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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Sri Lanka
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Sri Lanka
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
United Nations Development Programme (Sri Lanka)- Peace and Recovery
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, DDR, Human Rights, Internally Displaced, Peacekeeping, Refugees, Rule of Law
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Communication, Information Technology, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), DDR Policy formulation, DDR Planning, Child Soldiers and legal protection mechanisms, Transtitional Justice, Peace Keeping Operations,

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At 9:36pm on March 17, 2009, Rob Schrama said…
Dear friend,

On March 21st 2009 a World Wide Hug Party will take place in clubs and galleries all over the world. We invite every city, village or town to join this initiative. Will you organise a World Wide Hug Party in your hometown?

We are all part of the collective consciousness, in which everything is connected with the universal energy. We are able to heal our planet and unite everybody in peace and tolerance. So let us demonstrate our unity, let us show our fellow-human beings that we all are One, no matter what kind of religion, race or culture we represent. We are able to love and respect each other.

In the evening of March 21st in Oceania, New Zealand and Australia people will start the Hug which will go around the world in 24 hours, the biggest chain of peace that you can imagine.

The idea is as simple as it is effective: just hug! When we hug each other we open our heart and we can feel the loving energy pounding between us. When we open our heart we unite our energy.

Be part of this event!
Be a witness of this event!

All the events will be broadcasted through the internet, to watch, to be watched, to hug and to be hugged.

On the website www.worldwidehugparty.org you get information about how to organise your own World Wide Hug Party, how to add your video stream on internet and how you can watch the other events all over the world.

Go to:
www.worldwidehugparty.org

Rob Schrama:
www.robschrama.nl

Send this email to all your friends, so as many people as possible will attend this event!!!
At 2:55pm on February 18, 2009, THUSHARA WITHARANA said…
Hi Amanthi,

How is your works.

Thushara.
At 1:16am on February 16, 2009, Rene Wadlow said…
AN APPEAL TO CONTACTS IN INDIA TO EXPRESS COMPASSION BY CONTACTING THE SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES FOR THE RESPECT OF HUMANITARIAN LAW




Sri Lanka : The Last Round ?



Rene Wadlow



With the Sri Lankan government troops closing in to the remaining Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stronghold, it looks as if this is the last round of a military struggle that began in 1983 but whose roots go back at least to independence in 1948. The ongoing conflict between the Sinhala and the Tamils that has ebbed and flowed derives its emotional force, in part, from competing beliefs that began during the colonial period about legitimate rule, economic wellbeing, and sacred authority.



The Office to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens has had a long-standing concern with the conflict in Sri Lanka and has made frequent calls for good-faith negotiations on the political and administrative structure of the State. I had thought that reason would win out over the irrational drive to settle complicated issues of social-political structures through armed violence. I seem to have been wrong since both the government and the LTTE gave up negotiations in exchange for a military ‘solution’. A military victory seems now possible for the government forces.



There are two short-term dangers. There are some 200,000 people trapped between the LTTE militias and the government troops. There have been appeals from the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross for a cease-fire so that civilians, especially the sick and wounded, can leave the fighting area. As this is being written (11 Feb. 2009), there is no cease-fire and none seems in view.



There have been calls from the Government to the LTTE leadership to lay down their arms and end the fighting. Again, this is a logical possibility, but given past LTTE willingness to fight to the bitter end, a massive rendition seems unlikely. Thus, there may be a heavy loss of life of those caught in the cross-fire.



The second danger is revenge killings on a large scale. The Tamil-Sinhalese conflict has been extremely bitter. Many families in both communities have lost kin. Although binding up the wounds of war should be the first priority, there is always a danger that revenge killings take place. Logically, the establishment of social cohesion — that is, an ongoing process of developing a community of shared values and opportunities based on a sense of trust, hope and reciprocity — should be the prime aim of government policy. However, there are small groups of violent individuals who may be ready to kill for revenge or to get rid of rivals.



Therefore, the Office to the UN, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens has sent a three-point appeal to the President of Sri Lanka, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa:



1) calling for the respect of international humanitarian law as expressed in the Red Cross Geneva Conventions;



2) appealing for the protection of all civilians both during the on-going conflict and especially in the period following the end of armed conflict during which there is a danger of revenge killings. We are sure that Sri Lanka will respect universally-recognized human rights standards;



3) appealing further that serious consultations on the governmental and administrative structures of the State be undertaken so as to facilitate national unity based on the respect of individual views and aspirations.



Wide support for these three aims would be welcome. Letters could be sent to the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York:

H.E. H.M.G.S. Palikakkara

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

630 Third Ave.

New York, NY 10017, USA





Rene Wadlow, Representative to the United Nations, Geneva, Association of World Citizens
 
 
 

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