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22 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
22 March 2017

The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting held separate interactive dialogues on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sri Lanka under its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building.

22 Mar 2017 description

The Government of India donated eight water bowsers to supply water to the people in drought affected areas. Donations were officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (21).

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu symbolically handed over the relevant documents and keys of water bowsers to the President.

Presently, there are 16 districts directly affected by the water shortage due to the prevailing dry weather condition across the country.

20 Mar 2017 description


  • Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.

18 Mar 2017 description

by Amantha Perera | @AmanthaP | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 17 March 2017 14:00 GMT

After decades struggling to find out if they own the land beneath their homes, some Sri Lankans at last have hope

By Amantha Perera

VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For almost two decades, Sivaraja Sivakumar has lived on a plot of land in the north of Sri Lanka - but he has no idea who owns it.

17 Mar 2017 description

In May 2016, severe floods hit Sri Lanka, causing spilling of toilet waste in the streets of urban areas, especially in Colombo and Gampaha districts, on the west side of the island, which were particularly affected owing to the overflowing of the Kelani river that goes through these areas. In response, ACTED, with support from UNICEF, installed septic tanks in over 400 affected households to enable safe excreta disposal.

Septic tanks for improved sanitation

17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.

16 Mar 2017 description

Education authorities of the Eastern Province have taken a decision to close 66 government schools in the Kinniya Education Zone in the Trincomalee district for three days starting from yesterday until tomorrow following the rapidly spreading of Dengue in the Trincomalee district.

14 Mar 2017 description

The second meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in Colombo 13-14 March 2017.

The second meeting of the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights under the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held in Colombo 13-14 March 2017.

13 Mar 2017 description

Rice harvest could be the worst in 40 years in the South Asian island nation, Save the Children warns

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into "acute food insecurity", the World Food Programme (WFP) says.

13 Mar 2017 description

Another batch of 33 displaced families living in welfare centres in Jaffna was provided with new houses at the newly completed 'Nallinakkapuram' Housing Project in the Jaffna Peninsula. According to Army media sources the 33 beneficiary families were provided with ownership documents during a simple ceremony held on Friday (10th March) at the Nallinakkapuram' Community Hall.

09 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

Sri Lankan farmers are counting the cost of the nation’s worst drought in decades, which has caused widespread crop failure and food shortages while compounding the nation’s existing malnutrition crisis.

Drought conditions now exist in all but two of the country’s 25 provinces, and more than 1.2 million people are affected, including over 600,000 children. Rice paddy cultivation from the harvest just ended was down 63 percent compared to the average, making it the worst major harvest in over 40 years.