Sri Lanka to draft new laws to implement Ottawa Convention

Commonly known as the Ottawa Treaty, the Convention was concluded by the Diplomatic Conference on an International Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Land Mines at Oslo, Norway on 18th September 1997. There are currently 163 State Parties to the Treaty This month the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention came into effect for Sri Lanka as of 1 June 2018.As of this date and in accordance with treaty provisions, Sri Lanka undertook to “never, under any circumstances, use, produce or transfer anti-personnel mines.” In addition, Sri Lanka has undertaken to destroy its stockpiled mines within the next four years, remove anti-personnel mines from affected areas within the next ten, and committed to assist victims and survivors of these weapons to live on an equal basis with other members of society. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to draft new laws to implement the Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction.Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorala to advice the Legal Draftsman to drat legislations enabling the provisions of the convention in Sri Lanka. The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka last year deposited the Instrument of Accession to the Ottawa Treaty at the Treaty Section of the United Nations in New York. read more

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Martin Theres a danger marriage will lose originality if gay marriage allowed

first_imgThere is a danger that marriage then loses its originality and the thing that’s special to marriage.He claimed “there are ways in which gay people can celebrate their togetherness” without getting married.HomophobiaCommenting on the recent debate around the meaning of the term ‘homophobic’, Martin said that it is for the person who is offended to “define what offended is”.“Anyone who grew up in Ireland would have told jokes that were pointed at the gay community, at Travellers – it is part of the culture we grew up in, but we have to grow out of it.”The Archbishop acknowledged that the teaching of the Catholic Church “could be used by some people in a homophobic way”. However he said people must be careful to avoid this while also ensuring that the Church is not “demonised”.Read: Panti: I’m expecting an apology from RTE>Damien Kiberd: RTÉ thinks it played safe on Pantigate – I beg to differ > ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN, Diarmuid Martin, has said there is a danger that if gay and lesbian couples are allowed to marry, the originality of the institution will be lost.In an interview for RTÉ’s This Week programme, Martin said he believed debates on issues like this should be carried out “in a mature way in which people can freely express their views”, while at the same time, not offending others.Martin said the Church’s teaching as always been that “there is something special about the relationship between a man and a woman”.“There is something about the complimentarity of the sexes which is God-given,” he continued.last_img read more

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