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Accountable Amnesty is an outdated concept, says Human Rights Watch

Accountable Amnesty is an outdated concept, says Human Rights Watch

Colombo, August 30 (NIA): The recommendation of the Sri Lankan Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons that perpetrators of abductions be given “accountable amnesty” is not a way forward, says James Ross, Director Legal and Policy at Human Rights Watch The commission reportedly says in its final report that those charged with violations of international human rights or humanitarian law...

US Secretary of State John Kerry backs Bangladesh in its fight against terror

US Secretary of State John Kerry backs Bangladesh in its fight against terror

Dhaka, August 30 (The Daily Star): US Secretary of State John Kerry said here on Monday that the United States stands firmly by Bangladesh in its fight against militancy and both countries have agreed to increase cooperation between their intelligence agencies. "We have to stand together," Kerry said, emphasizing information sharing, constant communication and also good governance. “We today agreed...

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen faces a colossal legitimacy crisis

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen faces a colossal legitimacy crisis

Male, August 30 (Maldives Independent): Abdulla Yameen, the president of the Maldives, is facing a colossal legitimacy crisis. Just three years into his presidency, he is battling a broad coalition of opposition parties headed by his former deputy, Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, and a breakaway faction of his own party led by his half-brother and former president of 30 years,...

Maldives’ United Opposition’s plans for a transitional government

Maldives’ United Opposition’s plans for a transitional government

Xiena Saeed Male, August 30 (Maldives Independent): The MUO is advocating for a transitional government. Why do we need a transitional government? Hussain Shameem: To put it briefly, Maldivians do no trust President Abdulla Yameen’s administration. They’ve hijacked the whole state. The people do not trust institutions to uphold democratic principles and system of checks and balances. There is no public...

Prabhakaran’s siblings unlikely to petition Sri Lankan Office Of Missing Persons to trace him

Prabhakaran’s siblings unlikely to petition Sri Lankan Office Of Missing Persons to trace him

Colombo, August 29 (The New Indian Express): M.K. Shivajilingam, Tamil politician and a relation of the slain Tamil Tiger chieftain Velupillai Prabhakaran, has said that he will assist Prabhakaran’s siblings, now living in India, Canada and Denmark, if they petition to the Sri Lankan Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to trace him. But given the fact that when their mother,...

Domestic and international conditions ripe for ouster of the Yameen regime in the Maldives, says opposition spokesman

Domestic and international conditions ripe for ouster of the Yameen regime in the Maldives, says opposition spokesman

Colombo, August 29 (The New Indian Express): All conditions, domestic and international, are ripe for bringing about the overthrow of Abdulla Yameen’s regime in the Maldives, says Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, International spokesman of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) led by the ousted President Mohammad Nasheed. India, the US, and the EU are backing the opposition move to oust Yameen’s dictatorial...

Fire breaks out in East terminal of Colombo Harbour

Fire breaks out in East terminal of Colombo Harbour

Aug 29 (NIA) - A major fire broke out in the Eastern terminal of the Colombo Harbour on Monday, police said. According to eye witnesses, the fire had broken out in a warehouse housing a rubber stock, in the Eastern terminal. Fire fighters were attempting to douse the flames with the assistance of the army and police. The cause of...

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