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108 Sri Lankan Battalion Serving UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti Removed for Sexual Misconduct

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United Nations November 02 announced that it will repatriate more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti on disciplinary grounds. The move comes in response to allegations which are “of a transactional sex nature,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters here, adding that “there is a question of some underage girls. The United Nations and Sri Lanka take this matter very seriously and reiterate their shared commitment to both the Secretary-General’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to best practices in peacekeeping,” she said.

Nadesan, head of Tiger Police, replaces Tamilselvan

Leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has declared two days of mourning (until 5th of November) following the death of S. P. Tamilselvan, the Head of the Political section of the Tiger outfit. He was killed on Friday morning when the Sri Lankan Air Force targeted a military complex in Thiruvaiaru, south of Killnochchi. Four other high-ranking military cadres were also killed in the air raid. Tamilselvan was promoted to the rank of Brigadier posthumously. This is the highest rank in the Tiger force.

Buddhist monks' party tables Animal Welfare Bill

By Janaka Perera

A 100 years after the British enacted animal welfare laws (The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance No.13 of 1907), a new draft legislation to protect animal rights made its way to the Parliament today (Nov.2) in the form of a private member's motion, largely due to the reluctance of the two major political parties to spearhead such a move. Their reluctance is attributed to the low priority extended to animals in Sri Lanka’s political agenda. The archaic character of the existing laws led a number of animal welfare organizations to plead for a more effective legal framework to protect animals.

Monitoring, Promotion and Protection of Human Rights a Transparent And Open Exercise in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

“With regard to investigation and prosecution, the Government has actively engaged with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in seeking technical advice and support in order to re-invigorate and strengthen capacities of our local institutional framework for the better protection of the human rights of all Sri Lankans. This include enhancing independent and credible national monitoring and reporting mechanisms, which would address a concern expressed by the UN High Commissioner regarding the lack of reliable and authoritative information on credible allegations of human rights abuses,”

Senator Kennedy urges Bangladesh Government to release 12 Dhaka University teachers

From a Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka

US Senator Edward M Kennedy, in a letter to the government through Bangladesh ambassador in Washington on October 26, has urged the caretaker government to release 12 teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) and Rajshahi University (RU) detained in connection with student protests in August 21-22,2007. Senator Kennedy said it is wrong for any government to detain individuals for political reasons and deny them access for extended periods to attorneys, family members and medical care. Expressing deep concern over the issue, he said the 12 prominent intellectuals of the two universities were detained without charges under the authority of the Director General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) since August. Their arrests were made in connection with student protests and they have not been charged with any crime, he said.

Pottu Amman behind leaking Information?

By Jaya Rohana

Despite the fact that the Tiger political leader and other five were killed after a successful air raid by the Sri Lankan Air Force fighter jets, the concern among many in Wanni now is not about the funeral arrangements, but about the leaking of this crucial piece of information regarding the location and time of the said meeting. Tamilselvan who received injuries during operation "Yal Devi" in 1993, paid much attention to politics as he was not in a position to move around when and where required. He was given the position as the head of political division over many senior cadres of the outfit. In the beginning he was trained as an armed cadre in India under the fourth batch of Tigers.

Sexual abuse by Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has received allegations of incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse by members of MINUSTAH’s Sri Lankan Battalion (SriBat) stationed in a number of locations in Haiti. MINUSTAH has requested an immediate investigation by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) and Sri Lanka dispatched a high-level national investigative team from Colombo, including a female investigative officer.

Track Record of Two Mainstream Parties

By A. H. Raja

Pakistan Army is much criticised for ruling Pakistan for more than thirty years. None can however deny that all military takeovers have been welcomed by the opposition political parties and the civil society. In fact politicians had a definite hand in failing democracy. After exhausting all its schemes to bring down the ruling regime, the army generals were cajoled to stage a coup to save the country from perceived disaster. It was done under the hope that the army would help them in replacing the ruling party. Pliant judiciary helped the army rulers to legalise their takeovers and to prolong their stay. It was only when the military ruler refused to abdicate power that the political forces got together out of political expediency.

Inviting Intervention

By Gomin Dayasri

The presentation of Dr G.L.Peiris in the Sunday Island (on the visit of Louise Arbour, if it is the official position of the Government, displays servility with accompanying flattery which provides more substance and strength to those visiting emissaries to plant more explicit/implicit unwarranted strictures on Sri Lanka giving rise to unjustifiable interpretations and unwarranted incursions into our domestic sphere.

When Terror Stuck Karachi...

By *Prof Ishtiaq Ahmed - Syndicate Features

The utter savagery and mayhem let loose on October 18 by terrorists, possibly suicide bombers, on the convey carrying Ms Benazir Bhutto from Karachi Airport towards the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah after living for eight years in self-imposed exile remains unsurpassed in the history of terrorism of Pakistan. At least 140 people were killed and more than 500 injured, many of them sustaining very serious injuries. Most of the dead were from ordinary families, possibly very poor families because they alone can risk their lives for a political cause or leader.

Tamilselvan and five others killed - a cartoon

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Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger Spokesman Tamilselvan’s Death A Set Back for Peace laments Sri Lanka’s Peacenik

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Commentary

This writer, who is at the other end of the world, was somewhat amused when he saw the well read Internet Daily France 24 – International News that quoted the most saddened Jehan Perera of Sri Lanka’s National Peace Council about the ‘untimely’ demise of his country’s separatist Tamil Tiger spokesman S. Paramu Tamilselvan. Here is what Jehan Perera told Reuters carried in France 24 in its November 02 Online Edition: "The loss of Tamislevan in this way would be a very big setback to any hope of peace talks in the near future -- which in any case were not apparent either," said Jehan Perera of non-partisan advocacy group the National Peace Council.