» 07/21/2009, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
IMF to provide a US$ 2.5 billion loan, but government forgets the poor
The loan is set to finance post-war reconstruction and cushion the impact of the global economic crisis. However, government policies are negatively impacting broad segments of the population through higher taxes and disincentives to production. Women and small scale economic operators like fishermen are the hardest hit.
30/10/2009 SRI LANKA
Fisher families going hungry in Batticaloa because of illegal fishing and drought
Law enforcement is doing nothing to stop illegal fishing methods and punish offenders. Earnings drop from 2,000 to 50 rupees a day.
11/11/2009 SRI LANKA
Young former refugees receive gift of ten bicycles to go to school
The National Fisheries Solidarity Movement donates the bicycles to young people in Arripputhurai. Mr Fernando, school director in Mullikulam’s Catholic school, says young men and women would like to continue their studies but there are no local services or help to enable them to fulfil their wish.
12/09/2007 SRI LANKA
Women in the north, the forgotten victims of the civil war
Human rights activists report that women are worse off in the north, where the civil war continues unabated, compared to their sisters in the south. Increasingly, northern women are suffering from depression as the social, economic and political crisis deepens. Few still retain hope for the future. Since 1983 20,000 women have been widowed.
24/04/2007 SRI LANKA
Thousands of fishermen demand more rights
Various organisations took part in a non violent protest rally in front of Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Ministry in early April demanding protection for fishermen rights and limits on foreign fishing.
23/11/2009 SRI LANKA
Small-scale fishermen call on government to stop trampling their rights and the environment
On World Fisheries Day, the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement accuses the government of protecting big fishing companies at the expense of small-scale fishermen and fish stock. The group appeals to President Rajapaksa.
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