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Today we world mark thirty-three years from the horrors of the anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983, when Tamils were killed by Sinhala mobs backed by the then UNP government and state forces.
 Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
APPGT stresses importance of ensuring justice on Black July
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG-T) reiterated the importance of ensuring justice for abuses, in a statement released to mark Black July on Saturday.

James Berry, chair of the APPGT, spoke of remembering “up to 3000 men, women and children were killed in the anti-Tamil pogrom of July 1983,“ in the statement.

“The victims and their families never received justice, nor did the tens of thousands of internally displaced Tamils,” he said.

“That is why it is so important that we learn the lessons of Black July and do what we can to ensure justice for the victims of the more recent atrocities at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war.”
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
Tamils demand military releases land in Vavuniya and Kangesanthurai


Protests took place in Kankesanthurai and Vavuniya on Friday against the Sri Lankan military's ongoing occupation of homes in the North-East.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
NPC rejects Sri Lanka's resettlement task force
The Northern Provincial Council this week rejected the Colombo appointment resettlement task force, stating that the committee was only focused on the resettlement of the Sinhala and Muslim people into the North.

Accusing the task force of sidelining the Tamil people, the chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) said, "the resettlement of Sinhalese community in the traditional Sinhalese villages of North-East is the prime agenda of this task force."

"In particular, it is also stated that Trincomalee District has to be included. The Northern Province does not have a role in this at all," he added, when addressing the Council's 57th session on July 21st.

"The government cannot act on its own as per its own desire, ignoring the provincial council."


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
Challenges remain in North-East says UK report on Sri Lanka

Whilst the human rights situation in Sri Lanka has improved, “much remains to be done” said the United Kingdom in a country update report, highlighting the challenges faced in the Tamil North-East.

In its report the UK highlighted that “much remains to be done for Sri Lanka to fulfil the commitments made in Resolution 30/1 at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in October 2015”.

“Challenges still remain, particularly in the north and the east,” continued the report.

Acknowledging Sri Lankan government announcements on the release of land occupied by the military, it went on to state “the UK has consistently called for land releases and demilitarisation of the north to be accelerated”.

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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
Body of 8 year old boy found in a well

An 8 year old boy has been found dead in a well in Vavuniya on Friday, reports Hiru News.

The boy, who has not yet been named, was initially reported missing by his parents when he failed to return home from school. His body was discovered in a well in the Mundimuruppu area on Friday night.

A post mortem is due to be held on Saturday.

Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
6 indicted over Raviraj assassination
Six men, including three former Sri Lankan navy personnel have been indicted on the Thursday over the murder of the Tamil politician Nadaraja Raviraj in 2006.

Mr Raviraj, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP  at the time, was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike in November 2006, in Colombo.

Three men have absconded the proceedings, including two paramilitary men with Karuna's group.

Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
India-Sri Lanka to discuss ETCA in August
India and Sri Lanka will have the next round of discussions on the Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) starting August 9th, the minister of development strategies and international trade, Malik Samarawickrama told parliament on Thursday.

“The talks will begin on August 9 and will be completed only in December,” he was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying, rejecting allegations by the JVP leader that the agreement would be signed in August.

“The final document will be tabled at least one month before the signing,” he added.
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
UN Secretary General candidate admits 'legitimate criticisms' over Sri Lankan abuses

One of the front running candidates vying to become the next United Nations Secretary General accepted that there are “legitimate criticisms” of how the global body handled the final stages of the armed conflict that killed tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka.

Helen Clark, a former New Zealand Prime Minister, said “there were legitimate criticisms of the way the UN dealt with Sri Lankan abuses,” reports the Guardian.

However Ms Clark sought to distance herself from the global body's failings, documented in an internal report in November 2012.

“It was before my time,” she said.

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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
JVP tells parliament racial hatred spread by groups in North
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake told Sri Lanka's parliament that the recent student clashes at the University of Jaffna were due to racial hatred spread by groups in the North.

Raising concerns in parliament on Wednesday over the clashes, Mr Dissanayake was quoted by Colombo Gazette as saying, "the clash cannot be seen simply as a clash between two student groups."

"The clash had occurred in an environment where racial hatred was being spread by some groups in the North," he reportedly added.

Responding to the concerns raised, the prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reportedly assured parliament that an inquiry had been launched.

Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
Hindu temple demolished to make way for Buddhist vihara in Jaffna

A Hindu temple in Jaffna has been demolished by the Sri Lankan military, who have built a statue of the Buddha in its place, said a priest earlier this month.

Saivite priest  P S G Sri Ayyappadasa Sampasiva Shivachariyar said that the temple, which was located in the village of Veemankaamam has been completely destroyed by the military, in an interview with LankaSri earlier this month.

