UNP slams UPFA over statements on polls

He said that the people of the country should align themselves together to reply to these politicians and their followers who make frantic statements in a civilized world. Hashim said that the UNP is confident that in the election to be held on the 17th of August the people will act prudently and take the correct decision to continue with the present civilized administration and to throw out the uncivilized, undisciplined band of goons to the political garbage dump of history. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) today slammed the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) over some statements made with regards to the August 17 Parliament election.UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that the statements recently made by the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and two other stalwarts of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Prof. Nalin de Silva and singer Madumadhawa Aravinda, clearly indicate the extent of the frenzy the UPFA followers are driven into, facing certain defeat looming large at the upcoming polls. “Mr. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa contends that the election process is muzzled by giving effect to unnecessary laws and regulations. He further states that holding an election without demonstrations, cut-out portraits and posters is something similar to an attempt to keep fish without water.  Prof. Nalin de Silva states that they would chase away the President of the country after the 17th of August.  Songster Madumadhawa Aravinda states that on the 17th of August they will gate-crash into the Temple Trees premises and chase away the Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe,” the UNP General Secretary said. The UNP General Secretary said that the message made loud and clear through those statements is that the followers of the Alliance are unable to respect and abide by the Constitution of this country.“Furthermore, it demonstrates their inability to behave in a manner keeping in line with the morality that the people are used to respect. Those elements have demonstrated in no small measure of their inability to free themselves from the brutal and uncivilized administration and behave as law abiding citizens.  Their efforts are aimed at reinstalling violent politics and the white van culture which prevailed earlier and re-establish the unruly, harsh, destructive family political bandism rejected by the people of this country on the 8th of January,” he added. read more

Several Sri Lankan domestic workers in Lebanon deported

The country hosts more than 200,000 migrant domestic workers, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).They are employed under the “Kafala” sponsorship system, which binds them to a single employer and leaves them vulnerable to abuse.HRW called for the General Security to make public its position on migrant workers who have children in the country. HRW said Kumari was detained in 2016 and then deported to Sri Lanka with her daughter who was 14 at the time, while her husband stayed in Lebanon for work. Some of the women, who also include Ethiopians and Filipinos, are detained for two to three weeks before being deported, according to Hamati. In many cases both parents are migrant workers in Lebanon.The General Directorate of General Security, Lebanon’s agency in charge of immigration, was not immediately available for comment. Dozens of migrant domestic workers who have given birth in Lebanon, including several Sri Lankans, have been detained, deported and denied residency renewals, a human rights charity said.Lebanon has deported at least 21 domestic workers with children, many of them Sri Lankan, since the summer of 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, according to the Reuters news agency. More than 80 percent of the world’s 53 million domestic workers are women, according to the ILO. Often unregistered and unprotected by labour laws, they are among the most vulnerable groups of workers in the world. “There is no rule that bans domestic workers from having children in Lebanon,” Roula Hamati, research and advocacy officer at Insan told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. The deportation figures come from Insan, a local human rights organisation that said none of the deported women had violated their visas by, for example, working with multiple employers. In a statement to HRW on April 19, the agency said it “did not deport or send away any domestic worker with a child that she wanted to bring with her.”Some women told HRW by phone the deportations had interrupted their ability to work and their children’s schooling.“I worked for people [in Lebanon] all my life, for 32 years. We worked, worked, me and my husband, to put our children through school, to pay money to educate them there, and they treat us like that?” Kumaria, whose name was changed by HRW for her protection, told the organisation. read more