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Sri Lanka delays herbicide ban as kidney disease origin elusive

Men walk through rice paddies after morning

By Sasha Chavkin Facing political opposition and questions about its scientific evidence, Sri Lanka’s government has placed on hold its decision to ban the top-selling Monsanto herbicide glyphosate based on the weed killer’s alleged role in a deadly epidemic of kidney disease. The delay represents a setback to efforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its potential link to the mysterious kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekara, have pushed back, noting that the ban rests on a theory that has not been proven. “It is … Continue reading

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Swaziland and Sri Lanka to be probed over human rights

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa - His country is accused of gross violation of human rights.

By Staff Writer Swaziland’s World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and Sri Lanka’s Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) have made submissions to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to put both countries under scrutiny and continually review their performance in the protection of human rights. The two organisations made their submissions on 10th March 2014 ahead of the Commonwealth Human Right Initiative (CHRI) meeting due at the end of this week. According to a communication received by our editorial team, both CIVICUS and the CPA illustrated the current state of affairs in their respective countries. CIVICUS acknowledged that while Swaziland’s National Constitution (2005) contains provisions on the rights to freedom … Continue reading

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27 dead after violence breaks out in Sri Lanka’s Welikada Prison

At least 27 people were killed and a senior police officer seriously wounded in a gunfight in Sri Lanka’s biggest prison that began when police came under fire from inmates, prisons minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera told parliament on Saturday. The army brought the violence under control before dawn and freed staff held hostage at the Welikada prison in the capital Colombo, jail officials and military said. The violence erupted when officers from the Special Task Force (STF), Sri Lanka’s elite police commandoes, were searching the jail for drugs and illegal mobile phones. “When they were coming out, prisoners started to attack them with stones. The STF used teargas and the prisoners … Continue reading

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Gen Fonseka released to be prisoner in the open

By Nalaka Rupasinghe Former Sri Lankan army commander Gen Sarath Fonseka, who was last month released from prison after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, seems to have received a partial pardon that forbids him from participating in the 2016 country’s presidential and general elections. Gen Fonseka who was widely credited with the 2009 military victory of the Tamil Tigers rebels, was jailed for corruption two years ago. In 2009, he had been made Chief of the Defence Staff after overseeing the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). But he made a mistake when he tried to build on his military victory by resigning the army and … Continue reading

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Sri Lankans in London protest as reconciliation gets harder

Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa faces questions over his forces violation of human rights during the war with the LTTE.

By Our Correspondent A massive protest was held by Sri Lankans just in front of TV Chanel 4, this week (17th July) to express their anger about the programme, ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’. It was presented by Chanel 4’s most popular and well known presenter Jon Snow on the 14th June (last month) at 11.00 pm. The documentary contained very disturbing images and video footages about the final stages of the war (2009) that defeated the separatists Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). Jon Snow warned at the beginning: ‘This film contains very disturbing images, depicting death, injury, executions and evidence of sexual abuses.’ Since it was aired, newspaper headlines … Continue reading

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