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MONLAR concerned over sending farm workers to Israel amid Gaza conflict

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The Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) has expressed their ‘deep concern and condemnation’ over the recent decision of the Sri Lanka government to export 10,000 farm workers to Israel.

“This decision, taken at a time when the conflict between Israel and Gaza has escalated, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives, including children and infants, is deeply troubling,” a statement issued by MONLAR says.

The statement further notes :

The ongoing conflict in Palestine demands international attention and calls for a collective effort to promote peace, justice and immediate ceasefire to stop all the killings and allow humanitarian support for wounded and internally displaced people. In such a volatile situation, the decision to send Sri Lankan farm workers to Israel raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of engaging in labor agreements with a country involved in armed conflict.

MONLAR firmly believes in the principles of justice, human rights, and the protection of vulnerable populations. We express our solidarity with the people of Palestine who are enduring immense suffering during this conflict. Sending workers to a region marred by violence not only puts their safety at risk but also raises concerns about the ethical implications of engaging in economic activities with a country involved in a military conflict.

We urge the Sri Lanka government to reconsider this decision, taking into account the humanitarian aspects of the conflict and prioritizing the safety and well-being of its citizens. It is essential to align our actions with the principles of justice, peace, and respect for human rights, especially during times of heightened geopolitical tensions.

MONLAR calls for a transparent and inclusive dialogue to address the concerns of citizens, civil society organizations, and stakeholders regarding the government’s decision. We emphasize the importance of fostering a foreign policy that upholds human rights, contributes to global peace, and aligns with the values of justice and solidarity.

Therefore, MONLAR demands the Sri Lanka government to reconsider its decision in light of the broader ethical considerations and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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