UK wants SL to sign UN declaration

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Britain today urged the Sri Lankan government to sign the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

“We strongly encourage the Sri Lankan government to sign the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and join our international campaign, which is making encouraging progress worldwide,” British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin said.
 
Issuing a statement to mark International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8, Mr. Rankin also said, “I know that in Sri Lanka also, women play an increasingly prominent role. We recognise the progress that has been made in this area, especially in the main cities and towns. Women are in positions of responsibility and prominent in many spheres of activity. At the same time Sri Lanka’s long conflict has given rise to some 89,000 war widows – often, the heads of their households – who are more vulnerable to discrimination and violence.”
 
He also said that the UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Equality for women is progress for all”. 
 
“No truer theme has been chosen. As long as violence and discrimination continue, our efforts to achieve global security and development will be undermined, affecting not just millions of women and girls worldwide, but also men and boys. Promoting and ensuring women’s rights builds a balanced society; a society where women have a voice, a presence, rights and the power to shape their lives and control the decisions that affect them,” the statement said.
 
In 2013, Sri Lanka slipped to 55 in the World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Index, from its 2012 ranking of 39, a steady decline since being placed 12 in 2008.
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  • Shakira Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:06 AM

    why dont the UK Read their newspapers where every day a woman is raped or killed including children. ..so why why can't they leave us alone to handle our own affairs, pure arrogance via DM Android App

    Ruwan Friday, 07 March 2014 07:45 PM

    UK, don't you have better things to do? via DM Android App

    Fuzzy Friday, 07 March 2014 03:23 PM

    Easiest way to fight sexual crime is, enlighten the society with religious teachings. Every religion has tought it's followers what to do and what not to do. Rather than going against places of worship, we should encourage people to frequent these places more often and thereby become god fearing citizens
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    Buddhika Hathwaick Friday, 07 March 2014 04:19 PM

    Girls are raped all over the world . Why only Sri Lanka . If you have already signed this treaty how come SAS personal rape Iraqi women ??

    shan Friday, 07 March 2014 04:40 PM

    Sympathy for SL women... Sheltering Terrorist women in UK

    Mr. Wijeyasingha Friday, 07 March 2014 07:11 PM

    "Commitment to end sexual violence during conflict" is impossible to enforce and leaves the nation open to human rights accusations.

    Nandimithra Friday, 07 March 2014 07:20 PM

    Per their own statistics, in India a woman is raped every 20 minutes. These are only the reported rapes and so many go unreported due to society's stigma. In S/L its just a drop in the bucket compared to India. Why are they not hounding India to get their act together? Why bash S/L at every turn. Its utter hypocrisy and the West seems to have a concocted agenda.

    yuri Friday, 07 March 2014 08:23 PM

    is truth hurts Sri Lanka

    Nims Friday, 07 March 2014 09:29 PM

    The United States is not a participant in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Why don't you British ask US to join ICC. It is because US don't have blood on their hands

    Jay Ranaweera Saturday, 08 March 2014 01:33 AM

    Man,pl put yr backyard in order WITHOUT SUPPORTING TERRORISTS!!!
    Otherwise repurcusssions will be VERY SERIOUS!!!

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Saturday, 08 March 2014 11:17 AM

    It's like asking a woman to sign a declaration she'd never work as a prostitute when she had never been one. Sex as a weapon had never been sanctioned by this government or any SL government but signing such a loaded declaration would indicate SL had exploited sex.


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