Indian fishermen’s custody extended by Lanka court

Indian fishermen's custody extended by Lanka court
Indian fishermen’s custody extended by Lanka court

A Sri Lankan court today extended till December 17 the jail custody of 14 Indian fishermen, who were charged with violating the International Maritime boundary line and arrested near Neduntheevu on November 19, according to a fishermen organisation.

The 14 fishermen, nine of whom were from Rameswaram and four from Mandapam, were arrestedby Sri Lankan navy personnelwhen they were fishing near Nedunteevu and they weresent to a prison after being produced in a court there, P Sasuraja, Rameswaram fishermen organisation president, said.

The 14 fishermen were produced before Oorkavalthurai court magistrate Lenin Kumar who today extended their remand by a fortnight following which the fishermen were sent to Jaffna prison.

( Source – PTI )

Moot court competition won by Jodhpur National Law University

lawMoot competition which was organised by in the DU’s Campus Law Center has been won by The National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur today.

The three-day-long competition saw participation from as many as 54 different universities and institutions of India as well as of the UK, the US, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The NLU, Jodhpur bagged the first award and the North Umbria University of England was declared the runners up, it said, adding that the prizes were given by Supreme Court judge Justice S S Nijjar.

The final round of the competition on the topic ‘Narcotics trial by media and defence entrapment’ was judged by three sitting judges of the Delhi High Court, justices Reva Khetrapal, Manmohan and Indermeet Kaur.
The prize for the best speaker was bagged by a student of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

The competition is held every year since 2005 in memory of K K Luthra, a renowned Delhi-based criminal lawyer.

Earlier, Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai had inaugurated the competition.

After vote, India says it stands by Sri Lanka

After voting Thursday in favour of a US resolution in Geneva urging Colombo to probe alleged human rights abuses, India declared it will remain engaged with Sri Lanka.

Within an hour after voting for a resolution that Colombo had dubbed “anti-Sri Lanka”, New Delhi sought to mollify hurt feelings in the island nation, making it clear that there was a limit to UN intervention.

“As a neighbour with thousands of years of cordial relations with Sri Lanka, with deep-rooted spiritual and cultural ties, we cannot remain untouched by developments in that country,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

“We have been bound also by a shared quest for freedom and dignity. We will continue to remain engaged with the government of Sri Lanka to take forward the process of reconciliation to secure for all its citizens a future marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect.”

India and 23 other countries voted in favour of a US resolution at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.

The ministry said India subscribed to the broader message of the resolution and objectives it promotes but underlined that any “assitance” from a UN body can only be done in concurrence with Colombo.

“These are norms which all of us in the (Human Rights) Council subscribe to. A democratic country like Sri Lanka has to be provided time and space to achieve the objectives of reconciliation and peace.

“In this council we have the responsibility to ensure that our conclusions do contribute to this objective rather than hinder it,” it said.

It also said India believes that primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of human rights lies with the states.

“Consequently resolutions of this nature should fully respect the sovereign rights of states and contribute to Sri Lanka’s own efforts in this regard.”

India had welcomed the recommendations of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report, which formed the crux of the Geneva resolution.

“We believe there is indeed a window of opportunity to forge a consensual way forward towards reconciliation through a political settlement respecting all the ethnic and religious groups inhabiting the nation.

“This is, in effect, what the Sri Lankan government had committed to in this council in 2009.

“We have noted the commencement of such a dialogue with several parties, including the Tamil National Alliance.”

It said LLRC report recognizes that a political solution was imperative and Sri Lanka should provide the leadership to this political process.

“This Council has also been briefed by the government of Sri Lanka in this session on the series of steps taken to implement the report and other measures.

“We welcome these steps. We are confident that the implementation of the report will foster genuine reconciliation,” the ministry said.

Noting that India was involved in a major way in the rehabilitation and resettlement of those displaced by the war, New Delhi said its engagement in Sri Lanka in areas like housing and de-mining had helped restore some normalcy in the former war zone.

“We urge the Sri Lankan government to take forward the process of broader dialogue and show concrete movement towards a meaningful devolution of powers, including the implementation of the 13th amendment (of the constitution) and beyond.

“We would also urge that Sri Lanka takes forward the measures for accountability and to promote human rights it has committed to.

“It is these steps, more than anything we declare in this council, which would bring about genuine reconciliation between all the communities of Sri Lanka, including the Tamil community,” said the ministry.


India to vote against Sri Lanka: PM

The Prime Minister said today in Parliament that India is inclined to vote against Sri Lanka at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. A resolution against the Sri Lankan government for alleged war crimes and human rights violations has been moved by the US, Norway and France. “We do not yet have the final text of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka. However, I may assure the House that we are inclined to vote in favour of a resolution that we hope will advance our objective, namely the achievement of a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka that is marked by equality, dignity, justice and self-respect.” Sources say that the resolution, to be balanced, could include criticism of the LTTE too.

Dr Manmohan Singh’s comments have placated his ally, the DMK, which has threatened to pull out of the coalition at the centre if India either abstained or supported Sri Lanka at the vote. The DMK has 18 Lok Sabha MPs and is needed for the government’s survival. “We welcome the announcement if it’s true,” said the party’s president, M Karunanidhi, adding “(but) we will wait for the final decision.”

All parties from Tamil Nadu have been urging the Centre to take a strong stand on the atrocities allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan government in ending the country’s civil war and extinguishing the LTTE. The deaths of Sri Lanka Tamils – 40,000 according to some reports – has been an emotional issue in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement today, the Ministry of External Affairs stressed that Foreign Affairs Minister SM Krishna is “giving great importance to views expressed by MPs from Tamil Nadu” and that India will study the draft of the resolution against Sri Lanka and then take a call on its vote.