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Memorandum on Sri Lanka handed over to UN Chief

The UN Chief was also told that the Government of Sri Lanka has ensured that the victims of enforced disappearance could not seek any international remedy by refusing to make declaration under Article 31 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which would normally allow a grieved party to bring individual complaints directly to the International Committee on Enforced Disappearance.The TGTE says it will organise more events and initiate new actions in association with the mothers, relatives of the victims, and Human Rights Organizations on August 30th, the International Disappearance Day. (Colombo Gazette) The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), in association with many mothers, relatives and friends of the Tamil victims of enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka, held demonstrations around the world. A memorandum on Sri Lanka has been handed over to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres by a pro-LTTE organisation. Following a demonstration outside the United Nations in New York, a memorandum was handed over to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. “For over 114 days, the relatives and friends of the victims of Enforced Disappearances have staged a continuous protest by the roadside in Kilinochchi in the North Eastern part of the island, demanding that their children and family members be brought back home or an investigation be conducted with the participation of international experts about the fate of their children and family members,” the TGTE said.In the memorandum to the UN Secretary General, it was stated that Sri Lanka is ranked the second largest number of enforced disappearance cases in the world, in addition to the Tamil civilians who are subject to enforced disappearance by the Sri Lankan State, the fate of large numbers of surrendered cadres of the LTTE is still unknown, the establishment of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) was done without any consultations with the victims and that the OMP also continues to deny the possibility of any engagement of international experts in its operations, despite persistent demands by the victims. read more

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Max Mosley facing perjury investigation as racist pamphlet is handed to police

first_imgA spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police added: “This afternoon the CPS forwarded information from the Daily Mail to the Met Police. An assessment will be carried out.”Mr Mosley claims that they revelations have been timed to distract from his attempt to force several newspapers – including the Daily Mail – to remove historic articles about him using the Data Protection Act. “Nevertheless, I knew that if the News of the World thought the leaflet relevant, they would have disclosed it because the courts don’t like ambushes. The fact that they didn’t reinforced my view that no such leaflet existed. The suggestion that I lied in court is obviously nonsense.  “Now that I’ve seen copies of this leaflet, I still do not recognise it. It is not something I would have ever wished to be associated with. It is offensive and divisive.” Max Mosley (left) pictured with far-right candidate Walter Hesketh Credit:PA Archive The leaflet in support of Walter HeskethCredit:@MichaelLCrick Twitter In 1961 Mr Mosley acted as election agency for Walter Hesketh, the candidate for his father’s far right Union Movement in a by election in Moss Side, Manchester. As part of the campaign a leaflet, which states that it is published by Mr Mosley, claimed that “coloured” immigrants should be sent home, adding: “Protect your health, there is no medical check on immigration, tuberculosis, VD and other terrible diseases are on the increase. Coloured immigration threatens your children’s health.” They said that they had moved away from “large payments from wealthy donors” and would only accept them in the future if they were “appropriate” and “ethical.”But pressure was growing on the party to go a step further and hand back the money that they had already taken from the multi-millionaire privacy campaigner and son of the fascist Oswald Mosley. Conservative Party Deputy Chairman James Cleverly told the Evening Standard: “Tom Watson should seriously consider distancing himself from Mr Mosley and returning the money.”Mr Mosley’s links to the only state recognised press regulator, Impress, and “some of our leading politicians” were raised with Theresa May, who vowed that they  freedom of the press “will never change” while she is Prime Minister. She said: “I absolutely agree that a free press is very important, it underpins our democracy… whatever they say about us, whatever they write about us, it is important that they are able to hold politicians to account.” He continued: “I don’t believe there will be any more payments to the Labour party or Tom Watson from Max Mosley.” Max Mosley is facing a perjury investigation, it emerged as Labour were urged to hand back the £540,0000 he has donated to the party. Scotland Yard confirmed that they were assessing a dossier detailing Mr Mosley’s links to a racist pamphlet which had been handed to them by the Crown Prosecution Service. Under oath a decade ago Mr Mosley told the High Court that he had no recollection of the leaflet and said that reports that it said the “coloured immigrants” spread disease were “absolute nonsense”. On Wednesday he maintained that he does not recognise the document, which names him as its publisher, and said that any suggestion that he lied under oath was “obviously nonsense”. After the document emerged the Labour Party, whose deputy leader Tom Watson has received £540,000 from Mr Mosley, said that it would no longer accept his cash. Mr Mosley had said in an interview on Tuesday he would continue to make payments. Whilst insisting that the comments were made “a long time ago” and people “obviously change their views”, a spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn described the contents of the leaflet as “utterly repugnant”.  During his privacy trial against the News of the World in 2008 – in which a judge ruled that a sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes was not Nazi themed – Mr Mosley said he had no recollection of the document, challenging the QC: “If there were such a  leaflet you would produce it”. Only reports had existed of the document until this week, when it was unearthed by the Daily Mail in a local archive. The paper passed the documents to the CPS. A spokesman said: “I can confirm that information was received from the Mail and has been passed to the Metropolitan Police.”  Max Mosley with his father Sir Oswald Credit:Barratts The leaflet in support of Walter Hesketh Max Mosley with his father Sir Oswald  Max Mosley (left) pictured with far-right candidate Walter Hesketh  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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