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Lanka allows Indians to catch fish

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Sunday, March 30, 2014 | 9:39 PM


Fishermen 1Indian fishermen trawling near Katchatheevu were in for a big surprise on Sunday when Sri Lankan navalmen not only allowed them to fish but also offered them soft drinks and sweets, the Press Trust of India reported.
Local fishermen Association leader Emerit said that the Sri Lankan navalmen treated Indian fishermen with kindness and chatted with hundreds of them from various places including Ramanathapuram and Jagadapattinam, fishing in the Palk Strait.
The navalmen’s friendly gesture has come close on the heels of the release of all fishermen from Tamil Nadu, lodged in Lankan prisons.
Local fishermen have in the past complained of attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India in 1974.
Sri Lanka has often accused Tamil Nadu fishermen of straying into their territorial waters, while the latter maintain they are only fishing in their traditional areas.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had on Friday ordered the release of all 98 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody for alleged poaching, a day after India abstained from voting on a US-backed UN resolution censuring Colombo on its human rights record. (Colombo Gazette)

ඉන්ධන සහනාධාරය නැවත ලබා දෙන්න - ධීවරයෝ

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:23 PM

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අවසාන යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම :  2014 මාර්තු 25 අඟහරුවාදා - 12:28 GMT


වර්ජනය හේතුවෙන් හලාවත හා මීගමුව මාළු වෙළඳපොළවල් වසා දමා තිබිණ
ධීවරයන්ට ලබා දුන් ඉන්ධන සහනාධාරය නවතා දැමීමට විරෝධය පළ කරමින් මීගමුවේ සිට කල්පිටියේ බත්තලන්ගුන්ඩුව දක්වා ධීවරයෝ මුහුදු යාමෙන් වැලකී වර්ජනයක නිරතවී සිටියහ.
සඳුදා පැවති වර්ජනය හේතුවෙන් ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධානතම මාළු වෙළඳ පොළවල් දෙකක් වන හලාවත හා මීගමුව මාළු වෙළඳපොළවල් වසා දැමීමට සිදු විය.
තුවාල ලැබීමෙන් අසරණ ව සිටි ජේසු මරිය කිංස්ලි නමැති ධීවරයා සිය දිවි නසා ගත්තේ තම දරුවන්ට බරක් වීමට නො හැකි බව පවසමින්.

සාකච්ඡා 'සාර්ථකයි'

රට පුරා පැවති උද්ඝෝෂණ නැවතුණේ ඉන්ධන සඳහා සහනාධාරයක් ලබා දෙන බව රජය පොරොන්දු වූ පසුවයි.
එලෙස ලබා දුන් සහනාධාරය මේ වන විට නවතා දමා ඇති බවයි, ධීවරයන් පවසන්නේ.
කතෝලික සභාවේ මෙහෙයවීමෙන් තමන්ගේ ඉල්ලීම් පිළිබඳ ව සඳුදා ධීවර අමාත්‍යාංශයේදී පැවති සාකච්ඡා අසාර්ථක වූ බවද ධීවර නායකයෝ පවසති.
සිය ගැටලුවලට විසඳුම් ලබා දීම පිණිස මේ මස 27 වන දින දක්වා කල් දෙන මෙන් ආණ්ඩුව ඉල්ලා සිටි බව ඔවුහු බීබීසී සංදේශයට කියා සිටියහ.
කෙසේ නමුත්, ධීවර නායකයන් හා කතෝලික ආගමික නායකයන් සමග සඳුදා පැවැත්වුණු සාකච්ඡා සාර්ථක වූ බවයි, ධීවර නියෝජ්‍ය ඇමති සරත් කුමාර ගුණරත්න සංදේශයට කියා සිටියේ.

