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David Cameron presses Rajapaksa on war crimes
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As an estimated 8000 protestors gathered outside Marlborough House to demonstrate against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it was reported that inside, British Prime Minister David Cameron also discussed the issue of war crimes with Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman Craig Oliver told Channel 4 that,
“The Prime Minister raised the issue of making sure that allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka were properly investigated”.
Earlier, reports from “senior  sources” to The Times indicated that the British Prime Minister would also warn Rajapaksa of potential boycott of the 2013 CHOGM, currently scheduled to be held in Colombo, unless there was speedier action on issues such as demilitarisation and devolving power.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Presidential spokesperson Bandula Jayasekara told the Daily Mirror that a “cordial” meeting on “development in the country” was held, and told the Colombo Gazette that details of the discussion were not yet available.

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Sri Lanka strips NPC members of police protection after Maaveerar Naal
Sri Lanka’s government has withdrawn police protection given to certain members of the Northern Provincial Council as of 27th November. Protection given to Northern Provincial Council members Ananthi Sasitharan, [more]

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Sri Lankan president to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize says minister

A Sri Lankan government minister told parliament on Friday that President Maithripala Sirisena is to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that Mr Sirisena’s nomination was being discussed by several countries, [more]

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Families of the missing and disappeared protest in Jaffna
Families of Tamil the missing and those who were disappeared after being detained by the Sri Lanka military protested on Saturday in Jaffna demanding all details of their possible whereabouts to be released. ##### The protest is the latest in a series of such demonstrations on missing persons and the continued detention of Tamil political prisoners. Holding photographs of their missing children, [more]

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Students at Eastern Uni mark Maaveerar Naal
Photographs: Theechudar Students at the Eastern University in Batticaloa marked Tamil National Remembrance Day on Friday, [more]

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Maaveerar Naal commemorated in Trincomalee

Tamil Guardian 28 November 2015
UK pledges 6.6 million for military reform, displaced persons and reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Britain announced that it will provide £6.6 million over 3 years to Sri Lanka in order to support “military reform, displaced persons and reconciliation” on the island and deliver on committments set out in a UN Human Rights Council resolution.

The announcement was made as British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta on Friday.

A press release from 10 Downing Street said the funding would “help to deliver the commitments set out in the historic UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution that was adopted in October including demilitarisation and land returns”.

“The UK is clear that credible investigations into alleged war crimes during Sri Lanka’s civil war are vital, [more]

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Tamils in Denmark mark Maaveerar Naal
Tamils in Denmark marked Tamil National Remembrance Day (Maaveerar Naal) on Friday, paying tribute to those who gave their lives to the struggle against oppression. [more]

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US Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal
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US Tamils gathered in New York City and San Francisco on Friday, to commemorate Maaveerar Naal. [more]

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