UN to review Sri Lankas rights record in November

Sri Lanka’s human rights record will come under review in November during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).Burundi, Korea and Bolivia forma a Troika which will review and submit a report on Sri Lanka in November. The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by October 2011, has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. (Colombo Gazette) The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. read more

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Burlington residents fear flooding

In Burlington, residents hit hard by last year’s summer storm have fears of flooding again. 35 hundred homes flooded in Burlington in August 2014. And when we have weather like this, many people who live here get nervous “Everybody is nervous on this street. Rain used to be not a big deal, and now that anxious feeling in the pit of your stomach that just comes and you can’t get rid of it” said resident Juke Bauer, who remembers last years flood. “We had about 6 feet of water our whole basement flooded and then about 2 feet into our second level. We lost quite a bit.”Thousands of Burlington residents were trying to bail our their basements last year when an unprecedented storm dumped 2 months worth of rain in about 6 hours. I shut down the QEW, trapping cars and drenching neighbourhoods. About 35 hundred homes were flooded.“Everyone keeps their fingers crossed that its not going to happen again. We have done everything right. We have done our down spouts, put the back check valve in.” read more

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