Fonseka’s Appointment to Parliament Contradicts Accountability Pledge
(New York) – The Sri Lankan government’s appointment to parliament of the former army chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts pledges to investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 9, 2016, the United National Party of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe appointed Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to parliament as a national list member for a seat vacated by the death of an incumbent.
A three day Dengue Prevention Programme targeting seven high risk districts including the Western Province, will commence tomorrow.
The Health Ministry said the programme will be conducted in Kegalle, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Ampara districts and in the Western Province.
The decision has been arrived at due to the increase in numbers of dengue related cases in January this year.
By Jared Ferrie
YANGON, 9 February 2016 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka's president is unlikely to cave in any time soon to pressure for international participation in a war crimes tribunal, as the United Nations rights chief urged today. But he could turn the situation to his advantage by offering up less controversial reforms to win back domestic political support and satisfy the international community.
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Colombo, 9 February 2016
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Health authorities found that over 54 percent of schools have dengue mosquito breeding sites.
In addition, 40 percent of religious institutions and 36 percent of construction sites have either dengue larvae or dengue mosquito breeding sites, Director General health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala said. Addressing the media at the Epidemiology Unit, he said that 5,263 dengue cases had been reported countrywide during this year and the death rate has gone down to 1.5 percent. Fifty eight dengue deaths were reported last year.
AT LEAST 2297 JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA STAFF HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE 1990 : IFJ REPORT
The International Federation of Journalists today published its 25th report on journalists and media staff killed since 1990. The report lists 2297 media fatalities due to violence in journalism, including 112 killed in 2015 alone. From double digits at the start of these publications, the figures reached three digits in eleven years, peaking to 155 killings of journalists and media staff in 2006, the deadliest year on record, according to the IFJ reports.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
International peacebuilding actors have so far been wary of engagement with political parties. However, there is growing recognition of the importance of working with local political systems, institutions and parties in the promotion of peace. It is therefore important that international actors strengthen their understanding of political parties in conflict-affected contexts and how such parties relate to conflict and peacebuilding, as well as examine how best to deepen engagement with them.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.
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Elections in Sri Lanka brought about momentous changes after nearly a decade of increasingly autocratic rule. In January 2015, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, in power since 2006, lost to a united opposition front led by Maithripala Sirisena, a former health minister. In August, Ranil Wickramsinghe, longtime leader of the largest opposition party, was elected prime minister.
60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS
2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS
10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA
14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA
El Niño status
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000
President Maithripala Sirisena says a lot of new investments will be initiated in the Northern Province with support of foreign investors to solve the burning problem of the unemployment among the Northern youths.
"My expectation is to see every people in the North and the South living happily. The government will solve every problem of the people in the North while providing them the benefits of the development", he said.
Summary of WFP Assistance
Foreign Judges, Prosecutors are Crucial to Prosecuting Wartime Abuses
Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 139, December 2015:
City, Child, and Resilience interact with each other but not always to move towards sustainable development. This issue explores some of the key issues around this.
By Amantha Perera
VALLIPURAM, Sri Lanka, 18 January 2016 (IRIN) - Almost seven years after the end of Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war, the majority of former Tamil Tiger rebels are struggling to find jobs despite billions of dollars of extra investment in their regions.
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