UN Rights Chief Urged to Send Observers to the Mass Grave Found in Sri Lanka: TGTE

"We are worried that without your involvement these evidences & skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in previous mass graves".

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —

In a letter to UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights Honorable Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam's Prime Minister Mr. Visuvathan Rudrakumaran, urged the High-Commissioner to send observers to the recent mass gave found in the Northern town of Mannar in Sri Lanka, to closely monitor the current process of unearthing and analyzing the skeletons, as well as all other connected activities, including the judicial process.

He also urged the High-Commissioner to take appropriate steps to ensure that all the evidences collected, including skeletons and the area of the mass grave, are secured, analyzed and preserved under your control as evidence for future international prosecution. We are worried that without your involvement these evidences and skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in the case of previous mass graves.

"Needless to say, it is extremely dangerous to allow the evidence collected, including skeletons, to be entrusted with the Sri Lankan Government for safekeeping and expect the Government not to tamper or destroy the evidences. How can anyone expect a party accused of disappearances to protect the evidences and offer justice? It’s similar to entrusting a fox to guard a chicken coop".

Below, please find the letter:

Dear Honorable High Commissioner,

I am writing to bring to your attention the recent discovery of the largest mass grave found yet in Sri Lanka in the Northern Province town of Mannar. According to international media reports as of now 300 skeletons were unearthed in this mass grave consisting of 23 children below the age of 12. Some of the victims appeared to have been bound. The bodies had been heaped up and found “dumped”, instead of being “laid to rest” beside each other, as would be the case in a cemetery.

The mass grave was uncovered by construction workers preparing to build a cooperative store. Local population informs that this area was under the control of the Sri Lankan Security Forces during the war, and the Military Intelligence was occupying a building close by. Even though the war has ended almost ten years ago, still there is very large number of security forces stationed in Tamil areas, raising concerns that these Security forces may tamper with the evidence. Several of these troops are accused by the UN and other international organizations are involved in disappearances, killings and rape.

According to numerous reports thousands of Tamils disappeared during the conflict, including large number of those surrendered at the end of the war in May 2009. Those surrendered include several families with babies and children. We are concerned some of those who surrendered may have been buried there. Special concern to us are the skeletons of 23 children below the age of 12, who may be of those babies and children who surrendered at the end of the war.

Successive Sri Lankan Governments have a history of denying abuses by the Government and often took steps to cover-up international crimes, including blocking any investigation and destroy evidences. As you are aware, despite cosponsoring a unanimously passed UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/4 and committing itself to fulfill the requirements of the Resolution in two years’ time, Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly and categorically said in public that they will not implement the main elements of the Resolution, including establishing of a Hybrid Court consisting of International Judges and prosecutors.

Recently, one the main suspects named by the UN of committing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Major General Shevendra Silva was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Army. Please note that it is under his command that bombing and shelling of a place designated by the Government as safe zones (No Fire Zone) took place, resulting in tens of thousands killed. It is also under his command large number of Tamils including babies and children surrendered about ten years ago in May 2009 and still disappeared.

Needless to say, it is extremely dangerous to allow the evidence collected, including skeletons, to be entrusted with the Sri Lankan Government for safekeeping and expect the Government not to tamper or destroy the evidences. How can anyone expect a party accused of disappearances to protect the evidences and offer justice? It’s similar to entrusting a fox to guard a chicken coop.

I would like to point out that no one was held accountable nor was the evidences including skeletons were analyzed and preserved in the previous several mass graves found in Tamil areas. Two of the examples are the mass graves found in the Northern town of Chemmani in 1998 and in the Eastern province town of Kaluwanchikudy in 2014.

There are recent reports of another mass grave found in a place called Mandathivu in Kayts in the Northern Province. There are concerns that many more mass graves may be there in Tamil areas, given that thousands of Tamils disappeared over the years.

