Three Lankans arrested in France

The child, who suffered burns and internal bruising, is out of danger and recovering in hospital. (Colombo Gazette) The woman had been in an affair with the man since 2010. She had attempted to commit suicide but did not want to leave the child alive as she felt there would not be anyone to take care of the child. Her lover and her husband, also from Sri Lanka, have also been arrested, the AFP French news agency said.“She was under pressure from the husband and lover. In addition the husband is believed to have assaulted his wife,” the news agency quoted officials as saying. The woman was admitted to St. Louis Hospital in Paris after her attempt to commit suicide failed. A young Sri Lankan woman, her husband and her lover have been arrested in France after the woman attempted to kill her son and commit suicide, the French media reported today.The 28 year old woman had attempted to kill her child born from an illicit affair with a Sri Lankan man. read more

New UN rights report paints bleak picture in eastern DR Congo

Between January 2017 and October 2018, the deteriorating security situation in the province of North Kivu, which borders Uganda and Rwanda, coincided with an alarming number of human rights violations and abuses, said the report, jointly prepared by the UN human rights office (OHCHR), and the peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO).The rising number, and evolving nature, of violence by armed groups against the security forces and among themselves in order to control territory or natural resources, has been a significant factor contributing to the bleak picture, the report added. Women have been the worst affected, suffering kidnappings and horrific sexual violence, perpetrated by both the country’s armed forces., the FARDC as well as armed groups.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said sexual violence was being used in a “systematic” and “brutal” way by certain armed groups to punish and intimidate whole communities.“All efforts should be deployed to protect civilians – in particular the most vulnerable – and prevent such atrocities,” she underscored.All efforts should be deployed to protect civilians – in particular the most vulnerable – and prevent such atrocities — UN rights chief Michelle BacheletThe report also documents “massive” civilian displacement due to violence, as well as alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law.Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRC and the head of MONUSCO, underscored the need for credible investigations and the need to end impunity.“Without credible investigations to determine responsibility for every crime, and without judicial sanctions against the authors of these violations – no matter who has committed them – impunity will continue to prevail,” she said.“This will in turn continue to feed the seemingly never-ending cycle of conflict and misery in North Kivu, with civilians caught between the armed groups on the one hand and the security forces – who are supposed to protect them – on the other.”The report also noted that armed group activity also affected the emergency response to the deadly Ebola epidemic in the Lubero region, where the violence triggered displacements both from and to Ebola-affected villages, most likely contributing to the spread of the disease.It also stated that the situation of high insecurity and of continuing rights violations could undermine the political rights of the population with elections scheduled this weekend. read more