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Salem-News.com (Apr-22-2014 23:07)

Why Sri Lanka is Severing Ties Between Tamils at Home and Abroad

The Tamil diaspora, said to now total over 1 million, is concentrated in India, Europe, North America, and Australia.

(WASHINGTON DC Foreign Policy) - Tamil victimd Days after the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution calling for an international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Colombo government began moving to cut links between the country's Tamil minority and its powerful diaspora.

The Tamil diaspora, many of whom were driven out of Sri Lanka due to atrocities committed by government troops and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters, is expected to play a prominent role in presenting evidence at the inquiry, expected to begin later this year.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-22-2014 23:04)

Meet Dave, your Christian `Dyno­Rod`

But don't expect him to unblock the Holy Land sewer

(LONDON) - David Cameron Over the Easter holidays the UK's prime minister, David Cameron, was on his knees “doing God” in the run­up to European elections. And he sparked a great commotion in the media by claiming Britain is "a Christian country".

Cameron wrote in the Church Times: "I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.... more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people's lives.”

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Salem-News.com (Apr-22-2014 11:45)

Channeling Diversity into Democracy: Myanmar`s Unfolding Nemesis

Myanmar like India could safeguard the interest of minorities by launching government facilitated schemes for their economic and social upgradation.

(KUALA LAMPUR Burma Times) - Protest in Burma Ethnic strife in Myanmar has brought out a face of Buddhism which was never known to the world.

While Buddha set out an example of compassion for others, the exact opposite is being followed in present day Myanmar. Since the last two decades, the talking point for the international community about Myanmar has been the repression of civil liberties, human rights violations and the tribulations under the authoritarian regime which are pushing ethnic issues somewhat out of focus.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-21-2014 00:06)

Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com William Nicholas Gomes, Calls For World Wide Elimination Of Torture

Easter wishes for an end to all torture in the world in 2014.

(WASHINGTON DC) - Human Rights Ambassador for <b>Salem-News.com</b>, William Nicholas Gomes Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com, William Nicholas Gomes, has greeted world leaders on the occasion of Easter Sunday.

The Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador is a longtime advocate for the elimination of Torture world wide. He has shared Easter greetings with world leaders including politicians, diplomats, journalists, actors, academics and religious leaders.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-19-2014 15:45)

Human Rights Watch: US... Stop Blocking Palestinian Rights

Support Commitment to Abide by International Law

(JERUSALEM) - Palestine ignored The US government should support rather than oppose Palestinian actions to join international treaties that promote respect for human rights.

On April 1, 2014, the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, signed accession instruments for 15 treaties, including the core treaties on human rights and the laws of war. On April 2, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, testified in front of Congress, that in response to the “new Palestinian actions” that the “solemn commitment” by the US to “stand with Israel,” “extends to our firm opposition to any and all unilateral [Palestinian] actions in the international arena.”

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Salem-News.com (Apr-19-2014 15:14)

Forgiveness is Dysfunctional

Most people who seek forgiveness are scared of being held accountable for their behaviour. Most people who offer forgiveness are scared of holding people accountable for their behaviour.

(TASMANIA) - Forgiveness Certain religious traditions, including Christianity, emphasise the importance of forgiveness. I want to explain why forgiveness is misconceived and, therefore, a bad idea.

And why there are important psychological reasons for this. In essence, the key question is this: What is the appropriate psychological response to inappropriate behaviour if we want change in the direction of improved functionality in future?

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Salem-News.com (Apr-19-2014 14:54)

US Calls on Myanmar to Stop Rakhine Violence

UN officials have warned that the violence poses a serious threat to the country’s dramatic economic and political reforms as it emerges from a half century of military rule.

(UNITED NATIONS Arab News) - US Ambassador Samantha Power US Ambassador Samantha Power to UN called on Myanmar’s government Thursday to take urgent steps to stop the violence in the western region where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes, warning that continuing unrest could imperil the country’s path to democracy and prosperity.

Power linked the smooth delivery of humanitarian aid to containing of violence.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-17-2014 11:28)

Government Hostages and the Right of Movement in Democratic Sri Lanka

More than 65 people were ‘arrested’ in abduction style by the Sri Lankan military intelligence operatives who claim their identity as ‘Terrorist Investigation Division’ (TID) officers from the SL Police Department, news sources in Ki'linochchi told TamilNet.

(MELBOURNE) - Hostage In democratic Sri Lanka the Tamils are denied not only the right of free movement, but also the right to have visitors around. Hostage taking and keeping them in unhealthy conditions has become routine.

Last week a pregnant Tamil lady, taken for interrogation, was handled so badly that she aborted.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-14-2014 17:36)

One of Most Influential Twitter Handles: @wnicholasgomes in#digitaldiplomacy.

Thousands are following his news and joining interventions.

(WASHINGTON DC) - Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com, William Nicholas Gomes, is regarded as one of most influential activists on Twitter.

He is well known for his digital diplomacy and urgent interventions among foreign policy experts, diplomats, politicians, human rights activists, journalists and ordinary people. His Twitter handle, @wnicholasgomes, has became a source of news for many journalists.

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Salem-News.com (Apr-12-2014 19:37)

The Arrest, Detention and Torture of Tamils in Post-War Sri Lanka

In the wake of the bloody civil war, the victors have more than taken the spoils of a defeated culture.

(COLOMBO GroundViews) - Torture center There is an alarming trend in the Sri Lankan security forces operation, of arresting the family members of suspects and keeping them as hostages in detention camps.

Irrespective of their age, gender and connection to those suspects, the family members are kept under arrest/ detention most notably in the infamous 4th/ 2nd floors in Fort and in Boosa Detention camp under the control of TID. Presently there are several females in Boosa.

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