I am writing to appeal to you to take appropriate steps to ensure that all the evidences collected, including skeletons and the area of the mass grave, are secured, analyzed and preserved under your control as evidence for future international prosecution. We are worried that without your involvement these evidences and skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in the case of previous mass graves. I also urge you to send an observer to closely monitor the current process of unearthing and analyzing the skeletons, as well as all other connected activities, including the judicial process. Thank you for your consideration.

Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran Esq
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Haywards Heath Businesses ‘Ask An Expert’

HHBA members "Ask an Expert".

We were delighted to have Smarter Business sponsor one of our HHBA networking events.”

— Clare Jones

HAYWARDS HEATH, WEST SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In January this year, Simon Rand from Smarter Business and Gary Worby from Energy & Carbon Management presented to an eager crowd of business representatives from the Haywards Heath Business Association (HHBA).

The HHBA organises regular ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions, an open forum for its members to find out more about issues affecting their businesses from a panel of experts.

Simon Rand, Director of Partnerships from Smarter Business, described the company’s rapid growth from start-up to the fourth largest energy broker in the United Kingdom and the challenges faced along the way. Rand highlighted the importance of embracing digital marketing from the get-go and took the audience through Smarter Business’ journey of partnerships and acquisitions.
Questions from the floor included questions about renewables and how people can avoid buying energy from the grid. They also asked about how the Smarter Business Partner Programme works.

Rand said: “As a larger organisation, it was very well received by HHBA that we were willing to share more openly than some other large companies. We hope that highlighting some of our challenges and successes will help other local businesses along their own journeys.”

HHBA Chair Clare Jones said: “We were delighted to have Smarter Business sponsor one of our HHBA networking events. It’s very reassuring that a business of this calibre is very willing to support the local business community by taking the time to meet and educate us.”

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Smarter Business is one of the UK’s leading independent consultancies, helping businesses secure the most comprehensive savings solutions from utilities contract management and procurement to business loans and facilities maintenance. Missioned to help dramatically reduce its customers’ overheads, Smarter Business is able to advise both SME and large corporate clients.

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The HHBA is a strong network for Mid-Sussex based business owners to meet, share ideas and broaden expertise among peers. The organisation enhances our local economy and community, helping members develop and grow their businesses while engaging with local government without affiliation on local matters.

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Former Servers and Bartenders at Landry's, Inc. Filed a Class Action Lawsuit to Recover Overtime Pay

Former employees at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant claim they were not paid at the correct overtime and minimum wage rates

Despite the current status of federal regulations regarding tipped employees, Maryland regulations are clear.”

— Benjamin L. Davis, III

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On January 24, 2019, former employees (Plaintiffs) of Landry’s, Inc. (Landry’s) filed a class action lawsuit against the company to recover unpaid minimum and overtime wages. Landry’s is a multi-brand dining, hospitality and entertainment corporation that operates over six-hundred (600) establishments throughout the country. Defendant hired Plaintiffs to work as servers and bartenders at its Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant in Maryland.

Plaintiffs brought their case on behalf of themselves and other servers and bartenders who work or worked for Landry’s. Plaintiffs allege that Landry’s violated the Maryland Wage and Hour Law (MWHL) by failing to pay them at the correct overtime and minimum wage rate for all hours worked. Plaintiffs allege that they were only paid the minimum hourly-tip credit wage throughout their employment, even when they performed work that did not give them the opportunity to earn tips for more than twenty percent (20%) of their workweek. A large portion of Plaintiffs’ duties included work that was unrelated to serving food and drinks, such as washing dishes, dusting and cleaning.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Benjamin L. Davis, III of the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl explains, “Despite the current status of federal regulations regarding tipped employees, Maryland regulations are clear: employers must pay their servers and bartenders the full minimum wage when such employees are required to perform work during a given workweek that does not give them the opportunity to earn tips for more than twenty percent (20%) of their time.”

Plaintiffs were also subject to other unlawful practices. Plaintiffs allege that Defendant required them and other servers and bartenders to work off the clock. This constitutes another violation of MWHL.

Additional information regarding how servers and bartenders who work or worked for Landry’s can join this case can be found here or by calling the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl at 410-244-7005. The case is entitled Diwa, et al v. Landry’s, Inc. (Baltimore City Circuit Court).