The Pillaiyar temple provided a place of safety for the local Tamil population during more than 30 years of war, said the priest. Its destruction has now “created fear among the Hindu community,” he said, adding that it was a “painful” act.

Noting that every human has a right to worship their own religion, the priest drew on the Buddha's teachings. “Buddha taught that those who follow Buddhism should go only in the path of non-violence,” he said.”But, ignoring that, in a place that constitutes a complete Tamil Hindu population, a Hindu temple has been brought down to the anguish of the Hindu community, and a Buddhist vihara has been built up in its place”.

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Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
Tamil protestors fend off Sri Lankan military land surveyors

A group of Tamil protestors staged a demonstration in Mannar on Wednesday, as Sri Lankan military land surveyors attempted to acquire a disputed tranche of land in the region.
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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2016
Norway extends support to resettled families in North-East
Norway, together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday signed an agreement to extend the country's support to resettled families in North-East, including "improving access to justice".

Trincomalee and Jaffna districts were highlighted as areas of need, with particular reference to Tellipalai and Sampoor.

UNDP Sri Lanka, with support of the Government of Norway, will strengthen its work on improving access to justice and livelihood opportunities of the recently resettled communities in the district.

"Under this partnership, UNDP Sri Lanka, through the support of the Government of Norway, will promote local economic development through enhanced market-based livelihood opportunities for resettled vulnerable communities," UNDP Sri Lanka said in a statement.

"This two year project, will support 1520 families as direct beneficiaries in the Jaffna and Trincomalee Districts by mobilizing targeted communities to reactivate community based organizations, creating sustainable livelihood opportunities and by strengthening institutional capacity of the selected DS divisions in the two Districts."
Tamil Guardian 21 July 2016
World Bank gives Sri Lanka $55 million to assist in developing Jaffna
The Government of Sri Lanka and the World Bank signed agreed a $55 million loan to Sri Lanka to improve urban services, preserve cultural and environment assets and improve liability in Jaffna said the World Bank in a press release yesterday.

 The credit will add development of rapidly urbanising Jaffna to the existing Strategic Cities Development Project (SCDP) added the statement.

The World Bank Senior Urban Development Specialist and Task Team Leader of the project Zhiyu Jerry Chen, said,

“Building trust among citizens and service providers is a challenge and an outcome we hope to achieve through the additional finance support to Jaffna through this project.

The SCDP was originally approved in 2014 to develop Galle and Kandy.

“There is substantial potential for economic growth in Jaffna, now that peace has returned.  An improved urban environment is a favourable habitat for the developing enterprises that one day will become the engines of growth,” said the Francois Clorres, the World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Stressing the need for consultation with Jaffna’s citizens in the development process,  press release made by the World Bank added,

“Guided by consultations with Jaffna’s citizens, the project will attempt to improve the road network and rehabilitate the drainage system while preserving the city’s ponds, which have played an important role in flood management and which could be key to climate change adaptation. In addition, the project aims to preserve cultural heritage assets such as public spaces and parks as well as encouraging cycling.”  

The new World Bank country director, who is set to assume office at the end of August, Dr Pswarayi Riddihough in a meeting with Sri Lanka’s finance minister Ravi Karunayake said the World Bank was ready to  “extend its full assistance towards Sri Lanka,” reported Colombo Page.

World Bank visits Sri Lanka, Sirisena requests four years of assistance (26 May 2016)
Tamil Guardian 21 July 2016
Sri Lankan soldiers take part in another Hindu festival

Sri Lankan soldiers involved themselves in yet another Hindu temple festival in Jaffna this week, as the military continued to bear a heavy presence in civilian life in the Tamil North-East.

At the chariot festival of the Sri Gnana Durga Amman temple in Thenmaradchi, in the Jaffna district on Wednesday, troops from the 52nd battalion of the Sri Lankan military were seen pulling the chariot.

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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2016
Chief Minister calls for inquiry into Jaffna University clash

The Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council called for an inquiry into the violence between Sinhala and Tamil student at Jaffna University on Saturday, and said the “underlying causes” of the tensions must be resolved.

“Such incidents should not be viewed from a purely criminal law standpoint,” said the Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran, in a statement co-signed with the leader of the opposition of the NPC S Thavarasa. “We must first try to find out the underlying causes that led to their violent behaviour... This would ensure that such incidents will not be repeated.”

The unprecedented move to issue a joint statement was acknowledged by the two, who said “We have both come together to issue a joint statement to show the world that the Northern Provincial Council views such incidents beyond the mundane political differences that usually engulf us”.

