Tag: Sri Lanka
Planners in Sri Lanka should do more to mitigate the effects of extreme weather in order to help those most likely to be affected, experts say. According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), in 2012, 1.2 million people were affected by drought and over half a million by floods, while in early 2011, floods [...]
Alex Pyron’s expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles. In 2011, his fieldwork in Sri Lanka studying snake diversity on the island led him to confirm the identity of 60 known species of snakes. With Sri [...]
Fifteen months after a “reconciliation” commission submitted to the Sri Lankan government its recommendations following a probe into the country’s final years of the 1983-2009 civil conflict, little has happened according to local civil society and a recent UN report. Of the dozens of suggestions from the government-appointed Lessons Learnt Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), few on [...]
FCO Minister Alistair Burt Says There Must be Adherence to the Rule of Law And Respect for Human Rights in Sri Lanka
FCO Minister Alistair Burt says there must be adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights in Sri Lanka if Commonwealth Heads of Government is to be well attended.
The United Kingdom has called on the Sri Lankan government to respect democratic principles and safeguard Chief Justice and legal profession.
SRI LANKA: Back-to-back disasters compound north’s difficultiesFEEDBACKEMAILPRINTPhoto: Contributor/IRINFlood follows 10-month devastating droughtUDAWALAVE, 28 December 2012 (IRIN) – Floods in the past two months following a long drought have left Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces reeling, with tens of thousands of people displaced, thousands of houses damaged or destroyed, and stretches of agricultural land devastated. Rain beginning on 16 December has affected at least 350,000 people, displaced 31,000, killed 39 and left seven missing, according to the nation’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
PRINT EMAIL SHARESRI LANKA: Learning from Nepal’s search for the missingPhoto: Amantha Perera/ IRINAdhri Rajbanshi,70, searching for answers from her son’s disappearance in 2002JALTHAL/KILINOCHICHI, 5 December 2012 (IRIN) – Nepal and Sri Lanka share few similarities in their post-conflict experiences. The former has a peace deal, a government ministry overseeing post-war reconstruction, a national programme to trace missing persons and an NGO to advocate for their families – none of which exist in Sri Lanka. But the two do have something essential in common: grieving relatives of the missing who are now searching for answers.
PRINT EMAIL SHARESRI LANKA: Former IDPs want more than leaking shacksPhoto: Contributor/IRINThangeswary Karuppaiyah wants to rebuildKILINOCHCHI, 2 November 2012 (IRIN) – Standing outside her battle-scarred home in northern Sri Lanka, Thangeswary Karuppaiyah dreams of one day rebuilding it. “I hope it’s soon. That’s what we are waiting for,” said the 55-year-old grandmother
PRINT EMAIL SHARESRI LANKA: Final batch of Menik Farm IDPs relocatedPhoto: Contributor/IRINMany of the displaced were uninformedMULLAITIVU, 28 September 2012 (IRIN) – The last group of over 300 people from Menik Farm, once the world’s largest camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), have been moved out, but not to their former villages. “The world is being told an untruth about us being resettled,” Sivaguru Angaramuttu Udalayakumari, a 43-year-old IDP relocated from Menik Farm, told IRIN as she got on a bus, adding that she had little idea where she was going. The group was not allowed to return to their homes in the Kepapilavu area of northeastern Sri Lanka’s Mullaitivu District because their land was being occupied by the military, but were instead, relocated on state-owned land and must wait to hear if they will be able to return home or, if not, whether they will receive compensation, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported.Menik Farm closed officially on 25 September amid protests by 346 IDPs from the village of Kepapilavu who claimed they were being relocated against their will.Following the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, more than 225,000 Tamil IDPs lived in the camp at its peak, where they received international and government assistance, including shelter, food, water, education and health care.On 24 September, Security Forces Commander Maj-Gen Boniface Perera said the last group of 1,186 IDPs from the war would be resettled in their villages in Mullaitivu.However, according to the 346 displaced from Kepapilavu, that did not happen