Threats, intimidation and hate speech against Muslims and Christians continue to mar post-war transition to peace in Sri Lanka – new report
Though Sri Lanka’s long and bloody civil war ended in 2009, and the election of a new government raised hopes for change last year, discrimination and rights violations against religious minorities persist, says a new report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG).
The Office for Unity and Reconciliation, along with the Provincial Education Departments has initiated a program to strengthen reconciliation at school level across the island.
The first in a series of facilitator trainings took place in Anuradhapura this year with 3 more held involving officials from then Eastern, Central, Southern, Western and Northern Provinces.
Sri Lanka Army troops in Kilinochchi responding to an urgent public request facilitated movement across a causeway along the Karadipokku - Uruthirapuram road recently. The road still under construction was inundated due to heavy rains that resulted in the disruption of movement along it. Troops under Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) manned the causeway at both ends as a precautionary measure and facilitated safe movement of people.
Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016
- Tropical Cyclone NADA (previously named "FOUR") continued moving north-west over the southern Bay of Bengal, towards the southern states of India, as a Tropical Storm. On 1 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 220 km east of Nagapattinam district (Tamil Nadu state, India) and 150 km north-east of Mullaitivu district (Northern province, Sri Lanka) and had max. sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
- Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, over the Bay of Bengal, slightly weakening.
A new Tropical Cyclone named "FOUR" (locally named "NADA") formed over the southern Bay of Bengal, approximately 520 km east of Sri Lanka, on 29 November. It moved north-west over the Bay of Bengal, towards the south-eastern coasts of India, strengthening.
On 30 November at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approximately 710 km south-east of the eastern coasts of Tamil Nadu state (India) and had maximum sustained wind speed of 74 km/h (Tropical Storm).
(Issued at 1200 noon on 30th November 2016)
28/11/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: Last week members of the Sri Lanka Red Cross, from Governance to Branch Officers took part in an exercise to determine the next course of action in humanitarian programming for Sri Lanka Red Cross in the next decade. The programme titled “Self Assessment for Excellence” (SAFE) looked at how the entities of the Red Cross, from the National Headquarters to the Branch level can launch programming aimed at their communities that would have a better impact through self funded mechanism.
Ensuring women can access housing and land in post-conflict settings is essential to regain physical and economic security. A safe and secure environment is needed for women, particularly female heads of households and widows, to restore livelihoods and be active in social, economic and political recovery. Ownership of assets empowers women to take greater control over their lives making them less vulnerable to all forms of gendered discrimination including acts of violence.
New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.
What happens when entire communities are uprooted by conflict or development? And how can planners shape the transition so that residents hold on to their livelihoods, social ties, and sense of security?
The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and WFP signed a three-year agreement to roll out activities that improves food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.
WFP is monitoring the ongoing drought in Sri Lanka that has affected 216,000 families. The Meteorological Department has expressed its concern that there will be 50 percent less rainfall than expected.
The severe floods that hit Sri Lanka in May 2016 caused toilet-waste to overflow in the streets of urban areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts. In response, ACTED is implementing a four-month project, funded by UNICEF and entitled “Safe Excreta Disposal for Flood-Affected Households with Improved Septic Tanks”, consisting of the installation of waterproof septic tanks, along with soakage pits, in 350 affected households.
To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
Office of the Spokesperson
November 17, 2016
Life was supposed to be easier for families after the civil war - but unexpected pressures are taking a toll
By Amantha Perera
MAHAVELITHANNE, Sri Lanka, Nov 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the last quarter century, Mohamed Azur fled his home three times as civil war raged around him, returning when the fighting subsided for a time.