GENEVA (26 April 2016) – United Nations human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system.
Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.
As assistance to resettling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), WFP provided cash for work to 7,400 persons (2,100 families), as of March.
Recipients are mainly female headed households.
Due to limited funding, there is an expected shortfall in the supply of Super Cereal Plus to Uva province, limiting programme implementation.
The new government has confirmed the in-kind donation of 50,000 mt (12,000 mt for WFP Sri Lanka and 38,000 mt for WFP elsewhere).
Le présent rapport, qui porte sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2015, est soumis en application de la résolution 63/282 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle celle-ci a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter chaque année un rapport sur le Fonds pour la consolidation de la paix.
The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2015, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/282, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit an annual report on the Peacebuilding Fund.
Comment: Equal dreams, equal opportunities
The migration of people—across land and sea, among countries and regions—is a centuries’ old phenomenon. But it has never polarized opinion more than it does today.
As the wretched trail of refugees continues across its borders, Europe has become dangerously close to disintegrating. Both governments and citizens are divided. On one side, outrage is fuelled by fear. On the other, humanitarian voices plead for benevolence and understanding.
The ADB program in Sri Lanka has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.
ADB has worked closely with Sri Lanka since 1966 with cumulative lending amounting to about $7.23 billion. Within a few years, Sri Lanka will be ready to reach upper-middle-income status.
Land is a key issue for reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Reparations including the restitution of land, if implemented in the correct manner, can contribute to long-term peace building efforts and prevent further marginalisation of people who were affected by the war. With promises by the government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to initiate reforms including with transitional justice processes and mechanisms, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) examines a key issue that is crucial for reparations and reconciliation in Sri Lanka: occupation of land in the Northern Province.
Houses built for families displaced as a result of a landslide in the Livingston Estate Division of the Wedamulla Estate in Kotmale have been vested in the public. The opening of these houses took place under the patronage of Minister Palani Digambram.
The Housing Scheme launched under the “Haritha Ran” Housing Programme has 20 houses.
17 families living in the Livingston Estate Division lost their houses due to the landslide experienced on the 25th of September last year.
Andreas Kleiser analyzes the essential role of resolving the issue of missing and disappeared persons in Sri Lanka as part of the country’s postwar recovery.
District Secretaries survey revealed that the total permanent housing requirement for the conflict affected families in the Northern and Eastern Provinces is 137,000. Government decided to immediately address the problem of the people living in the welfare centres due to the past 30 years old conflict.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:56 GMT
By Alex Whiting
LONDON, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mental illnesses are the world's leading cause of disability affecting millions and, even during a humanitarian crisis, treating them is not an optional luxury, experts said before a World Bank/World Health Organization meeting on the issue in Washington this week.
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From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.
By Amantha Perera
VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka, Apr 7 2016 (IPS) - Sri Lanka is facing the heat from a scorching sun for the past one month. In recent times, the country has imposed power cuts after almost a decade. The main reason was the stoppage at a coal power plant, but engineers at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) admit that the island’s hydro-power generation capacity is at such a critical low that without additional coal, diesel and renewable generation, the country’s full demand for power cannot be met.