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl is recognized as a leader in the field of wage and hour litigation. The firm has successfully handled numerous class and collective action lawsuits in the Baltimore-Washington region. The firm is committed to vigorously representing employees whose rights have been violated.

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iDisclose Rebrands as LawCloud

iDisclose, a legal technology company, is rebranding as LawCloud, and has launched a new website, LawCloud.co.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — iDisclose, a legal technology company, is rebranding as LawCloud, and has launched a new website, LawCloud.co. LawCloud’s regulatory, disclosure and complex financing business will continue to be operated under the iDisclose brand name.

“The LawCloud name is more encompassing in describing all of the documents and services we now offer our clients,” said LawCloud CEO Michael Knox. “While our more complex services operated under the iDisclose name continue to drive our business, we now offer a wider range of legal documents and services making the LawCloud name more appropriate for the overall business,” said Knox.

Along with regulatory and disclosure documents, LawCloud offers other business documents to help companies run their day to day operations. The LawCloud smart library has dozens of business and human resources documents that can help lower the legal costs for startups and small businesses. This library of documents provides NDAs, employment agreements and more. This service allows early-stage companies to populate high-quality documents in an easy-to-use question and answer format mitigating much of the cost of traditional legal review by an attorney.

“The Law Cloud brand increases our addressable market by allowing us to reach entrepreneurs in their beginning stages. Our A.I. driven auto-population of documents allows clients to fill out the legal documents with ease. They never have to answer the same questions twice” said Doug Ellenoff, Co-founder of LawCloud.

LawCloud formation services allow an entrepreneur to form a company in any jurisdiction at very competitive rates and users have access to many documents necessary to run a business available for a very small monthly fee. LawCloud’s post-formation package helps companies prepare to raise capital. LawCloud provides the ability to serve smaller firms from formation to capital raising and beyond.

iDisclose by LawCloud supports funding platforms by providing a system to assist entrepreneurs in filling out complex legal disclosure documents and dramatically reducing the cost of legal review of the required disclosure filings. The company believes there is a huge opportunity for technology to reduce the costs of legal services, particularly as it relates to small businesses and startups, and is continuing to expand its product offering including to include a Reg A+ package in the first quarter of 2019.

About LawCloud
LawCloud, previously known as iDisclose, was founded in 2015 and is an industry-leading platform in the crowdfunding and legal disclosure space with major contracts with platforms such as Republic, seriesOne, MicroVentures, and Slice Capital. In addition, LawCloud offers legal document solutions for all small businesses, including regulatory documents, deal documents, HR documents, and other business documents. For more information about LawCloud, visit their website at LawCloud.co.

For media inquiries, contact Michael Knox, +1 (212) 381-0788.

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Rudy L. Kusuma Selling Team – Titanium Real Estate Network to Announce An Exclusive New Home Tour on January 28, 2019

ROSEMEAD, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Team NuVision, Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team, a leader in offering the best quality and dependable home selling and buying services, announces an exclusive New Home Tour on Monday, January 28, 2019. Toll Brother hosts the said event in Irvine, Orange Country, California. Also, it serves as a new opportunity to both home buyers and sellers and real estate agents to discover the latest homes for sale.

From time to time, Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team – Titanium Real Estate Network sees to it that the real estate agents and home buyers and sellers can have the best access to newly developed properties in different areas. The said exclusive New Homes Tour would conduct the pre-launch events where interested individuals or groups will have the chance to get in the Builders Exclusive Guest List. This means that the participants will be the first to know about the San Gabriel Valley and SoCal’s new developments.

Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team – Titanium Real Estate Network through the New Homes Tour opens an opportunity to allow everyone to receives special VIP pricing where they can save thousands of dollars. Participants can experience the first selection of the new home selection before the public eye. They have the opportunity to be the first to see the unique floor plans, stunning, cutting-edge finishes as well as the latest trends in innovative architectural design.

