The Parliamentary Select Committee's inquiry has raised the issue of the politicians being judges. Some have even said that the politicians have a better right to judge because they are elected representatives of the people whereas the judges are not.
A British court has found a circus owner guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a performing elephant.
A judge at Northampton Crown Court convicted Bobby Roberts after the court was shown secretly-filmed footage of a groom hitting 58-year-old elephant Anne with a pitchfork.
The tour guide’s voice echoes around the dark, musty room, three stories underground. Fifty visitors – among them mothers holding infants, youths snap
One recurrent issue in the Q&A with David Miliband was the debate over the responsibility of the government to intervene in politically volatile countries where human rights are being abused. This is a pertinent issue considering the current situation in Syria and Sri Lanka, the war in Afghanistan , the revolution in Egypt and the fall of Gaddafi in Libya.
THE civil war fought in Sri Lanka between the brutal Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam and the government ground on for quarter of a century, claiming perhaps 130,000 lives. In early 2008 the government launched an all-out assault on the Tamil Tigers, with the aim of their unconditional surrender. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were caught up in this final offensive, trapped in a war zone that got smaller and smaller until it consisted of a narrow strip of beach between two warring sides.
(i) The document dated 14/11/2012 contains no charges in Law.
For a 28-year old backbench Tory MP it was a highlight of his young political career. James Wharton beamed for the camera as he accepted a ceremonial plate from the Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The Ministry of External Affairs refers to the “Report of the Secretary General’s Internal Review Panel on UN action in Sri Lanka” or the “Petrie Report” which was leaked to the media the day prior to its being formally handed over to the Secretary General on 14th November, and officially made public the same day. While this Report is an internal review of the UN’s action in Sri Lanka during the terrorist conflict, the Ministry’s attention has been drawn to certain issues with regard to allegations directed at the Government of Sri Lanka, which are regrettably unsubstantiated, erroneous and replete with conjecture and bias. The Ministry, therefore, wishes to state the following:-
The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) strikes again! With the same kind of callousness, carelessness and recklessness!
Yesterday the Supreme Court in a carefully worded order made a request of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) inquiring into the impeachment not to proceed with their inquiry until the Supreme Court made a determination on the reference made to it by the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court referred to the good relations that should exist between the two branches of the government and stated:
The International Crisis Group (ICG) in its latest report on Sri Lanka, No. 239, dated 20 November 2012, came out with the following sentence: “The influential website TamilNet, whose editors are linked to the so-called Nediyavan faction of the LTTE, frequently criticises the TNA for moderation allegedly imposed by the Indian and U.S. governments.” In the footnotes for the statement, the ICG cites Norway questioning Nediyavan, the Dutch investigating illegal LTTE fundraising and D.B.S. Jeyaraj writing on “Tigers overseas chief Nediyavan” getting questioned in Oslo over alleged links to LTTE fund raising (page 13).
A UN internal review into the brutal Sri Lanka civil war has found it failed in its mandate to protect. Sam Pari from the Australian Tamil Congress says more is needed than just words.
People in Mullaitivu and Pudukuduirippu were recently gripped by terror by the noise of aircraft that once dropped bombs on their lands. Sri Lanka Air Force Kfirs have flown in the skies in the Mullaitivu and Pudukuduirippu areas on the 19th.
About 30 families in the Raththinapuram are to be registered as persons without lands, the villagers complain. They claim that it is an attempt to acquire the lands they have been occupying for many years.
November 23 2012 is a day of action against impunity for attacks on journalists. This is a global observance which commemorates the thirty-two journalists killed in the Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao province in the Philippines.