» 06/14/2013, 00.00
For Sri Lankan bishops, the government must respect Tamils, the country needs unity
In a statement addressed to the government, the Bishops' Conference calls for the retention of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which created provincial councils and granted Tamil official language status. Its repeal would be detrimental to northern minorities.
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Rajapaksa “promises” independence to Tamil
The government wants to set up an advisory body to plan reforms needed by ethnic minorities in northern and eastern Sri Lanka (the areas most affected by the civil war). Catholics criticise the president for “appointing commissions” when all that is needed is to “implement the 13th Amendment”, which transfers power to the provinces.
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Yogurt as a "tool of independence" for Tamil women
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Card Ranjith visits Tamil war victims
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