Women and Media Collective Press Conference – 17th August 2011

The Women and Media Collective held a press conference to address the incidence of violence against women with respect to the ‘grease devil’ phenomenon. The Collective also stressed that the press conference would be an opportunity for a ‘clear dialogue’ to be formed about the issue.

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3D Nimalka Fernando by Young Asia Television

NIMALKA FERNANDO, HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER, COLOMBO

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Sri Lanka after the „Victory“: Badboll INSD Conference

Press Releases : Sri Lanka after the „Victory“: What about minority rights, democracy and peace?

The conference entitled “Sri Lanka after the ‘Victory’: What about minority rights, democracy and peace?” was successfully held on 2 – 4 October 2009 in Bad Boll, Germany. More than 50 participants, including representatives from different NGOs and civil society organisations, as well as the former German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Honorary Consul in Stuttgart, Germany gathered from different European countries to attend this event organized by the International Network of Sri Lankan Diaspora (INSD).

Speakers from among the diaspora, from Sri Lanka and from Germany addressed the audience on the following topics: the general economic, social and political situation in Sri Lanka, especially in the North and East; the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, the future perspectives for minorities, especially for Tamils and Muslim in the current political context; the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); the situation of journalists and the lack of media freedom; as well as the view of the international community and European governments on Sri Lanka.

During the discussions, the conference participants mentioned that a military solution without considering a political solution of the ethnic conflict addressing human rights abuses, media oppression and denial of minority rights will not foster lasting peace and democracy. Indeed, in order to achieve sustainable peace, the rights of all communities, the devolution of power and the need to strengthen democracy has to be recognised. One first step into this direction has to be the immediate resettlement of the IDPs to their home villages and towns.

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Top NGOs face peril despite country returning to ‘normalcy’

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, continues to be on the rough ride facing peril.Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, continues to be on the rough ride facing peril.

Despite the end of war against LTTE and the return to ‘the normalcy’ in Colombo, some civil society outfits in Colombo continue to be on the rough ride facing peril. The Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) and Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) are two such institutions reportedly facing uncertainty.Initially no less than five national level NGOs & INGOs were under ‘pressure’-CPA, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), Transparency International (TI), Berghoff, and FCE. However, having made ‘some adjustments’, the CHA, FCE and even the Berghoff Foundation are now apparently in the ‘good books’ of the government, sources said.

Clombo, 20 June,  (Asiantribune.com):

Asian Tribune learns that   of the Centre For Policy Alternatives,  Sunial Abeyasekera, woman Activists Jegan Perera  of the National Peace Council  and several others are regularly flying out of the country  to  foreign countries for their safety,  as they are facing threats and intimidation in the present  post LTTE period.

It is learnt that Norway is to face the Parliamentary General Elections soon and our NGOs who were recently in Oslo were not given any encouraging response from their Masters.

Recently many NGOs were on a trip to Oslo to meet their Masters and to get assuarance from them of continued financial support in the post conflict period too.

The Berghoff Foundation, strongly viewed as an anti-Sri Lankan NGO, was originally invited to set up an office in Sri Lanka in 2001 to provide support, assistance, external experiences and expert knowledge to the principal negotiating parties.

The CHA which is network of NGO members in Sri Lanka and was formed in 1997,  works in the humanitarian sector in Sri Lanka. TI-Srilanka’s Executive Director J. C. Weliamuna, prominent Sri Lankan anti-corruption and human rights advocate, came under attack on September 27, 2008 as a grenade attack was launched on his family’s home in Colombo. He, his wife and two young children escaped injury.

But both CPA and TI are still continuing to resist while facing pressure. The Centre for Policy Alternatives, has recently filed a fundamental rights case challenging the violation of the basic legal rights of Tamil civilians interned in military-controlled camps saying that the detentions are illegal and in breach of “fundamental rights” in the constitution. CPA cites as respondents President Rajapakse, in his role as defence minister, and his brother Gotabhaya, who is defence secretary, as well as the attorney-general and the army commander in charge of the camps.

–      Asian Tribune –

INGOs, NGOs to be allowed access

By Kelum BandaraThe Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Ministry is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NGOs and INGOs to allow them access into welfare camps and villages in Vavuniya and implement humanitarian projects.

At present only UN agencies and the ICRC have been allowed access to these places without restriction.