ත්‍රස්ත මර්ධන පනත යොදා හිරිහැර කිරීම නවතන්න'


අවසාන යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම :  2014 මාර්තු 25 අඟහරුවාදා - 18:09 GMT

'අත්අඩංගුවට ගන්නා පුද්ගලයින් හමුවීම සඳහා ඔවුන්ගේ මව්පියන්ට, නීතිවේදියන්ට අවසර දිය යුතුයි'
කොටි සංවිධානය නැවතත් බිහි වීමේ අවදානමක් පවතින බැවින් ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත දිගටම ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතු බවට ආණ්ඩුව මතු කරන තර්කය සැඟවුණු න්‍යායපත්‍රයක් මත සිදුවන්නක් බව මානව හිමිකම් ක්‍රියාධරයෝ පවසති.
ක්‍රිස්තියානි සහයෝගිතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ සාමාජිකයින් ඇතුළු ක්‍රියාධරයන් එම චෝදනාව එල්ල කළේ අඟහරුවාදා පෙරවරුවේ කොළඹ අධිකරණ සංකීර්ණය ඉදිරිපිට විරෝධතාවයකට එක් වෙමින්.
වත්මන් රජය විරුද්ධ මතධාරීන් මර්දනය කිරීම සඳහා යොදා ගන්නා බවයි, එහිදී අදහස් දැක්වූ අතුරුදන් වුවන්ගේ අයිතීන් සුරැකීමේ ව්‍යාපාරයේ කැඳවුම්කරු බ්‍රිටෝ ප්‍රනාන්දු කියා සිටියේ.
"ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත අහෝසි කිරීමට නො හැකි නම් ඊට මානුෂික මුහුණුවරක් ලබා දිය යුතුයි. එම පනත යටතේ අත් අඩංගුවට ගන්නා පුද්ගලයින් හමුවීම සඳහා ඔවුන්ගේ මව්පියන්ට, නීතිවේදීන්ට අවසර දිය යුතුයි," යනුවෙන් බ්‍රිටෝ ප්‍රනාන්දු කියා සිටියේය.

'වින්දිතයන් පෙළීමට'

'ත්‍රස්ත මර්ධන පනත තිබෙන්නේ රජයේ වුවමනාවටයි'
එල්ටීටීඊය යලි හිස ඔසවන බවට පළ වන වාර්තා ආණ්ඩුවේ අවශ්‍යතාවය මත සිදු වන්නක් බවයි, ක්‍රිස්තියානි සහයෝගිතා ව්‍යාපාරයේ කැඳවුම්කරු ශක්තිවේල් පියතුමා මේ අතර කියා සිටියේ.
"උතුරේ විශාල වශයෙන් රඳවා සිටින හමුදා තවදුරටත් රඳවා ගැනීම සඳහා තමයි රජය මේ වගේ කතා කියන්නේ," යනුවෙන්ද ශක්තිවේල් පියතුමාසඳහන් කළේය.
විරෝධතාවයට එක් වී සිටි අතුරුදන් වී සිටින මාධ්‍යවේදී ප්‍රගීත් එක්නැලිගොඩ ගේ බිරිය සන්ධ්‍යා එක්නැලිගොඩ අදහස් දක්වමින්, වින්දිතයන් පෙලීම සඳහා ත්‍රස්ත මර්ධන පනත යොදා ගැනීම හෙලා දකින බව කියා සිටියාය.
කිලිනොච්චියේ බාලේන්ද්‍රන් ජෙයකුමාරි අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම තුලින් එය මනාව පැහැදිලි වන බවයි, ඇය කියා සිටියේ.
උද්ඝෝෂකයින් ගේ චෝදනා ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන ජනාධිපති නීතිවේදී හේමන්ත වර්ණකුලසුරිය බීබීසී සංදේශයට කියා සිටියේ ජාතික ආරක්ෂාව තකා මෙම පනත පවත්වා ගෙන යාම අත්‍යවශ්‍ය බවයි.
"මේ නීතිය ඉන්දියාව, මැලේසියාව, තායිලන්තය, සිංගප්පූරුව, ඇමරිකාව වැනි රටවල තිබෙනවා නම් ඇයි අපට විතරක් මේ නීතිය පවත්වා ගෙන යන්න බැරි," යනුවෙන් ඔහු ප්‍රශ්න කරයි.
විරෝධතාවය පැවති අවස්ථාවේ කොළඹ අධිකරණ සංකීර්ණය අවට පොලිස් ආරක්ෂාව තර කොට තිබුණි.

