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Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka

France: Sarkozy government introduces law restricting right to strike

On August 2, the French National Assembly passed a new law requiring public transport workers to maintain a minimum level of service. The new measure represents a historic restriction of the right to strike and is directed in particular against rail, bus and urban transport workers. At the same time, the new law gives trade unions the responsibility of organising and policing, in collaboration with the employers, minimum service levels in the event of a strike. The minimum service law stipulates that transport staff must, individually and on pain of sanctions, give 48 hours notice of their intention to strike and that—after a week on strike—management may organise a secret ballot of workers on the continuation of the industrial action. This measure essentially hands over responsibility for any further industrial action to the company management.

Indo-Bangladesh relations and coup in august 1975 –part- IX

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

After evaluating all those events of August-November 1975— would anybody describe the real character of the killers of Sheikh Mujib? Who are the beneficiaries of the killing of Sheikh Mujib? Why should the Constitution, framed by people's representatives, bear the scars of martial law proclamations? People would be submissive, docile, as they have no direct role to play in this system of constitution making or amendments? But it was the people’s representatives who adopted the Constitution. Article 7 of the constitution is the touch- stone of the Constitution. Sheikh Hasina rightly questioned, “What particularly worries me is that those quarters which have in the years roundly criticized the Fourth Amendment have somehow never seen it fit to repeal the said amendment and take the country back to the situation prevailing before the amendment came into force. (Hasina, democracy, p-22)

Forked tongues of Gareth Evans and John Holmes

H. L. D. Mahindapala

By now those Sri Lankans who have their eyes wide open must be quite familiar with the descendants of the colonial masters arriving in plane loads, carting their moral bag and baggage with them, to tell how the natives should behave according to what they say and not according to what they do. Sir. John Holmes, the UN Humanitarian Affairs Chief, has arrived hard on the heels of Gareth Evans of the International Crisis Group. Both come from a past that does not quite smell like roses. For instance, when Tony Blair nominated his buddy, Sir John, for the high-ranking Under-Secretary General position in the UN there was widespread criticism.

A Plague of Indifference

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

We are burning the candle not just on both ends, but also on the middle. Two recent reports reveal how profoundly Sri Lanka is failing her people, Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim. The Human Rights Watch’s ‘Return to War; Human Rights under Siege’ highlights what liberation has come to mean for Eastern Tamils while the Asian Development Bank’s ‘Inequality in Asia’ highlights what development has come to mean for the Lankan poor. Juxtapose the two reports and the conclusion is as inescapable as it is disturbing; Sri Lanka is indifferent to the fate of a large segment of her populace – the poor and the minorities. By thus undermining our stability and unity, we are imperilling our own future.

Sir. John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary General, exposed as an unreliable and crafty double-dealer

Sir John Holmes, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under Secretary General of Humanitarian Affairs, has emerged from a four-day visit to Sri Lanka with his reputation in tatters. Reports targeting him have exposed him as an unreliable and crafty manipulator, saying negative things about Sri Lanka to Reuters in an exclusive interview and telling positive things to the Sri Lankan government commending the improvements in the human rights situation. Reuters too has been accused of being a party to the sneaky games played by Sir. John, a senior British diplomat nominated by Tony Blair, his friend to this high-ranking position in the UN. He was so very close to Tony Blair that he was known in British political circles as “Tony Crony”. British media also exposed Sir. John as a man lacking in experience in handling humanitarian crises.

Armed forces of Sri Lanka ready to wipe out terrorists from north - Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ratnasiri WickramanayakaPrime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka said the armed forces of Sri Lanka are ready to wipe out terrorists from Sri Lanka’s Northern Province in the same manner they wiped them out in the Eastern Province of the country. “Our valiant forces are ready to wipe out the terrorists from the Northern Province like they did it in the East,” said the Prime Minister addressing a public meeting at Horana. A similar statement was made by the Prime Minister in the parliament while he tabled a motion to extend the emergency, a day before; seeking the approval of the parliament to extend the emergency laws mainly meant to combat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led separatist insurgency.

CIA “Enhanced” Interrogation Techniques Amount to Torture, Cruel and Inhuman Treatment says US Rights Groups’ Report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

A new report issued in early August by Human Rights First and Physicians for Human Rights, two influential and prominent rights organizations in the United States, provides the first comprehensive look at the legality of 10 so-called “enhanced” interrogation techniques used by the CIA in light of the medical evidence on their mental and physical impact. Many of these techniques are widely reported to have been authorized for use by the CIA.


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