“In every event that we are present, we make sure that we are giving many opportunities to everyone that is part of the real estate industry. Through the New Homes Tour, we will open the door for great opportunities, from acquiring latest home designs to significant savings,” announces Rudy L. Kusuma, the founder and CEO of Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team – Titanium Real Estate Network.

Along with the New Homes Tour, Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team – Titanium Real Estate Network also invites the home buyers and sellers and real estate agents to join to Team NuVision VIP Club. Member can have the ability to beat out other buyers to new homes for sale while saving thousands.

When it comes to the latest trends in the real estate industry, the real estate agents should exert an effort to stay updated. This can help them determine the home buyers and sellers new preference. Team NuVision – Rudy L. Kusuma Selling Team sees to it that they have the best and latest property selections for the market.

About Titanium Real Estate Network:

Titanium Real Estate Network is a trusted name when it comes to latest home and property selections. They have the expertise and experience in offering the best industry solutions. They use the new technology in providing home sellers and buyers as well as the real estate agents with the best opportunities.

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To join the team of Rudy L. Kusuma Home Selling Team – Titanium Real Estate Network, call 626-789-0159 or email at rudy@teamnuvision.net.

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SDWR Diabetic Alert Dog Delivered to 34-year-old Type 1 Diabetic in Alberta, Canada

Diabetic Alert Dog from SDWR

Sonny, Diabetic Alert Dog from SDWR

Adam, a 34-year-old man in Grande Praire, Alberta, Canada, received a very special delivery today of his very own Diabetic Alert Service Dog from SDWR.

I live alone. The dog would provide additional, needed support and increase my ability to manage my diabetes.”

— Adam, Diabetic Alert Dog recipient

GRANDE PRAIRE, ALBERTA, CANADA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Adam, a 34-year-old man in Grande Praire, Alberta, Canada, received a very special delivery today of his very own Diabetic Alert Service Dog from Service Dogs by SDWR. Based in Madison, Virginia, Service Dogs by SDWR, or “SDWR,” has a mission to provide specially-bred and trained dogs for people of all ages that struggle with living with invisible disabilities such as Autism, PTSD, Seizure Disorders, or in the case of Adam—Type 1 Diabetes. SDWR has hundreds of working service dogs placed around the globe and is currently serving approximately 1,000 families.
Sonny, a labrador retriever Diabetic Alert Dog, has already received countless hours of training through SDWR’s service dog raiser program where volunteers raise puppies in training for approximately one year. The dogs and raisers must follow through the foundation and skill set training provided through SDWR trainers at the facility in Virginia.
Sonny is also an honored graduate of the SDWR Fallen Officer Puppy Program. The Fallen Officer Puppy Program, also known as “FOPP,” is an initiative by SDWR to pay respect to the legacy of service by fallen American police who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Sonny is named in honor of fallen hero Auxiliary Deputy Sonny Allan Smith of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas who was shot and killed as he and other deputies searched for a burglary suspect. Sonny’s work as a Diabetic Alert Service Dog with Adam will carry on in memoriam of Deputy Smith’s life of service before self.
Adam was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 4-years-old. Adam hopes that a service dog will be able to alert him when he is sleeping and in between checks. “I live alone. The dog would provide additional, needed support and increase my ability to manage my diabetes,” says Adam, Diabetic Alert Dog recipient. Adam is optimistic that with the addition of a service dog it will help make his life a little easier and provide a sense of independence and security.
SDWR uses a proprietary scent training method to teach Diabetic Alert Dogs to detect fluctuations in blood sugar that fall outside of a handler’s healthy range. Since Sonny is a service dog and covered under laws in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he will be able to accompany Adam everywhere—from work, to church, even to dojo practice.
During the upcoming 18 months, SDWR will return to Adam’s home every 3-4 months to continue working on Sonny’s customized training, follow up training and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification. This certification can only be given to Adam after a progression of hard work and dedication to the SDWR training program. This training program is what sets SDWR apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations.
Service Dogs by SDWR is a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Virginia, and relies on donations to help the organization in its mission, “Until there’s a cure…there’s a dog.” To make a donation or learn more about SDWR, please visit the website, www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Diabetic Alert Service Dogs visit www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/diabetic-alert/. To learn more about SDWR’s Fallen Officer Puppy Program visit www.sdwr.org/fallen-officer-puppy-program/.

