UN and NGOs say. Rene De Vries, country director for Oxfam in Sri Lanka, said allowing freedom of movement was a "good step forward from closed camps", but it was unclear to what extent the IDPs…

    Spero News - Nov 23 15:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, IDPs ]

  • As War Ends, Human Rights Violations Come to the Front

    To address war crimes that were committed on both sides, Amnesty is calling upon the United Nations to urge Sri Lankan to allow humanitarian organizations to investigate the war zone. Simultaneously, Amnesty International is employing the same letter-writing technique to encourage the Sri Lankan government to protect journalists and to investigate the deaths of those…

    Bico News - Nov 18 21:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka facing mounting challenges

    The government’s strategy of denying the negative side of what is happening in Sri Lanka, and intimidating the independent media that seeks to report the adverse reality, can only work for a limited period. In the longer term such a strategy is bound to fail. The government needs to explain the problems it is facing and the competing interests behind them, and…

    UPI - Oct 28 10:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, NGOs, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka: Donor frustration over IDP camps

    Donors are increasingly concerned over the conditions in Sri Lanka’s camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) and are less likely to provide funding if they continue to restrict IDPs’ freedom of movement, say UN officials. “Among the donors we talked to, there is a hesitation in terms of their assistance to camps over the next three or four months if…

    Spero - Oct 23 16:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: NGOs, UN, IDPs ]

  • Sri Lanka: Adopt International Inquiry for Aid Worker Killings

    The Sri Lankan government's gross mishandling of the investigation into the execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers in the northeastern town of Mutur three years ago demonstrates the need for an international commission of inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-July 2009, government actions in the case - for which no one has been arrested, let alone…

    HRW - Aug 04 01:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, NGOs ]

    Related:
      - Sri Lanka govt berated over aid workers' deaths - AFP
      - Third Anniversary Action Contre La Faim Murders Marked by Government Inaction - Examiner
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