Vavuniya Government Agent P.S.M. Charles told Daily Mirror yesterday that INGOs and NGOs which hope to launch humanitarian programmes for the displaced people should furnish a detailed report to the Ministry on their proposed projects.

Ms. Charles said some 40 to 45 volunteer organizations had asked to be permitted access to welfare camps.

Meanwhile, Minister Rishard Bathiudeen met the Vavuniya GA to discuss issues pertaining to the influx of refugees entering the cleared areas.

About 3,500 refugees who arrived in the past few days were being accommodated in the Arunachalam Welfare Village in Vavuniya.“We have provided them with tents. In addition, they will be given cooked meals for another three days. After that, they are required to start community cooking using the essential items and kitchen utensils given by the government,” she said.

Ms. Charles said another batch of 1,000 refugees were stuck in Kilinochchi and Omanthai and unable to get to Vavuniya.

At the meeting it was also decided to improve water and sanitation facilities for the affected people soon with plans to supply water from Malwatu Oya.

Source : DailyMirror

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Hunderttausende Flüchtlinge in Sri Lanka im Kreuzfeuer von Armee und Rebellen – Hilfswerke fordern sofortige Feuerpause und die Entsendung internationaler Beobachter

Das Bündnis Entwicklung hilft fordert Fluchtkorridore, freien Zugang zu den eingeschlossenen Menschen sowie die sofortige Entsendung internationaler Beobachter in den Norden Sri Lankas. Dort sind nach Angaben lokaler Partnerorganisationen derzeit 300.000 Menschen auf einer Fläche von 250 Quadratkilometern eingeschlossen. Die srilankische Armee und tamilische Rebellen liefern sich heftigste Kämpfe um dieses Gebiet. Innerhalb weniger Tage wurden mehrere hundert Zivilisten getötet, ungezählte weitere verletzt.

„Auch wir arbeiten unter Beschuss“, sagt ein Helfer vor Ort, der aus Sicherheitsgründen nicht namentlich genannt werden kann. „Krankenhäuser werden angegriffen, mehrere Mitarbeiter sind verwundet. Die Kapazitäten reichen nicht, um die stündlich wachsende Zahl der Verletzten versorgen zu können. Es fehlt an allem, Verbandszeug, Medikamenten, Wasser und Lebensmitteln.“ Der Krieg werde ohne Rücksicht auf die zusammengedrängte Bevölkerung geführt.

Die Rebellen der LTTE hindern die Eingeschlossenen am Verlassen des Kampfgebiets. Mehrere tausend Menschen konnten trotzdem flüchten. Die Armee drängt die Flüchtlinge in Lagern bei Vavuniya, Mannar und Jaffna zusammen. Nach Berichten kommt es dort immer wieder zu gewaltsamen Übergriffen von Seiten des Militärs.

„Nur die internationale Gemeinschaft kann die systematischen Kriegsverbrechen, Menschenrechtsverletzungen und die dramatische humanitäre Krise stoppen. Wir fordern gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern vor Ort eine sofortige Feuerpause, freien Zugang zu den Menschen, sichere Fluchtkorridore und die Entsendung internationaler Beobachter“, so Peter Mucke, der Geschäftsführer des Bündnisses.

Brot für die Welt, medico international, Misereor, terre des hommes und Welthungerhilfe leisten als Bündnis Entwicklung hilft akute Nothilfe und langfristige Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Das Bündnis arbeitet mit anderen deutschen Hilfsorganisationen, wie z.B. bei dieser Presseklärung mit der Kindernothilfe, als Bündnispartner zusammen.

Für Nachfragen und Interviews stehen zur Verfügung:

medico international: Thomas Seibert, 0160 – 97557350, seibert(at)medico.de

– Misereor: Anna Steinacher, 0241 – 442 133, Steinacher(at)misereor.de

– Brot für die Welt: Ingrid Ostermann, 0711 – 2159293; i.ostermann(at)brot-fuer-die-welt.de

Kontakt bei der Kindernothilfe: Jörg Denker, 0203 – 77 89 135, joerg.denker(at)knh.de

Verantwortlich:

Bündnis Entwicklung hilft – Pressestelle

Tel. 030 – 44 35 19 89

presse(at)entwicklung-hilft.de, www.entwicklung-hilft.de

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