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Tamil War Victims Urge UNHRC Not to Give Additional Time to Sri Lanka & Refer it to International Criminal Court (ICC)

Giving additional time will not get us justice but will embolden the Security Forces to continue their abuses against us and destroy vital war crimes evidences.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — At a public rally held in the Northern Province town of Vavunia on January 30th, Tamil War Victim groups Jointly Appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council not to Give any Additional Time to Sri Lanka and to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC).

This appeal was made ahead of UN Human Rights Council's March 2019 Session.

This Appeal States that:

"Sri Lanka will be on the Agenda of UNHRC to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution 34/1, which was passed unanimously by the Council on March 2017. This Resolution was necessitated when Sri Lanka failed to fulfil its obligation on an earlier Resolution 30/1 on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final months of the war that ended ten years ago on May 2009".

"As requested by Sri Lanka, the Resolution 34/1 gave a two year extension of time to fulfill its obligation under that Resolution. One of the main requirements of the Resolution is for Sri Lanka to establish a Hybrid Court consisting of international judges and prosecutors. The two year extension of time given to Sri Lanka is coming to an end in few weeks’ time".

"Despite co-sponsoring the UNHRC Resolution 34/1 and committing itself to fulfill the requirements of the Resolution 34/1 and 30/1 in two years’ time, Sri Lankan Government not only used diversionary tactics to mislead and delay the implementation, the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly and categorically said in public that they will not implement the main elements of the Resolution, including establishing a Hybrid Court consisting of International Judges and prosecutors".

The Appeal concludes by saying:

"Now due to Sri Lanka’s misleading and delaying tactics to avoid fulfilling the main requirements of Resolution 30/1 and 34/1, it is time to explore other avenues to get justice. Giving any more time to Sri Lanka will not only get us justice, but it will further embolden the Security Forces to continue their abuses against us and destroy vital war crimes evidences. This will also serve as a road map for other countries to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity without any fear, fully well knowing that they will escape accountability by following Sri Lanka’s path".

We urge the Member States of the UN Human Rights Council to:

1) Not to fall into Sri Lanka’s trap by giving any more additional time to Sri Lanka. Giving extension of time will not only get us justice, but will embolden Sri Lankan Security Forces stationed in Tamil areas to continue their abuses and destroy vital war crimes evidences.

2) To refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a specially created International Criminal Tribunal for Sri Lanka.

3) To appoint a UN Special Rapporteur for Sri Lanka, to monitor and report to the Council every six months about the plight of the war affected and other human rights and humanitarian issues.

BELOW, PLEASE FIND THE FULL APPEAL:

BACKGROUND:

Even though the war has ended about ten years ago, we are still waiting for justice for the mass atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan Government. According to UN and other international organizations tens of thousands of Tamils were killed and numerous Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by the Sri Lankan Security Forces, in the final six months of the war that ended in May 2009.

The March 2011 Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka stated that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed during the final six months of the war and 40 thousand Tamil civilians were killed.

Also, according to the November 2012 Report of the UN Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on UN Action in Sri Lanka, the figure was raised to 70 thousand killed during the final phase of the war in 2009.

During the final six months of the war UN and international journalists were removed from the conflict zones and the war was conducted in complete secrecy. Civilian targets and internationally protected areas like hospital and food distribution centres were bombed and shelled.

Most were killed as a result of intense bombing and shelling of a safe area called “No-fire Zone” where Tamils assembled for safety. Several also died of starvation and bled to death when Sri Lanka bombed hospitals and prevented enough food and medicine to reach those trapped in the “No Fire Zone”.
UN ranked Sri Lanka as having the 2nd highest disappearance in the world. According to the UN there are over 20 thousand disappeared, which includes babies and children.

WOMEN FACED BRUNT OF THE ABUSES:

A report by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) published details of Sri Lankan Military run "Rape Camps", where Tamil women are being held as sex slaves.

