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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1314

News Analysis

The Ripple Effect of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction

The concept of Universal Jurisdiction, which came into being in the aftermath of the Second World War, has been grabbing headlines in recent months on regular basis, both about its power and the potential for abuse, especially on foreign soil – with no geographical connection to where the alleged atrocities are said to have been committed in.

Forum Asia protests South Korean entry denial for well known human rights defenders

Seven Filipino human rights defenders and other South Asians who came to South Korea (SK) to attend the Seoul G20 International People’s Conference have been denied entry by the SK government, according to FORUM-ASIA. “Though all of them were granted South Korean visas prior to travel, they were prohibited from being admitted to the country since their names were on a blacklist” FORUM-ASIA said.

Peace Held Hostage to Rotating US, Israeli Elections

The statement by former U.S. President George W. Bush in his 497 – page memoir of “Decision Points” that a secret peace deal was worked out between the then-prime minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, and Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, which “we devised a process to turn .. into a public agreement” had not Olmert been ousted by a scandal to be replaced in the following elections by Binyamin Netanyahu, who reneged on his predecessor’s commitments, is a piece of history which highlights the fact that peace making in the Arab – Israeli conflict and the peace process have been hostages to the rotating U.S. and Israeli elections since the Madrid peace conference of 1991.

Sri Lanka: The Challenge of Returning to Normalcy

After the end of the conflict, resettling the displaced who had streamed into the prepared camps was the immediate challenge.

Barack Obama’s sojourn to India

During the period of Cold War, except for few hiccups, Pak-US relations by and large remained cordial. Eisenhower era in particular is remembered with fondness in Pakistan. Visits of Presidents/PMs of Pakistan to Washington and that of US Presidents to Islamabad were always big events. Situation took a downturn after the end of Cold War when USA emerged as the sole super power.

S’Pore NGO wants caning and death penalty abolished, new rights for migrant workers

Think Centre, a Human Rights NGO now active in Singapore, has called for abolition of caning and death penalty. It also wants the City State to ratify international Human Rights conventions and migrant workers to be entitled to workplace rights and other fundamental rights ‘without discrimination.’

Remaking Old Mistakes, Post-War?

Without a successful resettlement process, Sri Lanka cannot enjoy a lasting peace. And yet, the Rajapaksas seem to be according a rather low priority to the task of resettlement. In the 2011 budget, the Ministry of Resettlement has been allocated a paltry Rs. 2.4 billion, placing it near the bottom of the Rajapaksa budgetary totem pole.

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