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CHR asks for quota for women in parliament as in LG bodies

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) yesterday congratulated the women elected to Parliament and urged political parties to agree to a quota for women in parliament, akin to the local councils.

CHR executive director Surangi Ariyawansha told The Island that the number of women in parliament had usually fluctuated between eight and 12 and it was not at all adequate. “Women are around 52% of the voters and they must be adequately represented”, she said.

Ariyawansha said that the election showed that people were willing to vote for new candidates if they were adequately promoted. “A lot of people from Viyathmaga entered Parliament and most of them had no political experience. People were willing to take a chance on them because they were given adequate exposure. I believe that people will vote for women if political parties give opportunities to strong and talented women and give them exposure,” she said.

The CHR executive director added that provincial council elections would take place a few months later and it would be an opportunity for political parties to field strong female candidates. “Under the previous government there was an attempt to amend the law governing provincial council elections, but it came to a standstill. The SLPP has expressed a desire to fix the electoral system and perhaps this is an opportunity for them to bring in a quota for women in provincial councils too. CHR with our brother organization CaFFE will soon launch a campaign on this,” she said.

 



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President orders probe into notification issued by Department of Immigration and Emigration

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It has been reported that President Wickremesinghe ordered an investigation into the notification issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration requesting all  Russian and Ukrainian tourists to leave the country within 14 days.

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), the relevant notification was issued without prior approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.

The decision had reportedly been taken as certain foreign tourists are running illegal businesses in the country.

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Contentious Chinese research vessel docks in Maldives

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Xiang Yang Hong 03 has previously visited Indian Ocean on several other occasions

A contentious Chinese research ship reached the Maldives on Thursday in the latest sign of the archipelago’s diplomatic reorientation towards Beijing and away from its traditional benefactor India.

Local residents said they had spotted China’s Xiang Yang Hong 3 at the Thilafushi industrial port near the capital Male.The 100-metre-long (328-foot) vessel was at an anchorage near Male on Thursday evening, according to the website Marinetraffic.

The Maldives’ pro-Beijing government said earlier the vessel was docking for a port call to rotate crew and take on supplies, on the condition that it would not conduct “research” while in its territorial waters.

Media reports in India had suggested that the vessel was conducting surveillance for Beijing.

India is suspicious of China’s increasing presence in the Indian Ocean and its influence in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, which are strategically placed halfway along key east-west international shipping routes.Relations between Male and New Delhi have chilled since pro-China President Mohamed Muizzu won elections last year.

Muizzu has asked India to withdraw 89 security personnel based in the Maldives to operate reconnaissance aircraft by March 15.But the president has also insisted he does not want to upend ties with New Delhi by replacing Indian troops with Chinese forces.

Sri Lanka refused entry to Xiang Yang Hong 3 after two other port calls from Chinese vessels since 2022 raised objections from India.That included the ship Yuan Wang 5, which specializes in spacecraft tracking and which New Delhi described as a spy ship. (AFP)

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MP Harsha in Australia as “Special visitor”

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Opposition MP and Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) Harsha de Silva is currently in Australia as a special visitor.

Taking to ‘X’, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP said he had embarked on a nine-day visit on an invitation extended by the Government of Australia.

“My engagements with policymakers, academics, scientists and investment managers began in Melbourne and will continue in Adelaide and then public officials and politicians in Canberra,” he added.

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