connections / October 1, 2012
The UN and Sri Lanka-Assistance or Interference
In a few weeks time officials from the United Nations and country representatives will meet in Geneva to assess the progress of countries which have made commitments to the UN on various aspects of Human Rights. The upcoming meeting is officially called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). There are 3 sessions that take place every year and this time Sri Lanka’s is one of the 16 countries that will be reviewed in its 14th session.
A team from the UN was in Sri Lanka a couple of weeks ago to see how far we have gone to uphold Human Rights and support us. The visit however had different reactions from various segments of society.
Here’s a report on a protest organized by the Jathika Hela Urumaya opposing the visit followed by an interview with Dr. Saravanamutthu of the Centre for Policy Alternatives about the visit and the context in which it was made.
Redirecting Muslim Fury -”The Innocence of Muslims”
In July 2012, a clip of a short film called “Innocence of Muslims” by Nakoula Besseley Nakoula mocking Islam and the Prophet Muhammad was uploaded to the internet triggering protests across the world.
Muslims in Sri Lanka too reacted to the film-with different segments of the community reacting in different ways.
Tree Planting “By the Youth for the Youth”
We end today’s program with a look at what the Young Men’s Christian Association in Sri Lanka is doing to make things right with nature and also as part of an effort to unite the youth in the country in an activity that will benefit all communities-Tree planting.