The report states the following:

“A senior officer came into the room and was asked to take his pick, like we were meat in a meat market. He looked around and chose me. He took me to another room and raped me"

"Two of the women describe being detained in a group in one room, available for any soldier to come and chose from and take to an adjacent room or tent to be raped," says ITJP.

TAMIL WAR WIDOWS:

There are around 90 thousand Tamil war widows facing numerous challenges from the Security forces to them and especially to their daughters.

The same security forces that committed sexual abuses are still stationed in very large numbers in Tamil areas; living among the same women they committed sexual violence and killed and disappeared their husbands and children. Tamil women have to undergo fear and humiliation to live among the same soldiers who abused them and to see them walking free and enjoying full protection and support of successive Governments.

Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared are leading a campaign to find their disappeared babies, children, daughters, sons and husbands. They face intimidation and attacks by the Military Intelligence and the security forces.

FROM THE VICTIMS AND VICTIMS FAMILIES:

Several of us are war widows and have faced abuses. We also have lost our immediate family members, several relatives have disappeared and many of us and family members are disabled due to injuries sustained by bombing and shelling.

Many of us personally surrendered our family members, including babies and children, to the Sri Lankan Security Forces at the end of the war. We have been searching for them despite intimidation and attacks by the Sri Lankan Military Intelligence.

MASS GRAVES:

Recently a large mass grave was found in Sri Lanka in the Northern Province town of Mannar. According to international media reports as of now around 300 skeletons were unearthed in this mass grave consisting of 23 children below the age of 12. Some of the victims appeared to have been bound. The bodies had been heaped up and found “dumped”, instead of being “laid to rest” beside each other, as would be the case in a cemetery. The Military intelligence was occupying a building close by. Even though the war has ended almost ten years ago, still there is very large number of security forces stationed in Tamil areas, raising concerns that these Security forces may tamper and destroy the evidence of war crimes, including that’s found in mass graves. Several mass graves were found since 1990’s but none was held accountable or evidences preserved by a neutral body.

IMPORTANCE OF THE UPCOMING MARCH 2019 UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL:

The upcoming UNHRC Session is to be convened in a few weeks’ time on February 25th is vital to get justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Sri Lankan Security forces against us.

Sri Lanka will be on the Agenda of UNHRC to assess whether Sri Lanka has fulfilled its obligation to the Council outlined in the Resolution 34/1, which was passed unanimously by the Council on March 2017. This Resolution was necessitated when Sri Lanka failed to fulfil its obligation on an earlier Resolution 30/1 on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final months of the war that ended ten years ago on May 2009.

As requested by Sri Lanka, the Resolution 34/1 gave a two year extension of time to fulfill its obligation under that Resolution. One of the main requirements of the Resolution is for Sri Lanka to establish a Hybrid Court consisting of international judges and prosecutors. The two year extension of time given to Sri Lanka is coming to an end in few weeks’ time.

Despite cosponsoring the UNHRC Resolution 34/1 and committing itself to fulfill the requirements of the Resolution in two years’ time, Sri Lankan Government not only used diversionary tactics to mislead and delay the implementation, the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly and categorically said in public that they will not implement the main elements of the Resolution, including establishing a Hybrid Court consisting of International Judges and prosecutors.

Recently, one the main suspects named by the UN of committing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, Major General Shevendra Silva was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Army. It should be noted that it was under his command that bombing and shelling of a place designated by the Government as safe zones (No Fire Zone) took place, resulting in tens of thousands killed. It is also under his command that large number of Tamils, including babies and children, surrendered about ten years ago at the end of the war in May 2009 and still remain disappeared.

In addition, several senior military officials who are credibly accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity by the UN and other international organizations were given promotions and sent as Ambassadors and senior diplomates to represent Sri Lanka in different countries and to the UN. One was even made a Cabinet Minister.

These actions by Sri Lanka called into question the sincerity of Sri Lanka when it cosponsored the Resolution 34/1 and whether Sri Lanka is acting in bad faith and hoodwinking the UNHRC by mot implementing the requirements of the Resolution, even after two year extension was given to that country in good faith by UNHRC.

