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Australian MP Swaminathan discuss racial discrimination

Minister Swaminathan welcomed this idea noting that it would be more effective to have a separate Act to address the issue of racial discrimination.While pointing out that racial discrimination is covered through the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of Sri Lanka, Minister Swaminathan stated that if Sri Lanka could have a separate Act on Racial Discrimination it would be instrumental to bring about a separate body which could monitor incidents of discrimination and act as a mediation body to resolve conflicts regarding racial discrimination. (Colombo Gazette) Australian Parliamentarian Julian Hill met with the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M Swaminathan today.The Minister and MP Hill discussed many issues including economic development, education and how to overcome racial discrimination in multicultural societies. MP Julian Hill pointed out that Australia has a Racial Discrimination Act to ensure that citizens are not discriminated based on their race and ethnicity in schools, places of work and in public. He stated that this piece of legislation extends to media and social media making it illegal to insult, offend and vilify other cultures and races. ‘Even media has to adhere to the laws against Discrimination and if a breach is committed vilifying another race, action can be taken. The law also provides protection for free speech and political debate in Australia’ the MP said. read more

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UN strongly condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch over Japan

Convening a formal meeting this evening immediately following urgent, closed-door consultations, the Security Council issued a Presidential Statement through which it condemned the DPRK for its “outrageous actions” and demanded that the North-East Asia country “immediately cease all such actions.” “The Security Council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN Member States,” the statement continued, expressing the 15-member body’s grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan, “as well as its recent actions and public statements,” deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world. Moreover, the Council demanded that the DPRK abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes “in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities” and not conduct any further tests or provocations.Earlier today, Secretary-General António Guterres also condemned the latest ballistic missile launch, in violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. “The launch undermines regional security and stability and efforts to create space for dialogue,” said a statement issued by UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko. According to press reports, early Tuesday morning, the DPRK launched a ballistic missile that travelled some 2,700 kilometers, flying over Japan before crashing into the Pacific Ocean. “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations and to work to re-open channels of communication,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Guterres remains in close contact with all parties concerned. read more

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