Sri Vimukthi fiher women organization celebaration International Women Day

Sri Vmukthi fisher Women organization  based in Negombo fisher area.Organization stared 2000 with ten Women. Since 2000 they conducted Right base  actions, Livelihood and Environment programs.They have given fully commitment to protect the Negombo lagoon when the government plan to start sea plane project in Lagoon.Now their membership is  incising up to 760.So this year they  celebrated international women day on 25 th of March 2014 at Jubili hall Negomb.They have invited Women organizations,Government offices,Civil organizations around this area.

 




 






 Speeches were given at the program 
Women and politics [Mari Fernando]
  Present issues faced by the N/E Women  [Women leader in Mannar ]

Women should empower to protect their rights
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Women issues in national and International [Administration Secretory
 




They  are highlighting and display their  future actions for 2014 

They have given financial support for the poor family 

         

Discussion with women s candidates in provincial council and fisher womens in matara district.

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Southern fisher organization,  organized the open forum discussion with women s candidates in  provincial council and fisher womens in matara district.
 There are four women s candidates in matara district. we invited all of them. Except UPFA candidates Anarkali Akarsa, others are participted the meeting.
UNP candidate Nadeesha Hemamali and Sujiwa Damayanthi participated the discussion. Jeewani Champika candidate of democratic party also joint.
More than 250 womens participated and they raised the questionsdirectly about fisherie issues . Candidates explain their planes in their manifesto  specially for womens
and also fisheries issues.Womens wanted to explain about their past experience in political situation after ending the election. it was valuble opportunity for women  to build up, Support and questions after the election


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Expatriate Sri Lankans stage massive demo in Geneva, urge UNHRC not to undermine domestic efforts for reconciliation


Expatriate Sri Lankans stage massive demo in Geneva, urge UNHRC not to undermine domestic efforts for reconciliation
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 09:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 24, Geneva: A massive demonstration was held this afternoon at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) headquarters in Geneva with the participation of over 5,000 expatriate Sri Lankan community in Europe.
The demonstration with unprecedented high participation was organized by the United Sri Lanka organization based in Europe to protest against the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka.
The demonstrators handed over a letter addressed to Mr. Michael MØller, Actg. Director General of the UN, Geneva and Ms. Navanetham Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urging to giver Sri Lanka adequate time and understanding to resolve the problems on its own without undue interference from countries that are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora. They asked the World Body not to undermine the domestic efforts of reconciliation. Sri Lankans living in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands took part regardless of political affiliation. Sri Lankans living in Australia and Canada also joined the demonstration.
The petition submitted by the demonstrators pointed out that Sri Lanka has consistently interacted with the United Nations system and the wider international community in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation.
"We expect reciprocity in the cooperation between the UN system and Sri Lanka in order to fulfill its international obligations and commitments to bring about sustainable peace and reconciliation to all Sri Lankans," the Sri Lankan community stated.
"We reiterate that Sri Lanka should be given adequate time and understanding to resolve her problems by herself without undue interference from countries that are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora."
Expatriate Sri Lankans in Europe, headed by Unity for the United Sri Lanka organized many protest marches throughout Europe in the run up to the Geneva sessions. The first protest by this group was held in London in front of the official residence of British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
When the protest in France was held on March 19th, the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora crowd tried to disrupt protest waving the banned organizations flag. French police intervened and dispersed them.
The protest in front of the Italian parliament building lasted for more than two hours. Italian government provided police security for the protest march. The protesters handed over a letter addressed to the Prime Minister Giorgio Napolitano through a PM's parliamentary staff member.
Following is the petition handed over during the demonstration today:

Mr. Michael Mǿller
Actg. Director General
Office of the United Nations
Geneva

Ms Navanethem Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva

Your Excellencies,
Sri Lanka is a member of the United Nations for the past six decades and it has proudly demonstrated its unstinted belief in the cherished principles of the UN. Hence, we expect fair treatment from all the UN bodies as well as its Chief Executive Officers such as you on issues pertaining to its Member States like Sri Lanka.
We the peace-loving Sri Lankan expatriates, in large numbers demonstrating our commitment to "peaceful co-existence without undue influence or interference from external forces," which is a cross section of thousands of such expatriates living in different parts of the world wish to bring to your notice the following:
The most brutal and ruthless terrorism that plagued Sri Lanka for 30 years has been totally defeated; For the last two years there were no disastrous suicide bombings; People of all ethnicities can move freely and peacefully in any part of the country; economy is growing at 7% contributed by significant regional growth rates of 23.6% from Northern Province and 26.6% from Eastern Province. Tourism alone is growing at 25% and tourists are free to enjoy our rich cultural heritage and our beautiful beaches without any fear. People enjoy their democratic rights to elect their representatives in free and fair elections. The elections which were successfully conducted last year in the North itself is a testimony to the return of political freedom to the region after decades.
Since the defeat of terrorism in May 2009, a lasting peace is the only hope for the future of Sri Lanka and its people. While being aware of the fact that post-conflict processes do take time, what matters the most is going on the right direction and keeping our eye on the ultimate goal of reconciliation although it is a lengthy process.
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, an internal mechanism has been established to investigate into allegations of violations of international law. The Government is in the process of implementing the recommendations of this Commission which will enable the country to move forward, addressing accountability issues and concerns on human rights, It is evident that there has been significant progress in the reconciliation process over the past 19 months since the National Plan of Action (NPoA) came into force.
At a time when the process of reconciliation is making steady progress, we do not wish to see the peace in Sri Lanka disturbed due to any reason. Some lobby groups are trying within the Human Rights Council to pass another resolution that will include a commitment to an Independent International investigation in Sri Lanka in the form of a Commission of Inquiry. These types of actions will not help to put the country on the path to justice and reconciliation but become detrimental to fostering goodwill and spirit of cooperation within the UN system. We believe that these actions will further reduce the confidence most Sri Lankans have on the UN system as being neutral within the international system.
Sri Lanka has consistently interacted with the United Nations system and the wider international community in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation. We expect reciprocity in the cooperation between the UN system and Sri Lanka in order to fulfill its international obligations and commitments to bring about sustainable peace and reconciliation to all Sri Lankans. We reiterate that Sri Lanka should be given adequate time and understanding to resolve her problems by herself without undue interference from countries that are influenced by the Tamil Diaspora.
While commending the important measures that you have taken in recent years to elevate human rights concerns within the UN system, and encouraging the participation of the civil society in its activities, we urge you to consider the above concerns and emphasize that any efforts by the UN to promote human rights in its member countries should not essentially undermine the domestic efforts of reconciliation.
Very Truly Your's

Eric K Makawitage,

Nihal Liyange,

Sri Lanka Europe Friendship Association Mullheimerstr.

1216 Cointrin, Geneva, Switzerland. 1404057 basel

Tamil people asking their basic rihgts

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People of Mannar district, Catholic priests,Sisters , Political leaders and Civil organization ready to conduct meeting in Mannar stadium .They are asking their rights.This program and SATHYAGRAHAYA conducted 21 of March 2014

Detained Sri Lanka human right activists released

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Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 09:29 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 19, Colombo: The two human right activists detained by the Terrorism Investigation Division of Sri Lanka police have been released.
Police Media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said Mr. Ruki Fernando and Rev. Father Praveen, arrested by the TID on Sunday, were released late Tuesday night.
The two activists were arrested in Kilinochchi by the TID on March 16 and detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for questioning to ascertain the whereabouts of an LTTE suspect who shot a police officer in Kilinochchi and escaped.
The arrests sparked an outcry from human right organizations and the US, UK, and Canada.
Sri Lanka however, said the actions taken by the law enforcement authorities were well within the existing legal framework and followed the due process.

I have a mandate for ordering Independent International Investigations – Ms.Navi Pillai



navi unhcrAddressing the Non Government Organisations (NGOs), on the 17th March, Ms.Navi Pillai thanked the NGOs for their Human Rights advocacy, monitoring and protection She credited civil society with improving the human rights mechanism to a new high.