We, victims have been waiting for ten years and fully believed that UNHRC process will bring us justice.

Now due to Sri Lanka’s misleading and delaying tactics to avoid fulfilling the main requirements of Resolution 30/1 and 34/1, it is time to explore other avenues to get justice. Giving any more time to Sri Lanka will further embolden the Security Forces to continue their abuses against us and cover-up vital war crimes evidences. This will also serve as a road map for other countries to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity without any fear, fully well knowing that they will escape accountability by following Sri Lanka’s path.

WE URGE THE MEMBER STATES OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND UN HIGH-COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TO:

1) Not to fall into Sri Lanka’s trap by giving any more additional time to Sri Lanka. Giving extension of time will embolden Sri Lankan Security Forces stationed in Tamil areas to continue their abuses and destroy vital war crimes evidences. Additionally, we victims will never get any justice.

2) To refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a specially created International Criminal Tribunal for Sri Lanka.

3) To appoint a UN Special Rapporteur for Sri Lanka, to monitor and report to the Council every six months about the plight of the war affected and other international human rights and humanitarian issues.

Thank you.

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Laffey Real Estate Recognizes Excellence

Pictured: Mark T. Laffey, Janet Berookhim, Bettie Meinel

Janet Berookhim Companywide 2018 Top Producer Award Recipient

Janet exemplifies the Top Producer. From her work ethics to personal integrity, she knows what it takes to succeed and to thrive. We are very proud to present her with this honor.”

— Philip C. Laffey

GREENVALE, NEW YORK, USA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Laffey Real Estate celebrates the success and accomplishments of Janet Berookhim, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at the firm’s annual year end celebration. The awards ceremony was followed by a gala Holiday event at Carltun on the Park.

Janet received the 2018 Companywide Top Producer Overall Company Diamond Award for her exceptional business success. As a consistent top producer in the Laffey Organization, member of the coveted Hall of Fame and a leader in residential new construction home sales industry wide, Berookhim epitomizes the best of the best.
“Janet exemplifies the Top Producer," commented Philip C. Laffey, Broker Owner of Laffey Real Estate. "From her work ethics to personal integrity, she knows what it takes to succeed and to thrive. We are very proud to present her with this honor.”

Over Ms. Berookhim’s real estate career, she has worked closely with buyers and sellers in all price ranges along the North Shore. She has worked tirelessly to cultivate a loyal referral network among the Gold Coast Developers representing luxury new construction in Nassau County. Her long-standing success is a testament to her local area knowledge. By year end 2018, Janet has sold close to $500 Million worth of residential real estate over the course of her illustrious career, a feat not easily topped in the highly competitive real estate industry.

About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of almost 500 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio® and Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate® extends their reach to more than 50 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, new development marketing, mortgage and title insurance to the marketplace. The cutting-edge technology supporting field agents, premium brand identity and industry-leading tools embody best in class standards. Consumers trust in the Laffey Real Estate name to provide tools and resources that help navigate the process of buying and selling residential real estate in any economic environment. Consistently ranked in the top 10% of the brokers locally and as a Top 500 Broker in the US based on the 2017 Real Trends reports, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional record of success.

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Introducing ENDVR.io: A Better Way to Boost Your Brand at the Frontline

ENDVR.io is an iOS app that empowers brands to offer cash incentives to frontline retail employees who provide in-store insights and become micro-influencers.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Introducing ENDVR.io: A Better Way to Boost Your Brand at the Frontline

With ENDVR Brands Can:

Collect valuable in-store insights on-demand
Turn retail employees into micro-influencers on social media
Increase sales through contests and reward programs
Maintain a direct and on-going connection with in-store staff

With ENDVR Retail Staff Can:

Earn extra money
Share valuable insights from the frontline with brands
Gain access to exclusive contests from brand partners
Get pro-deals on great products

ENDVR.io is excited to introduce a new, easy-to-use app that lets brands offer cash incentives to retail employees who provide in-store insights and promote the brand online.

