When couples are empowered to plan whether and when to have children, it enables their families, including women and girls, to reach their full potential. FP2020 is a global partnership that strives to make this a reality, by bringing together governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to invest in rights-based family planning.
The Embassy of Palestine on 21st March issued a statement on Israeli Army’s attacks in Palestinian territories.
To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announces that it is now providing alternative online access to a total of 22 media outlets that are blocked in their own country, in an operation launched in 2015 that has enabled millions of people to access freely reported news and information.
The National Peace Council (NPC) issuing a statement urges President Maithripala Sirisena and all political leaders of the country to ensure that an enabling environment be provided to independent commissions like the Human Rights Commission to perform their duties without undue political interference.
A statement issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
Backed by a Singaporean firm’s generous grant of a powerful database software, Sri Lanka began work on the first national digital databank of its SMEs and entrepreneurs on 12 February. The initiative, called NEDA-EMS, pioneered by the country’s apex entrepreneurship agency National Enterprise Development Agency (NEDA), shall execute a nationwide centralised database of all SMEs and entrepreneurs thereby boosting the performance of this critical economic sector very significantly. Meanwhile, first ever data collected from this digital platform’s latest pilot tests showed that almost two-thirds of the MSMEs digitally captured, focused in the “consumer” segment, followed by ‘agriculture’ and ‘textiles’.
The Minister of Industry and Commerce has claimed Rs one billion compensation with regard to a statement broadcast on a local TV channel that allegedly damaged his image, reputation and good will.
In March this year Sri Lanka will report back to the UN Human Rights Council on its implementation of Resolution 30/1 which it co-sponsored in October 2015. This report back will be important as it will determine whether or not international scrutiny of the country on human rights issues will continue or come to an end.
The National Peace Council (NPC) in a statement says that this is likely to be the last available time period for the UNP and SLFP to continue to work together.