UN rights chief wants investigations into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka

child's hand on a barbwire fence

child's hand on a barbwire fence

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called for further investigations into the conduct of the final stages of the civil war in Sri Lanka. This comes after the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts released its report on Sri Lanka. The report says that both Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tigers committed war crimes during the final stages of the conflict which ended in May 2009 with the government’s declaration of victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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the movie

Actor Jeremy Renner’s role in Afghanistan mine awareness campaign

In the Oscar winning film “The Hurt Locker” actor Jeremy Renner plays a bomb disposal expert, in real life the movie star advocates for the safe removal of mines and explosive remnants of war. It’s a role Renner takes so seriously that he even went to Afghanistan as part of an ongoing UN Mine Action campaign to highlight the issue. Last year, an average of 52 people were killed each month from the deadly devices which are left over from civil wars and other conflicts.


hajra practicing football

hajra practicing football

Pakistan’s first female football club breaks cultural barriers

Pakistan’s first female football club, Diya, is challenging gender stereotypes in a country where many women are expected to just get married and become mothers. Since Diya was founded in 2003, girls’ football clubs in Pakistan have increased to around 16 including clubs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan now has a national female football team which was provisionally included in FIFA’s global female ranking system in 2010.

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