Made to address a growing need in the market, ENDVR creates positive, fruitful interactions between sales associates and brands. As co-founder, Steve Gendron, explains, “Having worked with brands for over 15 years, I know that they are always looking for ways to connect and engage with frontline staff. Brands want to know what sales associates are seeing and hearing on the store floor. That’s the kind of data that help brands improve their products and innovate their marketing. And that’s what ENDVR empowers brands to do, which is why it’s such a useful tool.”

With ENDVR brands can send out simple “missions” to frontline workers who, in turn, provide the brand with information from the store-floor for cash rewards and/or product discounts.

By “gamifying” data collection through the ENDVR survey function, brands are able to gather the all-important in-store intel that only frontline employees can provide. That means access to on-demand insights from retail staff in real-time. It’s an invaluable tool to help keep brands’ marketing and sales teams connected and in-tune with customers where it counts most—in the store.

But getting valuable data is only half of the app’s value. ENDVR also gives brands the opportunity to harness the power of retail associates’ online presence.

Sales staff love great products and are inclined toward certain brand loyalty. They want to promote the products and brands they enjoy and appreciate online. By using the ENDVR app, brands can send out “marketing missions” to retail staff, already eager to share a brand story online and drive traffic to their store.

Through these missions, retail staff can become micro-influencers and get extra cash to promote the products and brands they love. And brands get authentic online exposure to a broader set of potential customers, with minimal cost and effort.

For retail staff and brands, it’s a win-win situation!

During ENDVR’s exclusive launch, there are no upfront professional fees or monthly platform access charges for strategic brand partners. And for retail staff, it’s always free – they simply download the app, find the brand missions that suit them best, and start earning.

ENDVR is a simple, direct and effective way to connect to the frontline and help your brand grow.

To learn more about how ENDVR can help your brand reach the frontline in-store, contact one of our launch specialists at hello@endvr.io.

Media Contact Names: Steve Gendron & Jaffray Hill (co-founders)
Email: hello@endvr.io

Jaffray Hill
ENDVR.io
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National Drug Screening Promotes Jordan Mulson to Sales and Marketing Specialist

With record growth, National Drug Screening adds the position of sales and social media specialist to connect with more clients and better serve existing ones.

We are very excited to have Jordan take on the role for social media and marketing; he has some great ideas and the enthusiasm to provide valuable information in an engaging way to our clients.”

— Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

MELBOURNE, FL, UNITED STATES, January 30, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — National Drug Screening (NDS) is pleased to announce its recent promotion of Jordan Mulson to Sales and Social Media Specialist. With record growth and dramatic changes related to Marijuana, opiates, and drug use in general, there is an ever increasing need to provide accurate information to both NDS clients and employers and individuals. National Drug Screening continues to lead the industry in providing educational resources online and offline. Mulson's expertise includes social media and video marketing to connect with more clients and better serve existing ones.

“I was attracted by the company's great team atmosphere as well as being intrigued by the industry in general.” Mulson said. “I believe working with NDS has allowed me to accomplish some great things and have a positive affect on many lives.”

Since joining National Drug Screening, Jordan has excelled in his sales roles and has demonstrated great dedication to serving NDS clients and to continuous learning. This dedication along with his experience and knowledge of marketing lead to this new position which will allow him to continue to grow with the company.

NDS regularly publishes videos and blogs available both on YouTube and on the NDS blog at www.NationalDrugScreening.com. We encourage our clients and those who reply on our educational materials to comment, like and share the content. Also make sure to congratulate Jordan when you see him posting.

About National Drug Screening
National Drug Screening (NDS) assists employers in reducing liability, improving safety, and attracting and retaining better employees by providing drug testing services, supervisor training, Drug free workplace policy development, and other employer resources. In addition to testing for employers and individuals, NDS provides MRO services, software, and training to assist other drug testing service providers. For more information, contact Tom Fulmer at 321-622-2040.

Tom Fulmer
National Drug Screening, Inc.
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