Over 100 ex rebels to be freed Audio

Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ltte.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The government is to free over 100 rehabilitated former LTTE cadres tomorrow, the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation said.Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Jagath Wijeytilleke said that the former rebels who will be released into society tomorrow had undergone over one year of rehabilitation. “During that rehabilitation period we gave them all the facilities and trained them in various skills based on their interest and also gave them certificates on completing their skills training. They have now been rehabilitated 100 percent,” he said. Major General Jagath Wijeytilleke said that so far 11,631 former LTTE cadres have been released after being rehabilitated following the end of the war in May 2009. He said that another 247 former LTTE cadres are still undergoing rehabilitation and they will be freed in batches this year and next year.Major General Jagath Wijeytilleke said that once the last batch is released early next year the rehabilitation of former LTTE cadres would be complete. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Malis selfdefence groups must face justice after deadly intercommunal attacks

Last Saturday’s attack in Ogossagou in the Mopti region is just the latest in a series of raids since March 2018 that has resulted in the deaths of some 600 women, children and men, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Tuesday. “We are urging the Government to conduct prompt investigations with a view to justice and accountability, to break this circle of impunity,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.Millions of people are being painted as violent extremists simply because they are Muslim – OHCHR’s Ravina Shamdasani“We have deployed a team … with crime scene investigators as well as human rights officers, and they will be conducting interviews in the affected villages to try to establish what happened.” According to OHCHR, women, men and children from the Fulani community were deliberately targeted.“These traditional disputes have always been there,” Ms. Shamdasani explained, often fuelled by disputes over access to land and water. “But lately it has taken on a particularly deadly turn because entire Fulani communities – and we are talking about millions of people – are being painted as violent extremists simply because they are Muslim.”Survivors’ testimonies indicated that victims were thrown down wells and homes and warehouses were burned, destroying the livelihoods of the whole community.#Mali authorities are urged by the UN to bring to justice self-defence groups responsible for horrific attacks on communities in central Mali, after a weekend assault claimed lives of 150+ people, including 50 children.@UNICEF and @UNHumanRights provide an update. pic.twitter.com/ogzcWd5YTe— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) March 26, 2019 Traditional hunters carried out the raid in the village, they said, apparently using automatic weapons, hunting rifles and other weapons, according to OHCHR. Although the Government has dissolved the Dan Nan Ambassagou militia, which is suspected of committing some of the atrocities, Ms. Shamdasani urged “prompt investigations” of alleged crimes committed by all groups.Another attack was reported in the village of Welingara, three kilometres west of Ogossagou, that led to the death of one person. The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, also condemned the latest violence, noting that the injuries sustained by children were mostly gunshot-related, burns and fractures.Huge displacementSpokesperson Christophe Boulierac also warned that many thousands of people have fled the increasing violence, with 56,400 internally displaced people in Mopti region at the end of 2018, compared with 2,000 in 2017.“The first assessments speak for themselves: one-third of people killed are children, half of the injured people are children,” Mr. Boulierac said, in reference to Saturday’s attack. “The schools are increasingly threatened, so the threat against children is clear, and children are paying the highest price of this crisis in Mali.”To assist the Malia, authorities, a team of 10 human rights officers, a child protection officer and two crime scene investigators from the United Nations Police (UNPOL) of the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have been deployed to Mopti to conduct a special investigation into Saturday’s attacks. Some investigations have been conducted by the authorities, “but they largely fail to result in trials”, Ms. Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva. Defence groups ‘taking law into their own hands’ on violent extremismMali “is struggling with fighting violent extremism”, Ms. Shamdasani said, noting that many communities were using this as a “pretext for intercommunal violence, or they are painting themselves as so-called self-defence groups and they are taking the law into their own hands and getting rid of what they perceive to be the threat of violent extremism”. read more