Report says Lanka violates rights of minorities

While the Sri Lankan army has engaged in large-scale property development, running luxury tourist resorts and business ventures on land seized from local populations, thousands of Tamil families remain displaced on their own land, the report that was released yesterday said. “Tamil culture and history are being systematically suppressed by a government-led effort to construct victory monuments and Buddhist shrines that speak to Sinhalese domination in former Tamil homelands, where even now few Buddhists live,” it said. Sri Lanka continues to violate human rights of its religious and ethnic minorities even six years after the end of civil war in the country that resulted in the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to a new independent report.The report “The Long Shadow of War: Struggle for Justice in Post War Sri Lanka,” by California-based Oakland Institute states that the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every 6 Tamil civilians, the Press Trust of India reported. “Thousands of people continue to be missing since the war ended in spite of the government’s promise to engage in a process of truth and reconciliation. A 2012 UN report referred to more than 70,000 missing while other estimates are twice that number,” the report said. The 39-page report, authored by Anuradha Mittal, is based on research and fieldwork conducted between January 2014 and April 2015. “Over the past six years, the process of Signalisation has intensified with an aggressive government-led effort that systematically replaces Tamil culture and history with victory monuments dedicated to Sinhalese hegemony and Buddhist religion on the ruins of the Tamil homeland,” the report alleges. read more

Budget Adjustments Discussed by Green River City Council

During June’s Green River City Council meeting, 2020 budget adjustments were discussed.The adjustments included raises for a number of city employees as well as a 3% cost of living raise. A cost of living raise has not happened in five years, it was explained. The wage of being on the city council was also increased from $20 to $200.Community support grants and donations from the city included:– $250 to Parent Teacher Student Association– $250 to the Special Olympics– $500 to PACT– $500 to Green River Medical Center– $500 to the MECCA Bike Club– $5,000 to Emery County for the bonus for hiring the new sheriff’s office deputy– $4,200 to the Pirates Den coalition (funds were generated by the beer tax, which must be used for these type of programs)The Green River City Council will meet again on July 9. read more