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Tamil Guardian 21 July 2016
Charges filed in Switzerland over $15.2 million LTTE funds
Charges have been filed against 13 Tamils in Switzerland who are accused of allegedly raising $15.2 million in funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during late 1990s until early 2000s.

"They have been indicted with supporting or being members of a criminal organisation, fraud, false certification, and money laundering," the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) was quoted by Reuters as saying on Wednesday.

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Tamil Guardian 20 July 2016
Sinhala Buddhist monks and Sri Lankan police threaten Tamil fishermen

Sinhala Buddhist monks, accompanied by Sri Lankan police and Sinhalese fishermen, threatened a group of Tamil fishermen in Mullaitivu on Tuesday, as tensions continued to flare in the region between the two groups.

The Tamil fishermen, who were setting up to dry their daily catch in Kokkilai, were approached by a group of Sinhalese fishermen on Tuesday. Accompanied by a local Buddhist monk and Sri Lankan police officers, the Sinhalese group proceeded to threaten the Tamils and destroying their equipment they said.

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Tamil Guardian 20 July 2016
Former Tamil local council member released after detention at Colombo airport


Mr Komakan at a protest earlier this year, calling for the release of political prisoners.

A former member of the Jaffna municipality council has been released this afternoon after being detained at Colombo airport earlier in the day as he was due to leave for a temple pilgrimage in India.

He has been ordered not to leave the country however. Mr Komathan is understood to be seeking legal advice regarding removal of the travel ban.

M Komakan became the council member after winning the 2009 municipality election.

However he was then arrested on August 23rd, 2010 by the Terrorism Investigation Division, accused of being associated with the LTTE, along side Ganesharatnam Shanthathevan. The pair were released earlier this year on February 29th.

During his detention, Mr Komakan reportedly made a statement of admission of guilt. Two cases were filed against him in Vavuniya and Colombo magistrate court.

In June 2015, Mr Komakan was cleared of the charges brought against him by the Vavuniya magistrate court on the grounds that his admission of guilt was made under duress. However, the case against him in Colombo was not dropped until February this year.

The family of Mr Komakan have been ordered to bring his documents to Colombo.

Mr Komakan's arrest is the latest in a series of arrests of formerly released political prisoners and LTTE cadres by TID officers this year.

* This article has been edited. It previously incorrectly stated that Mr Komathan was a former LTTE cadre.

 
 International Affairs
Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
Karadzic appeals genocide conviction
The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic appealed his 40 year sentence for genocide and war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

Claiming he "was subjected to a political trial that was simply designed to confirm the demonization of him and the Bosnian Serb people" by the UN war crimes court, Mr Karadzic made his appeal on Friday.

"Having spent eight years in a UN prison and gone through a five-year trial... Karadzic is convinced that international justice is a failed project," his lawyer, Peter Robsinson said on Friday.


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Tamil Guardian 23 July 2016
Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul bombing
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul, which killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 200 on Saturday.

The attack targeted a protest march by ethnic Hazara Shiites, who were demonstrating against discrimination that they face.

It was condemned by Afghan President Ashrag Ghani and by the Taliban, who denied any involvement in the bombing.

The IS-linked Amaq news agency though claimed that two IS fighters were responsible for the explosions.
 
Tamil Guardian 22 July 2016
EU slams Turkey's 'unacceptable' mass round up

The European Union (EU) has criticised the Turkish government's mass arrests in the wake of a failed coup last week, calling the moves “unacceptable”.

A statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn said the whilst the EU condemned the attempted coup, it was following developments in the country “very closely and with concern”.

More than 50,000 Turkish state employees have been arrested or sacked, including members of the judiciary, media and academia, as President Erdogan rounded up those he accused of being complicit with the coup plotters.

Turkey's parliament also approved a state of emergency bill, which deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmuş said will lead his government to “derogate the European convention on human rights insofar as it does not conflict with its international obligations”.

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Tamil Guardian 19 July 2016
Serbia set benchmarks on war crimes prosecutions to join EU
The EU told Serbia on Monday that it must meet certain benchmarks around the prosecution of war crimes in order to work towards membership of the European Union.

In a document which laid out the terms on which further chapters in Serbia's negotiations around EU membership are set out, the EU said, "Serbia needs to engage “in meaningful regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations in handling of war crimes by avoiding conflicts of jurisdictions and ensuring that war crimes are prosecuted without any discrimination."

“All outstanding issues in this regard must be fully resolved,” the document added.

See more here.



Tamil Guardian 19 July 2016
US-led airstrikes kill civilians in Syria claim activists
Airstrikes by a US-led coalition on territory held by the Islamic State (IS) have resulted in the deaths of at least 56 civilians on Tuesday according to Syrian opposition activists.