As her term comes to an end by the 31st of August she promised that she would be a ‘handful’ as she is set to resume her work as a human rights defender. She will use what she learned to further the human rights agenda beyond the tenure of her office.
She stated that among the priorities of her office were to widen the democratic space globally consistent with protecting the entire human rights agenda.
Speaking about the challenges she faces, many had questioned whether she was an International lawyer arguing cases on behalf of victims. To a fully packed audience her answer was “I am an International Judge!”; this evoked loud laughter in Hall no. XXIV.
She spoke of various issues that she faced, including the human rights issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgenders (LGBT), which her office has protected from abuse and their denial of rights.
She stressed in the proceedings her concerns over harassment and detention of human rights defenders, stating that this was a critical issue for the protection of human rights. Later during the question answer session there was a specific question on the recent detention of Mr. Ruki Fernando and Fr. Pravin OMI of Sri Lanka, taken into custody by the TID.
She stated with emphasis that when she began the session expressing concern over harassment and detention of human rights defenders, she was specifically speaking of Mr. Ruki and Fr. Pravin whom she had met earlier.
She said she was disturbed by the turn of events especially in circumstances when Sri Lanka was facing a resolution critical of human rights and humanitarian law violations. She emphatically denounced the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Acts globally and questioned Sri Lanka’s policies and behavior.

In the questions specific to Sri Lanka as to whether her office could order an Independent Investigations, she said that her office enjoyed a mandate to order for an International Investigation. This question was specifically asked as Sri Lanka and some other countries have repeatedly argued that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights does not enjoy the mandate to order an International Investigation.
She explained that states are first given a fair chance to explore the possibilities of a credible domestic mechanism to investigate human rights violations. When countries fail to provide justice to the victims, her office has intervened and initiated International Investigations. It is not just her office but the Secretary General (SG) of the UN who has the mandate and it is possible for the SG to set up a panel to investigate.
She gave the example of the African Union which spoke of accountability and were against impunity in the case of Southern Sudan. Her office assisted Southern Sudan.
She ended her address stating that over the last years her office had expanded the mandate to serve the promotion and protection of human rights.
At the conclusion of the session, the NGOs, a number that filled the room, spontaneously stood up and gave her a standing ovation lasting nearly five minutes. This tribute, given to a devoted international civil servant dedicated to the cause of the promotion and protection of human rights, reflected the admiration of those who tirelessly work for the human rights cause. It was clear that these human rights defenders credit this great lady with giving new legitimacy to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.
Prof.Ted Orlin and Dr. Paul Newman from 25th UNHRC Geneva

International women day celebration

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Women headed family members and   IDPs  family members together celebrate the International Women day at Trincomalee, District cooperative center.They started that program at 10 am. Five member of the each villages participated the program.All together with 80 participant joint.Secretary of the district cooperative shop participated as guest. As usual government officers didnot participated. All the spekers focusing the present situation , Specifically
#Basis women rights.
#.sexual violence
#.Militarization
#.livelihoods berries.
#.land grabbing
#.Discrimination.
Finally they decided to mobilize the other women and authorities.



Prominent Human Rights Activists Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen detained in Killinochchi


Dear 
Colleagues and 
friends, 
At around 10.05 pm tonight, several of his friends and colleagues received a text message from prominent Human Rights Activist,  Ruki and Father Praveen have been detained at the killnochchi police station, apparently on suspicion of a shooting.  Later, Ruki informed a colleague via text, that he and father Praveen were being questioned separately. 

A lawyer who called the Killinochchi police station, was informed that no such persons were arrested by the Killinochchi police or being held at the police station. However the police said that two persons had been arrested by a specially appointed unit of the TID and were being held at a separate location in Killinochchi. 

Another lawyer who spoke to the OIC Killinochchi was informed that Ruki and Praveen were being questioned and a decision regarding their continued detention would be made in the morning. This directly contradicts the version in the para above. 

