Government decides not to debate Disappearance Bill on Thursday

The joint opposition had earlier called for the Bill to be removed from the Parliament order paper this week. The Government has decided not to debate the Enforced Disappearance Bill on Thursday, September 21.Government spokesman, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said that it has been decided not to debate the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill this week. Sri Lanka signed the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in 2015. The Convention has defined enforced disappearance as a violation of human rights and considered it as a criminal offence and has made its member states to draft legislations based on a set of principles.The former Government refused to sign the Convention, especially at a time when enforced disappearances were said to be taking place in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Afghan Taliban capture Turkish civilians after helicopter lands

first_imgTALIBAN INSURGENTS HAVE seized eight Turks and an Afghan from a civilian helicopter which made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.The incident happened after the Turkish helicopter landed on Sunday evening, said Rais Khan Sadeq, deputy police chief of Logar province, south of Kabul.“Security forces found the helicopter but the nine people were not in it. They are taken by the Taliban,” Sadeq told AFP.Revising earlier information, he said the group is made up of eight Turks and one Afghan.Provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darvish also said eight Turks and an Afghan had been detained.Hamidullah Hamid, governor of Azra district where the helicopter came down, said it had departed from the eastern city of Khost and was heading for Kabul.Hamid said it belonged to a Turkish company which has a major project in Khost but gave no details.A local official who declined to be identified said tribal chiefs are trying to secure their return.The Turkish embassy in Kabul could not be reached for comment.The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said the force had assisted a search by Afghan authorities for a helicopter but gave no details.A spokesman confirmed it was a civilian helicopter and not part of ISAF.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more