The villages of Tokhar and Hoshariyeh in the IS stronghold of Manbij has been the subject of an offensive by Kurdish militants backed by a US-led coalition for several weeks, reports the New York Times.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated at least 56 civilians, including 11 children, were killed in the strikes, whilst IS linked media claims the number is as high as 160.

Meanwhile Amnesty International claimed that more than 100 civilians have been killed in airstrikes around Manbij since June.

"There must be a prompt, independent and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life," said Magdalena Mughrabi, interim Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

"Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation".
Tamil Guardian 19 July 2016
African Union agrees to deploy forces in South Sudan
Leaders from the African Union have backed plans to deploy 12,000 troops in South Sudan, after weeks of fighting in the country between rival factions.

Representatives from the African Union agreed to have troops from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda deployed in the country – a move that South Sudan has opposed.

Speaking to the BBC, South Sudan's Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth said his government was “not ready for a deployment of even a single additional soldier”. "That does not solve the problem," he continued, adding "As a sovereign state… this thing cannot be imposed on us without our consent".

However AU Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui said “African troops are ready to engage in very difficult situations" and "they are there where there is peace to keep”.

See more from VoA here and the BBC here.
Tamil Guardian 17 July 2016
Bahrain court dissolves main Shi'ite opposition party, seizes funds
Bahrain’s court dissolved the main Shi’ite opposition group al-Wefaq and liquidated the organisation’s funds reports Reuters.

Amidst a deepening environment of cracking down on decent, Bahrain’s court found the group’s political activities had deviated towards incitement to violence and the encouragement of mass protests and sit-ins that could lead to sectarian strife.

Media organisations in Bahrain reported that the group’s funds would be seized by the state treasury.
 The decision comes amidst a rising climate of protests against the Sunni-led government.

Appeasement is no answer to brutal suppression of civil liberties – FT on Bahrain (26 Jun 2016)

Tamil Guardian 16 July 2016
Kurdish Peshmerga and US military sign MoU
US and Kurdish officials signed a memorandum of understanding this week, which “includes provisions of military support to the Peshmerga forces," according to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The US acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Elissa Slotkin met with Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani and acting Minister of Peshmerga Affairs Karim Sinjari, with whom she signed the memorandum with on Tuesday.

Amongst the topics discussed in talks were “the importance and urgency of the liberation of Mosul” and the role of Peshmerga forces in the fight against Islamic State.

“President Barzani expressed his appreciation to the American people and the US administration for their support to the Kurdistan Region and for leading the collective effort to eliminate terrorism,” concluded the KRG.
Tamil Guardian 16 July 2016
Newspaper offices and television stations shut down by authorities in Kashmir amidst rising protests
Authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television in attempts to quash mobilisation which has seen protests over the killing of Kashmiri separatist commander Burhan Wani.

A Kashmir government minister, who commented remained anonymous, told Reuters that,

“the clamp down was necessitated as Pakistani channels that are beamed through cable television network have launched a campaign aimed at fomenting trouble. Some newspapers were also sensationalising the violence. We will take a decision on (their) restoration after July 19.”

Over 36 people have been killed with 3,100 wounded in the recent protests after police fired on demonstrators.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif said he was shocked by the killing of Wani and civilians. India’s foreign ministry said on Friday that it was dismayed by Pakistan’s attempt to ‘interfere in our internal matters.’

Indian troops fire on Kashmir protesters and cut internet in crackdown (09 Jul 2016)
Tamil Guardian 16 July 2016
Erdogan returns to Turkey after 'coup'

A military coup in Turkey appears to have failed as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to the country after attempting to seek asylum in Europe.

The army faction had announced that it was in control of the country but was met on the streets by protests and supporters of Erdogan.

The opposition, including the pro-Kurdish HDP, bitterly opposed to Erdogan, have denounced the coup attempt.

See more on the BBC.

Tamil Guardian 15 July 2016
Germany to apologise to Namibia for Herero genocide
Germany is to recognise the massacre of over 100,000 Herero people by German troops between 1904 and 1908 as a genocide, and make a formal apology to Namibia. Reparations have been ruled out however.

The massacre, considered the first genocide of the 20th century, is believed to be a precursor to the Holocaust.

The Herero, as well as Nama people were sent to concentration camps, where many were beheaded or died of malnutrition and abuse. Others were driven into the Namibian desert where they died.


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Tamil Guardian 15 July 2016
85 dead in Nice truck attack
Eighty-five people have been killed in Nice, France after a truck drove into the crowds gathered to celebrate Bastille Day last night before firing shots at those trying to flee.