We don't know the details of arrest or the facts leading up to it. We are very concerned for their safety.


Fred Carver
Campaign Director
The Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice
skype: fred_carver

Rev.Badiwewa Diyasenna at Geneva

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Rve.BAdiwewa Diyasena start Champaign in Geneva asking the protecting human rights in Srilanka. GoSl not show the reality  of the  country. People have to go to the HRC.

International women day -08 March

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Friday, March 7, 2014 | 4:21 AM

කාන්තාවන්ට එරෙහි ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වය  පිටුදැකීම
ස්ත්‍රී මූලික කාන්තාවන්ට සමසේ සැලකීම
ලිංගික හිංසනය පිටුදැකීම
දේශපාලනයට ප්‍රවිශ්ටවීමේ ප්‍රතිශතය 50% දක්වා වර්දනය කිරීම 
 
ජාත්‍යන්තර කාන්තා දින සැමරුම 

මාර්තු 08 ත්‍රිකුණාමලයේදී 

මාර්තු 13 මීගමුවේදී  



The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’

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IDPs and Land rights from the speech made by Minister of External Affairs and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation at the High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today (05th March 2014).
Full Text Of The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’ - https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-reiterates-its-continued-cooperation-and-engagement-with-the-work-of-unhrc-gl/

IDPs
A total area of 1,980 sqkm, which is 96 % of the areas identified for demining have been cleared as at the end of December 2013. 70 % of the demining was carried out by the Sri Lanka Army
This paved the way for the expeditious resettlement of internally displaced persons. 297,000 Internally Displaced Persons who were housed at Menik Farm Welfare Village immediately after the conflict in 2009 have now been fully resettled and this facility was closed in September 2012. Action is being taken to expedite resettlement of the remaining 7,094 IDP families in the North and the East. Of this, 5,585 are currently staying with host families. The Government is also working towards finding durable solutions to resettle approximately 75,000 Muslim who were forcibly evicted from the Northern Province by the LTTE in an ethnic cleansing exercise, over 20 years ago. Further, a study is underway with the collaboration of the UNHCR to establish whether there are any hitherto unreported displaced persons and the report is expected by end March 2014.

Land
Land is one of the most complex and sensitive residual issues of the conflict and continues to be addressed. In line with the LLRC recommendation, the Government is implementing the Land Commissioner General’s Special Land Circular which provides for the granting of legal ownership of land to those IDPs who have been resettled. In January 2014 alone, 3,623 land requests have been received in the Northern Province. Of this, 2,321 have been resolved, making a total of 24,389 resolutions of 147,504 land requests to date. In the Eastern Province, 490 land requests have been received in January (total 11,662 to date) and 83 have been resolved (total 1,260 to date).
The former High Security Zones (HSZ) have ceased to exist. Palaly cantonment is now the only area in which some security restrictions remain although civilians have unrestricted access to Palaly airport and KKS harbour. Similarly, former HSZ in the Eastern Province, located in the Sampoor area from 2007 has been reduced in extent by 65 per cent and declared a Licensed Zone under the Board of investment.
As at January 2014 the Government has released 19,322 acres of private land and 2,518 acres of State owned land in the Northern Province which were hitherto used by the military. In the East, the Government has released 689 acres of private land and 3,222 acres of State land. Therefore the total figure of lands released in the North and the East amounts to 20,011 acres of private land and 5,740 acres of State land.
The Terms of Reference for a Fourth Land Commission are under preparation. Amendment to the Prescription Ordinance will be presented in Parliament by April, 2014. Steps are being taken to Gazette the necessary Orders under the Special Mediation Boards Act, to establish relevant Boards in certain areas where the armed conflict prevailed, and address certain identified land disputes that have arisen in those areas. This amply demonstrates that allegations of ‘land grabbing’ taking place in the former conflict-affected areas are entirely unfounded.

Full Text Of The Sri Lanka’s Response: ‘Sri Lanka Reiterates Its Continued Cooperation And Engagement With The Work Of UNHRC’ - https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-reiterates-its-continued-cooperation-and-engagement-with-the-work-of-unhrc-gl/


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