The driver of the truck ploughed into the crowds for 2km before French police shot him dead.

The attack was condemned by the French president Francois Hollande who said it was of "an undeniable terrorist nature".

Bastille Day is a celebration of France's Independence Day.

Condemning the attack "in the strongest terms", the US president Barack Obama also speculated that it appeared to be "a horrific terrorist attack in Nice".

Britain's newly appointed foreign secretary Boris Johnson said he was "shocked and saddened by the appalling events in Nice, and the terrible loss of life".

See here,
here and here.
Tamil Guardian 13 July 2016
Hundreds 'disappeared' in Egypt - Amnesty

Human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian regime of forcibly disappearing and torturing hundreds of people, including political activists, students and protestors.

The group says many of the disappeared, some as young as 14, have been held for months.

The Egyptian government has denied the allegations.

See more on the BBC here.

Tamil Guardian 11 July 2016
Syrian government sued for killing of journalist Marie Colvin

Relatives of Marie Colvin, a veteran journalist killed in Syria in 2012, have filed a lawsuit claiming she was deliberately targeted by the Syrian government.

The lawsuit alleges that veteran Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in order to silence her reporting on Syria and Homs.

Ms Colvin was killed in 22nd February 2012 along with French photographer Remi Ochlik in a rocket attack on a makeshift broadcast studio in Homs.

While the Syrian government claimed that its attack targeted terrorists, the lawsuit claims no lawful military targets, nor armed rebels were in the vicinity of the media centre at the time of the attack.

In 2012 alone, over two dozen journalists were killed in Syria.

Read more on the Guardian.

Tamil Guardian 09 July 2016
Indian troops fire on Kashmir protesters and cut internet in crackdown
Indian troops opened fire on thousands of protesters killing at least eight civilians from south Kashmir reports Al Jazeera.

The shooting came after tens of thousands of people defied a curfew in Kashmir to pay respects to a Kashmiri rebel fighter, Burwan Wani, who was shot dead by security forces.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, a local journalist, who travelled to the protest regions, said authorities had cut electricity, blocked roads and internet as part of a wider crackdown on protesters.

As thousands gathered on the streets in remembrance and protest, Indian officials suspended cellphone services in southern parts of Kashmir and blocked mobile internet in the region to prevent escalations in protests.

Mr Wani, who was in his early 20s had become one of the prominent faces in the Kashmiri resistance over the last five years, and was widely credited as reviving the armed resistance in Kashmir.
Tamil Guardian 07 July 2016
Rwandan mayors jailed in France over genocide

Two former mayors from Rwanda have been jailed for life in France for their role in the 1994 genocide in the country.

Tito Barahira, 65, and Octavien Ngenzi, 58, were found guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, including during the massacre of 2,000 Tutsis in a church in Kabarondo/.

The two men were arrested in France a few years ago and had both denied involvement in the killings.

See more here.

Tamil Guardian 07 July 2016
US sanctions Kim Jong-un

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has been targeted with sanctions by the US over human rights abuses.

The US treasury said Mr Kim was "directly responsible" for human rights violations and blacklisted him alongside ten other officials. The sanctions will freeze any property held by the individuals in the US and ban US citizens from conducting business with them.

"Under Kim Jong-un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people, including extrajudicial killings, forced labour, and torture," the Treasury statement said.

See more here.

Tamil Guardian 05 July 2016
UN prepares contingency plan for violence in Congo

UN peacekeepers warned the UN security council has started to develop contingency plans for the event of widespread violence in Congo, said the UN Secretary General on Tuesday.

Speaking on a report about upcoming elections in Congo, Ban Ki Moon said,

“The (UN peacekeeping mission) MONUSCO is developing contingency plans in the event of widespread violence in the context of the electoral process.”

“I urge the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to respect freedom of expression, assembly and information as fundamental rights that are essential to the conduct of free and fair elections.”

The UN Security Council is due to be briefed  by the UN peacekeeping mission on Thursday.

 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Editorial
Enduring resistance
Accountability is imperative for peace
No turning back
  Opinion
A long way in a short time, but more needs to be done - Hugo Swire
"Sri Lanka wants the world to forget about justice for war victims. Please don't" - Guardian
‘Blaming Rajapaksa demons for lack of progress is a false pretence’ – GTF spokesperson
  Feature
Sinhalese and Tamil students clash at Jaffna University
No justice 21 years after bombing of Navaly church by Sri Lanka Airforce
Sri Lankan intelligence torture Tamil man after abduction from church
  Culture & Community
A poet's fearless death
American Tamils raise awareness of breast cancer in community
London Tamil Market showcases very best of British Tamil business success



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